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Southland would quickly feel economic effects of a port shutdown
Southland would quickly feel economic effects of a port shutdown

Elbowing their way into malls this weekend for dolls, televisions and reindeer sweaters, shoppers probably will give little thought to how the future holiday presents got to retail shelves. For U.S. imported products, about 40% sail through Southern California's sprawling harbors in San Pedro Bay, underscoring the key role the twin ports play in international trade. So how severe would the economic hit be if labor problems were to shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, along with the rest of the 29 West Coast cargo-handling destinations? In the Southland, the financial pain would be immediate for many of the nearly 700,000 people who base their livelihoods on the...

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