Yesterday (Saturday, August 14, 2011), Los Angeles county residents Elizabeth Barris (founder of The People’s Initiative) and Kiku Iwata (of Burbank ACTION) followed up on a request to speak about smart meters to the San Fernando Valley Patriots organization. (Opposition to smart meters is so widespread it crosses conservative and liberal lines.)
One of their members shared how she had called Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to inform them that she didn’t want a smart meter. The rep informed her that the utility does not have a delay or opt out program.
LADWP obviously doesn’t have a notification program, either. She said the installers put the smart meter on her home when she was out. A word of warning for those of you who believe your guard dogs in the back will protect you against installation: this LADWP customer also had her guard dog in the back.
Call and write today to your elected reps to complain about unreasonable and unacceptable smart meter installations that have happened to you, or your neighbors, friends or family. Tell them about the need for notification, and consent.
If you’re one of the lucky ones that does not have a smart meter yet on your home, call and write your elected reps to tell them you oppose smart meters and how they should be banned and at the minimum, you should be given no-cost options to allow you to keep your analog meters.
You can not take for granted that simply calling the utility to tell them you don’t want them to install will suffice.
In northern California, we’ve received reports that PG&E is now denying that certain residents who called to be added to their “delay installation” list are still on the delay list, and so they are installing them anyway. Way to go from a company that failed to heed warnings from its own employees about the safety of its gas pipelines. So it knew about this before its pipeline in San Bruno exploded into a massive fire, destroying 35 homes, injuring residents and killing eight, including a family of three, and a mother and her 13-year-old daughter. Oh yes, and this is also the utility that dumped toxic chemicals in Hinkley (documented in the hit film, “Erin Brockovich”). Its list of transgressions and offenses doesn’t stop there.
We passed out the “No Consent” letter that Burbank resident Jerry Day recommends everyone send to their utilities, via certified mail. You can find a copy here to print, fill out and send, too: https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/wireless-smart-meter-concerns/jerry-day-s-no-consent-form
A Patriot member suggested that everyone make copies of their signed No Consent letters and send them to our elected reps to give them a heads up so that they will know that their constituents don’t want smart meters. That’s an excellent idea.
For all residents throughout California (and beyond), act now because this is race against time. LADWP is not the only utility randomly installing smart meters without notifying residents. In addition, SCE customers tell us that SCE is saying that it isn’t offering a delay or opt out program , defying a CPUC Administrative Law Judge’s ruling. And beware the utilities that decide to take the low-road like PG&E by going back on their promises and pledges that they made to their own customers and media that they would not have smart meters installed if they were put on the delay list.
Utilities like these are making it bad for all utilities, failing to serve the needs of their customers and lying and talking out of both sides of their mouth, eroding and losing any trust we had in them.