Our utility PG&E has recently sent their contractors- Wellington Energy- into our neighborhood in Scotts Valley to install their ‘smart’ meters. This is in spite of County laws banning the devices, a demand from our city council to halt installations, and a declared “smart meter free zone” in our neighborhood. Even some people who were on the “delay line” came home to find a ‘smart’ meter installed.
People are angry. We’re angry. Every time we go for a walk in our neighborhood now we get a headache. It’s just not okay. The other day we were walking down the street when we saw a Wellington truck. We demanded he stop installing and when he refused we stood in front of his truck, prompting him to call the police who responded about 20 minutes later. The police told us we would be subject to arrest if we blocked the truck again.
While we were standing there talking with the officer, a neighbor came up and said he supported what we were doing and had told Wellington to get off his property. He pulled up his shorts and showed us a tumor on his leg where he had kept his cell phone in his pocket for many years and one on his ear on the side where he spoke on the phone. The police officer was visibly shaken, and I said, “Look we’re not making this up. People are getting cancer from wireless and these ‘smart’ meters expose people to 100x the radiation of a cell phone.” We returned several days later and interviewed the neighbor with the tumors- to maintain his privacy he didn’t want his face shown. We also interviewed others from the area upset about PG&E’s heavy handed tactics. We are living through a brutal period in our history where human and environmental health are sacrificed for utility profits. It’s time for a change.