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Please click this button to Complete the Form that will enter your comments and/or questions into the Nevada City public record about the installation of Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antenna – Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (CPMRA-WTFs) in residential areas.


Please Attend These Nevada City Meetings

Important Upcoming Events

  • Sat, Oct. 12 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Come to the PUBLIC WORKSHOP about the Nevada City Wireless Ordinance changes at 317 Broad St., Nevada City Hall.

  • Wed., Oct. 23 at 6:30 pm: Come to the City Council Meetings(each 2nd and 4th Wednesdays) at 317 Broad St., Nevada City Hall.

Did you know . . .

On September 24, 2019, Nevada City City Council approved a Wireless Telecommunication Facilities (WTF) ordinance allowing a high-powered radiating 4G cellular antennas (easily upgraded to 5G at any time) to be installed outside your home: antennas as close as 25 to 50 feet off the ground and as close as 15 to 50 feet from your home?

This is coming to your neighborhood as soon as October 23, without your consent, unless YOU take action stop this. Show up to the next four Nevada City City Council meetings if you care about correcting this problem (see details, above).

4G/5G “small-cell” antennas have been misleadingly branded by the Wireless Industry to make them sound harmless. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies have proven THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Actually this harmful technology is using unnecessary Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antenna (CPMRA) Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs), which are just the cheapest way for Wireless Carriers to install cell towers.

Here are the problems . . .

Listen carefully to what we all learned from Lee Afflerbach on Sept 12, 2019 at the Ciy of Sonoma Planning Commission meeting:

At 3:10:24 in the video, Lee Afflerbach from Columbia Telecommunications Corp. says: --> https://youtu.be/HRYFXx7oNN4?t=11424

"To get around the capacity issue -- it's because so many people are [wirelessly] streaming video and other services like that, they [Verizon] have to have multiple sources for this. That's why we have the smaller cells because each [small] cell is capable of almost putting out the same energy as one macro cell."

On Feb 13, 2019, Vice Mayor Reinette Senum requested the City Council approve a Public Workshop to ensure the city and citizens’ better understanding of the wireless ordinance. The City Council denied that request. Also on that date the “Wireless Telecommunication Facilities in the Right of Way (PROW)” was passed and did not include any changes given by Vice Mayor Senum or the Public. Councilmembers and staff informed the public they could make changes later.

On Sept 24, 2019, the Nevada City City Council, once again, ignored the public’s request to strengthen a newer version of the wireless ordinance that not only would include the PROW, but also private and public land. It was during this process that the former restriction of prohibiting 4G + 5G CPMRAs in the RESIDENTIAL ZONES was quietly removed from the ordinance originally passed on February 13th, 2019. Also, removed was the requirement to keep pertinent equipment including propane generators underground.

The newly approved ordinance ALSO completely ignored the following:

  • The April 2019 California Supreme Court’s ruling that reaffimred the municipal authority's police powers to regulate the public rights-of-way. This opinion affirmed a 2016 appellate court ruling.

  • In that same ruling, the California Supreme Court Judges unanimously upheld a 2011 San Francisco ordinance requiring telecommunications companies to get permits before placing antennas on city infrastructure.

  • In August, 2019, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC did not adequately address the potential harms of deregulation or the benefits of environmental and historic-preservation reviews.

These recent court decisions restore the power given to local authorities and MUST be reflected in the Nevada City ordinance!

As it currently stands with the Nevada City ordinance, these so-called “small cell” towers could be installed just 15-50 feet from homes and transmit hazardous levels of pulsed, data-modulated, Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) 24/7/365 — with no chance to opt out.

Here is What We Can Do

Read the information, below, to better understand what is at stake. Let your voice be known to the Nevada City City Council members that approved this. Simply showing up in SOLIDARITY will help, even if you choose not to speak!

  • What To Do: Demand the City Council do the right thing; protect our residents and avoid our City from becoming the place where democracy goes to die and cell towers metastasize. ALLOW public input -- unlike before! Listen to the Public and support legal and effective changes in the Wireless Telecommunication Facilities Ordinance recently passed on September 24th.

  • Why: The newly passed Nevada city wireless ordinance allows the installation of up to 240 CPMRAs per year for EACH WIRELESS CARRIER. They will become a cancer in our residential neighborhoods and will metastasize — in the future, they can grow in size, number and power — without public review or local oversight! Each CPMRA could include a propane-powered generator that will cause blight along our neighborhood sidewalks, be a noise nuisance, and become an explosive fire hazard.

