Burbank residents — attend today’s Housing Element Meeting!

31 Mar

From Save Burbank Neighborhoods:

“Not a fan of unlicensed transitional living facilities in R-1 neighborhoods, then attend this meeting. This could be the MOST important meeting for you to attend. It’s our chance to have our ideas heard regarding updating our Burbank Housing Element.  This is what we have been asking for all along… to have public input! This meeting will address Community Care Facilities, Transitional and Supportive Housing in Single Family Residential Zones.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm
Community Services Building – Community Room #104
150 North Third Street in Burbank

What is this meeting?
The City of Burbank has enlisted the services of Barbara Kautz from the law firm of Goldfarb & Lipman who is an expert in Land Use Law, specializing in Housing. She will be presenting information on different uses in single family residential zones and how they relate to state and federal law and the City’s recently adopted Housing Element. Ms. Kautz will also be answering questions from community members in attendance.

What if I can’t attend?
Materials from the meeting, including a power point presentation, will be made available on the City’s website (burbankca.gov) following the meeting.

The Council will also be discussing this and options for a potential Interim Development Control Ordinance (IDCO – also known as a Moratorium) at their meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers at 275 East Olive Avenue in Burbank.

Contact: Joy Forbes, Community Development Director (818) 238-5176

Read more about you can preserve and protect your residential neighborhood at Save Burbank Neighborhoods, and sign up for their updates.

Attend Burbank City Council tonight!

18 Mar

Attend the TUESDAY, MARCH 18th (today!) City Council Meeting!

Save Burbank Neighborhood Housing Artwork

Artwork: Save Burbank Neighborhoods

From Save Burbank Neighborhoods:

“This Tuesday, March 18th, join Save Burbank Neighborhoods and residents from across the city in bringing the Community Meeting to City Council!  In January, the City of Burbank passed a Housing Element that paves the way for unlicensed and temporary care businesses to enter residential neighborhoods.  And they did so without legally noticing the Burbank community.  Tell City Council that voters, tax payers, homeowners, and residents are “significant economic sectors” that deserve to be legally noticed and informed.  Take a stand for government transparency and accountability.

Remind City Council that our single-family residential neighborhoods are sacred spaces.  They should be protected from corporate business encroachment and zoned for long-term residency.  Unlicensed, for-profit rental businesses do NOT belong in single-family zones.  Ask Council to take immediate steps to protect the safety of our families, the character of our communities, and the value of our properties.  City Council needs to act NOW to limit unlicensed care facilities and for-profit rental businesses from setting up shop next door to family homes.

Wear red, or your new Save Burbank Neighborhoods T-shirt, to let City Council know that you stand for neighborhood preservation and government transparency.  Speak up or sit tight.  Your presence lets our City Council know that this issue is important to Burbank citizens!  See you there!

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 18th @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  City Council Chambers, Burbank City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91502

As per community request, Save Burbank Neighborhoods T-shirts will be available for sale before and after the Council Meeting for $7 each.

Can’t make the meeting?  It’s not too late to send a letter.

For sample letters, click here.”

Attend Burbank City Council tonight!

11 Feb

“Tuesday, Feb 11: City Council Meeting. Tell City Council to write a protective WTF Ordinance. You don’t have to speak, just clap, show up and show your support!”

Elect to Protect LogoSave Burbank Neighborhoods is asking Burbank residents to attend tonight’s City Council Meeting, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., as it updates the Telecommunications Facility Ordinance (our city’s regulations and requirements as to what type of wireless facilities and cell towers can be located in our community and neighborhoods, and where):

“….On Tuesday, February 11th Burbank City Staff will instruct City Council to approve their recommendations for a new Wireless Telecommunications Ordinance.  Attend the meeting to ensure that your concerns are also heard.  Demand that the City expand noticing, require on-going RF emissions testing, and set permit limits on all WTF installations.  Tell your Council Members that all telecommunications corporations should be required to prove they have a gap in coverage before a cell phone tower can be installed in your neighborhood.

WHERE:  City Council Chambers, Burbank City Hall, 275 East Olive Ave., 91503

If you cannot attend, please e-mail the City Council to tell them you will be watching them, and ask them to support the resident recommendations and concerns tonight!

To email ALL Council Members at once: 
Council Voicemail (818) 238-5750

Wear your white T-shirts!

Tell the FCC to strengthen its EMF-RF standards

15 Nov

Deadline is Nov. 18th, so do it today or this weekend!

You can also sign the Environmental Working Group’s “Strengthen Cell Phone Radiation Standards!” Petition at: http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2039&tag=201308CellFB

While our City updates its wireless facilities ordinance, due to the concerns and recommendations of its residents, the FCC is asking for input about updating its outdated EMF/RF exposure guidelines in its Proceeding Number 13-84.  So here’s your opportunity to give your input and tell the FCC to make its guidelines more protective of human health and our environment.

Due to the recent government shut-down, the FCC  has extended its deadline for accepting public Comments, so if you haven’t already, write and submit your Comments today or this weekend on-line to the FCC.

DEADLINE: The FCC must receive your Comments by Monday, November 18th.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS: Submit your Comments on-line to the FCC Proceeding Number 13-84 in one of two ways:

1) Express Comments can be filed at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list  (click the “click here” at the ECSF directions paragraph area at the top of the page to manually type in 13-84 in the proceeding number area, and write and submit your Comments)

2) Standard Comment with an attached document or letter at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=kcz1n

Some reasons you can include in your Comments:

* The FCC’s EMF/RF exposure guidelines should be more protective of human health and our environment because, in May 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified EMF/RF exposure as a Class 2B possible carcinogen, based on an increased risk of developing a malignant form of brain cancer associated with cell phone use.  Thus, the WHO’s IARC has put non-ionizing radiation from cell phones, WiFi, wireless routers, and wireless smart meters, on the same Class 2B Possible Human Carcinogen agent list with lead, DDT and gasoline car exhaust.  We would not expose our friends, family or community to such possible carcinogens 24/7.  The FCC should not allow the public to be exposed to this possible carcinogen without proper warnings, labels, recommendations, and alternatives.

* The FCC’s  EMF/RF exposure guidelines should be more protective of children, pregnant mothers, men’s fertility, and our public health, due to an increased number of research that has found DNA changes, sperm damage, increased oxidative stress, and increased risk of childhood behavior problems (attention and addiction) and memory problems, and abnormal neurological and brain development, associated with exposure to EMF/RF, including cell phone use.

For citations, the FCC can refer to:”Why the FCC Must Strengthen Radiofrequency Radiation Limits in the U.S.,” by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, The UC Berkeley Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, November 5, 2013, Submitted to the Federal Communications Commission re: Proceeding Number 13-84, which can be found on-line at: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B14R6QNkmaXuendOZXlzTUh4MFE/edit?pli=1

The FCC can also refer to Medscape’s eye-opening “Smartphone ‘Addiction’ May Affect Adolescent Development,” by Deborah Brauser, May 23, 2013, found on-line at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/804666

Just so you know, it’s important that your voice be heard because our Congress (that’s right, including our own Senators Feinstein and Boxer from California) recently unanimously approved the appointment of Tom Wheeler to head our FCC — even though Wheeler is a former CEO of the wireless industry (CTIA, 1992-2004).  With such a major conflict of interest, how tough will he regulate the wireless industry to protect our health concerns?

Attend Thursday’s Community Meeting on Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

18 Mar

Wireless-radiation-sign--seen-by-the-cellular-towerFrom Ms. Amanda Landry at the City of Burbank’s Planning and Transportation Division:

The Planning and Transportation Division will be hosting a community meeting to receive feedback from the public about possible revisions to the existing wireless telecommunications regulations. Attached to this email is a flyer for the community meeting. I encourage all of you to forward this email and flyer to any interested party. This information will also be on the City website.

What: Community Meeting to address Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

When: Thursday March 21, 2013@ 6:00 PM

Where: Buena Vista Library, 300 North Buena Vista Street, Burbank CA 91505

Please be aware that the library, similar to all other municipal facilities, has set operating hours and closes at 9:00 PM. To ensure the safety and security of library patrons and staff, as well as the facility, the meeting must be concluded by 9:00 PM.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me directly at alandry@burbankca.gov or by telephone at 818-238-5250

I hope to see all of you there!


Amanda Landry, Associate Planner

City of Burbank, Planning & Transportation Division

818.238.5250 office

818.238.5150 fax


Join this Wed’s Smart Meter Protest at Westlake Smart Grid Conference

18 Mar

Westlake Smart Meter ProtestThis Media Advisory from the No Smart Meter Coalition — please share with others.

What: Smart Meter Surveillance and Cancer Grid Protest

When: This Wednesday, March 20th 11:30-2:30 pm

Where: In front of the The Four Seasons Westlake Village , Westlake Village, CA 91364.

Contacts: Julie Levine and Guero Cerda, 310-455-9389; 310-463-3016; Liz Barris 310-455-7530

Why: There is a major smart meter/smart grid industry gathering on March 20th, 2013: http://www.greentechmedia.com/events/live/the-networked-grid-2013 …and we are planning a major protest against it.

