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What you can do

Revised October 2, 2020

Thank you for your interest. We continue to advocate with our City Council to keep cell antennas away from Elk Grove homes and schools.

Your voice matters. When many people contact our elected leaders on the City Council and school board we get their attention. It takes a sustained effort to get results though. It’s not one and done. Follow up with them using similar messages. This campaign is committed to keeping you up to date and giving you the tools you need to make your voice heard.

Here’s what you can do, how you can get involved and make your voice heard. You can determine how much time you will spend on this.

1. Learn the issue. This site is a good source. Feel free to ask me any question.

2. Tell a parent of an Elk Grove K-12 student. Share this site with them. Also share it on social media.

3. Volunteer. I could use some help. You would enjoy it too!

4. Donate. Outreach such as flyer distribution and online ads costs money.

5. Write to the school board and city council. Draft letters you can use are on the page called, “Send letters to school board and City Council

6. Subscribe to our newsletter. A recent newsletter is here. The newsletter always has 1 or more actions you can take fairly easily. Email me to subscribe Mark at (skip this part) keepcellantennasaway dot (skip this part) org.

7. Stay on it! This is a marathon, not a sprint.

8. Finally, we are always open to new ideas. Please feel free to send them.

Mark Graham

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

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 powerful new 4G and 5G cell antennas will adversely affect our health, reduce house values, and be an eyesore. Where they are near schools they will distract students from their classes and extracurricular activities and cause students to become addicted to constant cell phone use. This is what the companies want.

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. See “Health effects studies” on this site.

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 International EMF Scientist 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 greater than 2,000’. See “Range of a 5G cell antenna” on this site.

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. See the page called “Senator Blumenthal 5G letter to FCC.”

Other cities have already done the right thing and protected their residents.

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. Attend a virtual 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 email the City Clerk, Jason Lindgren, and ask staff to call you to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes during agenda item 5, public comments on items NOT on the agenda, which is 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: Online. The Council meetings during the pandemic are virtual. See the City’s website for access (a hyperlink).
Council Chambers located at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758.

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 Council and Commission get back to in person meetings.

#2 Spread the news – Forward this page 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.

#3. 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/

#3  Email Mark {at} keepcellantennasaway [dot] org with your questions, comments, suggestions, and offers to help.

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