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UPCOMING EVENTS Fiesta Corazon del Puerto Saturday, June 3, 2-10 p.m. Enjoy a family day of live music, food, and fun with free admission at Wilmington Waterfront Park.

9th Annual Port of Los Angeles Cars & Stripes Forever!® Friday, June 30, 5-10 p.m. Free Pre-Independence Day celebration near the World Cruise Center with a car show featuring more than 100 classic cars, live bands, food trucks, beer garden, and a grand fireworks finale.

2017 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, Times vary “Come for feast, stay for the fun!” is the motto for the world’s largest lobster festival, featuring family entertainment, live music, and of course, fresh Maine lobster, at its new location near Battleship IOWA.

LA Fleet Week® 2017 Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4 Times vary Fleet Week is an annual patriotic tradition where active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a major U.S. city for one week. LA Fleet Week® is a free, public event on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles, taking place over Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military demonstrations, live entertainment, and aircraft flyovers. Visiting ships will be announced two weeks before the event.


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THE BUSIEST SUMMER YET ON THE LA WATERFRONT This summer marks my third year here at the Port of Los Angeles. Over that time, I’m proud to have overseen some amazing transformations take place along the LA Waterfront— from notable infrastructure improvements to community events that continue to grow in popularity every year. In 2016, the Port of Los Angeles had its best year ever in terms of cargo volumes—and 2017 has been strong so far. Why is this important to the LA Waterfront? Simple: The success of maritime commerce facilitated by the Port allows the city agency to continue to invest not only in terminals and sustainability initiatives, but also in LA Waterfront infrastructure, community events, waterfront tourism marketing, and educational programs. Right now, these infrastructure investments include the $14.8 million Harbor Boulevard Roadways Improvement Project, which reconfigures the intersection at Harbor Boulevard, 7th Street and Sampson Way in San Pedro to improve traffic flow and access to the Ports O’ Call Village area—which will open as the new San Pedro Public Market in 2020. Investing in educational programs also continues to be a priority for the Port. Our cover story about the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is a great example of how local students continue to benefit from Port-supported educational programs. In this issue, you’ll also meet Julio Miranda, one of our student workers whose Port experience helped prepare him for his new career in the maritime industry. And be sure not to miss the rundown of all the LA Waterfront community events this summer on page 4, which also includes LA Fleet Week®. This new annual Labor Day Weekend tradition will feature even more attractions and exhibits than last year. See the full story on page 5. It’s an honor to serve as Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles and a privilege to be working with the LA Harbor community. We look forward to seeing you all on the LA Waterfront this summer!

Eugene D. Seroka Executive Director BOARD OF HARBOR COMMISIONERS Ambassador Vilma Martinez, President David Arian, Vice President Patricia Castellanos, Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., Commissioner Edward Renwick, Commissioner



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Julio Miranda

PORT STUDENT WORKER PROGRAM INSPIRING MARITIME CAREERS Even as a child, Julio Miranda was fascinated by ports—the giant ships, the towering cranes, and just the everyday hustle-and-bustle of a working port. Deep down, he always knew he’d work at a port one day. And now with help from his experience as a student worker at the Port of Los Angeles, Julio is seeing his dreams come true. Though the road to get there wasn’t always a straight shot.

During his time at the Port, Miranda worked side-by-side with managers in the Port’s construction and maintenance division. He says that the experience allowed him to not only learn about Port operations, but see firsthand how seasoned project managers handle often tricky, challenging situations while running a port. “I learned so much from the Port managers during my time there,” says Miranda. “The on-the-job training was invaluable.”

