As reports of ongoing installations (using unmarked trucks) come in from the City of Santa Cruz, things are really heating up down South. At a major hearing on Tuesday, attended by over 100 Santa Barbara County residents, the county government voted unanimously to demand a no-fee opt out and to investigate legal action and other remedies available to them to stop installations in their county, in response to “heavy protest.” The movement has spread considerably in recent weeks, and a long list of local governments in Southern California now have the ‘smart’ meter issue on their agendas to take action.
After the two utilities that serve Santa Barbara County (PG&E serves the area north of the mountains; SCE serves the area to the south) gave rosy presentations about the meter “upgrade,” the public got their chance to respond. Testimony from about 4 dozen people was 100% against the program.
One older German lady from Solvang broke down in tears, and told the Board that her elderly husband had been “catatonic” since the wireless meter was installed, and that he “spent much of his time outside” to avoid the pulses from the meter. She said he can no longer live in their home and she does not know what she can do.
Following instructions from a concerned CPUC employee, she has covered their walls with several layers of aluminum foil, but this has not significantly improved the situation.
The inhumanity and brutality of the “smart” grid was on display for everyone to see on Tuesday and on several occasions utility executives winced as they heard testimony about the suffering that their system has caused.
After hearing testimony, the supervisors voted to send a letter to the CPUC and investigate what further options they may have.
You can watch the entire hearing online here.
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