Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Golden Gate Neighbors Against Cell Antennas

Say NO to the latest Verizon plan for a 12 cell antenna installation on the Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at Stanford and San Pablo

                 Cell Antennas Make Bad Neighbors

  • Health Risks.  People living, working and worshiping in the neighborhood  will be exposed to microwave radiation 24/7. The adverse effects from cumulative long term radiation exposure include cancer.
  • Federal regulations ignore the hundreds of studies that find harmful bio-effects from long-term exposure to non-thermal levels of cell phone radiation.  
  • Verizon profits while dumping health, environmental, and financial costs onto us.  

We all have the right to live in a safe community. Until it can be unequivocally stated that cell antennas are safe for people and animals we do not want them in our neighborhoods. Using the precautionary principle, the public must be protected from exposure to harm when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk.

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We will be having an upcoming community meeting with in Sept. to with Verizon reps, and City staff,  a planning commission meeting, and other events.  Stay tuned!

WE have defeated Verizon before!

Together we have the power to protect our neighborhoods!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Here's a post from a community member Jenny Miller on the bill SB 649 making it's way through the Appropriations Committee.  Please read, listen  and take action!

an antenna on most light poles, surveillance capabilities handed to the government--all coming our way, unless people in CA start taking action to stop this bill, SB 649. It would take away the authority of local governments to have any say about 5G wireless technology, or the siting of these mini (but ultra powerful) cell towers.
Studies have shown that people who live near cell towers have a much higher death rate than others in their community, and now we ALL will be living near cell towers. 5G is much more harmful than even previous wireless technologies that the studies are based on. In addition to cell tower linked deaths, there are thousands of studies showing a variety of harmful health effects from our current wireless technology (including brain fog, dizziness, nosebleeds, severe head pains, heart pain and palpitations, ringing in the ears, etc.) If implemented, this bill would greatly increase both the occurrence and the severity of these symptoms, incapacitating large numbers of people
One more hearing to go in the assembly (Appropriations) in late August, before it goes to the floor to be voted on. Hundreds of CA cities and dozens of CA counties are opposing the bill but that has not slowed down its passage.
For a better understanding of what's at stake, listen to the interview with Mary Beth Brangan who was interviewed about SB 649 on Tuesday, July 18, on radio station KPFA at 1 pm Pacific Time (Your Own Health and Fitness). You can listen via the internet by going to www.kpfa.org where the program is available on their archives. Mary Beth and her husband Jim Heddle have done an amazing amount of video work exposing and warning about much corporate environmental destruction, via their organization Ecological Options Network.
If you live in CA please contact Assembly members (starting with you own Assembly member, followed by Gov. Jerry Brown who has veto power, followed by Assembly Appropriations committee members, followed by any other Assembly member you have time to call) and tell them to OPPOSE SB 649. Since CA legislators will be on summer break for a month beginning July 21, the next month is an ideal time to meet with your Assembly person in their district office to let them know why this bill must be stopped.

Mary Beth Brangan, director of the Ecological Options Network, discusses 5G (the fifth generation of wireless technology) and California Senate Bill 649 limiting local control over the next generation of wireless technology and its implications for human and environmental health--and democracy.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear Neighbors and Friends after Verizon dropped the application on Arlington Avenue in 2016 they are back!  Many of us in the neighborhood are concerned about the harmful effects of constant exposure to radio-frequency, the undemocratic process of approval, and the nuisance this installation will cause on an already burdened neighborhood. 

If you are concerned and want to hear more please attend this meeting!

Originally, the Verizon consultant was scheduled to come and present their plan but they have cancelled due to what he called, a need "to make minor modifications". They will show the community their plan in September, but now is time for the community to come up with our own plan!

Community Meeting to discuss the Verizon cell installation planned for the Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 5812 San Pablo Avenue at Stanford and Organize.

Please Come!
Tuesday, July 18th at  The Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center, at 1075 62 nd Street ( in back of the baseball field on San Pablo),  6:30 to 8:00 pm.

The installation proposed would include 12 cell antennas  (generating radio frequency 24/7) installed on the roof facing both Stanford and San Pablo Avenue, and a generator including gas lines on the street level located in the garage.  

Facts:  Once a cell installation is approved and installed it is there forever and the telecom company, in this case Verizon,  has rights to the roof. It becomes the # 1 choice for telecom companies looking to add antennas.  (think cell antenna farm, 24/7 EMF)

This installation is less than one hundred feet from residents, places of worship and sanctuary as well as a martial arts studio serving children.

Safety guidelines for antennas and towers are based on The Federal Communications Act  of 1996.  Though many other countries,  and scientists from around the world  recognize the health risks of non-thermal radiation, including cancer,  municipalities in the United States  are not allowed to deny a cell installation based on  health risks.

Telecommunication corporations  pay churches, schools, and businesses to lease their roofs for installations. ( It’s hard to turn away thousands of dollars especially when you don’t realize the impact on health and safety. )

Don’t wait for Verizon to show up on a telephone pole outside your home!  
Voice your concern, now on Senate Bill 649! Visit https://stopsmartmeters.org

Fight the Towers        follow on Facebook.  Check the past struggle with Verizon  from 2015-16. https://www.facebook.com/FightTheVerizonTowers/?ref=br_rs

Monday, May 23, 2016

VERIZON withdraws their application, a victory for the people!

