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


Come to the Tue June 12, 2018 Petaluma Planning Commission Meeting

  • When: Tue June 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • Where: 11 English Street Petaluma, CA 94952
  • What: Show up to support the speakers advising the City of Petaluma on the DRAFT documents regarding 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cellphone towers Municipal Code changes.
  • Email the Petaluma City Manager, Planning Commissioners and City Council Members (see contact information, below).
  • Tell the Planning Commission and City Council that you are with My Street, My Choice! don’t want the 4G/5G so called "Small Cell" cellphone towers installed in Petaluma's residential zones and want Petaluma to update its Municipal Wireless code to protect its residents' safety and privacy.
  • Help Us Spread the Word to Petaluma Residents! Post this website (http://mystreetmychoice.com/) to your social media, email it and/or text it everyone you know in Petaluma.
  • Mark Your Calendars! Here are all the relevant Planning Commission and City Council meetings. We need you and anyone else you know to attend to support the speakers and wear yellow badges. Strength in numbers.
    • Planning Commission: Tue, July 12 @ 7:00 pm
    • City Council: Mon, July 16 @ 6:30 pm
  • For more: additional details collect at the Scientists For Wired Technology Petaluma page

6/12/18 Public Comment Starts at 3:09:56

Scientists For Wired Technology — Petaluma Page Table of Contents

  • Link to 1. Petaluma Plannning Commission: AGENDA ITEM #8C
  • Link to 2. Attachment A: Resolution
  • Link to 3. Attachment A — Exhibit : Draft Ordinance
  • Link to A. Petaluma General Plan
  • Link to B. Government Code §65853 et seq.
  • Link to C. Petaluma Implementing Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 25
  • Link to D. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Email From: City Council Member, Teresa Barrett
Subject: Fwd: Where are we with the Small Cell Towers Review Process?
Date: June 11, 2018 at 8:33:52 AM PDT
To: Helen Grieco

Sorry I missed that! To planning commission tomorrow 6/12 at 7 p.m. and to Council on 7/16 at 6:30 pm.

Planning Commission 8-C: Small Cell Sites. Amendments to the Petaluma Municipal Code (Section 14.44 Telecommunications Facility and Antenna Criteria) and Zoning Text Amendments to the Petaluma Implementing Zoning Ordinance

  • IZO Table 7.090(B) (Type of Telecommunications Facility)
  • IZO Section 7.090 (Telecommunications Facility) regulating small cell sites.
  • Staff: Ingrid Alverde, Economic Development Manager

Here are the draft documents:

  1. Text Amendments to the City of Petaluma Municipal Code and Implementing Zoning Ordinance Regulating Small Cell Facilities
    http://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=31&event_id=43128&meta_id=397671
  2. RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF PETALUMA PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDING THE CITY COUNCIL AMEND THE TEXT OF CHAPTER 14.44 OF THE PETALUMA MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD A DEFINITION FOR SMALL CELL FACILITIES AND IMPLEMENTING ZONING ORDINANCE, ORDINANCE 2300 N.C.S., CHAPTER 7 SECTION 7.090 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES TO ADD A DEFINITION AND TABLE COLUMN FOR SMALL CELL FACILITIES
    http://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=31&event_id=43128&meta_id=397673
  3. ATTACHMENT A: [DRAFT] ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PETALUMA AMENDING THE TEXT OF CHAPTER 14.44 OF THE PETALUMA MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD A DEFINITION FOR SMALL CELL FACILITIES AND IMPLEMENTING ZONING ORDINANCE, ORDINANCE 2300 N.C.S., CHAPTER 7 SECTION 7.090 – TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES TO ADD A DEFINITION AND TABLE COLUMN FOR SMALL CELL FACILITIES
    http://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=31&event_id=43128&meta_id=397675
  4. ATTACHMENT B: 7.090 — Telecommunications Facilities
    http://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=31&event_id=43128&meta_id=397677
  5. ATTACHMENT C: CHAPTER 14.44 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITY AND ANTENNA CRITERIA
    http://petaluma.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=31&event_id=43128&meta_id=397679

Teresa Barrett
Petaluma City Council
707.953.0846
teresa4petaluma@comcast.net


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."


Where Things Stand In Petaluma

2/25/18 Post to Petaluma Nextdoor.com

I, too, am encouraged by word I received from the City that a letter was being finalized by the City Attorney that would be sent to the Wireless Carriers. I don't believe the letter is complete and I have not yet read it, but I would not drop our guard. We need to follow this very closely.