Details: JOIN US on Wed., March 20th, 11:30AM – 2:30PM on sidewalks in front of The FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, for a peaceful protest against the carcinogenic military industrial surveillance grid known as “smart grid and smart meters”, where industry executives from Edison, PG&E, SMUD and other major utility corporations responsible for this active assault will be gathered. The demonstration will include a press conference where former DWP workers, engineers, people who have experienced health problems from smart meters and the smart meter grid, and those with concerns about surveillance will share their stories.

Attendees of the conference will be executives from Edison, PG@E, SDG@E, SMUD, Arizona Public Service and other “smart” players including staff, consultants and others will be gathered to discuss the how to further financially exploit the deadly smart/surveillance meters and equally deadly smart/surveillance grid.

For more info on this action: “Like” No Smart Meter Coalition page on Facebook.

Legal observers will be present to help ensure the rights of the demonstrators. Occupy LA will be sending 2 buses leaving from downtown LA.

If coming from the South, take 101 Freeway North to Lindero Canyon exit (first exit after Kanan Road). Turn right onto Lindero Cyn Road. Protest will be on sidewalk on left hand side at first intersection with Russell Ranch Road. Parking will be on right side at parking area for Marriott, Lure Fish House and Custom Built Burgers (shopping center on SW corner of Lindero Canyon Road and Russell Ranch Road).

Thank you so much for your help and support. Please pass this on to friends, family, neighbors and the media.

Vote to protect via the Burbank primary elections

20 Feb

Elect to Protect LogoBurbank Primary Nominating Elections are fast approaching — next Tuesday, Feb. 26th — and they are extremely  important!

This is when our votes will narrow the field of nominees for City Council and School Board — so make sure your vote counts and that you elect to protect!

Save Burbank Neighborhoods,  the non-partisan resident group that has and continues to volunteer countless hours and energy to protect Burbank residential neighborhoods like yours and mine, is supporting Dr. David Gordon, Bob Frutos, and Juan Guillen for City Council, and Steve Ferguson for School Board.

So complete your ballot today and make sure you vote for/select them on your Primary Ballot! 

Because this year’s primary election is all mail-in (there will be NO polling stations), you must mail in your ballot and it must be received by the City Clerk no later than 7  p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, or it will not be counted.

So you can drop it off in the mail today to make sure it gets received in time  —  or if you don’t trust the post office, you can drop off your ballot at specific locations on certain days and hours of the week:


*** City Hall ***

City Clerk’s Office in City Hall – 275 East Olive Avenue, *** (818) 238-5851

The City Clerk’s Office drop-off center is open daily

on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. AND

Tuesday, February 26 – Election Day 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


*** Alternate Drop-Off Centers ***


Saturday, February 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. AND

Tuesday, February 26 – Election Day 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Buena Vista Branch Library – 300 North Buena Vista Street

Joslyn Center – 1301 West Olive Avenue

McCambridge Recreation Center – 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard

Tuttle Center – 1731 North Ontario Street

If you’d like to read more why you should vote for Dr. David Gordon, Bob Frutos and Juan Guillen for City Council, and Steve Ferguson for School Board, please visit Save Burbank Neighborhood’s helpful website: Save Burbank Neighborhoods.

In addition, feel free to contact Save Burbank Neighborhoods if you would like to put up a lawn sign on behalf of any of its candidates!  If you would like to find out about additional ways to support the campaigns, please contact avontower@aol.com

Addendum: Dr. David Gordon, by the way, was very vocal in opposing the mandatory smart meter program in Burbank.  Dr. Gordon and Steve Ferguson have also wanted to protect residential neighborhoods and schools from unnecessary cell towers and wireless facilities.  Both get two thumbs up from Burbank Action for supporting resident concerns on these fronts.

LAUSD approves $50 million first phase of WiFi-wireless tablet project

13 Feb
Thanks for Working for Safe Technologies for Nurseries, Schools and College for creating this helpful brochure.  Click this link for a PDF to share with your community: http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/safeschools2012.pdf

Working for Safe Technologies for Nurseries, Schools and College created this helpful brochure. For a PDF to share with your community, click: http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/safeschools2012.pdf

To update you on our previous post about this issue, LAUSD Board Members at their meeting yesterday  approved  the allocation of $50 million toward the WiFi/wireless tablet proposal, despite the district’s $557 million deficit.

According to eyewitness reports, it was disturbing to watch 6 of the 7 LAUSD Board Members support this Phase 1 of the wireless program.

We’re told that Board Member Bennett Kayser abstained. According to those who saw the meeting, Mr. Kayser felt there were outstanding issues that needed to be dealt with BEFORE moving on to approve Phase I of the wireless program implementation; he also mentioned one of the concerns was whether RF emissions would be harmful and whether hard wired internet would be necessary.

FYI: LAUSD Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) contracted the URS Corporation to prepare its health report, “RADIOFREQUENCY (RF) EVALUATION REPORT: Use of Wireless Devices in Educational Settings” (2013) to justify the RF safety of this proposed program.

However, according to the URS Corp website, URS seems to represent infrastructure building and industry interests; it also has a board that represents more corporate interests than public health.

In addition, the URS RF report was NOT included in the Board Meeting Materials packet (see Tab 12 that begins on page 111) — i.e., so the Public could not view it prior to today’s board meeting.  This did not allow the Public to prepare Comments or concerns about the URS report in advance of Tuesday’s Board Meeting.  So was transparency and due diligence followed?

Thank you to all of you, from across the state, nation and around the world, who wrote LAUSD Board Members advising them against it and also providing the science and rationale why.

We will create a page of letters from experts entered into the LAUSD public record at Tuesday’s meeting that you can share with local school officials to support healthier school environments in your area.

Kudos and serious thanks also to LAUSD parent Kevin Mottus, and Miss Shane Gregory, administrator of Smart Meter Health Alert, who we’ve been informed did a stellar job representing your concerns and scientific data at the Tuesday LAUSD Board Meeting.

We’ll post additional updates, and video and story links, as we get more info.

Write to LAUSD Board today to deny the WiFi proposal and instead support healthier, faster, and more secure wired technologies

8 Feb

Screen-shot-2012-01-09-at-10.46.05-AMIf WiFi (for example, from a wireless router to a wireless laptop) is unhealthy to have in our homes, especially if your exposure to such wireless EMF/RF emissions is 24/7, then you can bet that leading health and environmental experts are advocating against such chronic exposure at our schools, too.

As we’ve heard and read, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared such wireless radiation as a Class 2B possible carcinogen (which means that it may potentially cause cancer in humans), on par with DDT and lead.  Would you approve of exposing your children every day and every minute to such environmental toxins at their school?

Well, Los Angeles Unified School District Board members will consider at their meeting next Tuesday a proposal for school wide Wi-Fi systems and wireless laptops.  So it’s urgent that LAUSD be informed about why they should instead support wired networks and computers for our children and school employees.  It’s healthier, faster, and more secure and reliable.  Also, wireless networks and computers are not required to meet the new Common Core state standards.

The LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee originally nixed the wireless technology proposal.  But two weeks ago the Committee approved supporting the plan by LAUSD Supt. John Deasy so it can now be considered by the LAUSD Board Members.

LAUSD is the largest school district in California — and the second largest school district in the nation.

Yes, LAUSD Board Members took a very strong stand against cell towers at or next to their schools in June 2000, and May 2009, and then again in December 2009. So what will they do this time?

Please send, today or this weekend, your Letter of Request and Concern to LAUSD Board Members to again do the right thing — ask them to deny Item 12 on the Agenda before their upcoming meeting.   Deadline (read more about that below) is Monday Feb. 11 noon (PST) in order for Ms. Shane Gregory, administrator of the Smart Meter Health Alert website, to make enough photocopies of your letter to present at the Board Meeting and ensure that your letter gets submitted as part of the public record of that meeting.

Thanks to Ms. Gregory for providing the following details on how you can join the letter writing campaign to create  healthier lives and school environments for our children and their teachers and staff working there:

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education will be taking action on Item 12 of their Agenda — Phase I of a three-phase program that will, if all three Phases are complete, install WiFi and tablets or laptops in most L.A. Unified District school rooms. The distribution will very probably be at a 1:1 ratio — meaning every single student will have a device and virtually EVERY CLASSROOM WILL BE SATURATED WITH WIFI.

This means that 700,000 teachers and over 45,000 teachers and will be subjected to constant WiFi in school rooms for 6 hours a day.

If we can bring a stop to this, this will set a very important precedent such as those in school systems in Europe and parts of Canada.  If this gets voted down, we can proudly say that the second largest school system in the United States has made the health of children a priority, while meeting educational goals by using WIRED technology.

Two weeks ago, the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee approved the expenditure of $50 million for Phase I in a 9-6 vote.

So now, on Tuesday, it goes before the LAUSD Board for consideration — so the Board has not taken action yet. IT’S NOT TOO LATE! By the time Phase III is completed, the program could cost as much as $900 million.

