A good day to see the sun again
Hunters Point Power Plant officially closes
A smokeless PG&E Hunters Point power plant
officially closed today.
By Pat Murphy
May 15, 2006
Miss Tessie looked out at the Hunters Point Power Plant and there
was no more smoke.
Praise the Lord.
James Bryant this morning related Miss Tessie's new view during
official plant closure ceremonies.
For more than a decade, Bryant led coordinated neighborhood efforts
to shut the plant down.
A "family" embrace with PG&E's Vice President of
Nancy McFadden and Mayor Gavin Newsom, intitiated by James Bryant
Bryant's efforts transcend not only years but City administrations,
Mayor Gavin Newsom stated.
"I think it's a segue from a past to a brighter, greener
future," said Newsom.
"It underscores the significance for people like James who
have been on the front lines for all these years trying to advance
Mayor Gavin Newsom
"It's amazing you look back at the history
of this, it transcends many, many mayors and dozens of members
of Boards of Supervisors, but the one constant throughout were
members of the community who were vigilant the whole time in holding
our feet to the fire and holding us accountable to get this done.
"I've been in politics close to a decade and I have only
a small insight into all the work that was done all those years
- all those hearings, resolutions, protests, but to be here and
be mayor at the time we're closing it is a great honor."
Neighbors are glad to see the sun again, Bryant related, who
serves as president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.
"The folks who live up in Hunters View said to me just the
other day, 'This is wonderful to wake up and see the sky and look
at the natural colors and to have no particulates coming out of
that smokestack," said Bryant.