With Measure A unfortunately defeated, that issue is no longer on the table for the mayoral race. So, I hope all local media will honor us voters and push the runoff mayoral candidates to clearly answer two fundamental questions:
Do you, Candidate _____, want AES to gain California Energy Commission approval for their new power plant? If not, what will you specifically do to stop it?
Specifics are important!
Both Messrs. Aspel and Kilroy previously said they don't want a new power plant; however, given their inability (or lack of desire) as councilmen to do anything of substance against a new Powerplant, we need to press them for answers now. It was easy for them to be against Measure A, but what are they for?
Measure A, whether you liked it or not, was a real solution to prevent AES' new power plant from being built within a 5-iron's shot of 10,000+ residents per square mile. But neither candidate offered any real solution of their own during the election. One took no "official" stance on "A," although last summer he refused to vote for a resolution against a new power plant while the public considered the initiative behind Measure A. Nice.
The other candidate at least took a stand on "A" but didn't necessarily distinguish himself with the quality of his arguments against the measure. At least not at the public debate I attended. Same with the council runoffs: We know Jim Light is against a new power plant, but what about his opponent?
Measure A barely lost, and most NO voters don’t want a new power plant. In the mayoral (and council) runoffs, we deserve to hear clearly from each candidate; just exactly where they stand on CEC approval of AES’ power plant; and what they'll do about it. They can't hide behind Measure A anymore.
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