BWP was scheduled to present its Phase 2: Staff Report on Smart meter options and costs* on Tuesday (Jan. 17, 2012) to Burbank City Council. In its prepared Report, BWP recommended against options. However, BWP’s Report also indicated that if Council wanted to support options, then BWP listed possible options with some very high fees and costs. These possible options included moving the smart meter somewhere else on your property, smart meter with RF disabled or removed, or smart meter with wired modem.
So what did BWP not hear or get when we were saying “No” to smart meters all of these months? Where is the electromechanical analog option? Why is it not included here?
Several residents who came Tuesday evening to speak up against smart meters raised those questions, and criticized the flaws of the BWP Staff Report and recommendations and costs. We informed City Council about privacy, public safety, security and civil liberty concerns, dirty electricity problems, health study findings in contrast with health studies associated with or funded by industry, what other organizations and communities are doing, the need for a public health study, how we deserve at the bare minimum analog meters without any fees or extra charge or higher rates, how we also deserve the right to opt out at any time not just one time, and how the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Revised Proposed Decision on Smart Meter Options now supports analogs as the option.
In addition, Ms. Liz Barris, founder of the American Association for Cell Phone Safety and The People’s Initiative Foundation, spoke up to share important info with Burbank Mayor and City Council about smart meters, wireless RF and health. Dr. Jan Iwata, a physician from Chicago, IL, also spoke up during Public Comment to share how she has electrosensitive patients and the challenges that they, society, and she as a physician now face because of this condition.
We recommended Council reject BWP’s Report and recommendations, and allow for due process to explore other options. We recommended that City Council not rush into approving BWP’s recommendations because if the CPUC is going to propose analog options for millions of Californians serviced by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), So Cal Gas, Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) — the vast majority of California — then BWP’s recommendations and costs would be prohibitory, unfair and discriminatory.
After all of our Public Comments, City Council members thanked us for our Comments, information and idea. City Manager Michael Flad announced that many of our Comments would be addressed when BWP does its presentation. However, many of the BWPers momentarily left the Council Chambers to convene outside its doors for several minutes, and when their item came up, BWP’s Joanne Fletcher announced that they wanted to hold the presentation of their report and recommendations until the Feb. 1st CPUC meeting on smart meter options. Ms. Fletcher stated how they wanted to do this in light of the recent CPUC proposed revised decision that we had referenced.
City Council unanimously agreed to the hold.
So did we. While a decision by Burbank City Council was not made — meaning BWP will be coming back to City Council to present its (probably updated) option recommendations in February — we were happy that our elected officials did not consider or approve of BWP’s flawed recommendations on Tuesday as BWP had proposed.
Read Burbank Leader reporter Maria Hsin’s Jan. 21, 2012 news story, “Smart meter discussion is on hold”: http://www.burbankleader.com/news/tn-blr-0122-burbank-smart-meter-discussion-is-on-hold,0,3669107.story. Also feel free to respond to Burbank Leader’s related facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/BurbankLeader?ref=ts
Action You Can Take: Go to City Council meetings on Tuesday and speak up against smart meters. Also write to Mayor Jess Talamantes, Vice Mayor Dave Golonski, and Council Members Emily Gabel-Luddy, Gary Bric and Dr. David Gordon. Recommend that they:
(1) reject BWP’s proposed Jan. 17, 2012 smart meter options and recommendations, and
(2) instead support allowing Burbank residents to keep or restore their analog meters at any time, without any extra fees, costs, charges or higher rates.
Include your reasons why, and if you voted/elected them into office, remind them that you voted for them. Also include your full name and Burbank residential address, so they will know that you are a Burbank resident.
You can e-mail all of them at: CityCouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us
Click the Links on the Left column of this blog to learn more about Smart Meters and why you should oppose them.
Thanks to the concerned residents who spoke up against BWP’s proposed options at City Council’s Jan. 17, 2012, meeting. Thanks also to the many residents, local governments, and organizations who are pushing the CPUC and their local officials to support what we deserve, and are thus making a positive difference, and for sharing with all of us the very latest developments happening everywhere with smart meters and our rights — so we can share that with our and other communities.
* Read BWP Staff Report here: http://burbank.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=4295&meta_id=133012
BWP Exhibits A-D, which is a large file that takes a while to download: http://burbank.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=4295&meta_id=133013
BWP Exhibits E-F, which also takes a while to download: http://burbank.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=4295&meta_id=133014