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Blog: Measure A Is the Only Way

Measure A opponents fail to paint a valid path to no power plant without Measure A.

The Measure A debate is certainly heating up. Opponents of Measure A say there is another way to stop a new power plant on our waterfront. We don't think so.

Work with AES

One prominent theme from Measure A opponents is that they believe we should work with AES to retire the power plant. I have asked our opponents to detail how this approach would work. After all, before Bill Brand and I even thought about crafting a rezoning ballot initiative, we met with AES officials and they made it pretty clear they would not negotiate on anything that did not include a power plant. They gave us the same response when we asked if they wanted to participate in Measure A zoning. 

To date, the Measure A opponents have not answered how working with AES results in no power plant in our harbor. I suspect they have not answered because even they realize that there is no way to achieve this outcome working with AES.

Working with AES means we get a new power plant and some undefined mixed use development on the rest of their property. AES moved the new plant to the very eastern edge of their property…much closer to high density residential neighborhoods… to maximize the amount of land they can develop. This sounds eerily similar to another low point in Redondo city planning. The last time the City and AES worked together for a mixed use development and a smaller, cleaner plant, we got Heart of the City with a new power plant, 600,000 sq ft of new commercial development AND 3000 condos. AES planned to build 1500 condos on their property under Heart of the City. Our City Council rubber stamped it and it was only resident referendum petition that stopped it last time.

So the track record of working with AES is a disaster. We should not repeat this history.

Intervene with the CEC

Several of the Measure A opponents have said we don’t need rezoning, we can stop a new power plant by working with the CEC. They cited the CEC’s disapproval of an application for Sand Francisco’s Portrero Plant as an example.

If you look at the record of how the Portrero power plant was defeated, you will find that the City established their opposition to a new plant a decade before the application. The first resolution opposing the power plant was issued by the Board of Supervisors in 2001. And after that a stream of resolutions, stricter compliance ordinances, and correspondence and agreements with the CEC and CPUC continued over the following decade. The CEC denied the new power plant application when it was submitted in 2011, after a decade of strong, constant and frequent opposition actions by the city.

Recently the City of Carlsbad failed in their opposition to a new power plant in their town. When we talked with their City officials, they told us they started way too late. Bill Brand and the residents of Redondo have been pleading with the Council to take action for well over two years. To date there is zero resolution to oppose the power plant. We are WAAAYYYY too late to go down this path.

All one need do is look at the letter the CEC sent back to the City of Redondo to see the handwriting on the wall. The City sent a letter to the CEC citing substantial holes in AES’ application environmental analyses. The CEC basically replied “noted”, but they did not require AES to supply the missing data or redo the flawed analyses that the City requested. It is very clear, participating in the CEC process at this stage of the game is an exercise in futility.

Measure A is the only way

When asked what we should do given that we are so late to the game, officials from San Francisco, Chula Vista and Carlsbad agreed that our best chance was rezoning. And that rezoning by public vote would send the strongest message.

As noted in City Attorney Mike Webb’s impartial analysis of Measure A,  rezoning to prohibit a new plant forces the CEC to do a power needs analysis. The CEC must provide evidence that power from this specific site is critical to grid reliability. We are confident the CEC would have a tough time coming to that conclusion. 

There is mountains of evidence and testimony that shows AES Redondo is not critical the grid. In fact the most recent CPUC draft decision allows only 1000-1200 MW of new gas-fired power procurement in our part of the grid to replace ocean water cooled power plants like AES Redondo. Currently El Segundo is nearing completion of a new power plant that can produce 560 MW. Huntington has been deemed “Reliability—Must Run” and AES has submitted an application to rebuild it at 900 MW capacity. And the ISO currently concludes that an outage at Alamitos is currently the greatest risk to our grid reliability. AES has submitted a plan to the State Water Resources Control Board to rebuild Alamitos at its full 1,900MW capacity. These three plants far exceed the CPUC limit of what is needed. And just as importantly, the Alamitos and Huntington plants are more critical due to their location on the grid. Power from AES Redondo is just not needed for grid reliability.

Measure A is the only way Redondo residents can force the CEC to do a power needs analysis. And that power needs analysis is our only chance to stop a new power plant from blighting our harbor for the next 50 years.

