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Blog: Say No to Smoke Stacks, Vote Yes on Measure A

Don't let them pollute your family and neighbors for the next 50 years.

This is our last chance to send a message to the California Energy Commission that we do not want a power plant. If Measure A does not pass, we are likely to get a new power plant. Don’t believe the special interests that say we should compromise and negotiate with AES…that is code for Redondo Beach gets a new power plant.

Let’s send a message to AES that we don’t want their air pollution, landscape pollution, noise pollution, and particulate matter polluting our families any longer. On March 5, stop what you’re doing, go to the polls and do something that you can be proud of for years to come. It’s time for the smoke stacks to go!

Our children will appreciate it. Just look North to El Segundo. If you want a giant toxic plume like that in Redondo Beach for the next 50 years, vote no on Measure A. If you want to tell them to stick their smoke stacks where the sun don't shine...Vote Yes on Measure A.

Basically, the special interests are so brazen that the only thing they offer Redondo Beach for accepting a new power plant is "just accept it and we won't sue you." What do we get? Nothing but ugly smoke stacks and a higher risk of having health problems! AES does not have a permit for a new plant. Therefore, we can't take something they don't have.

It is not their right to run a power plant into eternity. It is up to the state of California and us.

Vote Yes on A

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Kelly Sarkisian February 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
That is a great picture of steam. Way to misrepresent the facts! The particulate from the plant is too small to see. Stop your fear mongering!
Gerry O'Connor February 27, 2013 at 06:25 AM
And since an individual particulate is "too small to see", certainly a documented 500-1500% increase in total particulate emissions can't possibly be harmful, right "Kelly" with the fake name? Get a clue - and a real identity. YES on A! As now endorsed by The Daily Breeze! http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinions/ci_22674563
Kelly Sarkisian February 27, 2013 at 07:28 AM
Get your nose in your own business mr manhattan beach! Way to skirt the issue and avoid the facts. Funny how you can't respond to my post or the facts, you go straight to personal attacks. Can you refute the other people, elected officials, current candidates and both major political parties choice to support a NO vote on measure A? I didn't think so! Worry about your own city, we don't need your opinion here!
Fred Reardon February 27, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Here you go fake name Kelly. Try to convince everyone that all this pollution containing tons of particulate matter is good for our families. Video of the nasty toxic plume: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=g2a06Zh9hZQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dg2a06Zh9hZQ
Fred Reardon February 27, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Kelly S, you're not even a registered voter in Redondo Beach. You hide behind a fraudulent name. For all we know, you are a paid public relations firm representative out to deceive Redondo Beach voters. Gerry has every right to be concerned about the additional proposed pollution. Manhattan Beach is only 3 miles away. With the right wind conditions, anyone in the south bay will be exposed to this unnecessary toxic, chemical laden plume and the increased risk of heart disease, lung disease, asthma, autism, headaches, cancer, etc. It's shameful, and downright sick, to downplay these health risks. Most of us, wouldn't wish this sort of polluting situation on our worst enemy. Perhaps that is why you hide behind a fake name? Thank you Gerry for standing up for South Bay residents concerns. Vote Yes on Measure A. Members of the South Bay community are depending on us (real citizens of Redondo Beach) to not cower and fight this toxic threat.
Tim Sole February 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Good Morning Fred, you certainly are on a roll today. Just to be clear, your "Dear Leader Waxman" washed his hands of this, isn't that special. The environmental extremists dear leader dumping on his merry band of followers......
Jim Light February 27, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Really Kelly? Do you really believe that is all steam? If so, you've not done your homework. That "steam" is something I would not volunteer to breath in. It also contains particulates, Volatile Organic Compounds, Nitrous Oxides, Ammonia, Carbon Monoxide, and Sulfur Dioxide. At just a 5% run rate AES is putting out 15 tons of NOX, 1.3 tons of SO2, 11.7 tons of VOCs, and 2.2 tons of particulates each year. Per the AES application, their new plant running at 25% capacity would put out 8.7 tons of NOX, 2.2 tons of SO2, 22.5 tons of VOCs, and 17.1 tons of particulates in a year. (AES submitted to City Council that they expect the new plant to run between 25% and 42% of annual capacity so this represents the low end). No fear mongering Kelly. Just facts submitted by AES in their application and City project update.
Jim Light February 27, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Just to be fair Tim, Waxman has released a statement he is against a new power plant at this site, but he is neutral on Measure A.
Kelly Sarkisian February 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
But it is fear mongering Jim! If you use a picture it should be explained. I agree the plant puts of lots of bad stuff, but the picture is showing the steam being released by the process of making energy. You guys slight/exploit every photo, every "fact" and turn them into a pro a argument. I refuse to be supportive of that kind of tactic, it's very dishonest! The people deserve the truth!
Kelly Sarkisian February 27, 2013 at 04:19 PM
More fear mongering! With the right wind conditions we could breath the air from Russia. I say we go after them too! There are lots of sources of pollution, we unfortunately share the pollution regionally. Once again it proves the points you make are NIMBY. NIMBY is very short sighted, your energy would be best spent regionally, working with lawful business owners to find an equitable solution.
Fred Reardon February 27, 2013 at 07:40 PM
He's not our leader Tim. Bill Bloomfield is a friend of mine. Come on man...enough with your reactionary talking points. The power plant issue is not that deep. We just don't want our kids breathing in a bunch of toxic emissions. Sorry to hear about your tires, by the way...that's not cool. A Vet deserves more respect!
Kelly Sarkisian February 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM
You are a lot lost. I just said I know the plant puts out lots of bad stuff, I also believe its harmful to humans. That was another person that said it doesn't harm anyone. For the last time, I'm not for the plant, I want it gone. I'm against your taking of the lawful owners property! With that said, you have stayed too far away from your pom poms, stick to just applauding light for his culling of facts to bolster weak arguments.
Tim Sole February 28, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Fred, I want clean air and water also. I simply understand that, we need balance between environmental regulation and economic realities. Responsible stewardship of our natural resources, is not just for those who want us to look and not touch, it is also for those that like to hunt, fish, trail ride, snowmobile and such. Mr. Waxman, is not a responsible steward of our nature's resources, he is an environmental extremist, and as such, needs to be taken to task for that.

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