It is CRITICAL that we stop this BEFORE it happens or, if we can’t stop it, it is CRITICAL that we go on record with what we know.

IMPORTANT: It is important that we make the case that we are NOT against technology in education and that we support all the educational goals of bringing L.A. students quality education and access — but with WIRED methods. WE MUST ADVISE THE BOARD THAT FIBER OPTICS OR OTHER WIRED METHODS CAN DELIVER THE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS WHILE MITIGATING AGAINST HEALTH EFFECTS.

The chairman of the Bond Oversight Committee created an artificial divide between those of us who know that wireless technology has not been proven to be safe, and those who want to further our kids’ education. Nothing could be further from the truth. We want to further our child’s education, including with wired technology that is healthy, state-of-the-art, superfast and efficient. We cannot let this become a polarized issue.

PLEASE take time from your very busy schedules to participate in a very meaningful way.

Here’s what you can do right now — today or this weekend — just these three things!

1. Write emails on Agenda Item 12 to the seven LAUSD School Board Members Marguerite LaMotte, Monica Garcia, Tamar Galatzan, Steve Zimmer, Bennett Kayser, Nury Martinez, and Richard Vladovic, and their Staff BEFORE noon on Monday 2/11/2013, so they will have enough time to review it before their meeting. Their contact info:

2. IMPORTANT: PLEASE E-MAIL ME A COPY OF YOUR LETTER SENT TO LAUSD — so that your names can be read that day and be part of the record for that meeting. They need to be sent to me, because I must also make 20 photocopies of each of your letters to be distributed to the appropriate people the day of the meeting, and to be entered into the public record at the meeting.  My e-mail address is:  info@smartmeterhealthalert.org

3. Contact your colleagues, fellow activists, physicians, engineers, parents of school children, politicians, list members, etc. to do the same (Steps 1 & 2 above).

OUR GOAL IS 100 LETTERS AND EMAILS that speak to the health effects of WiFi, the lack of evidence that it is safe, the irrelevance of FCC guidelines that deal only with thermal effects, and the relatively simple alternative: Wired Technology.

Inform them that the deadline to write and e-mail LAUSD and me their Letter is Monday before noon (PST), Feb. 11, so I will have enough time to make enough photocopies to enter all of your letters into the record at Tuesday’s meeting.

The meeting will be televised so your contributions will be memorialized. There are 51 Agenda Items on the day this will be heard. Again, this issue is Agenda Item 12.  We are organizing people to go to the meeting to cede their time for a few key speakers. It may be necessary to reserve our place in line by camping on the street overnight. One of us will read the names of people and/or organizations at the podium TO GO ON RECORD.

With gratitude,

Ms. Shane Gregory

Administrator, SmartMeterHealthalert.org

E-mail: info@smartmeterhealthalert.org

In case you would like to read a stellar Letter to the LAUSD Board written by international EMF expert Cindy Sage, co-author of the seminal BioInitiative Report, regarding this Agenda Item, go here: Cindy Sage Letter to LAUSD

Ms. Sage has also informed LAUSD staff and representative leaders of organizations associated with LAUSD that:

“No positive assertion of safety can be made by LAUSD on potential health effects of chronic exposure of school children and pregnant women to wireless exposures that will occur with the proposed program your District is considering. This type of exposure has been classified as a Possible Human Carcinogen (Group 2B) as are DDT, lead and diesel exhaust. Wired internet connections are feasible and do not pose such health risks to children.

“I urge you to delay any approvals, funding or implementation of this risky and unwise technology, particularly when safe alternatives are available to provide high-quality technologies for learning and education. “

Regarding Item 12 on the upcoming LAUSD Board Meeting Agenda —  it reads:

12.   Board of Education Report No. 157 – 12/13 Facilities Services Division (Project Definition and Funding Strategy for the Common Core Technology Project Plan and Request for Funding Approval) Recommends approval of an amendment to the Information Technology Strategic Execution Plan to define and approve Phase 1 Planning and Readiness Common Core Technology Project Plan to provide technology infrastructure and software to equip 47 school sites in a pilot program. This project will be funded from school construction bond measures R and Y at an estimated cost of $50 million.

Please familiarize yourself with the accompanying Materials (Report) by LAUSD Supt. John Deasy — worth reading before you write your Letter to the LAUSD Board and send your copy to Ms. Gregory (this is a large document so give it a few minutes to open this link): LAUSD Board Meeting Item 12 Report  

Go to the LAUSD Board website for instructions on how you must arrive early to sign-in if you want to give Public Comment at Tuesday’s School Board meeting.

You can also learn more about WiFi health effects by visiting the websites of:

Update (Feb. 8, 2012): Martha Herbert, PhD, MD, Harvard Faculty and Pediatric Neurologist at Boston General Hospital, has also written a letter to the LAUSD about “Wireless vs. Wired Classrooms” — please read it here: HerbertLetter2013-0208

GAS Company Begins Smart Meter Program – GET DEFERRED NOW!!!

7 Feb

SoCalGas-NoSmartMeterArtwork - CroppedSoCalGas (The Gas Company) has launched its $1 billion smart meter gas program.  At that price, do you think it’s going to result in lower gas rates for you? Wasting a billion dollars on new “smart” gas meter technology to record how much gas you use when is what TURN calls “the dumbest smart meters yet.”

So call SoCalGas’ Deferred Installation Plan department at  1-877-238-0092 and ask for a deferred install today!  Document who you spoke to and when you called for your records.

Read instructions #2 below for more details.

MORE DETAILS:  This timely and important message comes from Consumer Power Alliance (CPA). CPA has been fighting Smart Meter installations since 2009. If you would like to be added to their mailing list click here. To support their efforts, donation are always appreciated.

Gas Company Begins Installing their Version of Smart Meter
With No Opt-Out Program Approved, Offers Deferred Installation

  1. While we await the final opt-out fee decision from the PUC, and in the wake of the disclosure that the Department of Energy itself has been hacked and of China’s massive cyber-spying of US media, So Cal Gas has begun deploying what they call “advanced metering.”
  2. Option – If you do not want a battery-operated transmitting device attached to your gas meter for their wireless network, or if you do not want your current very safe, 30 to 50 year lifetime Bakelite meter removed at the discretion of the utility, So Cal Gas Is offering a free Deferred Installation Plan. CALL 877-238-0092 to apply. Wait for the Advanced Metering Prompt, and select speak to representative; it’s an easy process.
  3. PLEASE NOTE: This is not an Opt-Out. As you recall, the Gas Company Opt-Out Proposal has not been approved by the PUC, since it was challenged by CPA, because it would have meant SCE customers would have been charged two opt-out fees for gas and electricity, when PG&E and SDG&E customers would only pay one opt-out fee for both gas and electricity. In addition, opt-out fees have not been finalized, so collecting fees would be a waste of time and money for both customer and utility, and, as you know, CPA has led the call for free opt-outs via socialization.
  4. CPA fully endorses TURN”s assessment that the Gas Company’s priority should be repairing pipelines, per the PUC’s Ruling after San Bruno, since gas leaks are a major concern in California’s arid climate’s avid production of fire zones. In addition, some experts are concerned about the batteries being compromised by hot weather and earthquakes – and a real life potential threat to the consumer and environment.
  5. If safety is important to you, please consider the Deferred Installation Program. Remember that,if you sign up for Deferred Installation, you will also have to apply for Opt-Out later.
  6. Should you experience any problems with the Gas Company Deferred Installation, please contact CPA at admin@consumerspoweralliance.com, and we will inform our attorneys, headed by Mr. Tobin, who are handling this matter.
  7. Donations should be sent directly to James M. Tobin; Tobin Law Group; 1100-D Mar West Street; Tiburon, CA 94920. Please designate that it is for the CPA Legal Fund.
  8. Thank you for your support.
Consumers Power Alliance (CPA) is a public benefit association dedicated to the ongoing education, representation, and protection of California consumers. CPA participates in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulatory proceedings and other related activities.
Other actions you can take?

  • Have your city, county and state elected representatives approve and send a letter to the CPUC like former California Assembly Member Mike Feuer did!  Mr. Feuer was the Majority Policy Leader and the Calif. Assemblyman for the 42nd District (Los Angeles) when he wrote this Feb. 1., 2012 letter to the CPUC asking to halt the SoCalGas smart meter program — click here to read and share: StayonSmartMeterInstallation.  (Note: In September 2011, Mike Fuerer filed papers to initiate a second campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney, the same position he sought in 2001. The primary is March 5, 2013, with a general election, if necessary, on May 21, 2013.)
  • Sign TURN’s Petition against the SoCalGas smart meters: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/746/p/dia/action/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=9189

Naperville armed police assist forced Smart Meter deployment — two moms arrested

24 Jan

Bullying-Stops-HereHere’s the latest on the smart meter front — City of Naperville, Illinois, yesterday deployed armed police to assist the city’s forced smart meter installations on residents who refuse the city’s smart meters and have a pending  federal lawsuit to stop the city’s forced smart meter installation program. In addition, Naperville police arrested two mothers who resisted the installations at their home properties.

