CA State Senate Approves SB 649

Update 6/1/17: SB 649 was passed by the State Senate on May 31st 2017. It goes next to Assembly committees and possibly on to the Assembly floor. Detailed information/ updates about the bill hereContact Your CA State Assemblymember Today- Say NO on SB 649.

I was interviewed by Public News Service reporter Suzanne Potter regarding the campaign against #SB649,the California bill that would force potentially millions of small-cell, high frequency antennas onto street poles, including on residential streets. You can read the article and listen to the segment here.

Also, be sure to read one physician’s perspective on why putting 5G antennas everywhere may be a very bad idea: Vice President of Community Health for Santa Clara County Medical Assn. Cindy Russell: A 5G Wireless Future: Will it Give us a Smart Nation or Contribute to an Unhealthy One?

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Update on Mass Call-in to State Senate for #SB649

Appropriations Committee, May 15, 2017 Update:

A huge thank-you to everyone who called in to the Appropriations Committee hearing conference call despite the technical problems and the short notice. Many couldn’t get through because the web portal was shut down.

At the last minute, Senate Security only allowed one call to be broadcast, so Nina Beety, who was on another line, was the only phone testimony the committee heard. This is very disappointing for the EMS/EHS public who already experience so much discrimination.

However, we have arranged for comments to be put into the public record of the hearing itself. Fill out the form at by this Friday. The form includes a place to write your statement; include fiscal/cost reasons to oppose this bill. All these comments will be delivered to the Appropriations Committee before next week’s meeting. The Sergeant at Arms has assured us those comments will go into the official hearing record.

The hearing video is up at
05/15/2017  Senate Appropriations Committee
Watch from 3:49:10 to 3:58:15

SB 649 was put in the suspense file until next week, along with many other bills. During this week, they will have more time to weigh the bill. They will vote next week, May 25, on whether it goes to the full Senate. They have to vote on it by next Friday or it will die in committee. Links below to the Legislative Calendar with deadlines and the Appropriations Rules.

Contact the Appropriations Committee Senators by phone, fax and email. Also call/fax/cc your local senator.

If it passes out of the Appropriations Committee, it has a deadline of June 2 for a full Senate vote – that’s very fast.  After that, it moves to the Assembly.

Rules violations could stop or delay the bill as well as the costs, which have not been quantified and for which they haven’t appropriated funds.

Sen. Ben Hueso is the bill author and was highlighted in yesterday’s article from Bruce Kushnick on Huffpost:

California Wireless Legislation: Paid for by AT&T et al

Legislative Calendar – deadlines for bills

Appropriations Committee – explanation of process and rules

Contact senators now to tell them NO on SB 649!

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Scientists, physicians, and local governments throughout California are raising the alarm about Senate Bill SB649 (similar bills exist in other states), which would eliminate the established planning control that local governments currently have over the placement of wireless facilities along streets and on public property. Powerful wireless corporations want this local control eviscerated to pave the way for forced 5G (Millimeter wave) deployment. The wireless industry claims the public wants this new infrastructure, but if the public really wanted these new cell sites in their neighborhoods, SB 649 would of course not be necessary. SB 649 is all about suppressing democracy to suit the CTIA‘s obsession with the “internet of things” (or IoT).

If the bill passes, expect big telecom to try and bully their way into your community with high frequency microwave cell sites on street poles (adding to electrosmog from existing smart meter, 3G, and 4G antennas) in a way that will make smart meter deployments seem like a friendly tea party with the utilities. It has been documented that these 5G cell sites emit constant radiation at similar frequencies as crowd control microwave pain-inducing weaponry. Millimeter wave wireless is already in testing in Palo Alto, Mountain View, CA and elsewhere.

The author of SB 649, Senator Ben Hueso of San Diego, does not have a lot of experience in radiation and preventative public health, but he does have experience with bad judgment and endangering public safety. Hueso was arrested for drunk driving the wrong way down a one way street in Sacramento after a Senate holiday party in 2014.


The California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee met on April 26th and voted unanimously to approve SB 649. You can watch the disgusting display in its entirety here. (Go to 04/26/2017 Senate Governance and Finance Committee- watch or download starting at 4:51:45)

At the hearing, Senator Robert Hertzburg of the San Fernando Valley had this to say explaining his disregard of compelling health issues and his yes vote on SB649:

“And you know, and I don’t disregard and I did not not look at your, at those books that you gave me ’cause I read everything – the gentleman who gave those green, those books last year, at those studies (on wireless health damage -ed.). And look, you know, there have been through society all sorts of times when we make decisions and technology, we see these things change and the like, but we make balances.
We have automobiles. There was a 38,000 deaths in society last year – people dead, dead because of cars. Not just injured. But we say there’s a value to having an automobile. And we make these public policy decisions, you know, in terms of those balances.

Did I blink and not notice that legislators have shifted from ridicule and denial of wireless health hazards directly to apathy and callous disregard for human suffering, pain and loss? Are we really openly discussing- at the highest policy levels in California- without any real question or analysis- the transaction of human lives to enable the “internet of things?”

Sen. Hertzburg’s comments reflect a casual disregard for taking life and a willingness to trade dollars, cents, and convenience for acknowledged health hazards. His comparison between our auto-dependent transport system and our telecommunications system is flawed and is based on a false premise.

