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Newsletter May 29 2020

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May 29, 2020 Newsletter
Keep Cell Antennas Away From Our Elk Grove Homes
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Action Alert! 

Please help prevent the imminent placement of dangerous 4G & 5G Cell Antennas on 5 City owned light poles in Elk Grove.  Even if you only visit and shop in Elk Grove.  It only takes a minute.  

Thank you to those who wrote to the City from my newsletter on Wednesday.  There are over 100 people on this mailing list, all by your choice.  This is an opportunity to use your voice, battle the corporatocracy, and support our neighbors.  


You can send your message to the City Council Members at:,,,,

Or send your message to our City Clerk, Jason Lindgren, at 

Mr. Lindgren will forward your message to the Council Members and staff.

Please cc or bcc me at

A sample letter follows.  Feel free to edit and personalize it. 

May 29, 2020

Dear Mayor Ly, Council Members and staff,

My name is ____________________ and I live (or I visit and shop) in Elk Grove. 

The residents of Modena Way were shocked to find out that AT&T had applied for a permit to install a small cell antenna on their street WITHOUT any notice to the residents. Also, the proposed antenna would be right next to a high school!! (Monterey Trail High School, 8661 Power Inn Road.)

I support the residents of Modena Way, who have asked the City to:

  1. Make the AT&T application, the MLA, Ordinance 19-2019 and other documents available on the City’s website.

  2. Provide explanations as to why the City is not planning to pursue several specific policy options on the City’s website.

  3. Have a conference call meeting with the Modena Way residents to discuss the permitting process, etc. and answer their questions;

  4. Deny the application for the permit because there is no significant gap in coverage and the proposed antenna is not the least intrusive means and for other reasons; and

  5. Put on the agenda of a City Council meeting the specific proposed changes to the municipal code that the Modena Way residents asked for in their petition.

The City can do all of these things. The City must exercise its authority to protect the interests of its residents in the cell antenna permitting process!  Thank you for your attention and thank you for your service to our community. 


[Your name and address] 

* Or residents living near any of the other 4 sites on 19-07227

(End of sample letter.)

You can also make an audio recording of your message and send it to the City Clerk, Jason Lindgren, at 

Alternatively, comments may be provided by leaving a voicemail with the Clerk at

916-478-2286. Such audio comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. the day of the City Council meeting to ensure that the comments are provided to the City Council.  The next Council meeting will be Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  

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May 29, 2020

In this newsletter


Neighbors oppose AT&T cell antenna at Monterey Trail High School.
Interview with Diane Saetern, a resident of Modena Way

Action items

Support the Modena Way residents by sending your public comments to the City Council.

Restore your energy the natural way

Ground yourself, literally.  It’s free, it’s easy and it works!

Do you want to be unstoppable?

A podcast from Moms Across America by the unstoppable Zen Honeycutt.

Contact us

We’d love for you to get in touch with us!

Dear friends and allies,

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Please feel free to send feedback on this newsletter and recommendations for making it better.  And share it with your friends and neighbors!

Together we are stronger.  
Mark Graham 




How would you like to have a cell antenna right across the street from your home?

How would you like to never be told about it by the City – and to first hear about it from another resident? This is the frightening scenario facing residents of Modena Way in Elk Grove.

Diane Saetern and her family live on Modena Way, across the street from Monterey Trail High School and the proposed AT&T cell antenna. (Read the full Interview with Diane Saetern.)

She found out from a flyer in March about the cell antenna and the permit application for it. She took a petition against the cell antenna and got 33 of her neighbors on Modena Way to sign it in ONE night! She also made an audio recording of her public comments which the City played during the May 13 Council meeting. (You can do that too! Please support the Modena Way residents by sending your public comment to the City Council ASAP, even if it is after the May 27 Council meeting.  Scroll down to the Action Alert.)

During the May 13 Council meeting after hearing Ms. Saetern’s public comments Mayor Steve Ly asked the Director of the City’s department of Public Works, Bob Murdoch, to update the Council on the application (#19-07227). Mr. Murdoch said the City is still reviewing it and has not yet issued a permit but that they consider it a done deal (in my words). Mayor Ly directed Murdoch to reach out to Ms. Saetern and her neighbors. It was not what the petition asked for but it was better than nothing.

