Ethics issues prompt Los Angeles, Long Beach port officials to dissolve rail agency committee

The boards overseeing the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports voted unanimously Monday night to dissolve a committee that plays a key role in maintaining Alameda Corridor rail tracks after regulators warned it violated ethical rules.

Earlier this year, the state Fair Political Practices Commission found that the four-member operating committee of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority β€” made up of top port officials and representatives from Union Pacific and BNSF Railway β€” was subject to conflict-of-interest rules. The committee had not been complying since it first met in 2007.

β€œThe intent of why we are here today is to make sure that we comply with the law,” Antonio Gioiello, deputy executive director of development at the Port of Los Angeles, told the commission ahead of the vote.

Created decades ago, the authority maintains a 20-mile track of rail and is jointly run by the two cities, the ports, the county and independent staff. The public agency pays for capital improvements through a cargo fee but the two railroads pay for the maintenance costs.

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Source: Press Telegram

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