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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Port of L.A. Executive Director to Retire

As rumors circled that she would be forced out, an announcement came from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office Thursday afternoon announcing that the top Port of Los Angeles executive would be leaving.

Dr. Geraldine Knatz, who has been at the helm of the nation’s busiest port since 2006 will retire at the end of the year. Garcetti also announced that Gary Lee Moore, the current city engineer, will serve as acting general manager at the harbor until a permanent replacement is found.

“I thank Dr. Knatz for her service to Los Angeles,” Garcetti said in a statement. “My agenda for the Port is focused on maximizing its economic impact and minimizing its environmental impact to build stronger neighborhoods in the Harbor Area and across Los Angeles.”

Knatz, who was earning $332,159 annually, according to the city controller’s office, is the first department head to depart under Garcetti, who when he took office in late June called on the city’s top managers to reapply for their jobs and “explain how they would achieve key goals.”

To date, Garcetti has told at least five department heads that they will get to stay, including top managers in the planning department, Bureau of Sanitation and animal services department.

In his statement, Garcetti did not say whether Knatz’s departure was related to the aforementioned process, only that a “leadership change” was taking place at the Port of Los Angeles.

Knatz was hired by Garcetti’s predecessor, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in 2006, who hailed her as the first woman to run a major port complex.

She was unavailable for comment, but said in a statement that she would “help with a smooth transition,” and is “proud” of her accomplishments.

A Long Beach resident, Knatz spent 24 years at the Port of Long Beach as the managing director of development, and the second in command, before arriving at the Port of Los Angeles where she was tasked with overseeing more than 7,500 acres and 43 miles of waterfront.

While at the helm of the Port of Los Angeles, Knatz was tasked with making the port more environmentally friendly.

She was responsible for the Clean Trucks Program, an effort that started in 2008 to reduce the number of polluting trucks that operated in the port. The program eliminated old trucks from the facilities improving air quality in both San Pedro and Wilmington.

In fact, since the program began, the rate of truck emissions have fallen 90 percent since the program started in 2008.

Knatz is also well-known for her strong efforts to revitalize the San Pedro and Wilmington waterfronts. Just last week in a meeting with residents from the two communities, she spoke of the major successes of the project, including the World War II battleship and Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.

But with all the positive doings of Knatz, she has, as of recently, been criticized over her stance on the BNSF Railway, months of declining cargo numbers, and the resignation announcement made three-days-ago by retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. John Holmes, who was the deputy executive director of operations for the harbor department.

Holmes aided Knatz in developing the Clean Truck Program, enhancing port security through the Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center. But Holmes faced major heat earlier this year when KCBS-TV reported growing costs of renovating the harbor department’s 73-foot tour boat, the Angelina II.

Knatz though has been known by her colleagues and community members as a “very effective” leader. Some say it was just a matter of time until this decision came down as Mayor Garcetti continues to assemble his team.

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