Two More Arrested at Santa Cruz County Smart Meter Protest

PG&E Covering Logo on Trucks to Sneak into Backyards as Illegal Installations Begin

Santa Cruz County, Calif.- Two people were arrested Friday afternoon by Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Dept. for peacefully blocking smart meter installation trucks as they attempted to drive out of a yard in the Pleasure Point neighborhood of Santa Cruz County.  PG&E has stated that they do not intend to respect laws in Santa Cruz County, Capitola, and Watsonville that prohibit wireless meter installation- laws that were passed to protect the public from identified health and safety risks from the new meters.  The two protesters who are affiliated with StopSmartMeters! were charged with misdemeanor obstruction, and released with court date in August.

Contractors Wellington Energy- who PG&E have hired to install “smart” meters throughout the state- have been installing without a valid California contractors license, and faulty installations by the company have been linked with a number of electrical fires from meters that were not fitted properly.  Protesters discovered yesterday that the company has apparently bought large white magnets to fit over the logo on their vehicles so they can sneak around neighbourhoods and into backyards without being recognized.

According to Joshua Hart, Director of StopSmartMeters.Org, and one of those arrested yesterday: “When a company like PG&E, who has repeatedly lied about the strength of the radiation pulses from their meters, and the San Bruno explosion that killed 8 people, then hires contractors who aren’t qualified to go out into communities under cover of anonymity to violate local government laws, forcing what even the World Health Organization now classifies as a Class 2B carcinogen on the population, our communities must organize and fight back.”

A month ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified wireless, non-ionizing radiation as ‘possibly cancer causing’ based on a broad investigation into the peer-reviewed science, throwing a wrench into unrestrained proliferation of wireless infrastructure, particularly utility installations of ‘smart’ meters throughout the United States.   The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) placed radiation from cell phones into Category 2B- the same category as DDT and engine exhaust.

Evidence of growing health harm has forced the CA Public Utilities Commission to require that PG&E offer an opt out program for those unwilling to have a meter on their home, but critics say this plan falls far short of what is needed, and charges people large fees- simply to protect their health.  Opponents of the wireless mesh network continue to insist that entire communities have the right to “opt out” given that the signals from the meters can travel about a mile.  “If I opt out and both my neighbors allow smart meters to be installed, I am still being subjected to high levels of forced radiation in my home.” says Heidi Rose, a woman who was arrested yesterday.  “That is a violation of my civil rights.”

Protesters initially called police to come and enforce county ordinance 5084, adopted unanimously by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in January that prohibits smart meter installations.   “We were calling the sheriff to have them come and enforce the law and protect the public.  Instead they arrested us, enabling PG&E’s illegal installations to proceed.”

In spite of the Sheriff’s apparent unwillingness to enforce the County’s law, Santa Cruz County Counsel Dana McRae has written a letter to PG&E contractors informing them that the County does intend to enforce the law:

….the installation of SmartMeters in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz  County will be in violation of the County’s ordinance, and any person found violating the ordinance will be subject to citation by law enforcement personnel.”

To date, a total of 43 local jurisdictions have demanded that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) halt further installation because of widespread reports of health impacts and other concerns.  This list is available online at: https://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/ca-local-governments-on-board/

Video of the arrest is available at Stopsmartmeters.org and is available for media use as long as the website is acknowledged as the source.  The World Health Organization’s press release can be downloaded from http://www.iarc.fr/

A copy of County Counsel’s letter is also available upon request.

 

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9 Responses to Two More Arrested at Santa Cruz County Smart Meter Protest

  1. John says:

    Thank you Josh and all who’ve participated in these protests for your courage and dedication to these issues that concern us all: potential SMARTMETER VIOLATIONS of our health, safety (fire potential), privacy and civil rights!

