Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order Wednesday aimed at easing supply chain congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Newsom said in a statement, "California's ports are critical to our local, state and national economies, and the state is taking action to support goods movement in the face of global disruptions." The executive order calls on state agencies to find state-owned properties and other locations that could help alleviate short-term storage needs for shipping containers.
Among the governor’s directives, Newsom asked the state agencies to identify priority freight routes for possible temporary exemption from vehicle weight limits in order to carry more goods, identify state and non-state locations that could be available to help address short-term storage needs, and use existing resources to further workplace education and training across the supply chain. The order also came the same day over 150 House Republicans sent a letter to President Biden accusing him and his administration of pushing “radical policies” that are worsening the ongoing supply chain crisis rather than focusing on solutions.