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UCSD Political Science Professor Steve Erie

July 9, 2009 12:57 p.m.

UCSD Political Science Professor Steve Erie

“You need maritime trade. We can’t rely upon the ports of LA and Long Beach to be our global gateway in terms of vessel trade. It’s not the way to go. We need to carry more of the burden ourselves. It’s maritime trade. It’s ships which pollute. It’s the old smokestacks debate versus geranium debate in San Diego. They want clean industry. They don’t want the kinds of things that built New York, built Los Angeles, built San Francisco and even Chicago, which is maritime trade. I’ve talked to some downtown movers and shakers that would love to see the Tenth Avenue Terminal go out of business and turn it over to tourists and well-heeled developers.”

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