Read the press release issued by the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group below.  Also watch their videos.  In one, the male police officer says that the home videographer (one of the moms) has to stop videotaping him — even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the ACLU’s assertion that people  have a First Amendment right to record a police officer on the job.

You can also read the Chicago Tribune story, which features a CBS Chicago video news story about it.

Here’s one of the home videos shot by one of the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness moms (the other video that the NSMA shot is at the bottom of this post):

Naperville’s smart meter program is turning out to be a major disappointment not just for trampling over people’s personal, property, human, and civil rights  — it is also now going overbudget.  In fact, it’s currently $1.7 million overbudget, so it’s pricetag now totals $23.6 million.  Funding of these smart meter programs across the country has been criticized for governments and utilities investing in “smart” meter technology that will soon become obsolete.

While Naperville city officials like to keep bringing up that the program didn’t really cost that much because an $11 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy helped get the project started — there’s where another major problem lies.  Did you approve of your taxpayer money to subsidize Naperville city officials using strong-armed police bullying tactics to force smart meters on consumers who don’t want them? Did you approve of your money being used to force mothers (and others) to have smart meters installed at their homes, without their permission, or against their will, under threat of arrest or disconnection of power?

Action you can take?

Support the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group today: http://www.napervillesmartmeterawareness.org/donate/

Call Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who has opposed smart meters but was over-rided by the state legislators, and inform him and complain to him about what’s happening in Naperville and ask him to right the wrongs there.  Phone his office at 217-782-0244 in Springfield, IL, and 312-814-2121 in Chicago, IL.  (Note: Springfield is the capitol of Illinois.)

E-mail the Naperville, IL City Council Mayor and Members, and complain about their actions and how the world is holding them accountable: mayor@naperville.il.us,chiricos@naperville.il.us,brodheadj@naperville.il.us,hinterlongp@naperville.il.us,fieselerr@naperville.il.us, mcelroyj@naperville.il.us,millerk@naperville.il.us

Call the Department of Energy, which awarded the City of Naperville an $11 million matching grant (your taxpayer dollars) to fund its smart meter program.  The DOE complaint hotline for fraud, waste and abuse of funds is 202-586-4073.   Complain about what’s happening with their stimulus grant and your tax dollars in Napperville.  (They should give all of us a refund.)

Call the Whitehouse and tell President Obama how you feel people in his own homestate are being treated and how your taxpayer dollars are being used: 202-456-1111.

Call the Illinois ACLU and tell them to support the Napervills Smart Meter Awareness campaign against smart meters and the civil rights and First Amendment rights of its residents opposing smart meters: 312-201-9740

Go social and spread and share the news and how you feel about it — post something on facebook and tweet your friends and your favorite news media outlets to inform them and complain about what’s happened in Naperville.  (Keep it clean and civil, so you don’t get kicked out of facebook or twitter!)  Here are some links to the City of Naperville facebook and twitter pages in case you need them:

City of Naperville facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NapervilleIL?ref=ts&fref=ts

City of Naperville on twitter: https://twitter.com/NapervilleIL

SmartMeters-NapervilleNaperville armed police assist forced Smart Meter deployment- Two mothers arrested

Posted on January 23, 2013

(ILLINOIS) From Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA): Two Naperville mothers were arrested today in conjunction with the forced installation of smart meters. NSMA President, Kim Bendis and Board Member, Jen Stahl were arrested today during a forced installation at Jen’s home.

Details are still pending but Kim was witnessing the event from Jen’s property and was video taping. Three officers shoved her against a tree, pried her camera from her hands, and cuffed her. Both Jen and Kim were taken into police custody sometime in the 2:00 hour CST.

Kim is a mother of 3 school aged children. Jen has 2 school aged children and a toddler at home. All children are safe and are being taken care of by family or friends.

This is an extraordinary tragedy as there is still a pending federal lawsuit and the issue of smart meters has not been decided in Naperville. This demonstrates the lengths to which the city officials have been willing to go to force residents into compliance.

Sources close to the group say that during a closed door council session there was discussion of the strategy the city would use this week to obtain 100% compliance on installations. Residents have been told the city is willing to use whatever means necessary.

Updated Statewide Smart Meter Public Hearing Info for Southern Californians

2 Dec

NO FEESStop OC Smart Meters has provided updated details (read below) about this month’s special Calif. Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Public Participation Hearings (PPH) that will happen on Dec. 17 in Los Angeles, and Dec. 18th in San Clemente. This is YOUR rare opportunity to tell the CPUC about the Smart Meter Opt Out Fees, costs, and program. 

FYI: The other Southern California PPH will be in Santa Barbara Friday Dec. 14th at 3 p.m. at the Santa Barbara: County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor 105 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101.  

For the addresses of the Northern and Central California PPHs in Bakersfield (Dec. 13 @ 6pm), and Santa Rosa (Dec. 20th @ 2pm), please read our previous blog post, Coming to your region: CPUC Holds Public Hearings on Smart Meters.

Don’t forget: You can also use this opportunity to complain about the SoCalCas costly $1-billion smart meter program.  That’s right, SoCalGas is now installing smart gas smart meters throughout Southern California.  For instance, how do you feel about paying SoCalGas monthly opt out fees to opt out of a gas smart meter, in addition to paying your electric utility fees to opt-out of your electric smart meter?  Is this double-extortion and doubly unfair?

From Stop OC Smart Meters:



Save These Important Dates

CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Hearings:
Smart Meter Opt-Out Phase 2

DECEMBER 17* in Los Angeles
DECEMBER 18* in San Clemente



  1. Raise The Opt-Out Fees: So. Calif Edison (SCE) wants an outrageous initial Opt-Out fee of $98 plus $24 per month (discounted 20% for CARE) claiming the Opt-Out program will cost a staggering $21 million for the next few years. Are these valid costs?
  2. Impose An Additional Opt-Out “Exit” Fee: Since 2008, all customers have paid 1.6% of their monthly bills towards the Smart Meter program, which includes the cost of installing a Smart Meter. SCE would like to charge this fee again. Do you agree?
  3. Validity of Opt-Out Fees: SCE wants to pass the entire cost of the Opt-Out program directly on to those that will use it – the Opt-Out customers. Thus, an Opt-Out customer pays for two billing systems: a Smart Meter AND an Opt-Out. How many meters and billing systems should a customer be required to pay for?
  4. Vary Fees Based on Meter Type: The CPUC is considering imposing different Opt-Out fees based on the type of electric meter chosen. Remember, their goal is to have 100% Smart Meters. Thus, those customers keeping their old “analog” meters could potentially pay higher fees than those that allow a Trojan Horse Replacement “Analog” Meter to be installed.
  5. Community Opt-Outs: How do entire communities or local governments Opt-Out of the stupid Smart Meter program? Or perhaps the CPUC should ask why these controversial Smart Meters were deployed without customer consent in the first place?
  6. Smart Meter Harassment: As their goal is to have 100% compliance with the Smart Meter program, at any cost. They intend to continue harassment of customers with threats of price increases and forced installations until we all comply. Do you agree?
  7. For more information, see the California Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, Stop Smart Meters and the Center for Electrosmog Prevention websites.
The meetings* are set for:

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
Junipero Serra State Office Bldg
Carmel Room – Auditorium, 1st Floor
320 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

– and / or –

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm
San Clemente Community Center
Ole Hanson Fireside Room
100 North Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672

IMPORTANT: If you are unable to attend these hearings, you may submit written comments to the to the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at the address noted below. Please refer to the application filing number, A.11-­03-­014 et al, when writing.

Please state if you would like a response, otherwise no response will be sent. Your comments will become a part of the formal file for public comment in this proceeding. The Public Advisor’s Office will circulate your comments to the five Commissioners, the ALJ, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), and to CPUC staff assigned to this proceeding. You may also write to the CPUC if you need advice on how to participate in this proceeding, or would like to receive further notices regarding the date, time, and place of any future hearing in this proceeding:

The Public Advisor
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94102

E-­Mail: Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov


Let us know if you are going (or want to carpool?) and if you are willing to help get the word out about these hearings. We need you now more than ever!  (If you are going to the L.A. or San Clemente PPHs, or want to carpool, please e-mail: info@StopOCSmartMeters.com)

* The CPUC, SCE and SDG&E purposely designed these PUBLIC meetings to have a minimal number of people attending. Nice. They are in the EVENING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON (a week before Christmas) when we are all VERY BUSY. This is a disgrace and an outrage for a public agency which is purported to represent the people of California. Voice your own opinion about the choice of these dates/times to the presiding judge.

Coming to your region: CPUC Holds Public Hearings on Smart Meters

14 Nov

Push-back time! Do you want the CPUC to raise your opt-out fees?  Or remove your analog meters  for good?  These are now at stake.  Mark your calendars for December 13-20, 2012 — that’s when the Calif. Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) hosts a series of free public hearings re: smart meters in five key regions of our state.  Let your voices be heard!  This will probably be YOUR one opportunity to provide direct, face-to-face, input, complaints and recommendations to the CPUC regarding the health, privacy, safety, security and financial costs of smart meters and why we should have the right to keep our analog meters and not be charged any fees to opt out.

