Tough Challenges Ahead for Inland Valley Communities

 

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The expansion of the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach has had a cascading effect in Inland counties. An estimated 70% of ocean freight containers arriving at the port are now transported through Inland Valley communities. The siting of ever-growing numbers of warehouse and distribution centers further reduces farmland and open space and causes increased traffic congestion and worsening air pollution from diesel trucks. Meanwhile, far-reaching decisions pertaining to the growing “goods movement industry” continue to be made without a comprehensive mitigation/infrastructure plan to offset potentially dire consequences.

The patchwork of federal, state, and local government entities charged with addressing growth and environmental impacts makes it extremely difficult for communities to influence their future.

Government agencies often are understaffed and/or disproportionately influenced by industry lobbyists and studies. On the other side of the spectrum are what might be called environmental ambulance chasers, whose business model is to file lawsuits raising every conceivable technicality to slow projects and extort settlements. Both extremes hinder genuine public education and development of sound public policy.

CURE’s goal is to bridge that divide, by helping to mediate disputes and by encouraging industry to adopt its own Best Practices. See CURE’s blog including recommendations for Best Practices in the logistic industry. CURE | Blog