Take Action

Here are some websites that offer helpful forms,letters, signs and petitions that you can fill out and sign right now to oppose smart meters in your community, state and across the country. You can also use these as examples to create or fashion your own letters, flyers, etc.

Start today and join others in taking positive action! Share these sites with your friends, family and neighbors.

1.  Write to and speak up at meetings of local, county, state and U.S. officials (City Council, County Supervisors, municipal utility board or commission, your regional state legislators, your U.S. Congressional reps, and your state Public Utilities Commission or Public Service Commission).  Tell them to support the right to keep or restore electromechanical analog meters without any extra costs, charges, or fees (i.e., no-cost analog meter opt out).

The Federal government does not mandate smart meters on our homes, and so the City of Burbank should not either.  For Burbank, here are the e-mails and contact info for our City Council (Mayor and Council Members):

City Council: Citycouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us
Mayor Talamantes email: jtalamantes@ci.burbank.ca.us
Emily Gabel-Luddy email: egabel-luddy@ci.burbank.ca.us
David Gordon’s email: dgordon@ci.burbank.ca.us
Dave Golonski’s email: dgolonski@ci.burbank.ca.us
Gary Bric’s email: gbric@ci.burbank.ca.us
Or call City Hall (818) 238-5850 — City Hall address: 275 East Olive Avenue Burbank, CA 91502

2.  Burbank ACTION “Top 10 Action Items” Checklist:  https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/smart-meter-action-forms

3.  Stop Smart Meters “How You Can Stop Smart Meters”: http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/

4.  EMF Safety Network “Take Action”: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=649

5.  Center for Electrosmog Prevention’s “Anti-Smart Meter Campaign”: http://electrosmogprevention.org/antismartmetercampaign.html

6.  Citizens for Safe Technology “Smart Meter Action Kit”: http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/smart-meter-action-kit-in-communities-governments,73,0

7.  The Utility Reform Network (TURN) Smart Meters: http://www.turn.org/section.php?id=161

8.  Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Staff Packet 9January 24, 2012): Moratorium extension approved by Supervisors, the landmark County Public Health Department report on smart meters, and the Petition that local governments are circulating and joining here in California. Submit these to your local officials or get similar ones going in your area: http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/bds/Govstream/BDSvData/non_legacy/agendas/2012/20120124/PDF/041.pdf

9.  ACLU-Vermont and ACLU-Hawaii: Have issued and posted on their websites their position statements on the Smart Grid and Smart Meters.  Organize a diverse group of residents to meet with your regional and state ACLU and share these documents and ask them to issue and post on their websites similar position papers.    ACLU-Vermont: http://www.acluvt.org/issues/smart_meters.php and ACLU-Hawaii: http://acluhi.org/2012/01/11/know-your-rights-new-electrical-smart-grids-raise-privacy-concerns/

10.  Utility Consultant: If you are part of an organized resident group in your area, ask your group to explore hiring a utility consultant to assist you with understanding your state regulations regarding smart meters, and what you can do to oppose their mandatory installation.  The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) lists consultants you could hire: http://www.nasuca.org/archive/about/cont-dir03.php.   To help you with your research, please read and share the papers and reports by consultants Nancy Brockway and Barbara Alexander regarding advanced metering programs and their problems.  Nancy Brockway: http://www.nbrockway.com/testimony.html.   Barbara Alexander: http://www.eba-net.org/docs/events/materials/SmartGridPrimer/Alexander.ppt and http://efile.mpsc.state.mi.us/efile/docs/15244/0262.pdf.

Join the cause !  Sign-up for updates  on local and Los Angeles County area smart meter opposition events and action items:

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5 Responses to “Take Action”

  1. maria September 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Sept. 27, 2011. Beware of SCE & Smart Meter Delay List: Just called the Southern California Edison so I could be placed on the Smart Meter Delay List. They said they will put me on the list however since it’s not Opt-out list a Smart Meter can still be installed! Read to her CPUC President Peevey ruling on Sept.21, 2011 outlining guidelines for Delay List. She still insisted that meter could be install. Seems to me they are trying to install as many Smart Meters they can hoping CPUC won’t force them to have Smart Meter opt-out program.

  2. burbankaction October 5, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Maria, thanks for informing us about this. You are right. SCE now is required to offer residents who call up to be added to their Delay List, but SCE does not have an Opt Out program yet. The CPUC is deciding on Smart Meter Options, as you can read in our posts about those proceedings. Residents are telling me when they call up to Opt Out or Refuse a Meter, the SCE reps are not informing them about the Delay List, so make sure you tell your friends and neighbors to call up to be put on the Delay List.

  3. Citizen May 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I think everyone should call Congressman Brad Shermans office because the city has told us at the cell tower meeting the congressman is ofrcing the city to stick these towers and smart meters into our neighborhoods.

  4. Citizen May 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Here is Congressman Brad Shermans phone number
    (818) 501-9200
    Call and tell him we want the cell towers and the smart meters stopped.

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