Born and raised in Wilmington, Miranda attended local schools until “The Port’s student worker program was a his family moved to Palmdale when he was in high school. He credits great experience. I learned so much from his two older sisters—both of whom dropped out of high school—as the Port managers during my time there.” well as his uncle and girlfriend-now-fiancé for instilling in him the importance of a good education. – Julio Miranda Still, those words of wisdom didn’t really hit home until Julio tried starting his own business after graduating high school. “Julio’s Tire So much so that Miranda was recently hired by transportation Repair” proved to be more challenging than he thought. logistics company JB Hunt Transport Inc. as an intermodal fleet “Out of high school I didn’t really want to go to college, but I learned manager. quickly that repairing big rig tires is a lot of work,” says Miranda. Jumpstarting maritime and trade related careers is an important “It was my uncle who finally encouraged me to go back to school. aspect of the Port’s student worker program, which has been going As an immigrant to the U.S., he told me ‘do good for us’ and get an strong for more than 40 years and has employed hundreds of college education. So I did, and I haven’t looked back since.” students. After earning enough community college credits, Miranda transferred to California State University, Long Beach, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in art history, then a master’s in supply chain management. It was through CSULB that he learned about the college-level student worker program at the Port of Los Angeles. “Even with all that I learned in my classes, I felt like I needed more hands-on experience in my field, and that’s exactly what the Port offered,” said Miranda.

“It’s important that we open doors to college-level students looking to strengthen their skill sets,” said Tish Lorenzana, the Port’s Director of Human Resources. “Many of our students have gone on to successful careers in the maritime industry and related fields.” College students interested in the student worker program should e-mail a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in the program to Program space is limited and resumes are reviewed when openings in the program are available.



HERE COMES THE SUN AND FUN! After one of the rainiest winters on record, now is the perfect time to head down to the LA Waterfront for some sunshine, relaxation and new adventures. The Port of Los Angeles has lined up a full schedule of great summertime events – and they’re free! Want to relax at a concert? Tour an active military ship? Dine on lobster? Or meet the car of your dreams? This summer, the LA Waterfront has something for everyone. For a full schedule of events this summer, visit SUMMER EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS:


SATURDAY, JULY 8 Concert on the LA Waterfront

9TH ANNUAL CARS & STRIPES FOREVER! 5-10 p.m. This free community celebration kicks off Independence Day weekend with a classic car show featuring more than 100 cars built before 1971, an exotic car display, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden – all topped off with a grand fireworks finale. Locations: Cruise Terminal Parking Lot & Promenade

TUESDAY, JULY 4 67 Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular 9 p.m. TH

Cabrillo Beach is the place to be for some of the best fireworks in the Southland— the 66th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular Fireworks Show.


Bring along your blanket or beach chair and enjoy a night of music and entertainment with this free outdoor concert featuring Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Las Colibri. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. Location: Wilmington Waterfront Park.

FRI.-SUN, JULY 14-16

PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FESTIVAL A Southern California tradition since 1999, the world’s largest lobster festival features fresh discount Maine lobster meals, free entertainment, great live music and many shopping and culinary delights. Location: Battleship IOWA Parking Lot


FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Movie Night

San Pedro & Wilmington Enjoy the classic Pixar movie, Finding Dory, with the whole family. Movie starts at 7 p.m. 2 Locations: San Pedro’s Downtown Harbor & Wilmington Waterfront Park


LA Fleet Week® Fleet Week is a new annual end-ofsummer tradition where active military ships and personnel visit LA for a week of city fun and community relations. LA Fleet Week® features a Downtown Welcome Party Wednesday, August 30th, guided ship tours, military demonstrations, live entertainment and aircraft flyovers. On Labor Day morning, September 4th, thousands of visitors and members of our Sea Services will participate in the 9th Annual Conquer the Bridge fun race ( Visiting ships and tour reservations will be announced later in the summer. Locations: Cruise Ship Terminal, Battleship IOWA Parking Lot and Promenade