BAKERSFIELD: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Bakersfield City Hall Council Chambers, 1501 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301

SANTA BARBARA: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor
105 East Anapamu Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

LOS ANGELES: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Office Building Carmel Room – Auditorium, 1st Floor
320 West 4th Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

SAN CLEMENTE: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
San Clemente Community Center — Ole Hanson Fireside Room
100 N. Calle Seville San Clemente, CA 92672

SANTA ROSA: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Steel Lane Community Center — Dohn Room
415 Steele, Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403

CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Amy Yip-Kikugawa is overseeing the CPUC proceeding that is determining the smart meter opt out programs and fees for PG&E, SDG&E, SCE and possibly SoCalGas.

CPUC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Amy Yip-Kikugawa will preside over these hearings (so please say “Your Honor” when addressing her).

The CPUC will most likely NOT have a hearing about smart meter costs  in your region again — so this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to show up and speak out and make a difference now, or else you could get charged higher opt-out fees or have your analog meters taken away from you!

Why?  That’s because the CPUC’s current opt-out program that allows PG&E, SDG&E and SCE customers to retain their analog meters with up-front and monthly fees is INTERIM — i.e., temporary.

According to Stop Smart Meters:

There is a very real possibility that the CPUC will try to INCREASE the opt out fees, and possibly even eliminate the right to retain or replace analog meter altogether- instead forcing a “radio off” meter that has also been linked with health problems. Even groups like the Utility Reform Network (TURN) who have been opposed to smart meters are in fact now advocating for a higher opt out fee. (more to come on how TURN has turned against the public…)”

Unfortunately, the utilities are currently outnumbering the voice of the People (you) at the current CPUC opt-out proceedings that are being held at the CPUC  headquarters in San Francisco.  The utilities, of course, are now pushing the CPUC to charge higher fees.  Sadly, so is TURN, The Utility Reform Network that is supposed to represent consumer concerns and interests.   Read more details about this on the EMF Safety Network’s website.

Important that you should know: Vermont, in contrast, allows residents to keep their analog meters at no cost!  We Californians should be afforded that same right, and be treated equally!

So meet with the staff of your Mayor, County Supervisors, and regional state and U.S. senators and representatives and ask your elected officials to attend the CPUC hearings to support no-cost analog meters like the legislative officials in Vermont did for their constituents!

According to the EMF Safety Network:

“This is an opportunity for customers to comment on cost and cost allocation issues: costs include customer impact; fees; billing overcharges; health costs; environmental costs; interference; fires or burnt out appliances following installation; Banks of Smart Meters; and the need for community Smart Meter free zones, etc.

“In your comments be sure to address cost allocation: Do you think it’s unfair that individuals should have to pay to protect themselves from Smart Meter radiation? Should shareholders, everyone, or individuals pay?

* Encourage politicians to attend. They will be allowed to speak first.

* The length of time to speak will depend on how many people show up: The more people, the less time, for example 1-2 minutes. If hundreds show up the ALJ may ask for one person to represent and speak on behalf of a group of customers…”I represent #’s of customers.”

* There will be a court reporter and the public comments will become a part of the record in the Smart Meter consolidated proceeding (A.11-03-014) that will determine the final CPUC approved opt-out program for California residents who are customer of PG&E, SCE, SDG&E and possibly SoCalGas.

Recommendation: Arrive BEFORE the meeting begins, so you can sign-in with CPUC staffers to speak.  You must sign-in to speak.

If you want to make this more fun and social, carpool with friends, family and other concerned residents in your area.  Make a date to have a lunch before the afternoon-scheduled hearings, or a quick dinner before the evening-scheduled hearings.

If you are serviced by a public utility (LADWP, GWP, BWP, SMUD, etc.) and want to complain about the public utility electric or water smart meters, the CPUC does not regulate the opt-out fees for those utilities.  You could briefly explain how you oppose those meters — and the CPUC may tell you they cannot do anything about it, but if they do, they are wrong – the CPUC does have the authority to issue public safety and health regulations for ALL utilities in California.  The CPUC, however, is instead refusing to acknowledge or address there are any public safety or health problems due to smart meters — by doing so, it is avoiding directing the public utilities’ smart meter programs and requiring that public utilities offer opt out programs, etc.

Most importantly, public utility customers can still participate in these public hearings because:

* Most public utility customers in Southern California ARE serviced by the investor-owned utility of SoCalGas (The Gas Company) — and the CPUC does have the authority to issue a decision about the SoCalGas smart meter opt out program and fees.  So if anyone from the CPUC tells you that because you are a public utility customer you cannot speak out against the costs of the smart meter program at this hearing, remind them that you are also a SoCalGas customer and thus have every right to be here and speak up.

* In addition, many of us in public utility territories have friends, family and relatives in investor-owned utility areas (Northern and Central California serviced by PG&E, San Diego and Orange County serviced by SDG&E, and Orange County and most other parts of Southern and some of Central California by SCE) and so what happens to them with costs (financial, health, public safety and privacy) also affects us.  We are all connected.

IMPORTANT: If you have not already done so, please submit a Complaint today or this week to your Utility about Smart Meters and their opt out fees — also fill out the CPUC Consumer Affairs branch formal Complaint Form at https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/cimsapp/?key=39949189.  Your written complaints are needed to send a loud message to the CPUC that we oppose smart meters and their costly opt-out fees.

In addition, there are several organizations in California fighting smart meters and their opt out fees on behalf of residents across our state, and some of these organizations are also pursuing legal actions.  Please support them with your donations today:

EMF Safety Network currently has a lawsuit against the CPUC for failing to protect our health and safety when it comes to smart meters: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=7917

Stop Smart Meters: http://stopsmartmeters.org/donate/

Consumers Power Alliance: http://www.consumerspoweralliance.com/

The Peoples Initiative Foundation: http://thepeoplesinitiative.org/index.php/donate

The Center for Electrosmog Prevention: http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/donate-2/

Stop OC Smart Meters: http://www.stopocsmartmeters.com/

For Stop Smart Meter brochures, flyers and posters that you can share and distribute to increase public awareness and education about this issue, go to the websites for the California Coalition to Stop Smart Meters at http://californiacoalitiontostopsmartmeters.org/brochures-flyers/ and the International Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters at http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/?page_id=22

How you can make a positive difference with Oct. 4th “Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters” just around the corner

28 Sep

What have you got planned for Thursday, October 4, 2012, “National Day of Action To Stop Smart Meters“?

Organizations, groups and individuals — from Washington, D.C., to Hawaii, and around the globe — are scheduling a variety of Action Day events, demonstrations, rallies, and activities to protest against smart meters, and to increase public awareness about why we need to stop smart meters now.

The utility and smart meter industries have attempted to marginalize No-Smart-Meter proponents, similar to how the BPA and GMO industries like to dismiss health advocates and right-to-know consumers, as “a small but vocal minority.”  But thanks to actions big and small taken by people like you and me, we are growing in numbers as the masses increasingly become aware about the smart meter issue and why protecting our basic rights to health, privacy, security, public safety and quality of life is the right thing to do.

So how can you become a part of history and contribute to helping move humanity forward on that day? If you don’t come up with any ideas right away, don’t panic.  Organizers are reminding us, “make your event fun and easy“:

“Any action against smart meters will fit, whether it be a protest, door-to-door flyering, a teach-in or a meet up.”

Event organizers advise you simply follow these 3 steps:

You can find other local supporters, make some signs, and locate your utility office or government regulatory agency- then take some photos or video to show the rest of the world why you are fed up with the forced smart grid.  It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

1.  If you are planning an event in your local area, please send an e-mail to info@actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org and we will add you to the Event List.  If you need advice or support, we are here to help!

2.  Use our materials to spread the word about your event.  You can adapt our press release to send out to local media.  Download posters and flyers to distribute in your area.

3.  Send us photos or a video recording of your action. A short 3 minute or less video would be sufficient. You can use a regular digital camera to film the video. An example can be seen in this DC protest.  Please post your video on Youtube or Indymedia and send us a link so we can compile a gallery of all Action Day events!

Thanks to the Center for Electrosmog Prevention, for also recommending these easy action ideas:

1. Plan and participate in a protest in your area, on busy freeway overpass, or main intersection, or in front of the local utility office.

2. Call and write the White House if you can’t participate in a protest event on October 4th. The phone number to call is 1-202-456-1111, and you can also write to the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments. We encourage you to do both and to have everyone you know do the same!

 You may wish to say, “Dear President Obama, I oppose wireless smart meters because of serious health risks and health problems after their installation, loss of privacy, hacking , cyber security risks, fires, and increased costs. Please stop encouraging their use. I would like you to help with a nationwide ban on the use of smart meters and a moratorium on the federal funding of smart meters. Many of my family and friends feel the same way. In fact, a large number of communities including counties and cities have come out against smart meters due to these problems, even to the point of criminalizing their installation. The federal government should not be encouraging or paying for such dangerous and intrusive technologies. This issue may impact my votes in November.” Add your personal reasons. Sign and provide contact info.

