EasyReader: Will Redondo’s efforts to rid itself of its power plant result in a park or a litigation nightmare?

by Chelsea Sektnan and Mark McDermott

The Redondo Beach AES power plant at night. Photo by Chelsea SektnanThe Redondo Beach AES power plant at night. Photo by Chelsea Sektnan

Will the initiative intended to rid Redondo Beach of the AES power plant help create a seaside park or a litigation nightmare?

Melanie Cohen stood outside the north Redondo Albertson’s grocery store on a recent Saturday afternoon holding a clipboard. She came prepared for the heat. She wore sunglasses and a khaki hat and brought a fold-up chair and a stack of green pamphlets.

Her aim was to rid the city’s waterfront of the AES power plant.

“Sir,” she asked a man walking into the store pushing a cart. “Are you registered to vote in Redondo Beach?”

He ignored her and continued into the store. Behind her a NoPowerPlant.com poster leaned against the grocery store wall. On her chest, Cohen publicized her cause more urgently with a pin encircled by the words, “It’s now or never.”

She targeted the next patron who made eye contact. Yes, he said, he was a registered voter. She held up a laminated pamphlet that activist groups Building a Better Redondo and NoPowerPlant have been using to argue repowering of the power plant isn’t necessary, along with a flyer that said “Help Get the Initiative On the March Ballot.”

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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