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Blog: Waxman, Hahn Agree Working With AES Is the Solution

Know the whole story before you give your signature.

It's nice to know that the reasonable, rational people who have expressed an opinion about how to solve the AES problem all seem to agree that it can only be accomplished by working with AES.

In a letter to the California Energy Commission posted on the No Power Plant website, Rep. Janice Hahn wrote, "I urge your organization to work with CPUC, CAISO and AES to retire this facility." Notice she said "work with" and nothing about working against.

A press release quotes Rep. Henry Waxman as saying, "I encourage AES and  California's regulatory agencies to take this opportunity to permanently retire this facility and to allow redevelopment of the site."

Did either of  those representatives say anything about forcing out of business? Did they mention circumventing the city's political process, the one that determines zoning and re-zoning? Did they even mention using an initiative to make it illegal for AES to conduct business in Redondo Beach?

No, no, and no. And they never will because these seasoned politicians would never endorse tactics that are clearly counterproductive. They know there's a right way and a wrong way to achieve our shared objective of discontinuing electricity production in Redondo Beach. 

Unfortunately, the people who so desperately want you to support their ballot initiative hope you won't notice that opposition to the power plant does not equate to an endorsement of their initiative. Nor is it an endorsement of the other tactics the No Power Plant people use to get their park.

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Fred Reardon August 21, 2012 at 08:05 AM
What has Harry done to help us avoid this toxic situation? Has Harry and his buddies in the Redondo Beach government sat down with state or federal officials in an attempt to avoid a new plant?  Has Harry and his buddies tried to work with AES to develop a plan that does not involve polluting our lungs for the next 50 plus years? No, on the contrary, he and the other AES supporters have mislead, used stall tactics and threats to derail any attempts people in opposition to a power plant have proposed. Simply put, Harry is willing to dismiss the studies, the pollution, the rights of those that are not being represented, a sense of urgency, and the threat to our health and safety for what? There is only one conclusion to draw from Harry's arguments, he's doing everything he can to ensure we get more nasty polluting smoke stacks stuck in our face.
Tim Sole August 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Jim, being a small business owner, I see the impact of people who do not have "Living Wage" jobs on a daily basis. Also being a small business owner, I really understand how any changes our government makes affects small business. Large companies are basically all the same, down size, outsource and cut cost. Even when doing those things have an impact on their own customer base. Small business creates jobs, large companies and government destroy them, that has never changed and never will. I'm just a hard working little guy who finally woke up and started asking tough questions. The environmentalists and AES are both the same wolf in sheep clothing, they both do nothing but destroy things, one destroys our health and the other our destroys our economy, So, yes I do own the reality. So, please spare me the crap about the 40% that will be let go, I like all other small business owners get a dose of kicked in the butt every time an environmentalist or large company gets their panties in a bunch. You guy's want it, own all of it!
Jim Light August 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Sorry Tim, I don't buy it. I am a small business guy as well. Our company just started in 2004 and we fought and scratched our way up to over 450 people. So I get it. In my view AES has at least as much negative fiscal and economic impact as it does negative environmental impact. Over the same 9 year period, harbor businesses grew at just 1/10th the rate of Redondo-wide businesses. What other beach town has a dirt farm and mini-storage two blocks fromt he waterfront? Just as AES is not responsible for their downsizing the staff by 40% or their impacts to other employers that surround them, we are not responsible for the AES employees. It is ludicrous to propose we keep the power plant on the premise that it is our responsibility to employ 30 AES employees indefinitely. The argument is pure bunk. AES will be building two new plants in our area. NRG El Segundo, Sentinel, and Walnut Creek power plants will be coming on line this summer. AES employees can apply to work at these new plants. Or any of the other 13,778MW of new power generation in the pipeline across the state. Our initiative incents both office and institutional development - either of which will mean more high end jobs in the harbor area - without the negative fiscal, economic and environmental impacts of the power plant.
Fred Reardon August 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Tim, Please figure out a way to run your business and pay all your wages without exposing my family to this dangerously close toxic smoke stack plume. Good for you Tim!  You get cheaper business expenses and we get pollution dumped all over our families and friends. Thanks for supporting this out of town business, AES, that does nothing but require nearby residents to pay dearly for their existing archaic operation and newly proposed, yet still archaic operation, via pollution, disease, and increased odds of getting cancer, lung disease asthma, etc. Don't subsidize your business at the expense of my family's health. Those of us, who do not want new smokestacks stuck in our face, are not extreme environmentalists. We are people who drive or walk by this powerplant every day, smell it's fumes, breathe in its toxic smoke, and stare at it day in and day out knowing that it can't be good for our families' and neighbors' health. Change your mindset and position on this new, inappropriately located power plant plan. A lot of us own businesses and we're not cowering to AES. Advertise your business as a no power plant supporter. As a business owner, let people see your vision of a cleaner, healthier Redondo Beach.  People will remember that you took a stand, cared about the health of Redondo families, and sought a healthier environment for your neighbors. 
Tim Sole August 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Fred, Nice, but at no point did I ever say which side I supported. To be very clear, I'm asking tough questions of both sides. What I am saying is that, I don't think anyone cares about the human cost. I also live in the Southbay, I also have to breathe the same air as everyone else, I also understand that I pay a premium to enjoy living in the Southbay. If the people that want it removed economic impact statement is not correct, own that and be held financially responsible for it. That includes insuring that the current workers aren't tossed to the side. If the AES environmental study is not correct, they need to own that and be held financially responsible for it also. They also need to make sure their current employees are taken care of. With change comes responsibility, whichever side wins the battle, needs to own the win and be responsible for all of it. I myself, have not made up my mind one way or the other. This is an issue that I may just ignore at the ballot box, I would rather vote for things that I understand. The truth as I see it, I don't think either side have really logically thought this through. I can tell you that I have signed the petition and truly believe this belongs to a vote of the people. Which side my vote ends up on depends on who can give me the real truth, not an opinion of what might be.

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