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What you can do

July 17, 2019

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Elk Grove residents,

What you can do to affect the City’s decision on cell antennas (aka 4G and 5G) is tell the City Council what you want and do not want on this issue. A sample message follows.

Thank you for speaking up. Together we are stronger. Together we can make a difference and protect our community.

Thank you. 

Mark Graham

Co-Founder of Keep Cell Antennas Away From Our Elk Grove Homes

Addressee

Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren (for the City Council) at jlindgren@elkgrovecity.org

Even better, will you copy me (or bcc) on your email to the City Clerk? Mark at keepcellantennasawayfromourelkgrovehomes dot org

Short Message:

Mr. Lindgren, Elk Grove City Council, and staff,

As an Elk Grove resident I respectfully ask you to preserve the character and quality of life of our City by keeping cell antennas out of residential neighborhoods and away from parks and schools.  Bring SafeG – A Safe Alternative to Harmful 5G Wireless – to Elk Grove!

The proposed zoning code amendment on EG-18-006 implicitly acknowledges that cell antenna electromagnetic radiation is hazardous to our health, that having the antennas on light poles in the public right of way is bad for aesthetics, or both.

The proposed zoning code amendment implicitly acknowledges that the City has the power, the zoning authority preserved by section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, to regulate cell antennas in ways that limit the number of them. And that the City has the power to limit the number of cell antennas and proximity to our homes on the basis of aesthetics.

Please adopt an urgency ordinance similar to Sonoma City urgency ordinance 07-2018, adopted in November, 2018 or amend the City’s zoning code similarly to how the cities of Petaluma and Mill Valley amended theirs in September, 2018. There should be detailed application content requirements, a provision for the applicant to pay the City to hire its own independent expert, and location and configuration preferences among other things.

Please amend the proposed code amendment as recommended by Keep Cell Antennas Away From Our Elk Grove Homes.

http://www.keepcellantennasawayfromourelkgrovehomes.org/basic-requests/

Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

(End of short message.)

Medium length message

Mr. Lindgren, Elk Grove City Council, and staff,

As an Elk Grove resident I respectfully ask you to preserve the character and quality of life of our City by keeping cell antennas out of residential neighborhoods and away from parks and schools.  Bring SafeG – A Safe Alternative to Harmful 5G Wireless – to Elk Grove!

Thousands of scientific studies over many years show that long term exposure to electromagnetic radiation causes several serious health impacts including DNA damage, immune and nervous system disorders, and structural and functional changes of the reproductive system. 

The City has broad powers to regulate cell antennas in state and federal law.  MetroPCS v San Francisco and other federal appellate cases highlight the City’s power to deny applications that will not close a significant gap in coverage using the least intrusive means. 

The FCC order from September 2018 will likely be overturned on appeal.  Measures the City can take to protect house values and aesthetics can also achieve the result of reducing health hazards. 


Please adopt an urgency ordinance similar to Sonoma City urgency ordinance 07-2018, adopted in November, 2018 or amend the City’s zoning code similarly to how the cities of Petaluma and Mill Valley amended theirs in September, 2018..

Please continue to inform residents of developments here and ask our opinion!

Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

(End of mdium message.)

ISSUE:

AT&T and Verizon have proposed agreements with the city (August 20 and 18, 2017) and AT&T has applied for a zoning code amendment (January 25, 2018, EG-18-006) that would cut the City Council and Elk Grove residents out of permitting decisions on cell antennas in residential neighborhoods. The City’s Department of Public Works, which does not hold public meetings, would review permit applications and issue permits behind closed doors and with no input from the public or the City Council.  Permits would be for a minimum of 10 years.   AT&T, Verizon, etc. could then install these antennas on a light pole or telephone pole near you without your knowledge or consent.

WHAT IS 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless technology.  The G stands for generation.  The purpose of 5G is to sell more data. The more data you use, the higher your cell phone bill.

5G is to be used for streaming and downloading videos at faster speeds and for continuous “connectivity” of thousands of unnecessary electronic gadgets.   5G is not needed for text messages or phone calls.

CONSEQUENCES:

These “Small Cell” antennas will reduce property values, be an eyesore, and adversely affect our health. 4G microwave radiation is powerful and hazardous. 5G will be even more so. With 5G you get your data faster but you also get your health effects faster.

Elk Grove does not need these cell antennas. There is already good cell phone coverage in Elk Grove.

