1) Attend Tue. March 6th Burbank and Glendale City Council meetings. BWP and GWP are scheduled to ask our Mayors and Council Members to approve their Smart Meter option recommendations. Tell our elected officials that BWP or GWP’s recommendations are not acceptable options. They are also out of sync with what the state CPUC recently approved for millions of Californians.
The CPUC approved on Feb. 1, 2012, a Smart Meter Opt-Out program that will allow millions of Californians to keep or have an electromechanical analog meter.
In contrast, even though area residents for the past several months have been asking to keep or restore the electromechanical analog meter, BWP an GWP are not recommending the electromechanical analog meter as their opt-out meter. They are instead recommending the Smart Meter with the RF-disabled.
However, residents in PG&E territory report those type of Smart Meters make them sick due to the SMPS, which creates a dirty electricity problem throughout the home wiring. In addition, as numerous residents have testified at CPUC public hearings, we do not trust our utilities to keep the RF disabled or turned off. So the Smart Meter with the RF-disabled or RF-turned off is NOT an option at all.
Tell your elected officials that BWP or GWP is thus recommending an option program that is discriminatory, inequitable, unfair, prohibitory, and thus unreasonable and unacceptable.
FYI: BWP’s opt-out plan is a one-time only offer that is only available to current residents within 60 days after City Council approves the plan and fees.. This basically traps those residents who opt out in their own homes — they cannot move to another residence in Burbank and still have the freedom of choice to have an analog meter. In addition,if new or prospective buyers are interested in moving into Burbank, they will be able to choose fo opt-out of a smart meter. This creates a serious real estate problem and could devalue our property values, especially if residents in other communities are allowed to opt-out of smart meters, or don’t have any installed in their community and are smart-meter-free.
BWP and GWP fees to opt out are also extortion and prohibitory, as well as higher than the CPUC approved opt-out fees.
BWP Fees: $165 up-front, $20 per month
GWP Fees: $62 up front and $55 per month for electric; $55 up front and $34 per month for water
CPUC Approved Fees for PG&E: $75 up front and $10 per month; $10 up-front and $5 per month for low-income customers.
We should not be forced into or underwrite a Smart Meter program that we never agreed to or consented to, and so we also should not be forced to pay to opt out of something we are already paying for and never opted into.
The Federal government does not mandate Smart Meters on our homes, and so the Cities of Burbank and Glendale should not, either.
We should be allowed to have or keep electromechanical analog meters like other Californians, and at no-cost.
See Burbank Council Agenda, go to Item 11, and click BWP Staff Report and Attachments: http://burbank.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&event_id=34
See Glendale Council Agenda, and click Item 8a for GWP Staff Report: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/government/agenda_minutes/4A201203064.pdf
City Council Meeting Info: Meetings start at 6pm but the items are not at the very start of the meeting, so if you arrive at 7pm you will still be okay. Fill out a Public Comment card and hand it to the City Clerk at the front of the room so the Mayor can call your name to speak. You will be given 3-4-5 minutes to speak depending on the length the Mayor says you can speak.
Burbank City Council Meeting: City Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, Burbank 91502
Glendale City Council Meeting: City Hall, 613 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Glendale 91206.
2) Write and call your Mayors and City Council Members today and tell them to oppose your utility’s proposed Smart Meter Options and Motion — and that they should support no-cost analog meters!
Burbank City Hall: 818-238-5850
Burbank City Manager Michael Flad: 818-238-5800
Glendale City Hall: 1-818-548-4000
Glendale City Management Services: 1-818.548.4844
Also e-mail the Mayor and City Council Members BEFORE Tuesday’s meeting:
Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes, and Council Members: Emily Gabel-Luddy, Dr. David Gordon, Gary Bric, and Dave Golonski Group e-mail: Citycouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us
Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glendale City Council Members Rafi Manoukian: email@example.com
Ara Najarian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Quintero: email@example.com
Dave Weaver: firstname.lastname@example.org