California Tim Carpenter Back to "No Nukes" San Onofre with All His Old Progressive Pals

Years ago, when Tim Carpenter was leading various peace and justice causes in Orange County, he participated in very public efforts to close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). He later moved to Massachusetts to become national director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), a peace, justice and healthcare-for-all movement born out of the 2004 Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich presidential campaigns. Carpenter has not forgotten OC, returning often for PDA actions and fundraisers. He hasn't forgotten SONGS, either. 

tim2Carpenter, who'll be back in town next week, and Bill Honigman, Orange County's PDA organizer, have gotten behind a campaign mounted by another longtime SONGS foe, Marion Pack of Orange County's Alliance for Survival chapter.

Pack has issued a call to storm Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting, where Orange County progressives' de facto Grand Poobah, Councilman Larry Agran, is calling anew for the closure of the nuclear power plant that's 22 miles away from Irvine City Hall.

"We need to be at the table!" Pack writes in an email to supporters.

Agran, who made national headlines as Irvine's young mayor in 1990 when he championed the city's ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's)--not to mention two years later when he ran for president--on March 27 asked city staff to investigate the possibility of Irvine demanding the closure of SONGS to protect the citizenry.

Staff is scheduled to return Tuesday with answers to eight questions Agran posed. The meeting--and Orange County's progressive family reunion--begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Alton and Harvard.

You know how family members wear matching shirts to reunions? Check out Pack's advice to attendees: "Wear green!"

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