  • Please complete the online form: provide your name, email address and comments that we will print and enter into the pubic record. Show up at the Nevada City City Council Meetings and insist the City Council reflect within the ordinance the understanding that:


  • Insist the Nevada City City Council recognize that the wireless radiation installations will significantly injure trees in the neighborhoods --> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306435017_Radiofrequency_radiation_injures_trees_around_mobile_phone_base_stations

  • Insist the Nevada City City Council recognize that the wireless radiation installations will destroy our pollinators and insects: https://www.emfdata.org/en/studies/detail?id=509

The World Health Organization has classified radio frequency microwave electromagnetic fields from any source (pulsed, data-modulated, Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation radiation) as a Group 2B Carcinogen. Dr. Lennart Hardell, a member of the IARC committee wrote in his 3/12/18 comments on the National Toxicology Program final results

Based on the IARC preamble to the monographs, RF microwave radiation should be classified as Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.

"This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. Exceptionally, an agent may be placed in this category when evidence of carcinogenicity in humans is less than sufficient but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and strong evidence in exposed humans that the agent acts through a relevant mechanism of carcinogenicity."

http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Preamble/currentb6evalrationale0706.php

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306435017_Radiofrequency_radiation_injures_trees_around_mobile_phone_base_stations

The Problem: In a Nutshell

1. Each CPMRA could decrease the property values of the four closest homes by 20% to 30% or more.

2. Nevada City should not allow such a significant impact on our property values just to appease the business interests of AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile or Sprint.

3. Serious adverse health effects result from the around-the-clock RF-EMR exposures, which is a toxic agent, particularly because CPMRAs are so close to where we live, sleep and heal. Thousands of peer reviewed studies, including by the US Government's National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Toxicology Program (NTP), show clear evidence of harm caused by wireless exposures, including significant increases in brain tumors, heart tumors and DNA damage. Other studies conclude neurological problems, melatonin suppression, infertility, headaches, insomnia, confusion, weakness, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more from RF microwave radiation exposures at levels many thousands of times lower than our current Federal RF microwave radiation exposure guidelines — which are not protective. The proximity of these Close Proximity

CPMRAs close to our homes and schools would dramatically increase the intensity of RF-EMR exposures

People living or working near a 5G antenna will be exposed to constant RF microwave radiation. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies have shown clear evidence of harm from wireless exposure, including significant increases in brain and heart tumors and damage to DNA.

DO NOT BELIEVE THE INDUSTRY LIES THAT THERE ARE NO STUDIES. THOUSANDS of Studies Have Linked RF Microwave Radiation Exposures To . . .

  • Migraine headaches and neurological problems
  • Suppression of melatonin
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Sources:

4.We MUST resist this unnecessary, profit-driven densified 4G/5G roll-out, amend and STRENGTHEN the Nevada City Wireless Municipal Code.

5. The real estate grab by the Wireless Carriers is accelerating. Since Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, vetoed SB 649 on 10/15/17 with the support of The League of Cities representing over three hundred California cities, the Wireless Carriers have waged a battle to grab market share from Cable TV providers by offering an unnecessary and energy-inefficient Wireless Video subscription service.

  • Launched city-by-city counterattack to upgrade the existing 3G or 4G status quo with the next generation of wireless, 4G + 5G.

  • Californians landline customers have already paid over $16 Billion to the Telecom companies to lay fiber optic cables directly to our homes, but we have never received this promised service.

  • Though they cannot prove the existence of any significant gaps in wireless telecommunication service (an inability to place a call or text), Wireless Carriers and the FCC are attempting to preempt local authority and install 4G + 5G CPMRAs on our electric utility poles and locally owned light poles.

  • Wireless Carriers are not concerned with aesthetics nor health effects — they are concerned only with profit.

  • The FCC has approved this technology despite its potential harm to living organisms. It is left to individual towns and cities to protect their own interests via General Plan, Muncipal Code and Zoning Ordinances.

  • Cities can regulate the maximum power output levels of all WTFs to ensure that the equipment has no chance to exceed a level that is necessary for telecomunications service (the ability to make calls or texts). This would be RF-EMR no higher than -75 dBM anyhwere in public rights-of-way in Nevada City for all frequencies from 0 Hz through 300,000 MHz.

