Who's Redondo Beach's Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named President Obama its person of the year for the second time. Tell us who you think should win from our town!

On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Obama its Person of the Year, again.

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008.

But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Redondo Beach's Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

Tell us your pick and why he or she should be Redondo Beach's Person of the Year in the comment section below.

Bill Brand December 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thanks Stu, but I nominate Jim Light as well. His integrity, selfless and tireless effort to improve the quality of life for all Redondo citizens makes me proud to be associated with him. And unlike all his current competitors for City Council in District 1, he has been doing this for over 10 years. Thank you Jim for your leadership and unwavering commitment to the betterment of Redondo Beach. I don't agree with you on everything, but your integrity, hard work and passion for everyone and all the issues, not just the power plant, are what is missing at all levels for the political spectrum. I would vote for you every opportunity I had, and would be proud to serve with you on the Council. For those of you who think Jim is a one issue candidate, I assure his list of issues and monumental efforts for the last eleven years is long. Rezoning the AES site is just the latest in a very long list. I'm sure even he can't remember all he's done. And he has persevered in the face of insults he does not deserve. His opponents have twisted facts and obfuscated the truth all the time to further their own agendas. And Jim just keeps going and going. He's a good person to have on your side. Thanks Jim!
ew dunbar December 31, 2012 at 08:17 PM
yes to Jim Light. ed dunbar
Dawn Esser January 02, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Jim Light is by far the Person of the Year for Redondo! He has dedicated years of his life to ensuring the residents of Redondo are heard and represented in this City! Residents of Redondo should be eternally grateful for his work on stopping Heart of the City condo fiasco, passing of Measure DD, ensuring the Mayor and Council adhere to the law and City Charter by putting Measure G on the ballot, and for writing Measure A to ensure our waterfront is not blighted for another 50 years by a polluting, unneeded power plant! Thank you Jim for putting your brains, talent and time in protecting our City for me, my family and my neighbors!
Dawn Esser January 02, 2013 at 12:40 AM
In supporting AES's plans to rebuild a power plant on our waterfront and continue the years of economic and visual blight to Redondo businesses and residents, Ms. Smeltzer is certainly not a good choice for Redondo person of the Year! She has sold out Redondo's waterfront businesses for one platinum member who has negatively impacted Redondo's environment and economy for years!
Jim Montgomery January 06, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I agree completely with the nomination of JIm Light for Redondo Beach Person of the Year. I've known Jim for a couple years now and In that time, I have found him to be someone with qualities that we should all aspire to have. He is one of the most selfless, sincere, honest, hardworking and intelligent persons I have ever met. Redondo Beach (and the world) would be a much better place if it was filled with more Jim Lights! I want to live in a South Bay that matches the vision that Jim has. Redondo Beach could hardly find a better person of the year. I hope he will be chosen and beyond this I hope the citizens of Redondo will do themselves (and the rest of the South Bay) a favor and vote Jim in as District 1 City Councilmember. He is everything we need and deserve in an elected official.


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