CLEAR THE DECKS: LA FLEET WEEK® RETURNS LABOR DAY WEEKEND Though the big event is still months away, planning is already underway for LA Fleet Week® 2017, the new end-of-summer LA Waterfront tradition that made its debut in 2016. If last year’s inaugural event is any indication, this year’s celebration is sure to be an even bigger success. Organizers of the free public event—to be held Sept 1-4 over the Labor Day Weekend—say it will be greatly expanded this year. In addition to the visiting military ships and free public ship tours, the celebration is expected to feature even more military exhibits and veteran assistance resources, a bigger STEM educational and hands-on technology pavilion, and a wider selection of daily live music and entertainment. To get things started, there will be a high-energy Downtown San Pedro Welcome Party on Wednesday evening, Aug. 30th. Residents and visitors will fill 6th and 7th streets in downtown San Pedro. There will be food, entertainment by the U.S. Navy band The Destroyers, and free trolley service will be available throughout the LA Waterfront. Also planned are more aerial flyover demonstrations throughout the weekend, and a free Saturday night concert on the Battleship IOWA, complete with a firework show over the ship’s bow. “LA Fleet Week® is about creating engaging opportunities for Angelinos to connect with the men and women of our nation’s military, who selflessly serve our country every day,” said Jonathan Williams, president of the LA Fleet Week Foundation. And this year promises more connections than ever. Added just outside the Battleship IOWA will be a new battleground of sorts—the basketball court. Teams from the visiting active military ships will square off in a basketball tournament against teamsfrom various city departments, including the LA Fire Department and the Port of Los Angeles. Cooks from visiting ships will also go head-to-head in a “Galley Wars” culinary competition. A boon for the local economy in its inaugural year, LA Fleet Week®

organizers are already reaching out to businesses and restaurants to coordinate offerings to the thousands of visiting U.S. Marine, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard personnel expected this summer. “We’re encouraging businesses to come up with special offers for visiting service men and women to thank them for their service,” said Williams. Plans are also underway to host visiting military at local sporting events like LA Dodger and LA Galaxy games, as well as trips to popular regional attractions. On Labor Day morning, Sept. 4th, thousands of visitors and military personnel will participate in the 9th annual Conquer the Bridge fun race. Participants will have the unique opportunity to run across the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which is 1,500 feet long and the fourth longest suspension bridge in California. For information and registration, go to Reservations for free public ship tours will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis later in the summer, and walk-up visitors are also able to tour the ships (also on a first-come, firstserved basis). To receive LA Fleet Week® event updates, visit www. and follow LA Fleet Week® on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or search #LAFleetWeek2017.




Dana Middle School students often get advice from their life sciences teacher Richard Rueter. The advice lately? Develop your knowledge and skills in STEM— the study of science, technology, engineering and math. STEM is becoming a bigger and bigger focus in education, advises Reuter. Young people with those skills are increasingly in demand, which can lead to many opportunities for high-paying jobs and exciting careers.. So when Rueter suggested sailing to his students as a way to build STEM skills, at first they didn't make the connection. That is, until they set sail in the LA Harbor as part of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program. Celebrating its silver 25th anniversary this year, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) focuses on helping students discover their potential through at-sea and maritime-related experiences. Last year, more than 5,000 students participated in LAMI programs, a big jump over the previous year. (The Port of Los Angeles is one of LAMI’s proud sponsors!) 6

By learning things like how to navigate a vessel, read charts and sea logs, map out sea voyages, measure distances and even climb rigging, students see STEM concepts like math and engineering come to life firsthand. “It all comes together on the boat,” says Rueter, who has been organizing sailing trips for his Dana Middle School students for more than 10 years. “What happens onboard all ties into science and math, with students able to implement concepts and really learn for themselves.” But the LAMI sailing experience also has many other benefits. It’s a program that builds confidence, character and leadership skills, says Bruce Heyman, executive director of LAMI. The art of sailing requires different kinds of problem-solving and decisionmaking, approaches unlike those in a traditional classroom setting. LAMI programs have also provided a beacon of hope for students who might be struggling with school or home life. “The great thing about the LAMI programs is that they focus


“Many of our students pass by the harbor every day, yet have never been on a boat. So when these kids step on deck, it’s a whole new world. It’s more than just a boat ride. While aboard, they accomplish and learn so much.” – Bruce Heyman Executive Director LAMI

