California Assemblyman To Discuss Port Congestion

Port of LA container terminal
Port of LA container terminal
Dockworkers move cargo on a Port of LA container terminal. Photo courtesy Port of Los Angeles.

California Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell will host a joint hearing with the State Senate on Wednesday, Nov. 3 to discuss bottleneck issues at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach along the supply chain and look for ways to address them.

The 70th Assembly District representative, who also serves as chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement, is inviting constituents and stakeholders to tune in to watch the hearing live at 9:30 a.m. via

“The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles play a major role in the global supply chain and are crucial to the health of the American economy,” O’Donnell wrote in an announcement about the upcoming hearing. “At any given time, dozens of massive container ships sit in San Pedro Bay, but now they have been inundated with imports resulting in long wait times for ships to unload at the ports.”

The San Pedro Bay ports have been experiencing high cargo volumes, a trend that’s expected to continue into 2022. The heightened demand – paired with a shortage of warehouse labor, truck drivers and equipment – has caused delays and bottlenecks along the supply chain.

By Karen Robes Meeks