Ship building and repair work would halt, the land used for enterprise not the main sea passage and goods movement work. But, local developers keep the valuable waterfront land on target.
Every waterfront job counts. The Working Waterfront Group regularly asks city officials to reject plans to develop land on the San Diego Bay waterfront the city and the port have invested in making a high paying jobs strip for fifty years. A sports arena on the bay would force the loss of old jobs among the fifty thousand jobs locals get the word on.
"Working waterefront jobs support families and provide lifelong careers," says the group run by the Port Tenants Association, the Port, and AFL-CIO. No one among the 40 plus businesses and organizations collaborating on saving jobs stands for taking away property that enables the waterfront to stay busy. A fifty thousand dollars a year job still is a key to living well for the members of the group's union, the International Longshoremen Workers Union. The work rewards west of downtown are not limited. Health insurance and an opportunity to take job training in a close community have kept the work a heads up job.
Dole Fresh Fruit, now earning profits off its jellied cranberry sauce, has to stand its ground in San Diego. The company keeps the bay waters productive. Job opportunities there are valuable like at Dixieline Lumber and the hull repair and paint works, Marine Group Boat Works.
The jobs are not a political guarantee in san Diego. The waterfront's "future may be in jeopardy."
Land is profitable. Hotels match up along Harbor Drive. The last thing the group will acccept is the city permitting Fat City Lofts, or any big money making building, to fit in a place the labor market would have to give up.
Room to work and stock supplies can not move a far distance without the region losing work that keeps the rail, highways, and marine enterprise systems connected. On the waterfront, a place to stop and park stays a challenge.
Adding parking lots workers employed at NASSCO, BAE, and BNSF Railway can use counts for profitable land expansion work. Working Waterfront keeps parking lot projects in the top of its political win list.
Marine terminals, at Tenth Avenue and in National City, still make the land deals big positives. There is no replacing work land on the bay passage.
The line continues next week . . . . .
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