California’s AB 57- Gift to Wireless Industry- on Gov’s Desk

4g-cell-towerFrom Katie Singer’s Electronic Silent Spring comes this timely alert:

California Assembly Bill 57 would further limit the authority that municipalities currently have to prevent the installation of new cell towers or additions to existing towers. Designed to speed up the state’s wireless facility application process, CA57 would pressure municipalities to respond to a telecom corporation’s cell tower installation request very quickly, essentially allowing installations without public notice or chance of appeal. The bill has passed California’s Senate and State Assembly and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

Perhaps the only recourse for municipalities is to pass ordinances (ASAP) that protect rights to determine cell tower placement and zoning. Find sample zoning regs and more in Blake Levitt’s book, Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard? Proceedings of the Cell Towers Forum, State of the Science, State of the Law (SafeGoods/New Century edition, 2001; iUniverse ed., 2007).

As Levitt explains, a tower can be placed in a residential zone that has restrictions for commercial use “unless the town’s regulations expressly forbid it.” US Fish & Wildlife Service’s guidelines designed to protect migratory and endangered bird species may also help prevent installation of cell towers.

B-VDV3uIUAA_yg8.jpg-mediumContact Governor Brown Now and Demand he Veto AB57

Official AB57 Page
Resources about cell tower health effects

Stop Smart Meters! AB57 Page

More about protective ordinances:

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Stop Smart Meters! Marks 5 Years Standing Up to Utility Bullies’s been five years since was founded. Our early efforts together to get 57 California municipalities to stand against smart meters was a spark that ignited an international rebellion against the red-herring technology. This anniversary is about all of you who give so much to the cause. Thank you.

It was the summer of 2010 when we received a notice from California utility PG&E that they would be installing a “smart meter” on our home.  No one really knew back then what a “smart meter” was, but the more we did our research and heard the josh pitchforkstories of people whose health was devastated, heard about those who lost their lives in smart meter fires, and realized that this was all being covered up, we decided there was no way we would permit the installation of such a device under any circumstance. When PG&E told us with a straight face that “you have no choice,” that really crossed a line, and boiled our blood. We realized we had to drop everything and mobilize against the threat. With calls for residents in California to establish and defend “smart meter free zones,” we launched our fledgling group, immediately generating significant media coverage.

Five years later, “smart meters” have spread across the planet, despite a widespread and potent resistance and a few notable holdouts.  Truly a trojan horse technology, smart meters include an ongoing and deadly serious fire risk, health problems from dirty electricity and pulsed RF, invasive surveillance, inflated bills, and the loss of thousands of steady meter reader jobs. The “deployment” and the bullying it has required, has left a bad aftertaste of corporate rule, but it has also inspired a potent resistance movement.

California residents return unwanted smart meters en masse to the utility in one of our early direct actions

One thing is for sure: the utilities had no idea of the scale of rebellion they would encounter when they started deploying these meters.  The strength of our movement is reflected in the more than 175 local groups around the world now engaged in the fight to stop and roll back the smart meter installations, according to our Global Stop Smart Meters Directory. If your group isn’t listed, please submit it by e-mailing us.

A culture of resistance to the smart grid has spread like a viral immune response, and we will be forever grateful to those who have put so much of their time and energy toward this cause.  We acknowledge the love and the empathy toward neighbors and friends that has shone like a light through these dark, scary times. That love will carry us through, and is more powerful than greed or hate or fear. While we cherish the community that has sprung up around this cause, we also grieve for the losses and injuries to our compatriots, and the divisions that the smart grid has ripped through our communities.

In 2015, the work of Stop Smart Meters! has grown and diversified.

Some of the services we provide:

Printed outreach material and low-cost EMF testing meters through our online store

– Website coverage of smart meters and related issues

A Monthly Bulletin Highlighting Latest News and Developments

– Technical and organizational assistance to those fighting smart meters

Public speaking engagements in your community, in person, or via phone/ skype
Accurate and relevant information to elected officials and the media

Exposés of government/utility collusion and corruption

– Practical and emotional support for injured and Electro-sensitive people

– A place for whistleblowers to discreetly report info about smart meter hazards.