There have been literally thousands of studies on the health impacts of long term exposure to non-ionizing radiation, the kind cell antennas produce.

The World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO – IARC) determined in 2011 that such radiation is a Category 2B possible human carcinogen, in the same category as lead and DDT.

http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

The U.S. National Toxicology Program study published in 2018, a $25 million, 19 year study, the biggest and most complete of its kind, found that cell phone radiation caused cancer tumors of the brain and heart in rats.

Over 240 scientists signed the EMF Scientist International Appeal starting in May, 2015.

https://www.emfscientist.org

Based on their research, the scientists say that long-term exposure to non-ionizing radiation causes increased risk of cancer, genetic damages, cardiovascular problems, abnormal brain function, impaired fertility, memory deficits, headaches, insomnia, confusion, weakness, and structural and functional changes to the reproductive system.

CELL ANTENNAS AND POWER:

5G cell antennas use waves of higher frequency and shorter wavelength.  With 5G you get your data much faster but you also get your health effects much faster. 

These cell antennas are sometimes 48” high by 14.6” in diameter. A better name for them is Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antenna – Wireless Telecommunication Facilities (CPMRA-WTFs).

According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam a 5G cell antenna has a range of 2,000’.

NEITHER THE GOVERNMENT NOR INDUSTRY HAS ANY STUDIES SHOWING THAT 5G ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION (EMR) IS SAFE

Last fall FCC Commissioner Branden Carr said in South Dakota that 5G is safe but he did not provide any basis for that. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) wrote to Commissioner Carr asking for the FCC’s determination that these cell antennas are safe and for the scientific studies that informed that determination. Carr wrote back and failed to do that. Then at a February 6, 2019 hearing of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Sen. Blumenthal asked the wireless industry representatives how many studies they have done, are doing, or have committed to doing on the health and safety of 5G cell antennas and how much money they are spending on those studies. The industry representatives’ answer was: ZERO.

The letter and video are here:

Yet AT&T has proposed an agreement with the City that would allow it to install these antennas on light poles and utility poles in the public right of way, right outside of our homes. Actual electromagnetic fields from these antennas are tens of thousands of times higher than the signal strength necessary for phone calls.

Other cities have already done this

The cities of Petaluma and Mill Valley, in response to resident requests (!) have amended their zoning codes to protect all the interests of their residents.  Other cities protecting their residents have included Belvedere, Calabasas, Fairfax, Palos Verdes, San Anselmo, San Rafael and Sonoma City. 

See what other Northern California cities are doing on this issue at

http://mystreetmychoice.com/

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO:

#1.  Donate!  We are running ads on Facebook, which can be effective, but they cost money every day!  With more ad money we could reach more people.  Please contact us to donate.  We really appreciate it! 

#2. Attend a meeting of the Elk Grove City Council and speak during public comments

http://elkgrovecity.org/city_hall/city_government/city_council/council_meetings

WHAT: We are not on the agenda, but please turn in a blue speaker card at the back of the room to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes during public comments which happen near the beginning of the meeting.

WHEN: the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and begin any time between then and about 6:45.

WHERE: Council Chambers located at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758.

#3. Attend a meeting of the Elk Grove Planning Commission and speak during public comments

http://elkgrovecity.org/city_hall/city_government/commission_and_committees/planning_commission

WHAT: The Planning Commission and City Council have the same procedures for public comments, but Planning Commission meetings more often begin on time. Please turn in a blue speaker card to speak.

WHEN: the first and third Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Same place as the City Council meetings, in the Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way

#4. Spread the news – Forward this email to all your email contacts in the City of Elk Grove and copy and post this message on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and other social media.

#5. Stay informed – For more information & updates, join Keep Cell Antennas Away from Our Elk Grove Homes Facebook group and page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/258269695111802/
https://www.facebook.com/KeepCellAntennasAwayFromOurElkGroveHomes/

#6  Email Mark@keepcellantennasawayfromourelkgrovehomes.org with your questions, comments, suggestions, and offers to help.

It is vitally important that as many Elk Grove residents as possible email Planning Commission and City Council members – and attend Planning Commission and City Council meetings – to oppose these 4G and 5G cell antennas.

Thank you in advance for taking action. Together we are stronger. Together, we can make a difference and protect our communities.

Sincerely,

Mark Graham

Co-Founder of Keep Cell Antennas Away From Our Elk Grove Homes