In that case, the trade, the jobs and the tax revenues will go elsewhere. Reducing traffic is thus not only critical to restoring Californians’ quality of life, but also assuring our prosperity. IT’S no secret that California’s overwhelmed transportation system is bad for its residents. But that’s never elicited much sympathy in the corridors of government – at any level. Now, though, experts warn that the jammed roads and freeways are bad for commerce, too. And that just might get the politicians’ attention. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle about 43 percent of the nation’s imports. They also make up the world’s fifth-largest port complex, handling some $300 billion worth of goods every year. But all that cargo needs to find its way across the state, with more than 16,000 trucks traveling through the Los Angeles port every day. As Asian imports continue to increase, so will the demand for L.A.’s ports – unless we can’t handle the ground traffic. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!