on character building and STEM at the same time,” says Heyman. “The experience is both educational and transformational for our students.” To keep things afloat while at sea, kids have no choice but to work together as a team. Even the shy or reticent use a different word students who might be intimidated in a classroom often blossom as team leaders, beaming with confidence on a boat. Port of Los Angeles High School junior Christina “CeCe” Morales can relate. As a new transfer to POLA high school last fall, she didn’t know very many people. She credits the TopSail program for helping her feel more at ease with her new classmates. “In the beginning I was really shy. But since we all had to work together and operate as a crew on the boat, it really helped me come out of my shell.” LAMI also exposes students to both educational and life experiences that most wouldn’t have the opportunity to do on their own. “Many of our students pass by the harbor every day, yet have never been on a boat,” says Heyman. “So when these kids step on deck, it’s a whole new world. It’s more than just a boat ride. While aboard, they accomplish and learn so much…it puts a smile of pride on their faces that’s unbelievable.” Majestic and stunning, LAMI’s two main working tall ships—the Brigantine Irving Johnson and Brigantine Exy Johnson—stand at 90-feet high and 110-feet long. Among the cargo ships, cranes and stacks of containers in the harbor, the classic tall ships are a unique sight. Built by local harbor community volunteers more than 15 years ago, both ships were specifically designed as teaching vessels— from their sails, to rigging and masts. Since their launch in 2002, LAMI has trained and relied on dozens of volunteers to keep the wooden ships maintained and serve as crew and educators on the boats during excursions.

With funding from the Port of Los Angeles and other individuals and organizations, LAMI has been able to offer free programs to youth throughout the Los Angeles area—from educational single-day sail excursions to multi-day overnight voyages, to summer camps and more recently, boat building classes. Just like the at-sea excursions, LAMI’s boat building classes have been purposely designed to transform classroom STEM concepts into active learning. Similar to “shop classes” offered by high schools and middle schools decades ago, the LAMI boat building classes are interactive and hands-on. But unlike shop classes of years past, the LAMI boat building program carefully integrates concepts of math and engineering, all which are necessary for designing and constructing a boat. Aaron Ferralles, a junior at Port of Los Angeles High School,quickly learned that the class was not your typical high school elective. “When I took this class, I had no idea we’d actually be building boats,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot more about working with power tools, and about the intricate process of how boats are built. There’s a lot that goes into it.” Currently, the boat building classes are held in a refurbished machine shop and boatyard just across from LAMI’s offices at the Ports O’ Call Village, a space LAMI leases at-no-charge from the Port. However, when the new San Pedro Public Market is built, says Heyman, LAMI hopes to transform the building and yard into a working “boatyard.” Visitors will be able to watch boat building, restoration and other LAMI activities, all of which will help connect Angelinos to their nautical roots at the Port of Los Angeles. Recently, LAMI has also begun offering its Brigantine ships for private charters, film shoots and private events to help raise additional funds for its educational programs. “One of things we’ve seen over the last 25 years is that bringing these kids together through sailing, and having them work together and exposing them to the maritime industry in their own backyard is simply an invaluable experience,” says Heyman. “Time and again, LAMI proves that you don’t have to be in a classroom to learn.”



PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS Fiesta Corazón del Puerto Sábado, 3 de junio, de 2-10 p.m. Disfruta de un día en familia con música en vivo, comida y diversión en el Wilmington Waterfront Park con ingreso gratuito.

9no Evento Anual ¡Carros Y Bandas Para Siempre!® en el Puerto de Los Ángeles Viernes, 30 de junio, de 5-10 p.m. Celebración gratuita del Día Previo a la Independencia cerca al World Cruise Center con un show de autos clásicos, bandas en vivo, camiones repartidores de comida, cervecería al aíre libre y un gran final de fuegos artificiales.

2017 Festival de la Langosta Puerto de Los Ángeles

Viernes, 14 de julio hasta del domingo, 16 de julio, Las horas varían “¡Ven a festejar, quédate a la diversión!” es el lema del festival de la langosta más grande del mundo que cuenta con entretenimiento familiar, música en vivo y, por supuesto, langosta fresca de Maine, en su nueva sede cerca de Battleship IOWA.

Semana de la Flota en



Fin de Semana del Día del Trabajo del 1-4 de septiembre Las horas varían La Semana de la Flota es una tradición patriótica anual, en la cual los buques militares activos desplegados recientemente en operaciones de ultramar atracan en una gran ciudad en U.S. durante una semana. La Semana de la Flota en LA es un evento público gratuito en el Waterfront en el Puerto de los Ángeles, la cual se lleva a cabo el fin de semana del día del Trabajo. Este evento cuenta con recorridos en bote guiados, demostraciones militares, entretenimiento en vivo y sobrevuelos de aeronaves. La visita de los barcos se anunciará dos semanas antes del evento.