  2. valeri says:

    Thank you Joshua and friends for your bravery. I have a feeling that these nasty comments coming onto some of the newspaper comment sections are all relatives of ‘Peeping Ralph’- the PG$E exec who got caught and fired for trying to infiltrate the Anti-‘Smart’ meter group- PG$E has a lot at stake here folks- every day- thanks to the SF Chronicle, we are hearing about the constant lies and obfuscations emanating from PG$E about their antiquated gaslines, and worse- their complicity in the nuclear fiasco and meltdowns with their shoddy equipment around the world.- Read the Chron from Friday- there is a great back page article about PG$E again, talking about some of the so-called benefits of having wireless ‘SM’ – things they were denying when they first steam rolled out this program. These guys are shameless in their duplicity- what do they care about the casualties as long as they are taking home their $$$million bonuses??

  3. Redi Kilowatt says:

    Here is a link to an article in the Mill Valley Patch. It is relevant to this site, and very good information.
    http://millvalley.patch.com/articles/source-more-smartmeters-innacurate-than-pge-has-reported

  4. Redi Kilowatt says:

    Sorry, I just tested it, and patch says page not found. I just viewed it 2 minutes ago.
    I think I am going to quit posting links, this has happened too many times.
    From now on , I will will write what I know, and forget about links, that goes both ways.

  5. Amy O'Hair says:

    Article in Patch on inaccurate meters:
    http://bit.ly/mBw0Rx

  6. Mia Nony says:

    “What does “SMART” mean, Mummy?”

    “Well, darling, the letters stands for “SURVEILLANCE MONITORED ARTIFICIAL RADIATION TRANSMITTER”.
    But the idea behind the letters started out as a clever corporate way in which to flatter us as consumers into thinking we were “smart”, and at the same time, the word was meant to secretly mock us for being so easy to “outsmart” by corporations.”

    “How did it happen, Mummy?”

    “It was partly our own fault. We all wanted to be clever and wireless, to “go digital” and modern and to think of ourselves as “smart”. That is how we outsmarted ourselves. The corporations saw our need to be “smart” as a chance to sell us this image of ourselves in the digital mirror which they held up for us to gaze at.”

    “How will it happen, Mummy?”

    “Well…. This plan is similar to drift netting. The net entraps the catch and everything else at the same time, remember? And then the makers of this net either consume or discard everything inside the net. The corporations are joining all of the radiation units and boosters and towers together in one giant drift net, sort of like making the whole planet the same as that room Mummy goes into to have an x-ray, except that in this “room” none of us get to leave the room. The corporations are enclosing the earth in a giant invisible net.
    You remember what humans did to the whales when they used sonar in the ocean? Do you recall how it drove the whales mad and the whales tried to beach themselves to escape the hurtful crazy making sound? This is very much like that, only now we are the whales.
    People, and all domestic and wildlife on land will be trapped inside in that “smart” drift net which is meant to be wrapped around the globe. Sadly we will be left with no place to escape to and no way to beach ourselves.”

    “But why, Mummy? What have we done? Were we bad?”

    “No we are not bad and we did nothing to deserve this, dear.
    We were just fatally foolish. That and we got in their way.”

    “Will it hurt, Mummy?”

    “At the beginning it will only hurt for some of us, the more sensitive and attuned ones.
    Mostly it will not be painful, at least not near the start. It will be very slow and gradual for most of us and any pain will only come later.”

    “But why are they allowed to do this to us, Mummy?”

    “Because we were all sleeping when they put themselves in charge”
    TRIAL SUMMATION:
    THE ACCUSED ARE CHARGED WITH OUTSMARTING THEMSELVES AND ARE FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED.

    THE ACCUSED HAS BEEN TRIED BY A JURY OF CORPORATE PURCHASED PEERS AND HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF BEING PART OF HUMANITY.

    THE APPEAL FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION IS HEREBY DENIED.
    ALL CONDITIONAL PARDON IS ALSO DENIED.

    SENTENCE SHALL BE DEATH, TO BE CARRIED OUT BY GRADUALISM AND STEALTH, TO BE METED OUT BY METER, AND TO BE EXECUTED OVER A PROLONGED PERIOD OF YEARS BY MEANS OF THE S.M.A.R.T. ELECTRIC METER VERSION OF THE SLOW ELECTRIC CHAIR.
    ALL RISE.
    COURT DISMISSED

  7. Remember says:

    Remember…a long time ago…what once happened in this country to traitors. We’ve really let ourselves go.

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