Monday, December 12, 2011

Port of Oakland is open for Business

The Port of Oakland is open for business.  At a press conference just after noon today Port Executive Director Omar Benjamin said there had been sporadic protests that caused some delays but that all terminals were open and operational. 

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said there was one report of vandalism, two arrests on charges of impeding traffic and no injuries. 

Mayor Jean Quan reminded everyone that the Port is an essential part of our regional economy and a source of good paying blue collar jobs.  She said that disruptions to Port operations were not helpful. The Port is responsible for $460 million a year in state and local tax revenue and thousands of jobs.

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