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The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., should merge into a super port that would be more competitive with others around the country, according to a report from a citizens commission released this month.
The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report said that the share of the nation’s good handled by the Southern California ports has dropped more than 5 percentage points in the past 10 years.
The two make up the largest port complex in North America. A merger to one port would help generate more jobs and tax revenue, said the commission, formed last year and chaired by Mickey Kantor, who served as U.S. trade representative under President Bill Clinton.
The commission does not hold official power but was formed at the suggestion of the Los Angeles City Council.