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Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

With 18 years as a garage attendant at the Port of Long Beach and a prior tenure of 10 years with the Compton Unified School District, Luis Ortiz has a lot of experience in fleet management. While working on cars is something he’s done since a young age, it’s his interactions with people that he enjoys about his position with the port, where he currently works out of the interim administrative building on Airport Plaza Drive. “You get to meet a lot of the people in the building,” Ortiz said. “You get a lot of one-on-one, personal relationships with your customers.” With the port’s move into the interim offices, the demand on his department has increased as port employees require transportation from there to the port and other off-site meetings, he said. The move to add more electric vehicles to the fleet has also had an impact on his day-to-day, Ortiz noted. “It’s actually made my job easier. The electric vehicles don’t need as much maintenance,” he said. “It’s a good thing.” Charging stations in the parking lot of the port’s interim offices have inspired more employees to buy electric vehicles of their own, Ortiz added.

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