READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA CITY COUNCIL SET TO APPROVE HAZARDOUS 5G SMALL CELLS TUESDAY

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Update: La Mesa's City Council voted 4-1 ton October 22 to approve the 5G measure, with Councilman BIll Baber voted against it.

 

By Susan Brinchman

Photo:  Small Cells on pole in Topanga, CA (Dafna Tachover)

October 20, 2019 (La Mesa) -- URGENT ALERT! The La Mesa City Council will vote on a policy to allow thousands of  very hazardous 4G and 5G small cells (cell towers on poles) to blanket La Mesa's streets, at their public meeting on Tues. 10/22/19, at La Mesa City Council Chambers, 8130 Allison Ave. La Mesa, CA 91942. It starts at 6 PM and  agenda item #7 (see below) will occur sometime later. Note that  scheduling it late in the meeting is a typical ploy used to reduce community input on controversial or harmful agenda items, and oversight. This certainly falls under all of those categories.

In the words of a Scientific American article published this week, " We Have No Reason to Believe 5G is Safe". Don't hesitate to act quickly in the next few days, to stop the rampant 5G infrastructure that the city plans to roll out in the next few months, if their current plan is approved. Here's how!

We invite the community to request, at the start of the meeting, and in writing ahead of time, that this controversial item receive its own separate consideration and vote, and only after a 5G Workshop has been held by the city,  as was recently done in Encinitas, with consultation from stakeholder residents and organizations on the wording of the city policy, to allow city residents input into the process, as was recently allowed in local cities, the  County of San Diego, and many other cities and towns in California and beyond.

Further, we invite the residents of La Mesa to consider this letter to download, personalize and email to the City's mayor and city council.

Photo, right:  Cornet Electrosmog Meter shows high levels of rf radiation at 25+ feet from small cell

La Mesa City Councilmembers and Mayor Arapostathis email addresses are:  marapostathis@cityoflamesa.us,  bbaber@cityoflamesa.us,  kalessio@cityoflamesa.us,  aweber@cityoflamesa.us,  cparent@cityoflamesa.us

5G infrastructure is being criticized as  extremely hazardous to health and safety. 167,ooo signatories, including organizations, scientists, physicians, and other professionals not affiliated with the wireless industry  have signed a petition to stop its deployment, in addition to many other petitions, local, state, federal, and global. The industry has admitted there are  no safety studies. Small cells and 5G  can destroy your property values if in front of or near your home (every 2-3 homes can have one on a new or existing street pole), as people do not want to live near cellular antennas or cell towers.  Health risks cited by scientists include cancers, DNA damage, reproductive harm (mutations, infertility and miscarriages), autism, Alzheimers, mental health disorders, damage to vision, and escalations of violent behavior with exposures, headaches, seizures, immune system disorders, and more. These emissions are a safety hazard to every living being – humans, animals, wildlife, and insects alike, according to non-industry scientists working on wireless effects. Don't let the city of La Mesa's apparently naive city council and mayor and the city staff destroy the health and beauty of our town by subjecting everyone who lives, works, or visits here to 4G and 5G small cells that are strong, close range, 24/7 sources of microwave and millimeter microwave radiation.

"7. REPORT REGARDING THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION'S (FCC) REGULATION OF SMALL CELL WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITIES (5G); AND, CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF A 1) RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING AN INTERIM POLICY FOR THE REGULATION OF SMALL WIRELESS FACILITIES AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEPLOYMENTS IN THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND 2) RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROCESS TO REVIEW AND ISSUE ENCROACHMENT PERMITS FOR REGULATION OF SMALL WIRELESS FACILITIES AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEPLOYMENTS IN THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY AND ESTABLISHING APPROPRIATE FEES RELATED TO THE SAME

Staff recommends the Council (1) receive the report and presentation by staff and Telecom Law Firm, Wireless Facilities Special Legal Counsel; (2) adopt a Resolution adopting an interim policy for the regulation of small wireless facilities and other infrastructure deployments in the public rights-of-way; and (3) adopt a Resolution authorizing the establishment of a process to review and issue encroachment permits for regulation of small wireless facilities and other infrastructure deployments in the public rights-of-way and establishing appropriate fees related to the same.

