Southern California Gas Disconnects “Opt Out” Fee Resister; Fairfax, Sebastopol Face Forced Smart Meter Deployment

California Investor-Owned Utilities on War Path

“Soft defenses” surround Mr. Hermann’s gas meter– no longer functioning since he was disconnected in December, though he had paid his bill (minus the illegal opt out charge)

On December 7th, 2016, the Southern California Gas Company disconnected the gas service of San Luis Obispo resident Ken Herrmann for unpaid “opt-out” fees related to their “advanced” metering system. This is the first instance we are aware of where an investor owned utility (IOU) in California has disconnected service solely for non-payment of opt out fees.  While thousands of PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E customers continue to deduct illegal “opt out” fees from their utility bills, and subsequently receive letters threatening imminent disconnect, so far we have not heard of anyone apart from Mr. Herrmann whose service has been disconnected due to non-payment of ‘opt out’ fees to an account in good standing.

This is an outrageous violation of our rights by shareholder-controlled corporations who enjoy monopoly control over essential services, and are using RF as a weapon to extract protection racket fees. Let’s not forget that former SCE CEO and CPUC President Michael Peevey was caught with his pants down admitting over e-mail that:

There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF,etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone. Kick it around.”

Michael Peevey’s legacy is one of state-sanctioned extortion involving (what he admitted in writing) smart meters that make people “feel pain.”  Now, state “regulated” utilities are actually disconnecting service for people who:

1) refuse to accept a device that the former CPUC President admitted in writing “causes pain,” or the “etc…” of hidden damage that Peevey alludes to

2) refuse to pay a fee to avoid such pain and damage

Now that the energy industry controls the federal executive branch, utilities may see a green light for further bullying crackdowns. This criminal behavior must be resisted through a diversity of tactics.

Mr. Hermann’s PG&E analog electric meter, physically secured since 2012 by steel plate and 2 reinforced locks.

Mr. Herrmann consistently paid all gas usage costs and rightfully deducted the unwarranted and illegal“opt-out” fees.

He asserts that  the collection of time-sensitive energy-use-data through the use of “smart” metering is a violation of his natural and constitutional (California – Article 1, sections 1 &13, United States – 4th Amendment) right to privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. In a formal complaint  filed with the CPUC after being disconnected, Mr. Herrmann writes that:

“as an agency of the State, the CPUC has a Constitutional restriction from acts depriving any person of life, liberty, or property, (Privacy being property) as stated in the United States Constitution – 14th Amendment…..in addition, the acquisition of private data (property) through “smart” or “advanced “ metering, and “opt-out” charges and threats of, or actual, utility disconnection meet the United States Code definition of Extortion.”

Mr. Herrmann’s complaint goes on to say:

  • The CPUC, in support of “smart” and “advanced” metering, has failed to serve the public interest, failed to protect consumers, and failed to support and defend our California and United States Constitutions.
  • The CPUC is operating under a “color of right” or “color of law” in its support and “authorization” of “smart” and “Advanced” metering.
  • The CPUC must remove support for these metering systems and fully support and recognize “the benefits that accrue to those not deploying such technology and devices, but who are part of the same regional electricity entity” (Energy Policy Act of 2005, section 1252f).
  • The CPUC must support all citizens who object to forced installation of invasive personal data collection devices and end all extortionate charges (“opt-out” fees) and action (threats of, and actual, disconnections)

Mr. Herrmann is intent on holding out against the utility and has set up alternative heating and cooking systems to manage daily household functions (much as we did three years ago when the local utility cut us off for refusing to pay opt out fees) until justice prevails in his case.  We wish him luck and will continue to support his resistance. Just as we support the many others who are standing up for safe communities, and who continue to deduct ridiculous and insulting “opt out” fees for a system they never “opted in” to, from their monthly bills.

Resistance Towns Fairfax and Sebastopol Under Smart Meter Deployment Threat

Community blockade in Dec. 2010 led to the withdrawal of Wellington Energy from areas of Marin and Sonoma Counties- now they are back.

Meanwhile, PG&E has threatened to deploy smart meters into two Northern California cities which outlawed the devices in 2010.  According to one report, “there could be confrontations” between residents opposed to the electronic surveillance devices in their community, and utility employees attempting to install.  Similar “confrontations” led to PG&E withdrawing its “forces” from the area in 2010. We continue to rally behind these North Bay Area communities, and call for solidarity and direct action to resist utility bullying, and support the democratic right of city and county governments to pass and enforce smart meter bans.

