"It seems like the influence on the port or working on the port is just very far reaching. I mean if you're not a longshoreman you're married to one, or your father is one." Joe & Nancy Utovac Owner of Utro’s Cafe & Marine Clerk, San Pedro
"Everybody is now realizing even more and more, they have to get trained for whatever jobs are going to be left." James “Spinner” Spinosa Former President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
"Cargo is still our most important thing. It's most of our revenue, it pays our bills, but we gotta be creative about how we use the port for other types of things that can create jobs." Geraldine Knatz Former Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles
Today, ships are loaded and unloaded using enormous cranes that are operated by longshoremen. Plans are in place at both ports to install automated cranes and driverless trucks, which will mean even less workers at the terminal.