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EL VERANO MÁS OCUPADO POR VENIR EN EL LA WATERFRONT Este verano es mi tercer año aquí en el Puerto de Los Ángeles. Me enorgullece haber supervisado algunas transformaciones increíbles que se llevaron a cabo en el LA Waterfront durante ese tiempo— desde importantes mejoras en la infraestructura hasta eventos comunitarios que cada año continúan aumentando su popularidad. En el 2016, el Puerto de Los Ángeles tuvo su mejor año, en términos de volúmenes de carga— y hasta ahora el 2017 ha sido intenso. ¿Por qué es importante esto para el LA Waterfront? Sencillo: el éxito del comercio marítimo facilitado por el Puerto permite a la agencia de la ciudad continuar invirtiendo no solo en terminales e iniciativas de sostenibilidad, sino en infraestructura del LA Waterfront, en eventos comunitarios, en mercadotecnia turístico costero y en programas educativos. En el momento, estas mejoras en la infraestructura incluyen el Proyecto de Mejora de las Carreteras de Harbor Boulevard por $14.8 millones de dólares, proyecto que reconfigura la intersección de Harbor Boulevard, Calle 7ma y Sampson Way en San Pedro, con el fin de mitigar el tráfico vehicular y acceder al área de Ports O’ Call Village, —la cual abrirá como el nuevo Mercado Público de San Pedro en el año 2020. La inversión en los programas educativos aún sigue siendo una prioridad para el Puerto. Nuestra noticia de portada sobre el Instituto Marítimo de los Ángeles (LAMI por sus siglas en inglés) es un gran ejemplo de cómo los estudiantes locales se siguen beneficiando de los programas educativos que apoya el Puerto. En este tema, también conocerán a Julio Miranda, uno de nuestros estudiantes-trabajadores, cuya experiencia en el Puerto le ayudó a preparase para su nueva carrera en la industria marítima. Asegúrese de no perderse el resumen de todos los eventos comunitarios del LA Waterfront para este verano en la página 4, el cual incluye también la Semana de la Flota de LA®. Esta nueva tradición anual del Fin de Semana del Día del Trabajo incluirá más atracciones y exhibiciones que el año pasado. Es un honor ocupar el cargo de director ejecutivo del Puerto de Los Ángeles, y un privilegio trabajar con la comunidad del LA Harbor. ¡Esperamos verlos a todos en el LA Waterfront este verano!

Eugene D. Seroka Director Ejecutivo JUNTA DE COMISIONADOS DEL PUERTO

Embajadora Vilma Martínez, Presidente David Arian, Vicepresidente Patricia Castellanos, Comisionada Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., Comisionado Edward Renwick, Comisionado

LA Waterfront es una publicación de la División de Relaciones de Medios del Puerto. Para obtener más información o si tiene preguntas acerca de esta publicación, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al (310) 732-0430. Visite el sitio web del Puerto para la información sobre estadísticas, novedades, noticias, y mucho más en Obtenga información sobre los eventos especiales del puerto al llamar al (310) 7323508. Como entidad cubierta bajo el Título II de la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades, la Ciudad de Los Ángeles no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad y, previa solicitud, proporcionará ajustes razonables para garantizar la igualdad de acceso a sus programas, servicios y actividades.