It's been a year since an organized group of  neighbors from the Golden Gate went to the City of Oakland Planning Commission to oppose Verizon's Macro Telecommunications facility planned for  960 Arlington Avenue in our residential neighborhood. In May of 2015, the commission criticized Verizon and made the bold decision not to approve the plan outright, but rather approval was conditional on Verizon completing a more thorough Alternative Site Analysis and making adjustments requiring the generator to be placed inside the building and not on the roof.  Several planners expressed their concern that the facility would expose the community to unsafe levels of EMFs. For the last year we waited, watching for this project to re-appear on the commission's meeting agenda, thinking any month we would need to reorganize to argue against the plan and that we would eventually go before the City Council. The permitting sign from the city  remained in place, a scary reminder of the battle before us. 

 We contacted the City Planner throughout the year whose response was,  " Verizon will return.  I'll give you two weeks notice before the Planning Commission meeting."  On May 19th of 2016, with some trepidation,  I e-mailed the City Planner who replied, "Verizon withdrew their application."  I couldn't believe what I was reading.  I asked what was the reason and his response was, "they didn't say why".  Our group took a collective inhale and a long exhale, relieved at the outcome. We realize this is the culmination of our group's organized effort which included some of the following;  a community meeting with Verizon, the City planner, and about 35 neighbors,  a demonstration and march to the local Verizon store, a petition with over 200 signatures, numerous letters and phone calls to city officials and Verizon, hours spent combing through the City of Oakland Wireless Ordinance, consulted an electrical engineer, a written editorial to the East Bay Express and an interview on KPFA radio station.  

We spoke with many people who fought similar battles.  Some of the people we would like to thank are:  Josh Hart of Stop Smart Meters for encouraging us to protest Verizon and also try to work with the owner of the building,  and Professor Joel Moskowitz for your dedicated research.  But where will Verizon go next? We have no way of knowing what happened but what we did notice in the last year was several telecom companies leasing utility poles from PG&E and mounting 2 antennas on each pole.  This way they avoid the need for a public notice, ( wait isn't the sidewalk a public domain?) and the public's involvement in the process.  Verizon will or has gone somewhere. The planning process is not democratic and favors corporations coming into our neighborhoods and having control over public space. I know there are many struggles occurring all over the country like this one. Hopefully what we learned and the actions we took can help others in their organizing efforts.

Thank you to all the individuals 
and groups who supported us.

On behalf of the Golden Gate neighbors,
with gratitude,
Deborah Yaffe and 
Greg Henricks

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Public wants safety guidelines on wireless technologies! Two important events next week in the Bay Area.

Next week the Commonwealth Club presentation will focus on:

Cell phones, towers and antennas subject at Commonwealth Club on Monday http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2015-06-22/cell-phones-wireless-technologies-should-safety-guidelines-be-strengthened

 And on Tuesday next week Rose Aguilar is covering this subject on KALW at 11:00 am. Don't forget to call in and express your concern!

Bay Area friends, get tickets to this free event at the Commonwealth Club in SF on Monday at 11:30. We're doing a show about this on Tuesday.
[Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations – and Should Parents, Teachers and Schools Restrict Technology Overuse among Children?]
Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations – and Should Parents, Teachers and Schools Restrict Technology Overuse among Children?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Speak Out Against California State Assembly Bill 57

We are very concerned about the latest takeover by the Wireless Industry, California State Assembly Bill AB 57.  This bill gives the wireless industry super-rights, not intended by either Congress or the FCC and special state-level rights intended to make it almost impossible for the public to effectively argue against cell sites that are detrimental to community aesthetics and health. Communities need a voice in this process.

Right now, our community in North Oakland, the Golden Gate, is battling a Macro Telecommunications Facility planned for a residential neighborhood. We have organized and pushed this plan back several times, due to flaws in the plan. We have worked with Verizon and the City of Oakland asking that the needs and desires of the community be considered. If AB 57 was law we would not have this chance to speak out. Telecommunications law is already heavily biased in favor of the Telecommunications Industry. It has been shocking to see our needs as tax payers are not fairly represented by the government whose mandate is to protect the health and safety of it's citizens. We are part of a growing number of communities who are asking for a voice in the planning process of telecommunications sites. This bill would take away what little impact communities have to engage in the planning process.

Please speak out against AB 57.

Write and Call your State Assemblyman and Senator 
In the East Bay:
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond 
1515 Clay Street, Ste 2201, Oakland, CA 94612
Senator Loni Hancock
District Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 286-1333 Fax: (510) 286-3885
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District Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 286-1333 Fax: (510) 286-3885
- See more at: http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact#sthash.b9TGwJ0V.dpuf
District Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 286-1333 Fax: (510) 286-3885
- See more at: http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact#sthash.b9TGwJ0V.dpuf
1515 Clay Street, Ste 2202, Oakland, CA 94612
District Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 286-1333
Fax: (510) 286-3885
- See more at: http://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact#sthash.b9TGwJ0V.dpuf

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Short Video from Producer of "Mobilize" on the Passing of Berkeley's Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance

Thank you Kevin Kunze for including the Cell Antenna issue and our fight!  We are very appreciative, and Thank you Ellie Marks, Executive Director of the California Brain Tumor Association,  for supporting our efforts to remove cell antennas from residential neighborhoods!

From Dr. Joel Moskowitz at saferemr.com:

Adoption of Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance

"Kevin Kunze, director of the award-winning documentary film, Mobilize, produced a short video (7:32) about the Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance which was adopted by the City Council on a unanimous vote (9-0) on May 12, 2015.
Lawrence Lessig (Harvard), Joel Moskowitz (UC Berkeley), Devra Davis (Environmental Health Trust),  and Gerard Keegan (CTIA--The Wireless Association) appear in the film."

Click on this link for the video:  http://bit.ly/Berkeleycellvote

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig who drafted the ordinance discusses it on his blog site:

For more information about the Berkeley cell phone ordinance including links to the media coverage see my blog site:

For information about the newly released International EMF Scientist Appeal signed by almost 200 experts on electromagnetic radiation:


Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

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