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Letter: If AES Is Gone, Where Will We Get Power?

Kathryn Wright asks from where Redondo Beach Unified School District will get power if AES Redondo Beach is retired.

If Redondo Beach Unified School District opposes the retrofitting and improvements done by AES to their power plant, then where will the power to run the lights by which the students and faculty need to run their educational "plants"? There is a wonderfully redone Redondo Union High School fitted out beautifully with a lot power needs. And then there is housing and so on and more high-density population than when I grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, when smog was an actual problem in the whole Los Angeles Basin.

Do people treat students who graduated in those classes as mental deficients due to the clinical psychologists in the region? Is another dog park a need based on common sense or based on psychologists and psychology?

I am reading of the dreamers who desire to fix the whole waterfront to something more "fetching." I have seen through the years so many "renditions" of the waterfront and piers in Redondo Beach, it makes my head spin. If the "dreamers" desire to make changes—and I mean huge changes—let them make them after Mother Nature takes her next turn at making the Harbor a big mess. Don't use money that I understand the taxpayers already are trying to pay in property taxes, bond issues and even from "foundations," etc.

I love the improvements on the Esplanade. The Redondo Beach/Torrance coastline and beaches are among the most beautiful in the world currently, so "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Kathryn M. Wright
Redondo Beach Property Owner
Graduate Aviation High School 1964

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Kelly Sarkisian December 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Jim, did you notice my last post was not to you? I hope your platform has more than one issue. It seems as of now that you are a one issue candidate in a city that has lots going on.
Jim Light December 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I did notice that you addressed someone else, but you had inaccuracies in your statements that bore correcting. As to the one issue snipe - see www.jimlightforcouncil.com to see my platform. I am one of the few candidates who have actually posted their platform for all to see. If you have followed Redondo Beach politics for the last 10 years, you would already know that I have stood up for residents on many matters well beyond AES. But the AES site and harbor revitalization are the two biggest activities going on right now that will impact Redondo for generations to come. So they do warrant special attention. If we let a new power plant be built, we will be stuck with its pollution and blight until 2070 and we put at risk the 100's of millions of investment going into our waterfront for revitalization.
Fred Reardon December 21, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Patch editor living with the Clansmen? Say it isn't so? I have a bunch of family in VA and they are only on the wrong side of the issues most of the time. I don't mean to demonize all southerners however, anyone reading some of these ridiculous pro power plant rants must wonder if many of them are secretly coming from AES? Especially, when you can recognize VA colloquialisms. It's frustrating but necessary to again and again refute the the tired old inaccuracies of the pro power plant bunch. If you don't want your family exposed to this unnecessary and dangerous toxic plume generated particulate matter, you had better speak up. The RB Patch has been fantastic. The Patch has allowed us all, on both sides of the issue, to express our concerns. We are fortunate to have The Patch forum and luckily, we have a legal democratic vote coming up which will provide RB citizens the benefit of sending a clear message to the CA Energy Commission. I am confident people will see through all these silly arguments related to poor old AES and vote Yes on Measure A. Keep up the good work "Patch!"
sheri patterson December 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Kelly, Jim has A LOT great ideas to save our city money, increase revenues and help Redondo lose its reputation of being the 'step child' of the South Bay. Have you read any of his posts and absorbed the info? Better yet, have you researched the data he puts forth so you can confirm its accuracy? I have. He is 100% correct and he has the credentials professionally to back his expertise. I'm sure he'd be happy to speak to you one on one if you truly care about the future of our community. Redondo is sorely lacking in bright visionaries. Jim Light by far, exceeds in this category.
South Bay Resident December 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
As much as I too want the AES Power Plant gone...(I have two kids who live down wind of that plant including me and my wife, and as most of us do. And one of my kids is still attending Redondo Union High School...breathing the SMOG coming from that AES plant...WHEN it's running). If you are going to say that AES employees use the word: "Y'all" (it IS a compound word, isn't it? uh...like the word: isn't), then you need not insult ALL AES employees....you only need insult the CEO's, SFO's their lawyers and of course their lobbiests...i.e. propangandists. But please don't pick on the working people below the line. The thing that sucks (get it? Sucks) is that my family and I live directly downwind of that plant, and yet, we cannot vote on getting rid of it...because we are in Torrance. But my daughter lives every other week at her mom's house in Redondo and her older brother lives there full time. They, like we, and all of you...are breathing that SMOG. What bothers me is how ignorant Kelly and many other local residents are about this issue. Most of those who argue FOR the AES plant to be rebuilt are clearly NOT interested in educating themselves about the real issues regarding the plant in the first place. Those people would prefer to increase the pollution levels and poison their children's, their grand children's and their own bodies for decades to come.

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