Ian Pike 10:37 a.m., May 20
Maritime Terminals Create Good Jobs, Says Research Institute; Idea to "Double-Deck" 10th Ave. Terminal Would Hurt Economy
The two maritime terminals operated by the Port have an estimated annual economic impact between $1.7 billion and $1.8 billion, says the San Diego Institute for Policy Research. The terminals provide 19,298 jobs that on average pay 28 percent more than the region's private sector median pay. Longshoremen working at the Port earn an average of $93,674. Dock foremen make $161,636 a year. The idea to "double-deck" the 10th Ave. terminal would hurt maritime trade and would be "detrimental to our region's economy and a poor way to make major land use decisions," says Steve Francis, chairman of the institute, and candidate for mayor in the last election. Promoters are pushing for a vote in favor of the idea in the November election.