You can find some nice places to live in the area. You are right next to the Santa Monica mountains. Great motorcycling, bicycling, running and surfing area. Moderate temps all yr round. Only drawback to the place is the cost of housing.
If you want more about the Port contact IH8RDS over on the wrangler forum. She normally hangs out in the California section. More than sure she can fill you in the best on working at the port and living in the area.