What Are Your Questions for Election Candidates?

We want to know what you would ask candidates for Redondo Beach City Council and mayor ahead of the March elections.

Patch will be querying the candidates vying for the Redondo Beach City Council and mayoral positions as the March 5 election nears.

We'll be gathering biographical information and presenting the candidates with a questionnaire to help voters understand where they stand on the issues important to Redondo Beach.

Only one of the races—the District 2 council race—will have an incumbent running for reelection meaning the remaining races are wide open. Mayor Mike Gin, as well as councilmen Steve Aspel and Steve Diels, will all be termed out; however, Aspel will run for the mayoral post.

We're asking for your help. What questions do you want us to ask the mayoral and city council candidates?

Here's the field for the March 5 municipal elections and, if available, links to their campaign web sites or Facebook pages so you can become familiar with their politics:

Mayoral Candidates:

District 1 Candidates:

District 2 Candidates:

District 4 Candidates:

The winners of the mayoral race and city council races will serve four-year terms, which will end March 31, 2017.

If you have a question for these candidates, leave them in the comments section of this article by Friday at 5 p.m. Please indicate the specific race or group of candidates you want the questions posed to.

As election day draws near, check back with Patch for candidate interviews and answers to your questions.

maureen January 29, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I would like to ask all the candidates to share one specific example of demonstrating their leadership and execution skills. What was the challenge they faced, how did they lead a group to define the solutions and how did they execute the plan to a successful end?
Christine Wike January 29, 2013 at 07:36 PM
For candidates who oppose Measure A, I would ask if they noticed that the letter that the City of Redondo Beach submitted to the CEC regarding gaping holes in the AES application was basically ignored and if they realize that state agencies like the CEC are geared for approval unless the proposed plant violates city zoning ordinances. I would ask if they realize that without Measure A, we will have a new plant that will increase deadly particulate pollution by 5-15x in our densely populated residential community for the next 50 years. Basically, I would like to know if they have any alternative plan other than the wait and see approach, which has never worked for any other city that has fought a new power plant in their backyard.
Dwain Tucker January 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
What is your opinion about the power plant being refurbished instead of shut down, and if refurbished, should the power plant be required to pay more of a royalty to Redondo Beach on the power produced within city borders but not consumed in Redondo Beach.
Jim Light January 30, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Maureen - After Heart of the City failed, the City began to chop up their upzoning activities into smaller chunks and increased the frequency of zoning changes. This made impeded the residents' ability to oppose overdevelopment. Facing this situation, I gathered a group of individuals with different skill sets and we started the activities that eventually became Measure DD, a charter change that requires the city to put major changes in land use to a vote of the residents after they are approved by the council. This created a check and balance on the powers of the City Council. This campaign lasted for over a year and each member fo the team had assigned lead roles and then supported in the other areas as needed. We were obviously successful. Despite a deceptive counter initiative by the city and a fear and smear campaign by the Chamber, we won and Measure DD is now Article XXVII of the City Charter. Measure A is now the more recent example...we will see how that turns out after the election.
Jim Light January 30, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Dwain, In my opinion the current plant is too old to be economically refurbished. From my research, evidence shows that this plant is no longer required for grid reliabilty. Based on that and the documented negative impacts, it is time for the plant to be permanently retired. However, if the new plant is eventually approved, AES should have to pay mitigations for their impacts and they should pay for Natural Gas usage just like eveyone else. They use 95% of all natural gas used in Redondo.


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