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Port of LA Slammed by City Councilmembers

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The Gateway Fountain in San Pedro | Photo by Francheskastein via Flickr
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At today's city council session, members vented to a Harbor Department official as they quizzed him on a new $205,000 position. At the heart of the issue, Councilmember Janice Hahn wanted to know why in this economy, when yesterday the group approved a potential 400 employee layoffs, why the Harbor--at Mayor Villaraigosa's insistence--is asking for a new highly paid position.

"This doesn't seem right to me," Hahn said, also noting her disappointment in other aspects of the department's failure to serve the public. "You spent $14 million building a fountain and now you're not operating it when I believe is at high peak tourist hours of the day," she explained after witnessing this happen last Sunday while cruise ships brought tourists to the city.