Organizers also ask that you “Call your friends in other states and countries to encourage them to take part.  If they are planning something-= even small- please have them e-mail a contact, time, date, and place to info@actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org

Here are more fun and easy ways you can participate:

1.  Need a good excuse to get together with friends or loved ones? Call them up and  schedule it for Thursday.  Or plan an action with your children as a lesson in civics and community building.

2.   Do a group action together — in addition to getting together for a fun meal or coffee/tea or dessert, pass out flyers at your local health food store (ask the owner if it’s okay first).  Or write letters to President Obama, your City Council (here in Burbank, it’s CityCouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us), County Supervisors, State Legislators, Congressional Representative and Senators, and state Governor. Remind our elected officials, as our good residents here in Burbank have pointed out, that we “Elect to Protect” and we want the no-cost right and freedom of choice to have or keep our traditional electromechanical analog meters whenever and wherever we live.

3.  Post a group photo or video of you or yourselves on Facebook or Twitter holding your own personal sign or message about not wanting Smart Meters on your home or in your community.  Then don’t forget to e-mail the link to Action Day organizers (at info@actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org), as mentioned above, who are compiling a gallery of all Action Day events.

And remember — you don’t need to be a giant to move mountains.  You also don’t need to be many, several or some.  Even you as an individual can contribute to Action Day by doing a variation of the any of the above suggested actions,  or coming up with your own idea.   It only takes the power of one to make a positive difference in this world!

The National Day of Action Against Smart Meters is being spearheaded by the National Campaign to Stop Smart Meters and the Wireless Radiation Protection Coalition to coincide with “Gridweek” in our nation’s capitol — where industry, lobbyist & government officials will be holding a ‘Smart Grid’ industry conference.

Flyer and poster artwork, at top and middle of this post, are courtesy of National Campaign To Stop Smart Meters and the Wireless Radiation Protection Coalition. You can get free downloads of these and other professional-style materials that you can use and share with others at the “Day of Action To Stop Smart Meters” website: http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/?page_id=22

Burbank City Council approves moving forward on updating wireless ordinance

27 Sep

Buy your Elect to Protect community T-Shirt today by contacting Save Burbank Neighborhoods at AvonTower@aol.com. Once you get it, make sure to “X” or check  the box representing your Burbank neighborhood.  Elect to Protect T-shirt artwork courtesy of Save Burbank Neighborhoods, and GoGoSnap Art Direction + Design (www.etsy.com/shop/GoGoSnap)

It’s great when Burbank residents speak up and assert their rights to protect their neighborhoods and quality of life, and through that process, achieve the results for which they had worked so hard.

Earlier this year, 300 plus Rancho area residents made it quite clear to Staff and City Council that they did not want the New Urban West condo project planned for their area.  New Urban West backed down, and the residents were elated.

Hundreds of Burbank residents also organized against the controversial Walmart project.  They took their complaints to Walmart and City Council.  Refusing to retreat after hitting walls there, they took their case to court.  Last month, the L.A. County Superior Court supported their arguments by issuing an injunction against Walmart and the City.

Then, a few months ago, Avon residents mobilized their neighbors, media, and the support of the School District and residents from several Burbank neighborhoods, to descend upon City Hall when they appealed and opposed a proposed T-Mobile cell tower atop a church in their neighborhood.  The People were heard loud and clear, and the project was denied.

To protect residents from having to mount similar fights, they asked the City to fix the loophole in the wireless facility ordinance that allows wireless facilities on private institutional properties in residential areas.  They repeated their request and rationale supporting it last Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2012) before City Council, and our elected officials responded affirmatively.  They directed the Staff to look into their and the residents’ concerns, arguments, and recommendations that were voiced and submitted.

This is, as our Council Members and residents pointed out, democracy in action.  We’ll keep you posted on how the wireless ordinance update develops.  For insurance purposes — let’s keep wearing those “Elect to Protect” T-shirts.

(Purchase your community “Elect to Protect” T-shirts from the “Save Burbank Neighborhoods” resident group; artwork for T-shirt is seen above right.  Contact them at AvonTower@aol.com to buy yours today.  Make sure to wear your T-shirt at upcoming City Council Meetings.)

Tell City Council Tuesday to update the wireless ordinance to better protect residential neighborhoods!

17 Sep

“Save Burbank Neighborhoods,” the group of pro-active residents that successfully brought together their community and beyond to oppose and appeal an unsightly and humongous proposed T-Mobile cell tower (wireless facility) at their neighborhood’s church — and won (!) — is now alerting residents on how they can protect their neighborhoods against these divisive wireless projects, too.

Attend this Tuesday’s (Sept. 18) City Council meeting and during Public Comment, tell our City Council members that you want them to update the city’s wireless ordinance to fix that loophole that allows cell towers (wireless facilities) in residential neighborhoods. Tell them to protect our homes, families, children and neighborhoods!

The meeting begins at 6pm, and it’s Item O-6 on the Agenda, and so there will be TWO opportunities to speak up at this meeting:

1) Because this item is NOT a public hearing, you will NOT be able to speak on this item when it is discussed between Staff and City Council.  So, to make your Public Comment before the item is discussed and decided upon — make sure to fill out a Yellow Speaker Card when you arrive and submit it to the City Clerk up at the front near the podium.  Then when Public Comment is solicited by the Mayor (item L on the Agenda listed as “Public Comment”), he will read your card/name and you can go up to the Podium and speak for 5 minutes. 

2) After the City Council discusses the item with Staff (again, Item O-6 on the Agenda), and makes a decision on how to move forward, there will be a 2nd opportunity for Public Comment (Item P on the Agenda).  If you want to make a final comment on the decision or action that was taken, make sure you fill out a Green Card with your name (you must submit it to the City Clerk up front  before Item P is called or when others are still providing Public Comment during this Item (P).  You will be allowed 3 minutes to speak.

You do NOT want to have to go through (fight a cell tower) like this neighborhood had to — no Burbank  neighborhood should be put through that again.   Read more information on the “Fight the Tower”/Save Burbank Neighborhoods website on how you can ask our City Council members to take action, including writing letters/e-mails, and why this is so important. by clicking here.

To read the Staff Report prepared by our city’s staff for City Council to review and consider, click here: Item 6 Staff Report for Burbank City Council 09-18-2012

To read the areas where cell towers/wireless facilities can be built under the current ordinance near or next to your home, or child’s school, click here: Item 6 Exhibit F for Burbank City Council 09-18-2012.

FYI, location of City Council Meeting is the same as usual: City Council Chambers, Burbank City Hall, 275 East Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91502.

Ojai becomes first SoCal community to ban smart meters

7 Jun

Ojai residents have been extremely active in opposing smart meters, distributing informational flyers and colorful posters throughout town, like this one. Courtesy Stop Smart Meters Ojai/Ventura County.

“I think a lot of what we’re facing right now in this country is the division between the ‘common man,’ so to speak, and corporations and corporate power, and the undue powers they now have over us as citizens and our individual rights to do what we want within our own homes.”

Ojai Mayor Betsy Clapp  (OVN Blog, 5-20-2012)

Ojai, a charming small town in Ventura County about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, is where this author was raised and grew up.  So I’m very proud to report and share with you that its residents and City Council have pushed for and approved, on May 29, 2012, a moratorium against smart meters.

By doing so, the City of Ojai makes the pages of history as the first SoCal local government and community to ban smart meters.*

Ojai also joins a growing list of 55+ communities throughout California that have taken action against smart meters, and/or support residents rights to have no-cost analog meters.  This includes the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, who, on March 27, 2012, approved sending a letter to the Calif. Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) supporting a free (no-fee) opt out.

Kudos and congrats to Ojai City Council for making history as the first SoCal local government to ban smart meters. Standing, from left: Mayor Pro Tem Paul Blatz and Council Member Carlon Strobel. Seated, from left: Council Member Sue Horgan, Council Member Carol Smith and Mayor Betsy Clapp.

As Stop Smart Meters reports, we’ll have to see how the Ojai citizens and City enforce and manage the moratorium or make it work for them.

A Ventura Star story points out that adopting the moratorium may be mostly symbolic.

But it’s a grand and brave stand for a small town to take.

It also gives you faith that sometimes our elected officials do indeed stand up and do the “right” thing by taking action to protect their residents and preserve their beautiful community and quality of life.

The Ojai Valley News reports:

“What really irks me are the (opt-out) fees. How dare they?” said Councilwoman Carol Smith. “And the only way to reverse this is to go to the PUC? It’s outrageous.”

I’ve got quite a few things to say about this,” began Mayor Pro Tem Paul Blatz. “Ojai is an extremely unique community. And I can’t tell you how proud I am to be part of a community where an outcry like this, over an issue such as smart meters, this community has got together and brought this issue to us.  The apathy is not there, as it is in so many other places.” Blatz continued to say that as a lawyer, he has frequently seen large corporations trying to force consumers and cities to do things principally in the name of higher profit, but as a council member, he felt even more duty-bound to protect the health and safety of his constituents.

