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Please click this button to Complete the Form that will enter your comments and/or questions into the City of Palo Alto public record about the installation of Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas/Cell Towers in residential zones.


All 11 Cluster One Neighborhood Cell Tower Installations Have Been Appealed! Will Be Heard on 5/21/18. Please Come to Suppport Us.

Please bring everyone you know to the Palo Alto “Line in the Sand” Protest on May 21 at 4:30 pm —
outside at 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA. Bring signs, protest and support those who are appealing (from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm)
the plan to install 11 Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) in Palo Alto’s residential zones.

Download and distribute this Palo Alto My Street, My Choice! Flyer


Read the 5/21/18 Meeting Agenda, the list of 4/9/18 appeals (also listed below) and the 3/26/18 Palo Alto approval letter. For more information, read the Palo Alto pages at our sister site, Scientists For Wired Technology.

  1. Appeal — Ap-18-2: Herc Kwan, 2490 Louis Rd. (27 pages)
  2. Appeal — Ap-18-3: Francesca Kautz, 3324 South Court (8 pages)
  3. Appeal — AP-18-4: Christopher Lynn, 2802 Louis Rd. (5 pages)
  4. Appeal — AP-18-5: Jeanne Fleming, 2070 Webster St. (20 pages)
  5. Appeal — AP-18-6: RK Partharathy, 3409 Kenneth Dr. (12 pages)
  6. Appeal — AP-18-7: Russell Targ, 1010 Harriett St. (46 pages)
  7. Appeal — AP-18-8: Amrutha Kattamuri, 3189 Berryessa St. (126 pages)

Monday, May 21, 2018 from 5:45 to 8:00 pm: the appeals for 17PLN-00169 Vinculums/Verizon Cluster One are scheduled for a public hearing before the City Council.


Seven Parties Appealed This Decision

We need as many Palo Alto residents as possible who oppose Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) Cell Towers installed as close at 15 to 50 feet from residential homes to attend the 5/21/18 Palo Alto City Council meeting to defend their inalienable, constitutional rights to privacy and safety in their neighborhoods. Palo Alto residents are appealing this CPMRA approval decision to the City Council.

Please attend to support the speakers. Your attendance at the City Council meetings — whether or not you speak — is the single most important thing you can do to protect the investment in your home, and preserve the residential character of your neighborhoods. Palo Alto City Council meetings are on the first three Mondays of each month, at 6:00 pm in the council chambers of City Hall at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

  • Mon 5/21/18 @ 5:00 pm — Meeting Starts (Public Comment available)
  • Mon 5/21/18 @ 5:45 pm — CPMRA Appeal will be heard.

Where Are the Proposed Cell Towers Going?

  • Cluster One (17PLN-00169): On March 26, 2018, the Planning and Community Environment Director approved 11 of 15 Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) Tier 3 Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) nodes under file 17PLN-00169.
  • Cluster Two (17PLN-00170): The current tolling agreement for WCF permit application is still in effect (extends until April 30, 2018). The current project plans and application materials are from October 2017.
  • Cluster Three (17PLN-00228): The WCF permit application is incomplete. The current project plans and other application materials are from June 2017

Cluster One's Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas

  1. Node #129: CPAU Pole #3121 (near 2490 Louis Road) | map
  2. Node #130: CPAU Pole #2461 (near 2802 Louis Road) | map
  3. Node #131: CPAU Pole #3315 (near 891 Elbridge Way) | map
  4. Node #133E: CPAU Pole #2856 (near 949 Loma Verde Ave.) | map
  5. Node #134: CPAU Pole #2964 (near 3409 Kenneth Drive) | map
  6. Node #135: CPAU Pole # 3610 (near 795 Stone Lane) | map
  7. Node #137: CPAU Pole #3351 (near 3090 Ross Rd.) | map
  8. Node #138: CPAU Pole #2479 (near 836 Colorado Ave.) | map
  9. Node #143: CPAU Pole #3867 (near 419 El Verano Ave.) | map
  10. Node #144: CPAU Pole #1506 (near 201 Loma Verde Ave.) | map
  11. Node #145: CPAU Pole #3288 (near 737 Loma Verde Ave.) | map

 

This is How You Do It . . . Strength in Numbers

Attorney Patrick Shannon, founder of Hillsborough Families Against Cell Towers addressing his City Council regarding 16 proposed cell towers by Verizon/Crown Castle: "Do the right thing, protect your residents and avoid our City from becoming the place where democracy goes to die and cell towers metastasize."



The Problem: 4G/5G Cell Towers in Palo Alto's Residential Zones, 15–50 feet from Homes

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In March 2018, Verizon submitted applications to install Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas ('CPMRA') on City-owned utility poles in the public rights of way in 11 Palo Alto neighborhood locations, listed above.  The City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board voted 3-2 on March 15, 2018 to recommend approval of this project. The Planning Director, Hillary Gitelman, approved the CPMRA project on Mar 26, 2018.

Vinculums/Verizon has elected not to proceed with the remaining four nodes (Node 136, Node 140, Node 141, and Node 147) in Cluster 1 at this time to permit additional analysis of vaulting feasibility. According to the City of Palo Alto Planning, these nodes may move forward at a later date following the submittal of additional application materials. The updated tolling agreement suspends the shot clock for these four nodes until the applicant provides additional material, at which point the City will have 60 days to process the applications.

These CPMRA installations are NOT “small” AT ALL and will destroy property values, create visual blight and completely change the character of our neighborhoods. For the future expected 5G millimeter pulsed microwave radiation to work (28,000 MHz for Verizon and 37,000 MHz for AT&T), the plan is to install a CPMRA cell tower every 10-12 houses or every 500 feet!

These 11 towers in Palo Alto are just the beginning of this cancer, which can grow in number, volume and power output without future public review.


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 Palo Alto, 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 Palo Alto and prevent the private Telecom companies from shoving these cheap, ugly, intrusive, microwave-radiation-emitting CPMRA installations into our town.

The City of Palo Alto is inexplicably allowing these ugly, instrusive and hazardous refrigerator-sized (25-35 cubic feet) equipment to be installed on City owned utility poles — without requiring Verizon to underground their ancillary equipment, despite the current City policy to underground all new utilities infrastructure in Palo Alto.

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 the Town of Palo Alto'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 City of Palo Alto City Council Meetings (dates above) 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. To find out more about this project, please contact the City of Palo Alto Planning staff and City Council members:

Read the Following:

Contact Palo Alto City Council & Planning Staff

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Palo Alto Planning Staff:

City Council Members and City Manager