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Fred Reardon January 20, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Kelly, does your boyfriend play for the Fighting Irish?
sheri patterson January 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Residents continue to say they want people they can trust in office. And it's time Mr. Keane stops accusing Mr. Light of suing the city. BBR got the funds to sue the city for breaking the law because hundreds of residents were outraged that the city would carry on in a way to completely violated our city charter. Get your facts straight, Mr. Keane. Jim Light not only had the courage to put his name and research to doing what was lawful and correct but he also WON the suit. The judges voted in favor of the residents complaint that the city was breaking the law. So who wasted tax payers dollar, Mr. Keane? You ought to pay closer attention to those holding the purse strings. Their arrogance and unlawful behavior was the cause.
Gerry O'Connor January 20, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Here's the funniest part about these sad miscreants who hide under the cloak of outright anonymity and/or false identities, only to sling ad hominem attacks and unsubstantied false claims. They don't even realize that they're only helping more and more people learn what an ethical, intelligent, committed, community minded guy Jim Light is -- as well proven by his solid decade of community service to Redondo Beach. Who else could so courteously continue to play whack-a-mole with these buffoons? I sure know I couldn't -- but Jim Light somehow manages to patiently persevere, kindly referencing, time and again, the factual foundation that so clearly supports the conclusion that more and more community members are learning -- that there is only ONE way to make Redondo's power plant go away, by voting YES on A. Redondo's future has never had such great potential in our lifetimes -- but the voters MUST act to turn that potential into reality. ** Elect Jim Light in District 1 ... Re-Elect Bill Brand in District 2 ... Vote YES on A **
sheri patterson January 20, 2013 at 09:43 PM
And BTW, as Redondo voters, we all know the MOST money will be spent personally attacking the 1 candidate posing the greatest threat to AES' dominating legacy here in RB...and that man is Jim Light. He is beyond bright and has integrity like no one else. He danced circles around his opponents during the debate. Did you watch it? And now, more fake people on the internet to personally try to disgrace Jim Light. That folks, speaks volumes for the sort of company AES is and those supporting them.
sheri patterson January 20, 2013 at 09:46 PM
This isn't surprising at all. AES spending a half a million on dirty campaign tricks, hiring officials w/in the City of RB, trying to fund campaigns of candidates, funding the dishonest mailers put out by the Chamber, getting ppl in India to "like" their FB page so they can fraudently act as if that many residents support them, spending approximately 200K to fund deceptive TV commercials (coming soon on our local channels and also internet ads), saying their plant will be cleaner to city government, school officials and newspapers, when their own state filing with the CEC proves the most hazardous pollutant will increase up to 1500%. THINK Redondo of how much money AES will use on this campaign to deceive voters? A half a million dollars could have been spent helping our community and helping Redondo hire teachers and additional police officers or special programs for kids downwind of their plant that have asthma. Unfortunately, AES has shown NO regard for Redondo Beach since 1998. There are no standards of conduct for ethical behavior in the AES playbooks. Just look at their disgraceful actions once again.
Fred Reardon January 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Robert Keane, Why are are you supporting stealing Redondo Beach citizens clean air?
Jim January 21, 2013 at 02:03 AM
As a recently returned citizen of The South Bay, I am so happy to have the opportunity to vote Yes on Measure A and eliminate the eye sore and health hazard that is the AES power plant. Also, I look forward to having Jim Light represent me in District 1!
Robert Keane January 21, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Sheri.....What do you mean "...stops accusing Mr. Light of suing the city..." He did sue the city. He admits it. He also admits to refusing to negotiate a lower hourly rate with his attorney, who made $550.00 an hour and he took nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money. Simple facts my dear. I believe that elected officials are there to protect the public trust and both Jim Light AND Bill Brand have shown that they could care less about taxpayer dollars. They have one issue. Plain and simple