Mayor Betsy Clapp quoted another, perhaps slightly more famous lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, who said, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow. And the monied power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.

(Read more of the OVN story here.)

In addition to the Mayor, City Council and Staff, a big thumbs up to the Ojai residents who worked  tirelessly to make residents and their local officials aware and informed about this very complex issue.

Concerned residents organized and crafted awesome flyers and posters for the town folk and businesses.  They patrolled their streets to keep a step ahead of the smart meter installers and alert residents to call SCE to be put on its delay-install list.  They set up a table at the Farmer’s Market on weekends to educate the public about smart meters, and spoke up and submitted documents at several City Council meetings.

The Ojai Valley News has also been performing a major public service by frequently reporting on the issue and its various facets, and publishing letters to the editor about it.

Ojai has done its residents proud by living up to its nickname of Shangri-La (a legendary Tibetan paradise), which it became associated with after film director Frank Capra used an aerial shot of Ojai to represent the Shangri-La valley in his 1937 film “Lost Horizon.”    Take a trip to Ojai one weekend to see and experience for yourself what makes this town so idyllic and special.

What actions can you take?

  • Read the Ojai City Staff Administrative Report in support of the adopted ordinance, and share it with others, including friends and family, and local officials, to encourage them to take action to protect their homes, neighborhood and community.  The report and ordinance are fine examples of how a city’s Staff can support its residents and uphold their rights.
  • Refer them to the City of Ojai’s helpful Smart Meters page on its website that offers more details, documents, and information on how to opt out, and responses from SCE and the CPUC to Ojai’s moratorium.
  • For Ojai and Ventura County residents wanting to join or support the Ojai/Ventura County Stop Smart Meter resident group, which is a party in the CPUC Smart Meter Opt-Out Proceedings, please e-mail the group via OjaiCece@yahoo.com.

* In sharp contrast, 9 days earlier, May 20, 2012 marked the City of Burbank and Burbank Water & Power’s draconian opt-out program deadline.  The City of Burbank’s smart meter program, smart meter “option,” and one-time only May 20th opt-out deadline, represent a giant leap backward in history by violating many of our civil liberties, rights, and freedom of choice.  Read our post and BWP Opt Out page about this for more details.

Consumer power puts SCE smart meter fees on temporary hold

7 Jun

SCE is putting orange “Opt Out Customer” stickers on its analog opt-out meters. If you’re an SCE customer, call 1-800-810-2369 today to make sure you’re in the Opt Out program or else SCE is going smart meter you. If SCE refuses to give you an analog opt out, submit a complaint with the Tobin Law Firm (read Post). Photo courtesy of StopOCSmartMeters.com

In addition, Southern California Gas has now become a party to the Calif. Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) opt-out proceedings.  The Gas Company recently submitted its smart meter opt-out proposal.

Because many of us have family and friends in Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas (The Gas Company) territories, here’s an update to what’s happening on the smart meter front for them.

As you may already know, SCE has a flawed opt-out program not just because it is charging fees to opt out of something that its customers never opted into, but also because not all SCE customers are being allowed to have the analog option.

That’s right.  Unlike SDG&E and PG&E’s opt out program, which allows its customers to have the analog meter opt out (for a fee), SCE’s opt out program will only restore the analog meter on the residences of those who had an analog meter before a smart meter was installed on their home, or if the customer has an analog meter and is on the delay-install list.

That’s right — this means if you’re an SCE customer and you had an advanced digital meter that may or may not have an RF component on it on your home before the smart meter was installed, sorry, you are out of luck.  SCE will only give you an advanced digital meter back, not the analog that you may want instead.

Is that fair?  Or unfair and discriminatory compared to the opt out that SDG&E and PG&E have?

This opt-out program, by the way, was approved by CPUC Director Michael Peevey, who was a former president of Southern California Edison and Edison International.  Smart meter opponents see that as a major conflict of interest, and media and consumer groups also have problems with that association.

In addition, while SDG&E and PG&E’s opt-out fees ($75 up front and $10 per month) cover opting out of both gas and electric meters, SCE’s opt-out fees ($75 up front and $10 per month) only cover your electrical meter (because SCE does not offer gas service).

Now Southern California Gas (The Gas Company) is asking the CPUC for approval of a smart gas meter opt-out program.  (Read the transcript of CPUC Phase 2 May 16, 2012 Opt-Out Prehearing Conference, page 8, which has been made available to the public thanks to the Center for Electrosmog Prevention.   Watch video of the conference, where serious health concerns and problems with the opt-out programs were raised, thanks to the Ecological Options Network.)

The So Cal Gas $1 billion smart meter program, by the way, is considered a dumb idea by residents and consumer groups alike because smart gas meters are a total waste of money and unnecessary.  Support TURN’s Stop So Cal Gas Meters campaign to protest, oppose and defeat gas smart meters now.  Sign their on-line petition today.

Back to the SCE problem — with So Cal Gas wanting to have its own opt out program that may involve opt-out fees, an SCE/Gas Company customer could end up being forced to pay double the fees that an SDG&E or a PG&E customer is paying to opt out of both gas and electric smart meters.

Do you also find this unfair and discriminatory?

Consumers Power Alliance, a resident organization funded via donations by concerned residents like you, believes so.   CPA is fighting SCE’s smart meter program and has a legal team that has challenged SCE’s smart meter program and opt-out fees.  CPA consequently filed a protest with the CPUC regarding SCE’s opt-out program and fees.

In response, the CPUC has temporarily suspended SCE’s opt out fees, effective June 4, for 120 days while they look into this matter.  CPA, meanwhile, is encouraging residents to opt-out of SCE smart meters today, and has issued an alert and advice to SCE customers.  CPA is also encouraging SCE customers to file complaints with CPA’s hired law firm (read more below) because these consumer complaints are having a strong effect on the SCE opt out program.

Action you can take?

Please share this CPA advisory below with other family and friends you know who are SCE customers.  IMPORTANT: The advice and recommendations below apply ONLY to SCE Customers (not BWP, GWP or LADWP customers):

1.  (Santa Barbara, CA – June 4, 2012) Per the attached Suspension Notice issued by the CPUC Energy Division, the SCE Advice Letter implementing its Smart Meter Opt-Out Plan, recently protested by CPA , has been suspended effective 4 June for up to 120 days for staff review. As long as this Advice Letter remains suspended, SCE has no authorization to implement the rates or other terms and conditions contained in the Advice Letter.

We currently do not know how this will impact Opt-Out fees for SCE and the Gas Company or the Opt-Out practices by SCE protested by CPA. However, Opt-Outs are proceeding on a District basis…and SCE is continuing to install smart meters like there is no tomorrow.

2.  Opt Out Now

SCE customers throughout the state are receiving Opt-Out letters. They may come certified mail or “critical mail.” The Notices have varying default deadlines, depending on where you live. If you were on Delay Install, you MUST return the form by the deadline noted in the letter, or you will be smart-metered. We suggest that you make a copy of the signed form and return it immediately. In addition, you may call 800.810.2369 – now only between 8 AM and 5 PM. Note: Opt-Out Plans allow you to have the Smart Meter removed at any time for any or no reason, but it may take time to get it removed, and you may have to wait for an analog meter.

3.  Complaints are Requested

Our attorney, Mr. Tobin, recommends that our chances of getting what we want will improve if we provide documented incidents and other complaints to the PUC. Our goals include (a) immediate restoration of meters for those who got smart-metered when on the Delay Install list, (b) reduced fees, (c) Opt-Out Applications on SCE website, (d) SCE should make their website more Opt-Out accessible and post up-to-date information, (e) improve notification procedures, (f) stop installers from forcing installations , (g) impose deadlines for completing restorations, (h) longer hours for calling to Opt-Out,while default installs are happening, and (i) more respectful customer service.

Please email your letters of complaint to Channing at channing@tobinlaw.us with the notation CPA Support – Letter of Complaint, so the law firm can get them in the right hands.

In addition, encourage your friends and family in SCE territory to contact Consumers Power Alliance today, and support their efforts, receive their e-mail updates and alerts, and donate to their Legal Fund.  They can do this by visiting the CPA website for more details at: http://www.consumerspoweralliance.com  or by e-mailing CPA about any questions or complaints at admin@consumerspoweralliance.com

Other resident organizations to support that oppose smart meters and are informing SCE customers about the opt out and actions to take include:




Southern Californians for Wired Solutions: info.scwssm@gmail.com



City Council approves Resolution blocking T-Mobile wireless facility in Burbank neighborhood

7 Jun

Council Member Gordon asks City Attorney for assurances that the Resolution will hold up in court.  City Council also sets early August to address the problematic loophole in the city’s wireless ordinance.

Tuesday night, June 5, 2012, City Council unanimously approved a Resolution upholding the denial of a T-Mobile wireless facility at the Little White Chapel on Avon Street in an R-1 (single family household) neighborhood of Burbank.

