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Blog: Join the Fight for Our Waterfront!

Be a part of history: residents are ready to gather signatures to get power plant phase out initiative on the ballot.

This is it. It is now or never. Your town, your neighbors, our children and future generations need you. This is a call to action!

The next few weeks will determine the fate of our waterfront for generations to come. Will we be doomed to 50 more years of a blighting our harbor and spewing toxins over our community? Or will we reclaim and restore our waterfront into something we can all be proud of? It is up to us.

NoPowerPlant.com is gearing up to gather signatures to get the Power Plant Phase Out initiative on the ballot. They will need to gather 9,500 signatures before the end of September, so it is time for all hands on deck!

If you want to join your neighbors, rid our waterfront of the blighting, polluting power plant, and be part of writing a new chapter in South Bay history, stand up and volunteer to gather petition signatures. You must be “eligible to register to vote in California” to help gather signatures. Send an email to dolfanmeli@yahoo.com to volunteer. Your fellow residents, our children, and generations to come need you—and, they need you now.

Volunteer and urge your family and friends to volunteer. Join the fight to take back our waterfront from a company in Virginia. They don’t live here. They don’t really care about our community. If they did, they would have fixed their steam vent problem years ago. If they cared about the communities their power plants pollute, they would not run any coal fired power plants anywhere. AES does what they must to get the permits and contracts to produce power. They get environmental when regulations force them or profits drive them to it. Their local president doesn’t live here. Their project manager doesn’t live here. They don’t have to look at the plant every day. They don’t have to breath their own pollution. They don’t raise their kids here.

We do. It is our town, not theirs. We must not sit by and allow them to bulldoze over us to build a power plant we don’t want and that we don’t need.

This is American democracy at its best, in the tradition of our founding fathers. Don’t let a company in Virginia bully us and dictate what happens to our waterfront. If we cower in fear and complacency, we get the pollution and blight, while they take their profits to Virginia.

Stand up and fight for our waterfront side-by-side with your neighbors!  Join the fight to take back our waterfront!

Get the latest updates at nopowerplant.com.

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Fred Reardon August 05, 2012 at 07:59 AM
I'll be happy to call you what you are Tony...a toxic plume supporter and threat to our communities health. You can threaten us all you want but your tactics will not work because you and AES do not own the air we breathe. AES does not have a private property right to expose us, via giant power plant tail pipes, to cancer, lung disease, etc. After the zoning change, AES can keep their property and do whatever they want with it as long as it conforms to the zoning and doesn't involve polluting and threatening the health and safety of our community. Those of us that study the facts see through your deceipt and become more determined to follow through with our ardent desire to rid our community of this toxic threat. No one buys your lies that the tons of toxic emissions, we witness coming out of the smoke stacks, cannot harm our families. 
Fred Reardon August 05, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Therefore, keep hoping that your pathetic lies and misleading statements regarding the toxic plumes negative effects, and threats will resinate with someone. Meanwhile, we will charge ahead with the best interests of our families in mind and not your friends at AES. It's not your noble duty to determine whether or not there is money to remove power plant infrastucture. It would be more noble for you to determine how you are going to protect your neighbors from the threat of a large plume of toxins spewing toxic chemical waste into our lungs. You might be right at home living in the Phillipines under the shadow of AES's coal fired power plant's toxic plume. Perhaps there, AES will allow you to shovel coal for them and we won't have to listen to the lies you're shoveling.
L. Campeggi August 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
AES is obligated to pay for the removal of their power plant and remediate the property. Eric Pendergraft, president of AES Southland, testified at a public city council meeting in November, 2011, that the value of the scrap metal on their site would pay for it to be torn down. Those are the facts about who is obligated and who has to pay for the removal of the power plant. It's AES ... directly from their mouth ... in a public forum ... televised ... available on the city's website as a video for all the world to see!
Tim Chase August 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
http://redondobeach.patch.com/blog_posts/energy-vehicles-of-value-3a811bce
South Bay by Jackie August 08, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show, we'll be speaking with council member Bill Brand about the proposed AES plant. The show starts at 7 a.m. and you can tune in here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesouthbayshow/2012/08/09/the-south-bay-show

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