Robert Keane January 21, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Robert, or rather Kelly, or whatever other name you make up, I love how you just keep repeating the same smear, over and over again. You posted this same attack above. Read your own posts. I have no clue who is in that video. Since you don't seem to mind making up an identity, for all we know you videoed yourself taking one of your own signs. As to the lawsuit, its getting to be a broken record. You inflate numbers and misstate facts. 1) Four judges determined the City Council violated the City Charter. Had the City Council voted to listen to their constituents and to follow the Charter they swore to uphold it would have cost the City ZERO in legal fees. 2) After the judge ruled in the peoples' favor, the City Council voted to file a frivolous appeal that doubled the final costs. 3) After the City lost their frivolous appeal, we settled for less than our total legal costs. And it was nowhere near $1M. But then you don't seem to care about the facts. 4) The lawyers fees were affirmed as reasonable by four judges. So the City Council cost the taxpayers all the legal fees. One resident had to put their name on the lawsuit for it to have "standing". I did that. But it was hundreds of residents who contributed to the lawsuit. They did it because the city council ignored them and the charter. So Robert, Kelly, Steve, Harry I guess you can't refute the article's assertions, so you go into smear mode under fake names.
Robert Keane January 21, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Do a quick Google search. FACT: The Angel Law Firm representing Jim Light made $550.00 and hour and charged the taxpayers $313,000.00. No ifs No ands No buts Just the facts and still no denouncement of theft. There you have it folks. Jim Light all wrapped up in ONE pretty bow
L. Campeggi January 21, 2013 at 03:31 AM
"...courteously continue to play whack-a-mole with these buffoons." Well, that sums it up nicely, Gerry. I now envision these "miscreants" popping up out of holes like miniature AES smokestacks, everywhere, only to be bopped back down by the hammer of truth. Priceless depiction. Others on Patch are no doubt chuckling, too!
L. Campeggi January 21, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Robert Keane is not a registered voter in Redondo Beach. One can easily speculate why he (or she) is intent on smearing Jim Light, with increasing frequency, and on behalf of whom.
Robert Keane January 21, 2013 at 04:44 AM
That's the name on my drivers license, I live in Area 1 and I'm voting in March, Telling the truth isn't a smear campaign. It's the truth
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 06:08 AM
Robert, Kelly, or whomever, I guess you have no argument against the article and can only divert attention through this repeated attack. I thought you said the lawsuit cost $1M. You are all over the map. The fact of the matter is, the City Council violated the city charter and wasted taxpayer money. They could have avoided all legal fees had they followed the City Charter: "Rejecting the city council’s excuses for violating the Coastal Act and Measure DD (now article XXVII of the city’s charter), Judge O’Brien stated in no uncertain terms: “There are no magical words that could change the fact that the Coastal Commission had to certify the ordinances. While the ordinances might say that they became effective 30 days after enactment [in August 2005, and May 2008, respectively], the fact is they didn’t."...The trial court rebuffed as “spurious” the City's further argument.... Noting that the people of Redondo Beach passed Measure DD, in part, because the city’s existing development approval procedures do not carefully or accurately consider the adverse impacts to the local environment and quality of life caused by increased density and congestion resulting from major land use changes, the court granted BBR’s petition for writ of mandate and complaint for declaratory relief “in its entirety.” " So Robert, would you have just let the City Council violate the City Charter and ignore the will of the voters?
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Ahh, but your statements are not the truth. That is the problem Robert or Kelly or Steve or Harry. The fact is it was the City Council's willing violation of the city charter and the will of the voters that drove the legal fees. Constantly, repeating that I cost the City the money, when you know the Council are the ones who broke the law is in fact a smear campaign.
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Please keep the comments civil. Patch does not condone personal attacks from either side.
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 07:03 AM
Thanks Jim!
Kelly Sarkisian January 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM
I just watched the video that you touted as your " platform track record and qualifications". I noticed that in over three minutes of video you stuck to your one and only issue which just like here, you repeated. You missed some points ( even the one that you only added to pander for votes: public safety) that are important to the city. I think it's strange that the only candidate arguing here is Jim Light. The other candidates don't feel the need to constantly attack, belittle and brow beat residents. I wonder why that is?
Kelly Sarkisian January 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM
A majority of the candidates, local and state leaders agree with finding a rational solution that ultimately benefits all parties involved ( which is the opposite of your position). I have seen your negotiation with the city (lawsuit at taxpayer expense), I have also seen your negotiation with AES ( run them out of business, steal their land). I don't blame either group for refusing to negotiate with you. Negotiation is a give and take kind of deal. Not a take and steal principal. Your run at council appears to be an attempt to add weight to your argument. In your anger and rants toward me, you have missed my multiple comments stating that I want the plant GONE! I also said I don't want the city to be bankrupted because of some rash action by a minority of the total city population. You cannot be a solution to this problem, you are too rigid and you have actually become an obstruction to any chance at a fair solution to both parties.
