I would like to thank everyone for extending the effort to comment - I certainly appreciate that.
This image was part of a series in California Coast & Ocean magazine for a story about the issues encountered in "mixed usage" coastal areas. The 300' high stacks are attached to the natural gas fired power plant that predates the incorporation of the city. For many, many years the electric plant was the single largest source of income for the city.
Yes, from a landscape image point of view they certainly don't belong!
Very nice ... my vote is to rid of the power plant. My first take was that it looked pristine, pre-man, prehistoric ... then the stacks jumped out at me and the feelings were diminished ... my viewing pleasure lowered.
There are some photos which the contrast/drama of a beautiful scene with something less than beautiful works, makes a statement ... for me ... this isn't one of those photos.