Eastshore Energy Center denied in final Sacto vote

The California Energy Commission, which has the final say in the construction of new power plants in the state, voted against allowing the Eastshore Energy Center to set up shop with a 115-megawatt facility near the Hayward shoreline.

While¬†a main reason for the denial was its proximity to the Hayward Executive Airport (energy plants release hot plumes that stir up the air for low-flying planes), the decision also took into account that the plant does not fit into Hayward’s general plan for the area.

Local activists hail this as a huge victory, and the presiding commissioner Jeffrey Byron thanked everyone at the end for mounting a very informational, civil campaign. There were a lot of speakers at the Sacramento meeting this morning, and we’ll have more comprehensive coverage in tomorrow’s paper.


Chalk it up to politics

In politics, you win some and you lose some.

It’s been that kind of week for state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro.

First, she was named one of the top 100 attorneys in California by the Daily Journal, which publishes California legal newspapers and magazines. Corbett, who graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, practiced civil law before her election to the Assembly and then the state Senate. She also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Then, on Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation — authored by Corbett — designed to ensure that privately owned buildings are built to meet disability access design standards.
This law, SB 1608, is effective Jan. 1, 2009.

But, the governator also terminated — er, vetoed — one of Corbett’s bills on Wednesday. SB 1313 would have banned food packaging containing chemicals found to cause cancer, and developmental, neural and reproductive problems in test animals.

“Legislation has always been an effective way to protect consumers from health risks,” Corbett said in a press release.

But only if it passes both legislative houses and is signed by the governor.