Julio Miranda



De niño, a Julio Miranda le fascinaban los puertos— los barcos gigantes, las grúas torres y el ajetreo diario del trabajo en el puerto. En el fondo, siempre supo que trabajaría en el puerto algún día. Y ahora, con la experiencia obtenida como estudiante trabajador en el Puerto de Los Ángeles, Julio ve sus sueños volverse realidad, pese a que su camino para llegar ahí no fue siempre recto. Nacido y criado en Wilmington, Miranda asistió a escuelas locales hasta que su familia se mudó a Palmdale cuando él estaba en la secundaria. Él le reconoce tanto a sus dos hermanas mayores—quienes se retiraron de la secundaria— como a su tío y la novia ahora su prometida, el haberle inculcado la importancia de una buena educación. En todo caso, él no se percató de esas palabras sabias hasta que intentó iniciar su propio negocio después de graduarse de la secundaria. “Julio’s Tire Repair” demostró ser más complicado de lo que él pensaba. “Fuera de la secundaria, yo realmente no quería ir a la universidad, pero aprendí rápidamente que reparar grandes equipos de neumáticos era mucho trabajo” dice Miranda. “Fue mi tío quien finalmente me animó a regresar a la escuela. Como inmigrante a los U.S., me dijo ‘Hazlo bien por nosotros’ y recibe educación. Así que lo hice, y no he mirado hacia atrás desde entonces”. Luego de obtener suficientes créditos de la Universidad comunitaria, Miranda se transfirió a la Universidad Estatal de California, Long Beach, donde obtuvo su título de licenciatura en historia del arte, luego realizó una maestría en gestión de la cadena de suministro. Fue a través de CSULB, que él aprendió sobre el programa de estudiante trabajador a nivel universitario del Puerto de Los Ángeles. “Incluso con todo lo que aprendí en clases, siento como si necesitara más experiencia práctica en mi campo, y eso es exactamente lo que el Puerto me ofreció” dijo Miranda. Durante su tiempo en el Puerto, Miranda trabajó junto a administradores de la construcción y la división de mantenimiento del Puerto. Él dice que la

experiencia le permitió no solo aprender sobre las operaciones del Puerto, sino también ver de primera mano cómo los experimentados gestores de proyectos a menudo controlan situaciones complejas y difíciles mientras manejan el Puerto. “Aprendí mucho de los administradores portuarios durante mi tiempo ahí” dice Miranda. “La formación en el lugar de trabajo fue invaluable.”

“El programa de estudiante trabajador del Puerto fue una gran experiencia. Aprendí mucho de los administradores portuarios durante mi tiempo ahí.” – Julio Miranda Tanto que Miranda fue contrató recientemente por la compañía de logística en transporte JB Hunt Transport Inc. como gerente de flota intermodal. Impulsar las carreras marítimas y afines al comercio es un aspecto importante del programa de estudiante trabajador del Puerto, el cual se ha fortalecido por más de 40 años, y ha empleado cientos de estudiantes universitarios. “Es importante que abramos las puertas a aquellos estudiantes del nivel universitario, que buscan fortalecer sus habilidades,” dijo Tish Lorenzana, la Directora de Recursos Humanos del Puerto. “Muchos de nuestros estudiantes han tenido carreras exitosas en la industria marítima y en campos relacionados.” Los estudiantes universitarios interesados en el programa de estudiante trabajador deben enviar la hoja de vida por correo electrónico y una carta de presentación explicando su interés en el programa a TLorenzana@ La capacidad para el programa es limitada y las hojas de vida se revisan cuando haya vacantes disponibles.




Los estudiantes de la Secundaria Dana a menudo son aconsejados por su profesor de ciencias humanas Richard Rueter. ¿Qué les aconsejó recientemente? Desarrollar su conocimiento y habilidades en STEM (por sus siglas en inglés)—el estudio de ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas. STEM se está convirtiendo en un objetivo cada vez mayor en la educación, menciona Rueter. Los jóvenes con esas habilidades tienen una creciente demanda, lo cual puede llevar a muchas oportunidades de trabajos muy bien remunerados y carreras emocionantes. Al principio, cuando Rueter les sugirió a sus estudiantes navegar, como una forma de desarrollar sus habilidades STEM, ellos no encontraron conexión. No fue sino hasta que ellos zarparon en el LA Harbor como parte del programa TopSail Youth del Instituto Marítimo de los Ángeles. En la celebración de su aniversario de plata número 25 este año, el Instituto Marítimo de Los Ángeles (LAMI por sus siglas en inglés) se centra en ayudar a los estudiantes a descubrir su potencial a través de experiencias relacionadas con el sector marítimo. El año pasado, más de 5,000 estudiantes participaron en programas de LAMI, un gran salto a lo largo de los años anteriores. (¡El Puerto de los Ángeles es uno de los orgullosos patrocinadores de LAMI!) Al aprender cosas como la manera de navegar un barco, leer gráficos y 10

