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Port Strikes Back At U-T San Diego Proposal

Aired 2/15/12 on KPBS News.

The Port of San Diego is not wasting any time in defending itself against San Diego’s largest newspaper. The Port is touting the benefits of its 10th Avenue Marine terminal after the paper questioned its usefulness.

— Port staff presented the Port Commissioners with a report Tuesday outlining the jobs, money and cargo that are tied up with the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal.

Recently the U-T San Diego published an editorial in favor of building a stadium and Convention Center expansion on the land where the terminal sits.

The paper has also published several articles questioning the vitality of the terminal.

But the Port is striking back, touting the economic impact of 10th Avenue and the National City Marine Terminal. Port staff stressed their presentation wasn’t about a new stadium. But it’s clear the proposal was on everyone’s mind. Joel Valenzuela is the Port’s Director of Maritime Operations.

“An independent study by the San Diego Institute of Policy Research in 2008 estimated that the annual economic impact of the two cargo terminals is equivalent to hosting four-and-a-half Super Bowls, 12 U.S. golf open championships, or 60 Holiday Bowl games,” he said.

Former Port Commissioners, union members and others also spoke in support of the 10th Avenue terminal. So far there is no formal proposal for the U-T San Diego plan. Similar projects at 10th Avenue were rejected in 2004 and 2008.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 14, 2012 at 7:19 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

The Port District versus Papa Putrid.

It's kind of like asking how you want your black eye, from a baseball bat or a fire poker.

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tom1944 | February 15, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

A retired admiral wants me to believe him that the 10th Ave. marine terminal is a money maker? I suggest you read the numbers in today's, 2-15-2012, UT about exactly what the real numbers are. In fact, the UT says the National City marine terminal has more business than 10th Ave. I certainly don't see lots of ships out in the ocean waiting to come in the harbor to offload their cargo.

And...Just what we need. A retired admiral telling us that "The Kiss" sculpture next to the USS Midway is not art it is "schlock." Now let's see, how many naval officers have a background in art? And even if it does look like "schlock" to him, art is supposed to make one have a feeling for like or dislike. The same goes for the other port commissioners. You either like some types of art or you don't. Pretty simple concept.

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