L. Campeggi January 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Kelly Sarkisian is not listed as a registered voter in Redondo Beach. This person, using a fictitious name, is intent on escalating a smear campaign, with escalating frequency.
Kelly Sarkisian January 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Add this to the list: Mr Light was notified yesterday that his campaign was possibly violating election laws by posting signs on private property without permission. A day later the signs are still up on the corner. I guess he is willing to break the law to gorilla market on a well travelled corner. The exposure of his signs ( and pro measure a) must out weigh his social, legal and moral responsibilities. That is unfortunate!
Kelly Sarkisian January 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
AES wouldn't want to pay me because I want the plant GONE, just not at the cost of bankrupting the city. I am not paid for my positions, they are my own. Who is paying you Sir? Your fervent attacks smell of paid advocacy. What is you financial benefit here?
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Kelly, Robert, Harry - We know you are not a real person, so we know you will just keep firing away. Your post shows you don't really know anything about the City lawsuit. Hundreds of residents came to the podium and pleaded with our City Council to follow the charter and the express will of the voters in Measure DD. Over 14000 voters voted in Measure DD. More than twice the number of voters for any elected office. Our City Council arrogantly ignored those testifying and the will of the voters when they voted to ignore the City Charter. The City did not allow residents any alternative. Hundreds donated to a lawsuit. One resident had to put their name on the suit. I am the one who put my name on the document knowing I would get dragged through the mud just as your pro-power plant team are doing now. But I am proud that I did it. It was the right thing to do for the voters of Redondo. Four judges found that the City violated the Charter and attempted to disenfranchise the voters of Redondo. I did not cost the city one dime. The arrogance of the City Council and their willful attempt to illegally ignore the City Charter and disenfranchise the voters of Redondo cost the city the legal fees. Then they threw good money after bad, doubling the fees in a frivolous appeal. While you attack behind fake names, I put my name and reputation on the line for the people of this City. And I would do it again in a heartbeat. Even if it cost me this election.
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Whoever Kelly really is - You purport to be against a new power plant. Yet you attack what 7500 residents signed without offering any solution yourself. In case you haven't read Measure A, it does not steal AES' land. AES retains the property. It merely phases out power generation because of its negative environmental, health, and economic impacts on the surrounding community. It is a rezoning. The City does this all the time. I don't think you are really interested in facts though. You appear to have one mission and that is to attack me personally.
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Kelly or whomever your really are, If you go to my webpage, you will find that I did not cover everything in my video. That would make the video too long. Please feel free to peruse everything on the site at: http://www.jimlightforcouncil.com/ I think you will find it more definitive and comprehensive than any of the others running. I want people to know exactly where Istand and to understand my track record of commitment to our quality of life.
John Wike January 21, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Why do you post under a fake name and Facebook profile, "Kelly?" It isn't too shocking that AES/Revitalize Redondo can't get any real people to post for them, but this is very dishonest. Since you are using a fake name, how do you know Revitalize Redondo's Lisa Davis Rodriguez (your friend on Facebook)? Very fishy.
Kelly Sarkisian January 21, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I did not attack the 7500 residents. That's how you twist other people's words. I believe they were sold on an idea that was very one sided. I know from actually talking to a signature gatherer that you and you team only provided YOUR side of the issue. We all know there are two sides to every story. I also know that the residents were not told about the potential negative effects of the measure, especially the potential for huge lawsuits that could BANKRUPT the city. I'm sure your signature count would have been about 100 had you actually accurately explained both sides.
Jim Light January 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Believe what you want. The vote on Measure A will tell. You purport to be anti-power plant, but you attack the only way residents have to stop a power plant. You avoid providing any other path to stop a power plant. You avoid any substantive discussion of the merits of the article and attack me personally instead. And you hide behind a ficticious name. All of which makes your real motive suspect. All this points to a poorly disguised misleading pro-power plant agenda.


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