registros marítimos, trazar viajes por mar, medir distancias e incluso subir aparejos, los estudiantes verán de primera mano la manera como los conceptos de STEM como matemáticas e ingeniería cobran vida. “Todo ocurre en un bote,” dice Rueter, que ha estado organizando viajes náuticos para sus estudiantes de la Secundaria Dana por más de 10 años. “Lo que pasa a bordo está relacionado con la ciencia y las matemáticas, con la capacidad de los estudiantes de implementar conceptos y aprender por ellos mismos verdaderamente.” Sin embargo, la experiencia de navegación de LAMI presenta muchos más beneficios. Este es un programa que promueve la confianza, el carácter y las habilidades de liderazgo, dice Bruce Heyman, director ejecutivo del LAMI. El arte de la navegación requiere de distintas clases de resolución de problemas y de toma de decisiones, a diferencia de los enfoques impartidos en una clase tradicional. Los programas de LAMI también han brindado una luz de esperanza para aquellos estudiantes que pueden estar presentando dificultades en la escuela o en la casa. “Lo mejor de los programas de LAMI es que se enfocan en la formación del carácter y en STEM de manera simultánea,” dice Heyman. “la experiencia es tanto educativa como de transformación para nuestros estudiantes.”


“Muchos de nuestros estudiantes pasan por el puerto todos los días. Sin embargo, nunca se han subido a un bote. De modo que cuando estos chicos se paran en la cubierta, experimentan un mundo completamente nuevo. Es más que un paseo en bote. Durante los embarques, se desempeñan y aprenden bastante.” – Bruce Heyman Director Ejecutivo LAMI

Con el fin de mantener las cosas a flote mientras se está en el mar, los niños no tienen otra opción que trabajar juntos como equipo. Incluso el tímido o reservado comparte una palabra diferente. Los estudiantes que podrían verse intimidados en el salón de clase, frecuentemente se convierten en líderes de equipo, llenos de confianza en el bote.

LAMI ha podido ofrecer programas gratuitos a jóvenes por toda el área de los Ángeles—desde excursiones educativas de un solo día hasta viajes de permanencia por varios días, campamentos de verano y últimamente se han ofrecido clases de construcción.

Christina, alumna de la escuela secundaria del Puerto de los Ángeles “CeCe” Morales puede decirlo. Christina fue transferida a la secundaria POLA el otoño pasado, por ende, no conocía muchas personas. Ella le agradece al programa TopSail por ayudarle a sentirse más a gusto con sus nuevos compañeros. “Al principio era bastante tímida, pero desde que empezamos a trabajar juntos y a funcionar como equipo en el bote, comencé a vencer mi timidez.”

Tal como las excursiones en alta mar, las clases de construcción de navíos de LAMI han sido diseñadas con el propósito de transformar los conceptos STEM de las aulas de clase a un aprendizaje activo. Las clases de construcción de navíos de LAMI son interactivas y prácticas similares a las “clases de taller” que ofrecían las escuelas elementales y secundarias décadas atrás.

LAMI también expone a los estudiantes a experiencias tanto educativas como de vida a las que la mayoría no tendría la oportunidad de vivir por su propia cuenta. “Muchos de nuestros estudiantes pasan por el puerto a diario. Sin embargo, nunca se han subido a un bote,” dice Heyman. “De modo que cuando estos chicos se paran en la cubierta, experimentan un mundo completamente nuevo. Es más que un paseo en bote. Durante los embarques, se desempeñan y aprenden bastante… sus rostros reflejan una sonrisa de orgullo maravillosa.” Majestuosos e impresionantes son los dos grandes buques de servicio de LAMI—el Bergantín Irving Johnson y el Bergantín Exy Johnson —de 90-pies de alto y 110-pies de largo. Entre los buques de carga, las grúas y los buques contenedores del puerto, los grandes buques clásicos son un espectáculo único. Construidos por voluntarios locales comunitarios del puerto hace más de 15 años, ambos buques fueron diseñados específicamente como buques de enseñanza—desde sus velas, hasta sus aparejos y mástiles. Desde su lanzamiento en 2002, LAMI ha entrenado y contado con docenas de voluntarios para mantener los buques de madera conservados y para que presenten servicios como miembros del personal y educadores en las embarcaciones durante las excursiones. Con fondos del Puerto de los Ángeles y otras organizaciones individuales,

