Many films, television series and commercials use the Port of Long Beach as a location -- we'll be featuring some of them in upcoming blog posts.
Reader Robert Aguilar, Jr. worked on one of those productions and wrote in with this memory:
"My first visit to the Port of Long Beach was during the filming of Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle in 2002, where I worked on the production staff. In this photo you will see the Angels in the coal fields riding motorcycles. It was a great scene and the people at the Port were fun to work with. In this picture: Drew Barrymore, Long Beach local Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu."
Those "coal fields" are just a memory now, too. Not too long after this photo was taken, all the petroleum coke stored at and shipped through the Port of Long Beach was covered up or enclosed to drastically reduce the release of polluting dust into the air. The coke facilities are still in operation on Piers F and G.