Saturday, December 23, 2017

Latest research findings on the dangers of exposure to EMF

SF Chronicle's Caile Millner writes about the latest Kaiser study on the effects of EMF on pregnant women.

In December, after Joel Moskowitz ( successfully sued the State of California finally released a health warning on cell phone exposure.

California activists applaud state's new cell phone safety advisory 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Another Victory for the Golden Gate against cell towers!

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE DELIGHT AND GRATITUDE,  I want to let you know the Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church rescinded their authorization for Verizon to establish a cellular base station on the church! 
The church heard presentations by local electrical engineers and neighbors expressing our concern. Therefore, City of Oakland dropped the plan!  

Thank you Star Bethel and Dr. E.J. Ward! Thank you to all those in the community who offered their efforts; combing through the latest research and letting us know why this project would be so detrimental to the health and safety of our community.  We worked closely with the church and each other.   Congratulations to the Golden Gate Community! Yes, prayers and  hard work.

Will Verizon give up on this area, my guess is NO.  

Come to the Golden Gate Library at 2 pm, Saturday, 10/28, tomorrow.  Instead of preparing for the Planning Commission, let's talk about what worked, talk a big exhale and toast to a victory for our neighborhood. We want to honor the church for their decision and show our gratitude.  Let's talk about how we can protect our neighborhood before another cell plan lands in our front yard.

See you then!

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!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

California Stop Senate Bill 649

Forwarded from Josh Hart: 
If you live in California, see below for urgent action to take to stop SB649.
If you live outside California, please pass this message on to CA residents for immediate action.
Proposed bill SB 649 will allow the wireless industry to install large, noisy and hazardous cell tower equipment on all utility poles and street lights in every neighborhood throughout the State - with NO public input! These could start showing up soon right outside YOUR home or your child's school - unless you take action NOW to call your elected representative and tell them to VOTE NO on SB 649.

In spite of the opposition from almost 300 cities in the State and many environmental and social justice appears as if this bill is about to pass the vote in the full Assembly (which could happen as early as Wed or Thurs of this week). 

Please CALL your State Assembly member and tell him/ her to Vote NO on SB 649!

1. email (from their website) your Assembly member to oppose SB 649, and

2. find the phone number for the Assembly member's DISTRICT office on the member's website and make a call to the district office to urge your Assembly member to Vote NO on SB 649.

Here is a good website with more information:

See also this fact sheet "8 Reasons to Vote No on SB 649" published by the CA Alliance for Safer Technology.

Thank you for taking action to show that California will not be irradiated without resistance.

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.

Sign up for our email list at Golden Gate Neighbors Against Cell Antennas
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 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

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