The following Monday Ms. Saetern sent a message to the City Council Members and staff describing what she and her neighbors want; for the City to hold a conference call meeting with them to discuss the issue including the law and the City’s options and to answer their questions and for the City to make the permit application and certain documents related to it available on the City’s website. Ms. Saetern also reiterated the requests in the Modena Way residents’ petition. The City has not responded yet.

You can learn more by reading the full interview with Diane Saetern


The background is that AT&T has applied for a cell antenna permit for cell antennas in 5 locations (so far, and more will follow). Two of them are the exact addresses of public high schools: Laguna Creek High School and 9050 Vicino Drive and Monterey Trail H.S. at 8661 Power Inn Road.

Action Alert

This is the 11th hour. Please get involved. It only takes a minute!  The Action Alert contains a sample message you can send to the City Council.  Scroll down. 

The bottom line is that Modena Way residents are united in their opposition to this cell antenna and they need your support. If you will send your pubic comments to the City Council supporting the Modena Way residents and their requests that can get their attention. Despite the City’s claims it really does have several options here.

Also, improving the permitting process and changing the zoning code will protect other residents who live near sites of future cell antenna permit applications. It will also protect the City’s interests and enable the City to maintain more control over the permitting process.

Many thanks! 


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Interview with Diane Saetern


Read the full interview with Modena Way resident Diane Saetern.


For your health

Ground yourself, literally, to restore your energy.

This is still good information so I am repeating it in this newsletter.  The main thing though is to send your public comments to the City Council ASAP! 

Grounding yourself, literally, (or grounding, for short) can be a strong boost to your health. A friend recommended this to me about a month ago and I tried it.

The idea of grounding

We are electric beings. Our bodies are electric. Our houses are full of electricity. As we work on the computer we accumulate an electric charge in our bodies and grounding allows that charge to leave our bodies. We also pick up electrons from the ground. It feels like my energy is rearranging as I ground. It restores me like nothing else.

How to ground

Bundle up and lie down on the ground for 20 minutes. Or 30. Put some plastic bags down on the ground if it is wet. Don’t use a pillow. Let your head rest on the ground.  Or go for a walk barefoot on the ground.  There are many articles about grounding and how it works. Just try it – and let me know how it worked.

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Do you want to be unstoppable?

A podcast from Moms Across America by the unstoppable Zen Honeycutt.

In my last newsletter, on April 6, I told you about Mom’s Across America, led by Founder & Executive Director Zen Honeycutt. Moms Across America is a National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms. Our motto is “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.” Their Mission is to educate and empower mothers and others with actions and solutions to create healthy communities.

Zen also has a podcast called “Unstoppable with Zen Honeycutt”. In 
Episode 47, Call for 5G News and More, Zen describes the latest on the 5G front and asks for your stories.  

We’d love for you to get in touch with us!


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The next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Elk Grove City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.  They are scheduled to begin at 6:00 and actually begin between 6:00 and 6:45.  They are held in the Council Chambers located at 8400 Laguna Palms Way across the street from City Hall.

Members of the audience can speak on any item on the agenda or on items not on the agenda. 

During the quarantine the Council Chambers are closed to the public during Council meetings.  The agenda describes the ways available for making public comments.  You can send in your comments in print or an mp3 audio file or you can email the City Clerk to call you during the meeting so that you can speak.  The best way it to make an audio file of your public comments, up to 3 minutes long, and send it to the City Clerk, whose email address follows. 

Ordinarily, when there is no virus, you can fill out a blue speaker card on the table at the back of the room and give it to the Assistant City Clerk, who sits at the front left of the room facing the audience.  

City Council meeting agendas are available on the City’s website.  You can also subscribe to be notified of new agendas, hearings, etc.  

You can always email the Council and staff care of the City Clerk, Jason Lindgren, who will distribute your message to them.  His email address is

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