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Retailers and agricultural interests are warning about a possible West Coast shipping strike or a lockout that could cost the economy billions.They’ve asked the President to step in. We hear from dockworkers and shippers about a slowdown that’s already under way. Also, half the residents of Los Angeles are renters — and that means trouble when there’s a shortage of housing.

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Producers:
Saul Gonzalez
Claire Martin

Port Slowdown: Worrisome News for the Economy 16 MIN, 17 SEC

Since July, unionized dockworkers and shipping companies had been negotiating a new contract behind closed doors -- until a recent exchange of angry public accusations. Retailers, agricultural interests and others have warned President Obama about a slowdown at West Coast ports that could escalate into a strike or lockout, with tens of billions in economic losses. The Pacific Maritime Association says the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has orchestrated a slowdown at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Today, there’s an added problem of a strike against two of the 1000 trucking firms that serve the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.

Guests:
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@josheidelson)
Steve Getzug, Pacific Maritime Association (@smgetzug)
Craig Merrilees, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

Housing Squeeze 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Despite its image, Southern California is not the land of single-family home ownership.  In fact, half of the residents of Los Angeles rent their homes.  Now a shortage of rental housing, means rents are sky high, and that’s producing what KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez calls “rental refugees.”  

Saul speaks with Orange County resident Carlos Hernandez, Simi Valley resident Dusty Donoho, and Richard Green, director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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