The Resolution was a follow-up to the May 22, 2012 public hearing in which City Council voted 5-0 to approve the appeal by residents opposing the project, and asked its Staff to come back with a resolution that would support the approval.

The Council approvals on May 22 and June 5th are a welcome victory for residents affected by the proposed wireless facility project who have fought long and hard to protect and preserve their homes, families, schools, the character of and aesthetics of their neighborhood, and quality of life.

To make sure that victory sticks, Council Member David Gordon queried City Attorney Amy Albano repeatedly whether the Resolution as presented will hold up in a court of law if contested.

Dr. Gordon had good reason to question the legal strength of the Resolution.  It did not include a representative summary of the testimony and several arguments and concerns that were raised during the May 22, 2012 public hearing by the appellants, residents and Council Members.

To contrast and compare, the Nov. 22, 2011, “Findings for Denial” that Los Angeles County Counsel prepared in order to support the Board of Supervisors’ denial of a wireless facility project (that had been approved by the Planning Board and then appealed by residents) included points and concerns raised by Staff and residents during the various public hearings related to the project.  Other examples of LA County Board of Supervisors approved “Findings for Denial” were submitted in a Resident Report to City Council and Staff during Public Comment at the May 22, 2012 public hearing.

In response to Dr. Gordon’s questions, Attorney Albano explained that the city’s legal department worked together with the Community Development Department (which oversees the Planning Division) in preparing the resolution.  If the denial were contested in court, she said, the whole of the public hearing, including transcripts of the May 22 public hearing, and documents submitted by residents, would be entered into evidence.   However, she also said what would be challenged specifically would be the Resolution.

So Dr. Gordon asked Attorney Albano again whether the Resolution as is would hold up to a legal challenge in a court of law.  She replied “I believe so.”

Let’s hope that belief is strong enough to prevent any legal challenge by T-Mobile.

Burbank residents of Save Burbank Neighborhoods, the resident group that supported the appeal against the T-Mobile project on Avon Street, thanked City Council for their vote approving the resident appeal.

They also stated how they would like to work with the City in fixing the problematic loophole in the city’s wireless ordinance that has caused so much grief and continues to threaten Burbank neighborhoods.

City Council and Staff informed residents that City Council will take up this issue in early August.

What action can you take?

Join and/or support Save Burbank Neighborhoods today, and keep informed on what you can do to protect our treasured neighborhoods and quality of life.  Go to: http://saveburbankneighborhoods.com

Kudos and congrats again to the brave appellants who challenged the City with their appeal, and raised community awareness about the city’s wireless ordinance flaws.  A big round of applause to the hundreds of Burbank residents who have supported and assisted their efforts, too.

Community Action Alert: Attend the June 5th City Council Meeting

5 Jun

Save Burbank Neighborhoods is alerting supporters to attend the City Council meeting this Tuesday, June 5th.

City Council members will vote on a resolution upholding the citizen appeal against construction of a wireless telecommunications facility at 1711 North Avon Street. 

City Council Chambers are located at Burbank City Hall, 275 Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91502.

Save Burbank Neighborhoods is inviting supporters to attend the City Council Meeting to witness the approval of the proposed resolution. On their website, they write:

This is also an excellent opportunity to formally express your gratitude and appreciation for the City Council’s courageous support of our community appeal.

Please wear white or your Fight the Tower t-shirt if you plan to attend the meeting.  The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m., and the agenda is a lengthy one.  Our resolution is item number 10 on the agenda.  It is unlikely that City Council will have a chance to approve the appeal before 7:30 p.m..

At the June 5th meeting, Save Burbank Neighborhoods will be presenting a statement during the second public comment portion of the meeting formally requesting that the city revisit the recently revised Wireless Telecommunications Facilities ordinance that allows for the placement of cell phone towers on institutional use properties in single-family R-1 residential neighborhoods…

The fight is not over!  As explained in Emily Gabel-Luddy’s recent letter to the Leader, the current Wireless Telecommunications Facilities ordinance requires that each neighborhood must fight the construction of every single cell phone tower on a case-by-case basis through the Conditional Use Permit process.  There are no zoning laws within the Burbank Municipal Code to protect residential communities or the public right of way!

Read more details and related documents on their website here.

Burbank residents filled City Council Chambers on May 22, 2012 to oppose and speak up against the proposed T-Mobile cell tower at the Little White Chapel. Photo by Kiku Iwata.

Attending the meeting Tuesday night is a follow-up action to the May 22, 2012 City Council public hearing when Council Members voted 5-0 to support appellants (residents) protesting the approval of the proposed T-mobile wireless facility atop the Little White Chapel Church.

The Church is located in an R-1 (single-family residential) neighborhood, near Bret Harte Elementary and Luther Middle School.

The appellants pointed out how the flawed project should have never been approved, and how the proposed facility didn’t fit the character of the residential neighborhood or the height of the surrounding homes.

They also revealed how they had no problem making calls with a T-Mobile phone near the proposed project site and neighborhood.

TV news crews streamed into the room to record and report on the hearing.

Residents, including children, who filled the City Council Chambers and overflowed into the City Hall lobby, provided Public Comment after Public Comment about how the proposed project was negatively affecting their quality of life, their health concerns about 24/7 wireless RF exposure, the negative effect the project would have on property values and their neighborhood, and how and why a commercial facility like a wireless facility didn’t belong in an R-1 zone and  near their schools.

City Council members asked Staff to come back with a resolution to approve the appeal (that they are scheduled to approve at this Tuesday’s meeting).

Many of the Council Members also told the public at that meeting that they wanted to revisit the city’s wireless ordinance section that allows wireless facilities in R-1 zones, and fix the problems it has created so this won’t happen again.

Rewind to December 2009, when the City began the process of updating its wireless ordinance, and stated that they wanted to protect the city’s “sensitive” areas after T-Mobile proposed a major cell tower project at Brace Canyon Park (in and R-1 zone near Horace Mann preschool and daycare, and St. Francis Xavier school and Church).

T-Mobile and Little White Chapel church members commented at the time how they wanted a wireless facility at the Little White Chapel and in R-1 zones.  City Staff responded by proposing changing our city’s ordinance to allow wireless facilities on institutional properties (private schools and churches) in R-1 zones.

Burbank residents, as you can imagine, advocated against adopting this change, and warned our local officials and staff that changing the ordinance to allow this would be divisive, pitting residents against church goers, city staff and city officials, as evidenced in other communities where wireless facilities were proposed at churches in R-1 zones.

However, the majority of our Planning Board and City Council supported and approved this ordinance change in September of 2011.

A few months later, as expected, T-Mobile’s proposed wireless facility project at the Little White Chapel produced a painful battle for both sides fighting it.  While unifying a neighborhood and bringing people together in some very positive ways, both sides of the battle spent lots of energy, time, resources, frustration, stress, sleepless days and nights, tears, sweat and emotions to organize and gather their arguments and support.

Some 200+ residents showed up to support appellants against the proposed T-Mobile wireless facility, and had to occupy City Hall’s lobby because there wasn’t enough room to accommodate them in the main City Council Chambers. Photo courtesy of Save Burbank Neighborhoods.

We saw the results at the May 22 public hearing in the well researched testimony presented by the brave resident appellants, as well as the heartfelt Public Comments of some 40+ residents, the 200+ residents who filled the chambers and City Hall lobby in support against the project, the 800+ who signed the petitions opposing the project, and the many media supporters reporting on this story and raising public awareness.

On the other side, you can also read the profound effects this battle had on the churchgoers who supported the project, as evidenced in the Tumblr account written by a member of the Little White Chapel with her entry, “Sickening, Absolutely Sickening.

Council Member Dr. David Gordon summed up the sentiments and the lessons we should all take away from this proposed cell tower project: no neighborhood in Burbank should have to be put through this again.

In Dec. 2009, our City Council told residents it was going to craft an updated wireless ordinance that would protect the “sensitive areas.”  As we saw with this project, that didn’t happen.  So let’s hope that our City Council Members make good on their May 22 affirmations to revisit the city’s wireless ordinance that has caused us so much pain and suffering, and remedy that.

You can also take action by writing City Council and asking and encouraging them to do so:

Kudos and thanks to all of those residents, and supporters in the media, who made the May 22, 2012, victory possible.  You can read below in the Burbank Leader May 23, 2012 story how residents and the Little White Chapel director are reaching out to each other to heal the rift.

Doug Loranger of CLOUTnow, which has been instrumental in helping resident groups across the state and nation with important information regarding cell tower siting, applauded what occurred in Burbank, and wrote:

“For those who are interested in seeing some real democracy in action, the entire appeal hearing is available for viewing at the following link (it begins approximately 1 hr. 48 min. into the hearing and runs for almost 5 hours):


Congratulations to everyone in Burbank who made this outcome a reality.”

CLOUT is also working very hard to repeal the section of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 that prohibits a local government from denying a wireless facility due to health or environmental concerns.  Please support CLOUT and concerned residents across the country by signing CLOUT’s Petition today.

If you would like to read reports in the media about the proposed wireless facility and city’s wireless facility ordinance problem, here are some helpful links:


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