Editor's note (Oct. 18): The event mentioned in the letter below was not, in fact, sponsored by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce as stated previously. The breakfast was a regular event put on by Southern California Edison. This has been corrected in the letter to the editor below.
The guest speaker Wednesday's breakfast meeting sponsored by Southern California Edison was Ron Litzinger, the president of SCE. He left no doubt that the proposed AES power plant was necessary and inevitable in the future of our community.
The necessity is punctuated by the fact that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will not return to production for an unforeseen time. Only generator No. 2 is even being considered for a five month test run in current plans. And that, only if approved by the Atomic Energy Commission, and others in the field.
The president of SCE was succinct in stating that all of the coastal generators are required to preclude shortages during the summer months, until other means of generation are developed. I think that this information makes the initiative discussion irrelevant.
I am in the real estate development business, and I am encouraged by the project ideas that I know to be considered by AES. Developer Wayne Ratkovich and architect Stanton Ekstut have made very impressive presentations to AES. I look forward to seeing what they can propose for the surplus land.
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