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November 30, 2020

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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

Harbor Commission: Urban Marine Research Center Approved, Knatz Farewell

In a seemingly normal Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting, two major steps were taken by commissioners to secure jobs and growth at the Port of Los Angeles, including the approval of a 50-year lease that will redevelop the 100-year-old pier, and the implementation of a new incentive program.

But it wasn’t all just business as usual.

Thursday’s Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting was also the last meeting for General Manager of the Los Angeles Harbor Department Geraldine Knatz, whose last day on the job was Friday.

Knatz, who announced her retirement last month, was appointed in 2005 by then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She was the first woman to run a major port complex, but came into the job with extensive experience, including 24 years at the Port of Long Beach.

During Knatz’s time at the Port of Long Beach, she served as managing director of development, and was second in command.

When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Knatz’s retirement, he said in a statement, “I thank Dr. Knatz for her service to Los Angeles. 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, was the first department head to depart under Garcetti.

In her final harbor board meeting, Knatz addressed the commissioners and those in attendance, saying that she was grateful.

“The industry is changing around us,” she said. “I challenge you to think about how the Port can better position itself to be a part of the change, and be a better, stronger port.”

Knatz, in an interview with LA Observed last week, said that she won’t be taking any time off after her she officially leaves the Port on January 31.

In the interview, she said in part, “I’m going to jump right into other things. For eight years I’ve gotten up at 4:45… So I’m looking forward to sleeping late — until about six.”

Former City Engineer and General Manager of the Bureau of Engineering, Gary Lee Moore, will replace Knatz as the acting port general manager until a permanent replacement is found.

Knatz was praised at her final board meeting by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, who said, “We can all consider ourselves lucky that she brought what she had done in Long Beach to the Port of Los Angeles.”

“It’s really been wonderful to see the work she has done for two cities, two ports,” Lowenthal said before presenting Knatz with a certificate.

Harbor Board Vice President David Arian, who presented Knatz with a plaque, praised the work that Knatz had done over the last eight years in Los Angeles, and the 24 years of accomplishments in Long Beach.

“There is nobody in this country who understands how this industry has shifted, and how it works, like Geraldine,” Arian said. “Looking at the jobs created, the shift in the way things are done, all of it, it’s because of Geraldine.”

Knatz will spend the next three months traveling with Moore to Asia, where she will introduce him to customers, and attending the International Association of Ports and Harbors with staff, while serving as an adviser.

When her retirement becomes official on Jan. 31, Knatz said she plans on teaching at USC in the civil engineering school, and serving on the board for Bank of the West. She said she will also volunteer at the port archives, which is a passion of hers, and was started under her watch.

After a lengthy farewell to Knatz, the board went on with regularly scheduled business, which included the approval of a 50-year lease with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. and AltaSea to redevelop City Dock No. 1 into an urban marine research center.

The project is expected to be finished by 2018, and will include, classrooms, lecture halls interpretive center/public promenade, circulating sea-water labs and other facilities.

According to the agenda, the total project investment by the Port and tenant is from $617.6 million to $758.6 million over 15-20 years, with an overall $209.6 million commitment by the Harbor Department.

The commissioners also approved the Ocean Common Carrier Incentive Program, to address the nearly 5 percent drop in volume in September.

The program will allow shippers to get $5 per 20-foot equivalent unit, or TEU, for every additional container it ships through the port in 2014. Essentially, the more cargo business a shipper brings to the Port of Los Angeles, the more money they make.

Full video of the Harbor Commission meeting (as well as past meetings) can be found here.

Photo: Port of L.A. Executive Director, Geraldine Knatz, address the Harbor Commission on Nov. 7, 2013 (photo Port of L.A.)