LA Harbor Commission to vote on renewal plan for Port of LA

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A tugboat pulls a barge through the Port of Los Angeles on a foggy morning.

San Pedro could be in for an infusion of cash and new construction. Whether that happens will depend on the result of an L.A. Harbor Commission vote.

Port of Los Angeles officials say they have the opportunity to connect San Pedro with its waterfront – and they’re willing to gamble close to $900 million port, public, and developers’ dollars to do it.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Liberty Hill Plaza building at Harbor Boulevard and Fifth streets in San Pedro.

They envision an eight-mile promenade between the Vincent Thomas Bridge and Cabrillo Beach with walking and biking trails, three new harbors, parks, and a public pier.

The project also would upgrade the Ports o’Call shopping area.

The economy has something to do with the makeover idea.

Cargo shipping is down, and port officials want to attract new kinds of business – including a cruise ship terminal.

That terminal provokes opposition because people who live near the beach say the ships would block their views and access to marinas that serve smaller vessels.

Boosters and opponents of the plan expect to speak up at the next public meeting of the L.A. Harbor Commission.

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