Pero, a diferencia de las clases de taller de años anteriores, el programa de construcción de navíos del LAMI integra cuidadosamente conceptos de matemática e ingeniería, los cuales son necesarias para el diseño y la construcción de navíos. Aaron Ferralles, un alumno de la secundaria, aprendió rápidamente que la clase no era como una típica clase electiva de la secundaria. “Cuando recibí esta clase, no tenía idea que en realidad construiríamos navíos,” él dijo. “He aprendido demasiado trabajando con herramientas eléctricas, y sobre el difícil proceso de construcción de navíos. Hay mucho trabajo en ello.” En el momento, las clases de construcción de navíos se llevan a cabo en un taller de maquinaria renovada y en un astillero ubicados justo frente a las oficinas de LAMI en el Ports O’ Call, un espacio que LAMI renta sin costo alguno del Puerto. Sin embargo, cuando se construya el nuevo Mercado Público de San Pedro, dice Heyman, LAMI espera transformar el edificio y el patio en un “astillero” en el cual se pueda trabajar. Los visitantes tendrán la oportunidad de presenciar la construcción de navíos, la restauración y otras actividades de LAMI, las cuales ayudarán a conectar a Angelinos a sus orígenes náuticos en el Puerto de los Ángeles. Recientemente, LAMI ha empezado a ofrecer su Bergantín para charters privados, rodajes de películas y eventos para ayudar a reunir fondos adicionales para sus programas educativos. “Una de las cosas que hemos visto los últimos 25 años es que reunir a estos niños para navegar, y hacer que trabajen juntos y exponerlos a la industria marítima en su propio patio es una experiencia invaluable,” dice Heymman. “Una y otra vez, LAMI demuestra que no se tiene que estar dentro de un aula de clase para aprender.”



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Port of Los Angeles Unveils Design of Wilmington Waterfront Promenade The Port of Los Angeles held a public meeting this spring on the status of the Wilmington Waterfront Development Program at Banning’s Landing Community Center, the cornerstone of the project site. Port staff presented design updates for the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade, evolving from the original Environmental Impact Report and Port Master Plan renderings to its current detailed design based on community feedback. Key elements of the design are public access and connectivity to the water’s edge. Last October, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved Sasaki Associates, Inc. as the designer of the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade. The Port is on track to start to construction in 2018.

NEWS AT THE PORT Port of Los Angeles Cargo Volumes Up 10% After First Four Months of 2017 After a record-breaking year of container volumes in 2016, the Port of Los Angeles is off to a strong start again in 2017. Through April, the Port has moved almost 3 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), a 10 percent increase compared to last year. "April was the first month of new vessel alliance deployments around the globe, and we are pleased that the Port of Los Angeles provided world-class service and efficiency at our terminals," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. "We continue to earn the confidence of shippers and are encouraged by the strength of our

Phase Two of Harbor Boulevard Roadway Improvements Continue During Summer Phase Two of the Port of Los Angeles’ Harbor Boulevard Roadway Improvements Project is now underway, which includes lane reductions along Sampson Way and Harbor Boulevard, from 6th Street to Gulch Road in San Pedro (less than one quarter of a mile). Both Sampson Way and Harbor Boulevard have been reduced to one lane in each direction, which will remain through the end of summer. When visiting Ports O’ Call Village and San Pedro Fish Market on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., accessing the area via 22nd and Miner streets is recommended. Free overflow parking lots on 22nd Street are also available, with free trolley stops offered by San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District. After the completion of the Harbor Boulevard Roadway Improvements Project in 2018, a realigned Harbor Boulevard will flow into Ports O’ Call Village, providing direct access to the LA Waterfront.

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