It seems that the Petaluma City Staff and Council members are listening to the experts we brought to a Thu Feb 1, 2018 meeting in City Hall. That is good. We are, however, dealing with Verizon and they already have a master license agreement with PG&E to go on PG&E's utility poles (look for the link here or at http://mystreetmychoice.com/petaluma.html)

I understand how Verizon Wireless operates, having testified against them and their strong interests in passing CA SB.649 for six months, a bill which would have severely limited local control over the installation of these heinous 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cell towers in the public rights of way in residential zones. Thank goodness Governor Jerry Brown listened to 350+ CA cities and and 50 of 58 CA counties who opposed this terrible bill. Remember, Verizon was firmly in favor of SB.649, which would have preempted nearly all local control over these 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cell towers installed in residential zones.

Verizon is smart, tenacious and dishonest to the core. They have built their business on lies and propaganda and know very well they are harming communities in order to maximize their profits. They have no insurance to cover claims from injuries/illnesses from RF Microwave radiation because Lloyd's of London, Swiss Re and the other major re-insurers have reviewed the research and have specifically excluded coverage for injuries/illnesses caused by RF Microwave radiation. Verizon does tell their shareholders about this uninsured liability, but not the Cities or their customers -- whom they are trying to bamboozle.

Verizon desperately wants to permanently affix their private antennas on a City's public property (city-owned light/utility poles and other "street furniture" so they CAN TRANSFER LIABILITY to the cities and escape the consequences of peddling such a hazardous product/service. So what if this bankrupts the cities. They don't care, as long as they escape the consequences.

Verizon is also very litigious. There are Verizon/Crown Castle law suits proceeding against cities right now in Piedmont, CA and Hillsborough, CA. I can only imagine the Santa Rosa disaster will also be heading to court, at some point.

So I am sure Verizon will come back to Petaluma to try to push their way in. We need to encourage the City Council and City staff to update its Municipal code to effectively protect Petaluma residents' inalienable rights to privacy and safety in their homes and community.

I would still encourage all to speak in public comment on Mon Mar 5 and Mon Mar 19 at 6:45 pm to talk about these Verizon tactics and to encourage the City to prepare for the onslaught of applications for 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cell towers which will be coming -- by updating their Municipal Wireless code.

We have received confirmation from the City of Petaluma that Verizon has approached the City of Petaluma to install the first fifteen (15) 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cellphone towers in Petaluma.

Verizon's Stated Interests

Verizon wants 15 additional cell phone towers in Petaluma and contractors for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint won't be far behind. Most of these cell towers will be in residential neighborhoods — just 15 to 50 feet from homes. These cell towers transmit pulsed, data-modulated, RadioFrequency Microwave radiation 5-6 miles or farther. On 2/6/18, Petaluma residents entered substantial evidence into the public record proving NO SIGNIFICANT GAP in coverage where Verizon wants to install these cell towers, videos of which you can see here. Cities cannot have their local authority pre-empted if the Wireless carriers do not prove that there is a significant gap in coverage.

A first look at the currently available information from Verizon (no formal application, yet) shows that the 4G/5G so-called "Small Cell" cellphone towers will be installed on Utility poles (jointly owned/maintained by PG&E and AT&T) at the following locations (our best estimate).

CodesStreetsZone
SF_PETAL004Crinella/CaulfieldResidential
SF_PETAL005Payran/CaulfieldCommercial
SF_PETAL006E. Madison/MariaResidential
SF_PETAL007Entrance to Outlet MallsCommercial
SF_PETAL007BEntrance to Outlet MallsCommercial
SF_PETAL008Cinnabar Ave/Petaluma Blvd No.Residential
SF_PETAL0117th St./G St.Residential
SF_PETAL014Campus Circle/Sonoma Mt. PkwyResidential
SF_PETAL018Candelwood Dr/N McDowellResidential
SF_PETAL020BMadison/WilmingtonResidential
SF_PETAL021Gilrix/ElyResidential
SF_PETAL023BLindberg Ln/So. McDowellResidential
SF_PETAL026Baywood/LakevilleCommercial
SF_PETAL027Technology Lane/Telecom LaneResidential
SF_PETAL028McNear Circle/Petaluma Blvd. So.Residential

CPUC Rulemaking 14-05-001: Decision Regarding The Applicability Of The Commission’S Right -Of-Way Rules To Commercial Mobile Radio Service Carriers

And then there is this: PG&E Trying to be come a Wireless Carrier itself. 17-04-010 (PHC) - Application of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (U39E) for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to provide:

(i) full facilities-based and resold competitive local exchange service throughout the service territories of AT&T California, Frontier California Inc., Consolidated Communications of California Company, and Citizens Telecommunications Company of California; and

(ii) full facilities-based and resold non-dominant interexchange services on a statewide basis, Commission Courtroom, San Francisco

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