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San Pedro Residents Fret About New Port Terminals

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More big ships a' coming! While an environmental group threatens to sue the pants off the Port of Los Angeles, port officials are planning two new two-story terminals totaling 200,000 square feet, a move that has area residents, like June Burlingame Smith, president of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, up in arms. Worried about traffic (notably along Harbor Boulevard, a main artery in San Pedro) and impacts on Cabrillo Beach and the bay, Smith suggests the new terminals be housed on the land just south of Ports O' Call Village, but the Daily Breeze reports port officials want to use that land for a new marine research facility. Meanwhile, Councilwoman Janice Hahn defends the new ports, saying the city needs "to build a facility that allows [Los Angeles] to remain the cruise capital of the West Coast."
· Plans for 2 new cruise ship terminals rile some in this port town [Daily Breeze]