Staff Reference: Mr. Firsht

Documents:

  1. ITEM 7.PDF" [THE PDF AT LEFT IS THE ACTUAL INTERIM SMALL CELLS POLICY TO BE ADOPTED IF VOTED FOR]

The city of La Mesa's planning department and city staff have been  secretly been working with a consultant known to produce industry-friendly wireless ordinances and small cell policies, resulting in very upset communities once the small cells start showing up. This has happened recently in Coronado and Encinitas (with a temporary ordinance). I say secretly because after many of this author's inquiries in person, by phone, and email, from April through Sept., 2019, the city staff and elected officials would not reveal its consultation status on this topic and would not give out any information about its plans until last minute, on Oct. 18th, just days before its Council meeting. They've made these plans even in the face of research sent to them since this past spring by our nonprofit,  Center for Electrosmog Prevention, based in La Mesa, CA.

Photo, left:  Small cell by homes in San Diego

Our nonprofit volunteers have been reading the small cells policy that the City Staff recommends the Council approve and it is the worst we've seen out of scores of them evaluated in the past year. Visit Center for Electrosmog Prevention at  www.electrosmogprevention.org (see  Stop 5G with Protective Ordinances) and  Stop 5G California (CEP) for more info, or email  director@electrosmogprevention.org.

Take action immediately to address this important threat to our city!

Additional resources:

Susan Brinchman is the Director of the Center for Electrosmog Prevention, a 501c3 nonprofit based in La  Mesa:  PO Box 655, La Mesa, CA, USA 91944-0655www.electrosmogprevention.orgwww.facebook.com/stop5gcadirector@electrosmogprevention.org.

The opinions in this editorial reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of East County Magazine. To submit an editorial for consideration, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

Comments

Stop 5G La Mesa protest Tues. 5 PM City Hall prior to meeting

A Stop 5G La Mesa protest will be held from 5-5:45 PM Tues., Oct. 22nd, at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. We hope you will sign up to speak at the La Mesa City Council Meeting about Agenda Item 7, Small Cell Wireless policy. Don't let the city of La Mesa destroy your health and safety, in order to make $ off leasing street poles for cell towers up and down the entire city. Agenda: http://www.cityoflamesa.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10222019-901?ht... (see pdf for policy they'll vote on - it only benefits wireless industry and city coffers, not residents).

Clarification on Comment

This is written from a wired modem and router, no wifi, use a landline only, and measure rf radiation with a Cornet 88TPlus meter for personal use. 5G will bring 100,000 times the 4G radiation you now receive into your home from distant cell towers brought to the end of your driveway, and with it, extremely hazardous (worse) is millimeter wave radiation that heats tissue at lower levels and damages corneas, will be taken into your internal organs via sweat glands, and damages skin. For some feeling is as if their skin is crawling or on fire. So it is imperative to stop this wide open policy to fill the city with 4G and 5G mini cell towers by your homes.

 

It is largely a done deal, not for the reason you might think!

Examine the wireless router you probably already have in your house. See which frequencies your phone uses just for regular wireless, not to mention 4G! Regular wireless uses narrow 2.4 an 5ghz bands. Really, just read some boxes down at the Best Buy. Or if you are at least intellectually consistant and refuse to use 802.11 devices in your own home, then download a wireless analyser from your app store and see what your neighbors are already sending your way. If you really want to take control and see all of the RF across a very large range of spectrum, buy a $10 software defined radio receiver on the internet. These are very easy to use, so there are just not a lot of reasons (around 10, each of them dollars) for you to NOT KNOW what the sources of RF all around you *actually* are. What you fear has already been radiating you for a very, very long time, at frequencies and with power that are on average near to what 5G is going to hit you with. (Considering distance too.) It was your neighbors, or very possibly yourself, who brought this technology into your homes, already, and a long time ago!