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


Attend the Santa Cruz County & City Council/Planning Commission Meetings

All County of Santa Cruz meetings are held at 701 Ocean Street, Room 525, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

All City of Santa Cruz meetings are held at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  • What: Oppose the proposed 80+ CPMRA-WTF installation in Santa Cruz
  • Why: These CPMRA-WTFs are a cancer in our residential neighborhoods and will metastasize — in the future, they can grow in size, number and power — without public review!
  • We Need Strength in Numbers:
    1. Complete the form: provide name, email address and comments that we will print and enter into the pubic record.
    2. Show up at the July 10 at 12:30 pm City Council Meeting to defend your rights to retain the residential character of the neighborhood and to protect the housing values of those living near the planned CPMRA-WTF installations . . . the pole near your house could be next.
    3. Recognize that the CPMRA-WTF installations will signficantly injure trees in the neighborhoods.

County of Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors

  • Tue 8/07/18 at 9:00 am
  • Tue 8/28/18 at 9:00 am
  • Tue 9/18/18 at 9:00 am
  • Tue 9/25/18 at 9:00 am

County of Santa Cruz Planning Commission

  • Call for meeting dates/times . . .
  • Supervisor, John Leopold | 831-450-2200
  • Project Planning Director, Kathleen Molloy | 831-454-2580
  • Senior Planner, Jonathan DiSaIvo | 831-454-3547

City of Santa Cruz City Council

  • Tue 7/10/18 at 12:30 pm
  • Tue 7/24/18 at 12:30 pm

City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission

  • Thu 7/05/18 at 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7/19/18 at 7:00 pm

Tell Santa Cruz City Officials:

  1. NO! Not in Santa Cruz's Residential Zones!
  2. Why? There is No proven SIGNIFICANT GAPs in Wireless coverage in Santa Cruz.
  3. CPMRA-WTFs 15–50 feet from our homes ARE NOT the least intrusive means to close an alleged significant gap in coverage. There are far better locations that can provide coverage: at least 1,500 feet away from where people live, sleep and heal.
  4. Where there is NO SIGNIFICANT GAP in coverage, there is no basis for preemption of local authority.
  5. Stop this Unjustified Real Estate Grab: if any Wireless Carrier installs a CPMRA-WTF on your street, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others can come back to claim the real estate at every other light pole in the neighborhood.
  6. Preserve and protect the residential character of the your 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 millions of times less energy than Wireless to transmit a 4k video/movie via fiber optic cables.
  8. The League of Cities, over 300 CA Cities, 50 of 58 Counties and many, many CA residents opposed the heinous so called "Small Cell" Bill, CA SB.649 — the bill that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on 10/15/17 for the reasons, above.

The Problem: In a Nutshell

  • Each CPMRA-WTF installation will decrease the property value of the four closest homes by 20% or more!
  • Each installation could destroy between $200,000 and $400,000 of residential property value of each home nearby, which, conservatively, is $800,000 in lost property value per CPMRA-WTF installation × 80 planned installlations could result in $64 million in lost residential property value.
  • Santa Cruz should not destroy this much private property value to appease the business interests of AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile or Sprint.
  • Santa Cruz, therefore, MUST resist this misguided project, start a public process and consider the LEAST INTRUSIVE means to close any alleged significant gaps in coverage in Santa Cruz neighborhoods.
  • Are you relieved that one of these CPMRA-WTF installations is not in front of your home? Think again . . . if you let even one CPMRA-WTF installation in your neighborhood, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are coming to claim the remaining poles, so your house could be next. CPMRAs are a cancer in your neighborhood that will grow in number, volume and power — year-after-year . . . unless you convince the Santa Cruz City Council to do the smart thing and allow CPMRA/Cell Towers only in commercial and industrial zones.

Targeted Poles: for CPMRA-WTFs in Santa Cruz Neighborhoods

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  1. 801 Bostwick Ln. — WTF Antenna Application 02603144 | map
  2. 2990 Soquel Dr. — WTF Antenna Application 02604202 | map
  3. 2688 Mattison Ln. — WTF Antenna Application 02903110 | map
  4. 1723 Grey Seal Rd. — WTF Antenna Application 02668101 | map
  5. 1900 17th Ave. — WTF Antenna Application 02907108 | map
  6. 1925 Chanticleer Ave. — WTF Antenna Application 02907169 | map
  7. 21625 East Cliff Dr. — WTF Antenna Application 02741134 | map
  8. WTF Antenna Installed — 1135 17th Ave. & Brommer | map
  9. WTF Antenna Installed — 1035 17th Ave. | map
  10. WTF Antenna Pending — 2198 Portola Dr. | map
  11. WTF Antenna Pending — 2382 Portola Dr. | map
  12. WTF Antenna pending — Soquel Dr. at Paseo Del Sol | map
  13. WTF Antenna Pending — 5505 Soquel Dr. | map
  14. WTF Antenna Installed — 6101 Soquel Dr. | map

What's Really Going On?

AT&T 2017 Revenues: AT&T Mobility Wireless revenues in Q4/2017 were $19.2 billion, up 2.5% year over year with operating income margin of 22.1% with EBITDA margin of 32.7% and Wireless service margin of 43.8% For full-year 2017, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $160.5 billion. Verizon's revenues are very similar. We are falling victim to the classic camel's nose in the tent strategy: a metaphor for a situation where the permitting of a small, seemingly innocuous act will open the door for larger, clearly undesirable actions. These Wireless carriers want to install hundreds of CPMRA cell towers in front of our homes — defend your homes now, before it is too late.

Does anyone think that AT&T cannot afford to install its Cell Phone Towers further from our homes? Of course, they can afford it, which makes this misguided AT&T plan all the more disingenuous. In their pitch materials to the City of Santa Cruz, AT&T targets only utility poles and light poles in Santa Cruz neighborhood because it is the cheapest alternative for them, not the best alternative for us!

Why are we being forced to subsidize AT&T's operating revenues by accepting lowered real estate values and visual blight in our neighborhoods? We don't have to go along this terrible plan. Just encourage the City of Santa Cruz to widen their field of view . . . and from AT&T insist on proof of a SIGNIFICANT GAP in AT&T Coverage and the least intrusive means to close the alleged significant gap in AT&T coverage.


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

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 Oakland's residents, voters and taxpayers.

What you Can Do

To voice your opposition to Cell Towers being installed 10 to 50 feet from homes, please come to the Santa Cruz Planning Commission and City Council Meetings 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. To find out more about this project, please contact the Santa Cruz Planning staff, Planning Commissioners and City Council Members.

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Contact Santa Cruz City/County Officials/Staff

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City of Santa Cruz Planning Staff

Santa Cruz Municipal Code Chapter 24.12 Community Design

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