Posted in California, Citizen rebellion, CPUC, Democracy, legal issues, neighborhood organizing, PG&E, Privacy, SCE, SDG&E | 1 Comment

5G and the “IoT” Set to Wreak Even Greater Biological Havoc

URGENT, IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED TO STOP IOT / 5G:

Call your US Senators and Tell Them- Vote NO on Mobile Now Act S.19 and Vote NO on Digit Act S.88. More info on these dangerous, radiation-proliferating bills is available here. The U.S. Senate plans to vote any day. Please take action on this today. There have been early reports of serious and alarming effects on cows where 5G was being tested in the Netherlands.


Some have dubbed plans for a new network of extremely high millimeter wave 5G small-cell antennas  as “smart meters on steroids.”

There is no doubt that the telecom’s industry’s plans for a massive 5G deployment (on top of the existing 4G towers and smart meter mesh networks) represent the single biggest threat to our safety, health, privacy and cyber-security since smart grid deployments began.  It’s incumbent on every person aware of the facts to take action and voice opposition- on the record- to these reckless and invasive plans. For more details on what exactly “5G” entails, check out the new website Whatis5G.info.

This is the latest attempt to pre-empt local government authority in regulating the placement of a massive network of small cell sites in the public right-of way. That means that a strong, super high frequency antenna could be installed by an unaccountable global corporation outside your bedroom window or inside the office where you work without any notice to you, and with no meaningful way to contest the placement. This has profound implications for community rights, environmental health, and democracy- even property values are threatened by this giant “taking” by Verizon and the rest of the gang of our public (and private) spaces. To make matters worse, 5G networks are already being used as justification for severing our critical landline telephone networks, subjecting an already EMF-saturated population to mandatory wireless usage for voice communication.

This is not some far off threat. Telecom companies are already deploying 5G technologies in British Columbia, the San Francisco Bay Area, rural Virginia, and elsewhere.

Fight Back Now– Start Here: Detailed instructions on how to submit an official comment to the FCC as well as brief sample testimony is available by downloading this pdf guide, created by the people at Whatis5G.info, an excellent critical and factual resource raising awareness about the predatory nature of the industry’s 5G plans where you live.

Speaking of predatory, check out the new article at SmartGridAwareness.org, “We’re Being Hunted by Smart Meters and the Internet of Things” about how extending the internet to “everything” makes us all into prey.

Posted in Cancer, Citizen rebellion, Democracy, Environmental Concerns, FCC, Federal Government, health effects, landlines, neighborhood organizing, radio-frequency radiation, Safety, Smart Grid | 1 Comment

Occupy Interview Touches on Direct Action, EMF Sanctuaries, and Racism Within the Movement

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-6-58-45-amTwo weeks ago I was invited to speak on the weekly Occupy EMF Call, based in New York City. Thanks to the moderator and all those who participated in the discussion.  The themes discussed during the call included the necessity of civil disobedience, the need to establish a retreat for those injured by smart meters and other wireless devices, and the importance of confronting racism and xenophobia in our movement. These issues have all taken on a new urgency since the call. Let us know what you think, and get in touch with us to get involved- we need your support and involvement! Listen to the recorded call here.

Posted in California, Citizen rebellion, Class Issues and Social Equality, Democracy, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, EMF Mitigation, health effects, neighborhood organizing, radio-frequency radiation, Smart Grid | 2 Comments

EMF Meter Sale: 10% Off All EMF Meters!

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Where “Smart” is Getting Us

This new music video by Moby perfectly captures the brutal alienation of our smartphone-obsessed world. We’re going to end up in a very bad place indeed unless we wake up, put down our digital devices, and re-engage with the beauty of the analog world we find ourselves in. It’s time to overthrow this destructive system, reject the “smart” junk being shoved down our throats, reject fossil fuels, respect humans and other animals, and go vegan (like Moby). These choices will not only lead to a better quality of life for everyone, they really are our only hope to salvage our climate-stressed planet.

If this incredible video demonstrates anything, it is that our movement to question- and oppose- inappropriate technology is going mainstream. -SSM!

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