6. What is the Solution for Nevada City? Fiber-Optics to the Premises (FTTP) The solution is both simple and easy — instead of more Wireless, install Wireline fiber optic cables to each home and business in Nevada City, which will provide much faster, more secure, more reliable and much more energy-efficient transmission of Internet and video data. Doing so would preserve the unique character of Nevada City and prevent private Telecom companies from installing CPMRAs next to homes. It also reduces the chance of mass surveillance and hacking.


Despite the promises of additional convenience and the unbridled hype for 5G and the "Internet of Things” (IoT), the primary duty of our elected officials is neither convenience, nor promised future economic growth, but to promote and preserve the health and welfare of Nevada City’s residents, voters and taxpayers.

What YOU Can Do

Please come to the Nevada City City Council Meetings and speak or support others who will speak against these hazardous, visual blights that could blemish our beautiful town for the rest of our lives.

Tell Nevada City Officials:
  1. NO! No “small-cell” CPMRAs in ANY RESIDENTIAL ZONES!

  2. Keep all radiating antennas at least 1500 feet away from where people live, sleep and heal.

  3. Stop this Unjustified Real Estate Grab: if any Wireless Carrier installs ONE CPMRA on your street, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others can come back to claim the real estate at the other utility and light poles in the neighborhood.

  4. Keep the equipment and propane generators underground.

  5. Restrict ALL antennas from “Sensitive Areas” such as schools, daycares, places of healing.

  6. Preserve and protect the residential character of the neighborhood: insist on uncapped broadband internet and video data transmitted by less intrusive fiber optic cables to homes.

  7. Choose to transmit broadband internet and video data in the most energy-efficient way: it takes many thousands of times less energy than Wireless to transmit a 4k video/movie via fiber optic cables.

City Council Meeting for Nevada City: September 25, 2019

  1. Conclusion: regulation of the operations of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities was never preempted from local zoning authority. Compare Versions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act (1996-TCA) here.

  2. To understand the Congressional intent behind the 1996-TCA Read the 1996-TCA Conference Report here: "localities have the flexibility to treat [Wireless Telecommunications Facilities ] that create different visual, aesthetic, or safety concerns differently to the extent permitted under generally applicable zoning requirements even if those facilities provide functionally equivalent services. For example, the conferees do not intend that if a State or local government grants a permit in a commercial district, it must also grant a permit for a competitor’s 50-foot tower in a residential district."

  3. Must See TV: watch Mayor Reinette Senum from 1:18:15 to 1:25:05 in the 9/25/19 video, below — listen for the laughter at the end.

What We Know: This Is Not Good

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The World Health Organization has classified radio frequency microwave electromagnetic fields from any source (pulsed, data-modulated, Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation radiation) as a Group 2B Carcinogen. Dr. Lennart Hardell, a member of the IARC committee wrote in his 3/12/18 comments on the National Toxicology Program final results:

Based on the IARC preamble to the monographs, RF microwave radiation should be classified as Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.

"This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. Exceptionally, an agent may be placed in this category when evidence of carcinogenicity in humans is less than sufficient but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and strong evidence in exposed humans that the agent acts through a relevant mechanism of carcinogenicity." (http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Preamble/currentb6evalrationale0706.php)

These so-called “Small Cell” towers would be installed just 15-50 feet from homes and transmit hazardous levels of pulsed, data-modulated, radio frequency microwave-millimeter wave radiation 24/7/365 — with no chance to opt out. Recall, that people damaged by 24/7/365 exposures from the Wireless Advanced Metering Infrastructure's (AMI) so-called "Smart Meters" forced PG&E to offer an opt out program. We need such an opt out for these CPRMA installations, as well: My Street, My Choice!

The Solution: Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)

The solution is both simple and easy — instead of more Wireless, install Wireline fiber optic cables to each home and business in Nevada City, which will provide much faster, more secure, more reliable and much more energy-efficient transmission of Internet and video data. Doing so would preserve the unique character of Nevada City and prevent the private Telecom companies from shoving these these cheap, ugly, intrusive, microwave-radiation-emitting CPMRA installations into our town.

Despite the promises of additional convenience and the unbridled hype for Densified 4G and 5G and the "Internet of Things” (IoT), the primary duty of our elected officials is neither convenience, nor promised future economic growth, but to promote and preserve the health and welfare of the Town of Nevada City's residents, voters and taxpayers.

What You Can Do

To voice your opposition to Cell Towers being installed 10 to 50 feet from homes and local workplaces, please come to the Citgy Council Meeting for Nevada City and speak or support others who will speak against these hazardous, visual blights that could blemish our beautiful city for the rest of our lives.