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What Would You Improve in Redondo Beach in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Redondo Beach, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Redondo Beach to make it an even better place to live?

Is it the controversial removal of the AES Redondo Beach power plant? What about the implementation of the proposed cycle track along Harbor Drive? Maybe you want to see the revitalization of the Artesia Corridor, or new stores in the South Bay Galleria.

What is on your Redondo Beach wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013? Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

South Bay Resident January 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I would improve the air quality in Redondo Beach and it's outlying neighboring communities...especially downwind of the AES Power Plant. Vote YES on "A" March 5th! This is something we ALL can do in 2013. The proposed NEW AES power plant will employ about 20 people (that's thirty less than it employs now) and it will pollute MORE because although it will be allegedly a cleaner, smaller running plant, it will actually run MORE because of it's size which means that it will be polluting MORE over the fifty year lifetime of the plant. Studies have already proven that we do NOT need this power plant on our coastline here in the South Bay. Do not listen to the nay sayers as they do NOT know of what they speak of as they are either very ill-informed, or they have something to gain...it certainly isn't electricity, but it COULD be that they would prefer to leave a legacy of cancer causing, DNA degrading, unhappy coughing people in the wake of the proposed new, more polluting AES power plant. You decide. A YES vote IS the way to go for Redondo Beach. And think of this, your YES vote is a YES vote for ALL the communities downwind of this plant. Your decision doesn't just affect Redondo Beach residents. I am a Torrance resident and I cannot vote on this issue...even though it affects me, my wife AND my children. Thank you.
Robert Keane January 02, 2013 at 09:15 PM
As soon as Torrance elects to get rid of their OIL REFINERY then they tell me about my power plant
Jim Light January 02, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Apples to oranges Robert. Our power plant must be rebuilt or substantially modified to comply with state law. It is at the end of its useful life and is currently inefficient and uncompetitive with new plants coming online all over our part of the grid. The AES power contract runs out in 2018. And the power plant runs at a paltry 5% of capacity. The Torrance Oil Refinery has none of this. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to rid our city of our biggest polluter and our " major blighting influence" in the harbor. We should not squander the opportunity.
Robert Keane January 03, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I don't think the power plant is the biggest polluter. I think all of the automobiles are.
Jim Light January 03, 2013 at 02:33 AM
The average 2005 family car goes 12,000 miles per year, and in that 12,000 miles its engine produces a whopping 0.13 pounds of Particulate Matter 2.5 pollution. (New cars run even cleaner.) Per AES' own numbers, the new plant running at AES' lowest predicted run rate will produce 17.1 tons of PM2.5. It would take 263,000 cars driving around and around the power plant for 12,000 miles each to produce the equivalent air pollution. That is more than 6.5 PCH's worth of 2005 family cars. The AES power plant is currently the biggest single source of air pollution in Redondo. According to city records it burns 95% of the natural gas used in Redondo. The new plant would produce 5x the pollution AES reports on the current plant. We are not going to stop 263,000 cars, but we can cut to zero pollution from our biggest polluter.
bev January 03, 2013 at 07:00 AM
i would insist that homeowners obey the city ordinance to NOT put out their waste bins one or two days prior to trash pickup days. we moved here two years ago, and three of our neighbors - nice people, retired - put out their trash on saturdays or sunday mornings (!) for monday trash days which means the street is littered during the weekend with three trash bins per house! it not only restricts parking spaces for visitors, it looks like a dump on the weekends. when i first asked my district rep, steve aspel i believe, about it, he said the rule was to put trash out the night before pickup, and when i asked if there was a city ordinance, he said there was, and when i asked if the city could send an impersonal notice to my area reminding my neighbors of it, he said no! he said i should talk to them about it. we're new here, and didn't think that was the right way to introduce ourselves.
Kelly Sarkisian January 03, 2013 at 07:08 AM
The biggest polluter here is Jim Light. He pollutes every article with his "facts". I wonder how much pollution he is responsible for when adding up his Internet time/electricity.
Jim Light January 03, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Kelly, I guess you would have us abandon facts and research and rely on purely ad hominem attacks to determine major city issues. At least you seem to practice what you preach. BTW - my online power consumption went down when I abandoned my desktop for an iPad.
