November 7, 2012
The Redondo Beach City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to put a measure that would outlaw power generation at the existing 50-acre AES power plant site on the March ballot.
Over 7,000 local residents signed a petition in support of the ballot measure, which according to the City Attorney’s non-partisan summary would rezone the land and create a “Coastal Preserve” requiring at least 60 and up to 70 percent of the site to be converted to park and open space uses and the remaining 30 to 40 percent be allocated between commercial, institutional or marine related light industrial and boatyard uses.
Three weeks ago, when the question to add the initiative to the March ballot first came before the council, City Attorney Mike Webb asked for more time to investigate its legality. The city had received legal threats from both NoPowerPlant.com lawyers and AES minutes before the Oct. 16 meeting, leaving the council in a tenuous position – the city would be sued if the initiative was added to the ballot, or if it was not. The disagreement hinged on differing interpretations of Measure DD, an initiative passed 2008 that added Article 27 to the City Charter, requiring citywide votes to significant changes in land use.
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