Friday, September 12, 2008

The Monster Comes To Maple Street

My Father bought our house in 1967, and I don't believe he wanted his Wife to sit in her favorite chair on the screened-in porch he built for her, and be face-to-face with one of these when he was gone.

My Father has passed on, and I spoke in his place at the public meeting in opposition to the Monster and those that serve it. My Mother gave me permission to speak for her, but I left that meeting knowing that an explanation of the fall back position of the CERN scientists who were going to fire up the Large Hadron Collider the next day (even if we do create a black hole capable of ending all life on Earth, we won't know about it for 5-6 years), would have fallen on deaf ears.

The newspaper reporter I spoke to didn't even know what the Large Hadron Collider was. She does now.

Here then, are today's email remarks documenting our progress against the radiation hazard questions the T-Mobile vendor couldn't answer for the 50+ residents who had gathered in order to have such life or death questions heard by those they thought should know, those they thought would listen to reason, those they thought would care:

"I have a friend who decommissions military bases. He sits on review boards and sees these types of matters from the other side. He has told me that we will not have a chance of defeating the installation of the cell antenna/equipment unless we complain that it is unsightly and is an eyesore to the neighborhood."

"Remember, cell towers have the approval of the FCC* and it will be hard for local government to deny based on health concerns when a branch of the federal government has a different opinion."

"As ____ ________ said at the UCPG meeting, their decision really carries little weight. All it did was send a message to the City that there is great opposition."

"The City understands our concerns completely but feels their hands are tied. In the recent past when they have denied T-Mobile’s applications, they were sued by T-Mobile (but I think T-Mobile lost the suit). Apparently, there is a conflict between Federal Regulations (FCC) and our City and County ordinances. Federal regulations give cellular companies the right to come into our neighborhoods and put their poles in any right-of-way (ROW). Our local laws offer us some protection from these cell towers, but Federal regulations override that. The City logically prefers not to waste funds getting into another lawsuit, even if they are to win."

"The City cannot deny these sites based upon health concerns (even if they agree with us!). The FCC negates that concern, which makes NO sense to me. Cellular companies have lobbyists fighting for their benefit and apparently the public doesn’t so the FCC regulations are in favor of the cell companies."

"Some people feel this fight is too big to handle. We can do this if we are diligent and dedicated to this matter. Other cities have managed to prudently and successfully ban cell sites in residential neighborhoods and I intend to speak with those City attorneys to find out how they worked around the Federal (FCC) regulations. If it was done once, it can be done again."

So, some animals ARE more equal than others.

I will just add that every Morton-Thiokol engineer; men intimately familiar with the operational limits of their solid rocket booster O-rings, pleaded at numerous NASA meetings NOT TO LAUNCH Challenger under such appalling conditions, even though the unacceptable criteria were technically within NASA's parameters. They finally refused to sign off on the launch. The inertia of money invested and time spent won out over safety and ethics. Seven astronauts were murdered, a shuttle destroyed, and the United States space program set back years. The people who doomed the events of that day probably kept their jobs.

T-Mobile's solution is to move their antenna twenty yards to an equally dangerous location (their convenience, not ours) and force us to repeat the process (our inconvenience, not theirs) until they can piggy-back the new streetlamp that was probably designed for the application in the first place. There are a lot of new streetlamps on my street. How many on yours? How long before we all go to sleep under a layer of electro-magnetic hazard no one can prove will not harm our children's children's children?

Looks like the Greatest Generation finally loses.

They won World War II, but were overpowered by the greed and ME-FIRST "love of money" of their offspring, and those who were not up to the jobs they'd inherited.

*The telecommunications industry is trying to stop all citizen influence on restricting cell tower sites. On July 11, 2008, the Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA), petitioned the FCC to declare new limitations on local zoning authority as it affects cell tower siting. A deadline for public comments was set as September 15, 2008, by the FCC.

Specifically, CTIA requests the Federal Communications Commission to:

1. Force municipalities to act on wireless antenna or tower zoning applications within 45 or 75 days.

2. Rule that applications are automatically deemed granted if a local government misses the FCC's deadline.

3. Prevent municipalities from considering the presence of service by other carriers in evaluating an additional carrier's application for an antenna site.

4. Pre-empt any local ordinance that would automatically require a variance for cell tower applications.

My Name is Michael Sterling, and here is what YOU can do to STOP THE MONSTER (the deadline has been pushed back to 9/29 due to ever-growing community opposition).

