Friday, December 27, 2013

Long Beach Harbor Commission Shifts Meetings to Evenings

The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission, which has typically met during the mid-day during most of its decades of existence, is switching to an evening schedule beginning in January 2014.

The panel’s regular, twice-monthly board meetings are being shifted to 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

The next two meetings are scheduled for 6 pm Jan. 13 and 27 at the Harbor Department headquarters, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, 90802.

Previously, the Board typically met at 1 pm on the first and third Mondays of each month.

The switch is expected to enable more public participation at the gatherings, something that the port has tried to make happen for years, even going so far as to conduct special meetings at locations off port or City of Long Beach property, such as at nearby schools and community centers.

Although Long Beach is making a switch, the harbor board for the adjoining Port of Los Angeles has no plans to change from a day to night meeting schedule in 2014. For the upcoming year, its meetings are mostly scheduled for at 8:30 am on the first and third Thursdays of each month, with a few rare exceptions where meetings are planned for the second and/or fourth Thursdays.

The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission’s full meeting calendar for 2014 can be viewed at