Tedishor January 03, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Redondo Beach did a magnificent job with the redesign of Esplanade. Unfortunately, the improvements end where Esplanade has buildings on both sides of the street. I invite the members of the City Council to drive on the segment between Topaz and Catalina and, especially, between Ruby and Catalina. They will find the worst pavement not only of Redondo Beach but, most likely, of the entire coastal area. Visiting friends have commented more than once on the contrast between the access to Redondo Beach's "show" street and the rest of the city. Will anything be done about it?
Fred Reardon January 03, 2013 at 10:57 AM
These new power plant supporters are obviously more concerned about defending a polluter than they are concerned about the overwhelming evidence related to the increased odds of getting cancer, lung disease, asthma, heart disease, pregnancy complications, etc. when living in close proximity to a power plant toxic plume. They are hoping that, because the toxins released from smoke stacks are invisible, people will think it's ok for AES to pollute the air we breathe. We have a legal, moral and ethical right to oppose any new pollution that can harm our families. These pollution junkies and AES do not own the air we breathe. These power plant supporters have all these concerns about AES's rights. What about RB citizen's rights to clean air and our right not to be exposed to chemicals that can make us sick. These fact avoiders oddly make the argument they are concerned about rights that profit a Virginia based company at the expense of our health. Therefore, factor in the costs related to economic development and quality of life diminished via noise and landscape pollution and adverse health costs inflated via air pollution. While your evaluating the costs, don't leave out the most important costs in the equation. Vote Yes on Measure A.
Jim Light January 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Tedishor, I whole heartedly agree. If you read my campaign platform online at www.jimlightforcouncil.com, you will find that continuing the beautification of our waterfront is a key platform issue for me, both in the Harbor Area and finishing what we started in District 1.
Mike2 January 03, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Hey Fred, you were free to move here and you are free to move away. The power plant has been here a whole lot longer than you are I. It's private property. How would you like if a handful of residents got together and decided your home could no longer house people and must be torn down and 70% of your property will be a park so you cant get the value from your land. There is a word for this, it's called Socialism. It's just plain wrong Mr. Reardon. It is the antithesis of what our country was built on. By the way Mr. Reardon, do you use natural gas in your home? Perhaps if you are so worried about the toxins from natural gas you should change your home to electricity. Oh wait, where do we get our electricity? Exactly. You spew all this stuff than go turn on your lights and your computer and your television and your gas stove and your gas heater. I challenge you to live in Redondo Beach without electricity or natural gas a week, then you might have a leg to stand on.
Jim Light January 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM
No Mike2, Your analogy is just plain wrong. Mr Reardon's house does not emit 3.3 tons of particulate pollution each year. He has not applied to up that to a limit of 49.7 tons per year. His property has not been cited by City studies as the "major blighting influence" in his neighborhood. His property does not negatively impact property value growth by 40%. His property does not cause nearby business revenue to grow at just 1/10th that elsewhere in the city. And of course, his house is not incompatible with all the surrounding the uses. The power plant sir, is all of these. As to natural gas usage, City of Redondo records show that AES Redondo uses 95% of all natural gas consumed in Redondo. The rest is split between all the other businesses and a small portion used by residents. As to electricity, if we relied on power solely from AES Redondo, our houses would be dark most of the time. Even with San Onofre out and one of the hottest summers in recent years, AES Redondo ran at a paltry 6.18% of capacity. And that power does NOT even get distributed in Redondo. It goes inland to the 405 for distribution to the grid. You also ignore 1.9GW of new power generation from 3 brand new plants in our part of the grid by the end of this summer. So, Mike2, Mr. Reardon does have a leg to stand on. It would seem it is you who is "spewing" stuff.
Kelly Sarkisian January 03, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Well said Mike!
Jim Light January 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM
BTW - changing zoning by a majority vote is called "democracy" not "socialism".
Jack Charles January 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM
You are one dense cement head, dude.
john miller February 07, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I would like to see somebody get something done . Does that happen anymore . Men like my grandfather got things done . Now , all we do is complain and point fingers. A friend of mine told me that men like our grandfathers were made of Iron ore . Everyone today is made out of recycled metals . Get it together people . Make a decision about the power plant , and clean up the water front . Redondo beach deserves it.

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