The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) is a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles. POLA was granted control by the State of California in 1911 for establishment, improvement, and conduct of a harbor, for the purposes of commerce, navigation, and fishery. In 1970 the mandate was expanded to include purposes such as public parks, recreational facilities, marinas, and open space areas for the public.
POLA has over one billion dollars in capital improvements planned for the next five years. Major expansion plans include Tra-Pac, China Shipping, and a 370 million dollar Main Channel Deepening Project.
POLA inspectors represented by the Municipal Construction Inspectors Association include Construction Inspectors, Seniors Construction Inspectors, and Senior Electrical Inspectors. These inspectors duties cover the inspection of dredging, pile driving, floating docks, gangways and other associated types of installations. They also are involved in the automated crane terminals and contract compliance during construction of buildings. Other MCIA represented members performing inspections at POLA include inspectors from the Bureau of Contract Administration and the Department of Building and Safety.