Councilman believes ports have taken "another step closer to a lockout."
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
Contract negotiations between West Coast longshoremen and employers have entered month eight.
Port director's tenure has seen projects to deepen harbor, raise Bayonne Bridge, expand marine terminals and intermodal rail.
Hueneme CEO says port could offer relief valve for congestion.
Consensus shows better growth than other parts of world.