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Yes on Measure A

Vote yes on Measure A in March.

Recently there's been a lot of talk about Measure A being a 'taking'. Let's discuss what they have been taking from us for years.

AES has been taking our waterfront, our skyline, and even our health. AES has also been taking advantage of tax loopholes grandfathered in by Edison. And now they want to give us a retooled powerplant in our backyard, which will spew 5 to 15 times more particulate matter into our air.

Something else they want to give us is 38 acres of 'mixed use' zoning on the property with no guarantee that land won't slowly be sold off to condo developers in the future through lobbying efforts by AES to rezone.

The plant is unnecessary to the grid and to the residents of Redondo. Measure A settles the issue; rezoning the land 60 percent open space and 40 percent commercial, with a fund from the commercial area set up to pay for upkeep on the open space. AES will still own the land. This decision will effect our quality of life for decades if not a century yet to come.

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Fred Reardon February 05, 2013 at 05:09 AM
I'm beginning to consider this guy a serious contender.
Kelly Sarkisian February 05, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Anything that takes away private property from a private owner is a taking. Measure a forces a land owner to give away 60 percent of their property for a park and pay for the upkeep of the park through what is left of their property. With measure a, the owner loses 60 percent of their land and potential income (to pay or a park) from the remaining 40 percent. How is that idea even close to sane?
Kelly Sarkisian February 05, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Last but not least regarding candidates. I hope that informed residents are not making their decisions based on a single issue. The city has dozens of pressing election type issues. A smart voter picks a candidate based on all of their positions, not just one!
Jim Light February 05, 2013 at 03:35 PM
You keep repeating this but that does not make it true. Measure A does not force AES to give its property to anyone. If the CEC denies AES' application for a new plant, Measure A represents more value for AES than its current zoning. Measure A gives AES the same total development density as is allowed in the harbor area. Measure A pays for park sustainment through the normal taxes collected off the commercial development. It does not force AES to lose their potential income. Measure A is very fair to AES. Measure A is a win for AES, a win for residents, a win for harbor businesses and a win for the city. A new power plant is great for AES, but bad for residents, harbor business and the city.
Jim Light February 05, 2013 at 03:37 PM
An interesting position considering Kelly is not a voter or a real person.
Kelly Sarkisian February 05, 2013 at 07:59 PM
I still don't get the "real person" thing Jim, it's a strange statement, you are generally more articulate than that! There is no dog, robot, computer or cat of the week behind this voice. I'm a real person!
Jim Light February 05, 2013 at 11:09 PM
But what is your real name and where do you live?
Robert Keane February 07, 2013 at 05:53 AM
Mr. Coleman. I find your argument against the power plant somewhat at odds with some of the other stances you have taken. You support ridding the city of the power plant because of pollution. I believe you said "particulate matter." That is an admirable position but you also are oppose the ban against wood burning fireplaces in new construction. How can you oppose one form of pollution and support another?
Eric Coleman February 07, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I'd be happy to Robert. While I'm not 'for' any kind of pollution, I am for grown ups being able to operate in a free society. More to the point, enough with many of these senseless bans. The problem with Democrats, at the state level at least, is they're are quite happy to restrict adults behavior yet are silent when comes to issues of corporate greed. I suppose it's easier to add shackles rather than remove them. And sir I am all for freedom FOR PEOPLE not large uncaring corporation whose only concern is profit. Furthermore, most pollution in Los Angeles comes from cars, that's why I have championed the re-introduction of the red cars. AES wants to make this an issue of property rights, but what of our rights? The right to breathe clean air and be compensated fairly in taxes by AES? And enough with this corporation as person hooey. I won't believe a corporation is a person until Texas executes one.
Gerry O'Connor February 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Shameful hiding behind the cloak of anonymity has no place is in healthy, intelligent, community discussions. While anonymity may empower weaker minds to mistakenly believe they can successfully distract from the truth with the tireless repetition of ad hominem attacks, unfounded claims, and even deliberate untruths, it really only removes all credibility of the author, and is an insult to the entire, wiser community -- even those who may otherwise agree. Give it up, already, "Kelly Sarkisian". Your curtain was pulled back long ago, and you were no Wizard of Oz to start with. End the madness - Vote YES on A! :-))
Chris M February 07, 2013 at 10:08 PM
As a resident of RB I can imagine anyone wanting to vote No on this prop. There is no benefit in having a new AES plant to local residents. If anything, we are desperate for more open space.

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