We already have a (3G/ 4G) wireless communication network that blankets our communities, just as we already have a road network that introduces access (and often barriers) where we live. The existing number of casualties from both our transportation and telecommunications systems is unacceptable- and unnecessary.  SB 649 is not about “balancing” anything. SB649 is the wireless equivalent of forcing interstate highways down quiet roads and through backyards, without a shred of input or control of residents and local governments. It’s a way of taking the existing damage and death being inflicted on Californians through pulsed radiation from smart meters, 3G and 4G and then adding a high frequency wireless network on top of that, pulsing hundreds of gigahertz and ensuring no business or residence is out of range, or out of sight from this additional layer of microwave saturation. This is serious shit, folks.

While cynical, sleazy and corrupted politicians like Robert Hertzburg and Ben Hueso, greased with the cash and perks of the wireless industry at hush hush golf events, play fast and loose with the lives of our pregnant women, infants,

Ben Hueso

and children, our environment and our future, and with the help of corporate cash, apparently convincing their senate colleagues that the bill is a good idea, real people will suffer and die because of a willingness to brutally force millions of powerful small cells in neighborhoods.

Remember this is the same state government whose Department of Public Health sat on a cell phone health warning flyer that could have saved thousands of lives, for 7 years until UC Berkeley’s Joel Moskowitz sued the state to release it. The same CDPH was the recipient of thousands of smart meter health damage reports from starting in 2010 as well as directly from the injured. There were so many of these complaints the CDPH had to establish a special e-mail address to receive them. Yet no formal investigation was ordered or warning issued. There is good reason why many of us who have been working on these issues see state and federal response to the wireless health crisis as corrupt, blinkered, and non-existent. And now they want to make it worse. Way worse.

Dr. Cindy Russell, VP of Community Health for the Santa Clara County Medical Association urges lawmakers to “not proceed to roll out 5G technologies pending pre-market studies on health effects” due to evidence linking millimeter wave radiation to cataracts, skin damage and other harm. Read Dr. Russell’s full report on 5G health risks and share it with your contacts and especially the legislators below.

Now it’s time to take action- this week– to defeat this odious bill.

SB 649!!


1.  ATTEND the Appropriations Committee this Monday May 15th at 10:00 A.M. in Room 4203 in Sacramento- we don’t care if you don’t have time. Have time for neighborhood barricades or skin cancer ?

2. CALL members of the Senate Appropriations Committee with health reports:

  • 916-651-4033 — Senator Ricardo Lara (Chair) <>
  • 916-651-4036 — Senator Patricia Bates(Vice Chair)
916-651-4015 — Senator Jim Beall
916-651-4035 — Senator Steven Bradford
916-651-4013 — Senator Jerry Hill
  • 916-651-4004 — Senator Jim Nielsen
  • 916-651-4011 — Senator Scott Wiener
  • And might as well tie up the (landline) of the author of SB 649 Ben Hueso at (916) 651-4040

3. TWEET to California legislators and others to make them aware of the serious downsides to this bill.

-If you don’t have a twitter account, go to and sign up for an account.

-Once you have a twitter account:

a.  Follow @stopsmeters to access the latest updates
b.  Search for #SB649 and see what others are saying (retweet if you approve!)
c.  Tweet your direct experiences of health damage from 3G, 4G, and smart meters, as well as scientific studies documenting wireless harm. Simply copy and paste

  #SB649 .@CASenateDems 

into a tweet and then a brief message. These messages will remain online as a testament to the great, historic mistake these legislators are making.

More information about the bill:

Let’s mobilize and stop this corrupt and dangerous wireless industry legislation from becoming law in California!


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Unhappy Duke Energy Customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Are you one of them?

Cincinnati: Ohio Duke Energy customers now have an “opt out” for smart meters.

On January 24, 2017, WCPO Cincinnati reporter, John Matarese produced a story about Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky customers who had contacted him about astronomical utility bills. “Why Your Duke Bill’s So High Despite Warm Month” 

He also posted a link for the story on his Facebook page on the same day. There were over 500 comments posted and over 700 shares.  Duke Energy took no responsibility.

On April 19, 2017 similar complaints were reported by Duke customers in Terre Haute and Greencastle, Indiana for the same time period.  Duke Energy handled the situation very differently: “Early 2017 was ‘perfect storm’ for Duke Energy.  President says several issues led to blizzard of complaints”

Billing complaints aren’t isolated to Duke Energy.  A recent Dutch study revealed that over a six month period, nine of the most commonly installed “smart” meters had measurement errors between 30% and 582%.

Since 2012, John Matarese has produced other stories regarding issues with Duke Energy AMI “smart” meters:

2012:  “Don’t Want Smart Meter – Power Shut Off”

2013:  “Smart Meter Makes Touch Lamp Go Crazy”

2016:  “Duke Energy to allow Smart Meter Opting Out”

The Ohio Duke Energy “opt out” program formally went into effect in September 2016. The PUCO case record is still open and comments are still being added. The tariff was only written for the electric meter. However, customers have reported that they’ve also been able to have the transmitter from their gas meters removed after filing a complaint with PUCO.

Some Duke customers have allegedly not received a call back from Duke after requesting their meters be replaced.  They are encouraged to contact the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). They are also encouraged to share their stories at the Stop Smart Meters Ohio Facebook page.

There have been reports that employees have told them that they don’t have “smart” meters – that they have “AMI” meters (the same thing by a different name). This has also been deterring customers from “opting out”.

Duke Energy also has “smart” meters installed in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.  There have been complaints filed in all states but so far Ohio is the only one with an “opt out” program.

Speak out and demand meter choice and freedom from unwanted surveillance, health and safety hazards, and overcharges!

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