Monday, October 16, 2017

GOOD NEWS!  Governor Brown vetoed SB 649

Thanks to lots of hard work; faxes, phone calls, expert testimony, and  demonstrations!…/california-gov-jerry-brown-ve…/
Grass-roots activists and scientists said that if SB 649 became law, a projected 50,000 new cellular antennas would be installed on public buildings and utility poles in California neighborhoods, creating a risk to public health because of the dangers of radiation and electromagnetic frequencies emitted by cell towers.
“I am thrilled that Governor Brown showed strength and stood up ...
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The bill was primarily supported by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, the main trade group for the U.S. wireless telecommunications industry. The group said SB 649 would hel…

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Verizon plan for a large cell antenna base station on the roof of Star Bethel church has moved forward and will be presented to the City of Oakland Planning Commission for approval on November 1st at 6:00 pm at City Hall.

The Planning Commission will approve this plan unless they hear from YOU! 
  • The Planning Commission hearing is the community's chance to voice opposition to a plan that is; unsafe, intrusive and incompatible with the Golden Gate neighborhood. 
  • When neighbors show up in a large organized group to the Planning Commission, it does make a difference.
  • Whatever issues we bring up at the Planning Commission,  will go to the City Council if we choose to appeal. 

      Things to do:
  1. Come to the meeting to prepare for the Planning Commission this Saturday October 14th at The Golden Gate Library meeting room at 2:00pm. ( If you can't make this meeting but can be at the Planning Commission email me so we can get a count.)
  2. SAVE the DATE:  Planning Commission hearing on November 1st at 6:00 pm at the City Council chambers at City Hall. 
  3. Write a letter to the Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church expressing your concern.  Address your letter to Dr. E. J. Ward mail or drop off at 5800 San Pablo Ave Oakland, CA 94608 
  4. Write a group email to the Planning Commissioners: Adhi Nagraj  Chair,; Jahmese Myres; Jonathan Fearn; Tom Limon; Clark Manus; Amanda Monchamp; Emily Weinstein

        Hope to see you at the Golden Gate Library this Saturday!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thank you for opposing the latest Verizon cell installation and supporting health and safety in the Golden Gate neighborhood!

After the community presentation Verizon has moved the plan ahead, as we knew they would. It is now on the calendar will come up for approval to the Planning Commission on  Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00pm

The Planning Commission either approves the plan or asks Verizon to make changes.  

Please save that date, and plan to attend, Wednesday November 1st at 6:00pm. An organized community presence does make a difference.  In order to make our case in front of the commissioners we need people to either speak or to sign up to speak and offer your minutes to those of us ready to speak.  

To prepare we are having an organizing meeting Saturday, October 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Golden Gate Library meeting room.

Bring all that energy we saw last Tuesday, to this meeting! 

We will look at talking points for community members for the Planning Commission hearing and next steps. 

Thank you!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Verizon, and  the City of Oakland refused to give us equal access to present at the public meeting we originally asked for! 

We decided to have our own presentation and group discussion right next door!  Come hear what Verizon won't tell you!

Say NO to Verizon’s Proposed Cell Tower in Golden Gate!

Join us for a public meeting on the potential health risks from Verizon’s cell antenna on Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on San Pablo Avenue at Stanford.

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30–8:30 pm
The Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center, 1075 62nd Street

The proposed 12-cell antenna will be Verizon’s largest cell installation and generate extremely high levels of radio frequency 24/7.  

Community members will present data on the potential health risks for our neighborhood based on independent studies of high-level, radio-wave exposure.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Now is the time to STOP SB 649! Follow the link to sign and fax the letter opposing this dangerous law.  

Written by Telecom companies, essentially making it very easy for several antennas to show up on a telepone pole near you.
From Activist Kevin Mottus: To stop SB649 from becoming law, we need to make a formal complaint to the CA Attorney General whose job it is to inform the Governor regarding the legality of legislation, uphold the law, and protect our rights. This complaint demands that the Governor VETO SB649 based on several legal grounds.
IMPORTANT – We expect the Governor to sign SB649 soon. Thus we ...
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING COMPLAINT (Links to Complaint forms below) To stop SB649 from becoming a law, we need to make a…

Monday, September 11, 2017

Protect our community !
Come out Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30 
Charles Porter Golden Gate Community Recreation Center

Saturday, September 9, 2017

WE NEED YOU!  A meeting time has been set with Verizon, the City of Oakland and the community. 

Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30 pm
Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center 1075 62nd Street Oakland
(behind the baseball field off San Pablo)  

We will have a presentation on the negative health effects this large cell antenna installation will have on our community. A group question and answer session will follow. 
Golden Gate Community Association took the initiative to  organize a community meeting. Verizon cancelled the first meeting at the last minute.  We met anyway!   Golden Gate Community Association asked to be kept up to date on Verizon's "revisions" to the plan and made  numerous requests to collaborate on the next community meeting.  Here is David Haddock's response, (representing  Verizon).  Instead of a community meeting where a group discussion takes place, he is planning a "neighborhood workshop"!  

"Ms. Yaffe,

Verizon Wireless appreciates your interest in the project.  We are holding the neighborhood workshop to create a collaborative forum for open dialogue with the community.  At that time, community members will have the opportunity to speak directly with Verizon engineers, representatives, and independent 3rd-party experts one-on-one about any questions, concerns or general comments they may have about the proposed facility's design, location, how wireless technology works, electromagnetic emissions from the facility in accordance with FCC guidelines, wireless user trends, etc.

The neighborhood workshop will be held on September 26 @ 6:30 p.m. at 1075 62nd Street, Emeryville, CA 94608 (Golden Gate  Recreation Center).  The notices are being finalized and will be sent out in the next day or so. " 

 David Haddock

Verizon is attempting to block our access to information and our ability to organize! We have seen it before!  The best response is to show up.

See you there!