FIRST, copy the items in RED as you'll lose this page when you go to the FCC page.

The proceeding/document number is 08-165

The applicant is YOUR NAME

Under Document Type, change it from COMMENT to OPPOSITION by clicking on the down arrow to the right.

Your comments can be brief. PLEASE TYPE (minimum): “Cellular equipment does not belong in residential neighborhoods. PLEASE REJECT CTIA’S REQUEST UNDER DOCKET 08-165.”

T-Mobile's new slogan is "stick together".


Here's how Robert A. Heinlein put it:


Save your neighborhood. Go to this FCC page and STOP THE MONSTER!


Blogger MeanGreen said...

The Electro-Magnetic Net is almost in place to capture even our dreams.

Morlocks are slow and can be beaten, I will not give up!

Thanks for the "t_mob" image!

September 17, 2008 at 11:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger CANDIDATE said...



iParty makes Gandhiji look like a Lupgaroo, so I couldn't use "beaten".


Thanks for the links. John Tuttle befriended me in 4th Grade, so I spent time at his house surrounded by Famous Monsters stuff Forrest Ackerman never saw. The Morlock costumes (lights and all) were worn in Marquez's Elementary School Christmas Play that year.

Here's the ART.
At last, something I can give away!

Going to take more than a Net for mine...



September 17, 2008 at 2:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger CANDIDATE said...


Check it out.

Not Avinsky, but close...


September 24, 2008 at 2:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger MeanGreen said...

GraveMind("The Us") can and will be overthrown as more WARRIORS awaken!

Thanks for the links ;-)

October 5, 2008 at 8:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous mommy brain said...

Subject: Cell Sites in Residential Neighborhoods
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 12:04:58 -0700
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I am SO impressed with the power of the internet and your response to our call for action.

We have made a HUGE impact with the FCC by filing our objections.

They have extended the deadline for comments to November 12th.

You can actually go online and read all the objections that have been filed.

They number close to 500 and some are from City and County Attorneys.

More impressive is that our little neighborhood clearly spread the word effectively via email ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

You could see where people cut and pasted our proposed objection language and filed from other States. Bravo!!

If you have not yet done so, please continue to spread the word and vote in opposition to CTIA under docket 08-165.

Again, you have until Nov. 12th.

Unfortunately, on the local front, our friends in La Jolla are losing their battle. In a private email, they have asked for our support.

As you can see from below, the cell site on Soledad Road was approved by the City and they are now in the appeals process with the Planning Commission.

They would like for us to ban with them to appeal this project as they believe if this site gets approval, our neighborhood will be next.

They are probably right. It is in our best interest to support them NOW.

Lee Saliba provides links below.

A simple form letter along the lines of what I have written below would help them (and us) tremendously.

“We urge you to reject the installation of cell sites in residential neighborhoods. Residents have legitimate long term health concerns about radio frequency radiation. It is irresponsible for local government to approve something that is a potential health threat regardless of what the FCC says. We realize the City stands to make money off these cell sites and we believe that is a conflict of interest. The City and its elected officials are empowered by the people and have a fiduciary duty to protect the people. It is the will of the people that these cell sites be kept out of our residential neighborhoods, parks and schools and we respectfully request that you vote against all cell sites and equipment in these areas..

The County recently won a landmark case in the Federal Court of Appeals that supports your right to deny cell sites and we urge you to do so across the board for ALL residential neighborhoods. Beyond the health concern, these sites have a negative impact on residential property values and are unsightly in a residential neighborhood. Cell equipment should be restricted to industrial parks, commercially zoned sites and transportation arteries.”

Hello All,

The City has just approved the construction of a cellular tower and above gound installations to be built in the parking strip next to our home. The City's precedence has been to approve them only in non-residential sites. If T-Mobile (current applicant) is allowed to install their unsightly and noisy equipment next to our home, it will open the door to cell companies everywhere, not only in La Jolla but in other neighborhoods, as well . Imagine what it could do to our property values!


The La Jolla site is Project No. 127096 (5595 1/3 Soledad Road, La Jolla, CA 92037)

SD Planning Commission:

Thank you very much.
Please contact me with any questions:
(858) 864-8313

Lee Saliba

Prudential California Realty



October 13, 2008 at 3:06:00 PM PDT  

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