First International Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters Oct. 4th 2012

First International Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters Oct. 4th 2012

We started in the Summer of 2010 with a vision of an informed public rising against the corrupt and arrogant utility bosses, rejecting their disastrous, wasteful green-washed false solution to the real and present danger of climate change, with local communities taking a stand and determining their own energy futures. That vision is palpably within reach, if we demand it.

The decision to toss smart meters (and the ideology that spawned them) in the dustbin of history is ours to make.  It’s a decision that utility companies have tried to convince us is out of our hands.  But we know better now— that people can and do stand up to the powerful utilities and win.  With this knowledge, and with love and empathy for all those who have suffered as a result of this misguided technology, we will never back down.

SMART SIGN Version9-100Stop Smart Meters!

Now, help us mark five years of our work together by:

1. donating any amount to our international outreach fund

2. volunteering your talents to the cause

3. getting a friend to sign up for our news bulletin

4. ordering an EMF meter and outreach cards from our store

Posted in California, Citizen rebellion, Climate Change, Democracy, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, Fires, health effects, neighborhood organizing, PG&E, Smart Grid | 3 Comments

Berkeley Cell Phone Warning Green-Lighted by Federal Judge

No time to mince words: this is what the warning should say

No time to mince words: this is what the warning should say

Green_light_in_MadridVictory!! Federal Judge Approves Berkeley, CA RF radiation warning.

On Monday, Berkeley’s cell phone radiation warning ordinance was approved by Federal District Court Judge Edward Chen, despite the CTIA’s ridiculous and groundless objections of their 1st Amendment rights (to hide already-existing warnings from customers) being violated. Berkeley has retained Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor and candidate for President of the United States, to defend the ordinance against industry vultures.

According to, the blog of Joel Moskowitz, School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, who has been covering this issue in depth for some time from a scientific and legal perspective:

On September 21, Federal District Court Judge Edward Chen gave the City of Berkeley a green light to implement the City’s landmark cell phone “right to know” law after deleting one sentence from the safety notification. Cell phone vendors in the City will soon be required to provide customers with a safety warning either by giving the customer a handout or or by posting the following notice in the store:

“The City of Berkeley requires that you be provided the following notice:

To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.”

Judge Chen denied the CTIA’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have completely blocked enforcement of the ordinance until the case was fully resolved.

Of course there is no need to wait — label the phones at your local Verizon store today!

More Local Coverage of the Judge’s Decision

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Missouri Woman Describes Horrific Smart Grid Health Damage

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Silicon Valley Event Brings Experts Together to Speak About the Hazards of Wireless Technology

Dr. Joel Moskowitz

Joel Moskowitz of UC Berkeley

Google and other Silicon Valley based tech companies are about to get a double dose of reality right in their backyard.  Presented by the Santa Clara County Medical Association Alliance Foundation, experts in the field of wireless health impacts will gather on October 10th at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts for Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World.  Speakers include Toril Jelter, Victoria Dunckley, Martin Pall and Katie Singer, and even the former CPUC President Loretta Lynch. Experts will present their findings and discuss what measures can be taken to protect public health from the increasing levels of carcinogenic “electrosmog.”

If you are in Northern California, or plan to be here, this is a do-not-miss event. To find out more information, see here and to buy tickets in advance, click here.

The event’s website states:

Are wireless devices making us ill? Join Dr. Joel Moskowitz and other scientists to discover the science and personal stories behind the recent international scientists’ call for safer wireless radiation standards. Links to autism, cancer and infertility, effects on wildlife, cell phone safety and wi-fi precautions will be discussed. Refreshments served.

Posted in California, Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity, EMF Mitigation, Environmental Concerns, health effects, Physicians, radio-frequency radiation, Safety, Santa Clara County | 3 Comments