Port of San Francisco Celebrates 150 Years

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The first port in California was the Port of San Francisco, and today the Port Department has kicked off a celebration of its 150th anniversary.

On April 24, 1863, Gov. Leland Stanford signed a law creating the agency to support maritime commerce.

Since then, San Francisco's port has supported many different businesses, including commercial fishing, cargo shipping, repair work, Navy operations in World War II and more.

But what does the future hold for the city's ports and its pictureque shoreline?

Joshua Johnson discussed the past and future of the Port of San Francisco with Jasper Rubin, a professor of urban studies and planning at San Francisco State University.

Rubin is the author of "A Negotiated Landscape: The Transformation of San Francisco's Waterfront Since 1950."

Find out what the Port has planned for its anniversary celebration.

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