By Assemblywoman Laurie Davies | Contributing columnist
PUBLISHED: October 18, 2021 at 9:19 a.m. | UPDATED: October 18, 2021 at 9:19 a.m.
It feels like every day there is a new catastrophe facing Californians: More than 70 cargo ships are piled up at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports with no docking date in sight; a jobs report showed that more than 300,000 less jobs were created than what was projected; not to mention the thousands of gallons of oil washing up on Orange County shores. Democrats are failing Californians.
First, shipping delays in the Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors have been caused by extreme demand, a labor shortage thanks to President Biden and Governor Newsom, and COVID safety precautions for cargo ships. Many ports have limited the number of ships allowed in at a time, which has created problems across the world.
This live map shows the boat traffic of nearly half a million shipping containers that can be waiting to dock for up to 4 weeks.
From truck drivers missing pickup times because of insufficient storage at drop off locations to warehouse workers unable to unload deliveries because all equipment is in use, every aspect of the shipping process is impacted. Even if ports were working 24/7, it probably still wouldn’t be enough to catch up to demand.