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Featured guest speakers for the Southern California Smart Meter Community Forum on November 10, 2011, in Glendale, CA,  include:

Cindy Sage

International EMF health expert Cindy Sage is the owner of Sage Associates in Montecito, CA. Sage Associates is a nationally known environmental land use consulting firm specializing in the assessment of factors that affect the suitability of land for conservation and for development. She is an expert in translating complex technical and scientific information for the public and decision-makers.

Her specialty area of practice is in the effect of electromagnetic fields. She provides environmental monitoring, EMF site assessment and EMF policy evaluations for electric transmission line and wireless antenna/cell tower projects.  She  also has conducted field studies on smart meters; see

Ms. Sage was one of the first faculty in the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara, and developed and taught classes there from 1972 through 1981.  She was appointed by the Governor of California to the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (1977-1981). She is a founding member (forty years ago) of the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara.

She is the co-editor of the BioInitiative Report (2007) and a founder of the BioInitiative Working Group.  Ms. Sage has published many scientific studies on electromagnetic field issues, including the science, public policy, legal and environmental consequences of exposures to EMF.  Currently she is the co-facilitator of the Collaborative for Health and the Environment EMF Group and a full member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.


Mindy Spatt

Consumer advocate Mindy Spatt is the Commmunications Director of TURN, a utility watchdog and consumer advocacy group for Californians.

Mindy joined TURN as media advocacy director in April 1998. She oversees press relations and the writing and production of TURN publications. She is now TURN’s communications director, coordinating TURN’s media and online advocacy. She has been featured in scores of newspaper, television and radio stories about smart meters and TURN’s objections to them.  For more  info about TURN and its stance on smart meters, visit its website:

Spatt is a published essayist and freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her previous advocacy experience includes work on behalf of women prisoners and a stint as a union organizer. She was employed as a legal writer at California Continuing Education of the Bar before coming to TURN. Spatt received her BA from the State University of New York and holds a law degree from Antioch School of Law.


Orlean Koehle

Orlean Koehle, author of “Just Say No to Big Brother’s Smart Meters, the latest in Bio-Hazard Technology,” is considered an expert on the privacy aspects of smart meters, and has spoken at local, state, and national events and conferences about the subject.

Orlean has been serving as the State President of Eagle Forum of California since 2002.  Eagle Forum, a conservative, non-partisan, national organization started by Phyllis Schlafly back in the 1970s, has always taken a strong stand for protecting property and privacy rights.  That is why Orlean became concerned when she found about the invasive and controlling aspects of Smart Meters and Smart Grid and began researching and writing, “Just Say No to Big Brother’s Smart Meters.”

Orlean is a former speech/drama/journalism teacher, who taught many years in the public schools.  She is the author of several books: “Looking at Lincoln, the history of Lincoln, Nebraska”; “The Golden Rule School,” which seeks to bring Character Education into the schools; and “By Stealth and Deception, USA Transformation and its Parallel to the European Union” (700 pages), which exposes the hidden background of the past 100 years in American history.   For more information on her books go to:, or

Orlean and her husband, Dr. Kurt Koehle, PhD., live on acreage just outside of Santa Rosa, CA.   Kurt is formerly from Southern Germany, where he and Orlean lived for several years when they were first married.  Kurt is serving as an administrator at Sonoma State University.  They have five sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.


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