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Redondo Beach Election Guide

Find your polling place, read about candidates and study Measure A documents in our guide to the Redondo Beach municipal elections.

Voters across Redondo Beach will cast their ballots Tuesday in the city's municipal election. Residents will vote for a mayor and city council members for Districts 1, 2 and 4. Voters will also make a decision on Measure A, which may determine the future of the power plant on Harbor Drive.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. To find your polling place or print out a sample ballot, visit lavote.net/locator. If you've filled out an absentee ballot but did not mail it, drop it off at city hall on Monday or at your polling place on Tuesday. Ballots received later than Tuesday will not be counted.

Election results will be updated at the following links on Patch as they are received:

  • Redondo Beach Election Results
  • Redondo Beach Measure A Results

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES

Redondo Beach Patch asked each candidate a series of questions to see where they stand on the city's issues. Click a candidate's name to see his or her responses, as well as links to other articles written about the candidates and any social media pages. Please note that councilmen and mayoral candidates Steve Aspel, Pat Aust and Matt Kilroy declined to complete the questionnaire despite repeated requests.

City Attorney Mike Webb and Redondo Beach Board of Education candidates Bradley Waller, Brad Serkin and Michael R. Christensen are running unopposed and were not sent questionnaires.

City Council District 1

  • Kim Fine
  • Jeff Ginsburg
  • Jim Light
  • Dianne Prado

City Council District 2

  • Bill Brand
  • Michael Jackson
  • Susan Kowalski

City Council District 4

  • Jan Jeffreys
  • Stephen Sammarco
  • Julian Stern

Mayor

  • Steve Aspel
  • Pat Aust
  • Eric Coleman
  • Matt Kilroy

MEASURE A

Measure A is a ballot initiative that aims to rezone the land under the AES Redondo Beach power plant on Harbor Drive to a mixture of 30-40 percent commercial and institutional uses, with the remaining land designated parkland and open space, to force the California Energy Commission to perform an energy need analysis before it approves AES' application to build a new power plant on the land.

AES Redondo Beach must retrofit, retire, rebuild or obtain a special exemption to continue operating by 2020 due to regulations on once-through cooling plants that use ocean water to cool the superheated steam that spins the turbines to produce electricity. Parent company AES Southland has already filed an application with the CEC to rebuild a smaller plant in its place.

The initiative campaign was spearheaded by Measure A co-authors Councilman Bill Brand and slow-growth activist Jim Light, along with political action committees Building a Better Redondo and NoPowerPlant.com. Those people and groups support Measure A.

Measure A is opposed by AES; citizens' political action committee Redondo Beach United for a NO Vote on Measure A; Mayor Mike Gin; councilmen Steve Aspel, Pat Aust, Steve Diels and Matt Kilroy; and the majority of candidates for Redondo Beach City Council. Opponents argue that if passed, Measure A would constitute an illegal taking of property and would lead to lawsuits that could possibly bankrupt the city. Others argue that the measure ties the city's hands when it comes to negotiations with AES.

Ballot question:

Shall Redondo Beach Phase-Out Existing Power Generation and Power Transmission from an Approximately 50-Acre Site and Set New Land Use and Development Standards by Amending the General Plan, Coastal Land Use Plan, Harbor/Civic Center Specific Plan, Coastal Zoning, Zoning, and City Charter; the new land use would be allocated between 60-70% to parks and open space and the remaining 30-40% allocated between commercial, institutional or marine related light industrial/boatyard uses?

Documents:

For complete coverage of the March elections, visit our Redondo Beach Municipal Elections page.

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Lisa Rodriguez March 01, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Measure A is also opposed by Citizen's PAC "REDONDO BEACH UNITED for a NO VOTE on MEASURE A:" - information can be found at www.revitalizeredondo.org and www.facebook.com/NoOnARedondoBeach Who strongly believe Measure A lacks the authority, substance, and means necessary to deliver what it claims; Limiting our city's ability to negotiate more favorable options and support better economic returns and air quality assurances.
Jim Light March 01, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Measure A is our only chance to stop a new power plant from polluting out town and blighting our harbor for the next 50 years. If you read the City Attorney's impartial analysis of Measure in your voters booklet, the City Attorney clearly defines that Measure A sets a different process and sets a higher bar if the CEC wants to ignore the voters and override Measure A's zoning. Most of the power plant applications that are denied by the CEC are due to conflicts with local ordinances and regulations. Out of 131 cases where power plants had substantive resident and city opposition, 127 cases were denied. It is unlikely that the CEC would override the will of the people or that they could prove power from this plant is required for grid reliability. More and more state reports show AES Redondo is not critical. AES knows that and that is why they have spent over $300,000 to date to send their unsubstantiated fear and smear mailers, TV ads, billboards, lawn signs, online banner ads, lawn signs, push polls and robocalls. Redondo United is riding the coattails of the AES smear and fear campaign. They have only raised about $2400 from six people. Measure A is the only way to stop the new power plant. Vote Yes on A. Read the information from both sides and see who has substantiated their claims and who is throwing out unsupported one liners filled with fear.
Jim Light March 02, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Mary, Measure A is our only chance of stopping a new power plant. It has a reasonable chance of succeeding getting the CEC to deny AES' application. History shows Measure A would have about a 95% chance of getting the CEC to deny the new plant. Why else would AES be spending over $400,000 to scare residents into voting against it? Yes, they just submitted a FPPC form showing they have spent over $400,000. They are running scared. And that in and of itself shows that Measure A is the their only real threat.
Jim Light March 03, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Tell us Mary, what is the other way to stop a power plant. We already know intervening alone will not stop it. We asked.
Melanie L Cohen March 04, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Mary, I respect that you do not support Measure A, but please don't distort the facts. Measure A stands on it own merits. Thanks to Jim Light and the Yes on A supporters who have worked long and hard to bring the truth to the residents..
Stacelle March 05, 2013 at 12:24 AM
The only way to stop the power plant and rebuild Redondo pollution free is to vote YES on MEASURE A on Tuesday. Now is the time Redondo residents! Do not fall for AES's distortions.
Deanna Whipp March 05, 2013 at 04:32 PM
What exactly did Mary just say that "distorted facts"? All she said was to educate yourself and read in order to make your decision.
David Mallen March 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Deanna Whipp: It would be more accurate to say that a Yes on Measure A increases the odds greatly that the California Energy Commission will have to do a needs analysis of the power grid that they would not otherwise do. There are no guarantees. Measure A greatly increases the statistical odds of no power plant for the next 50 years and its commercial upzoning would allow for beautiful harbor commercial development, which would increase the value of AES acreage after 2020.

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