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

First, listen to 20 mintues of the 4/25/18 Hey, Neighbor! Radio Show recorded on KSVY, 91.3 FM

Second, visit this City of Sonoma Web Page that was finally posted on 6/16/18.

Third, visit this detail page for the full story — as it is unfolding.

Plan to Attend these Upcoming Sonoma City Council and Planning Commission Meetings

All meetings at 177 First Street West (North of the Plaza), Community Meeting Room, Sonoma, CA 95476

Oppose Verizon Cell Towers

CANCELLED — August 30th Planning Commission Special Meeting on Verizon Commercial Small Cell Towers

Posted on August 20, 2018, by City of Sonoma

The City is currently reviewing the Verizon small cell applications and supporting materials for the three commercial sites which are now pending and as part of this review has requested additional information bearing upon technical, aesthetic, and design elements of the proposed facilities and support equipment be provided by Verizon to City staff and its technical consultant. Verizon has indicated that it will take additional time to provide the information that is being requested.

Due to these circumstances, the August 30th Planning Commission hearing on the three commercial applications is being postponed to a date that is not yet certain. Notice to the public of the new hearing date will be provided when one has been obtained.

Verizon and the City will be modifying the timeline agreement based on this change in meeting dates.

Sonoma Verizon Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) Files

Sonoma Verizon Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) Files
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: Proposed 4G/5G Cell Towers In the City of Sonoma

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In March 2018, Verizon submitted applications to install Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas ('CPMRA') on PG&E utility poles in the public rights of way in 11 downtown Sonoma locations, listed below.  The City of Sonoma Staff is currently conducting a preliminary review, so these applications are subject to change. The applications will not be considered by the Planning Commission until April, 2018.

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!

  1. In front of 725 Verano Ave.
  2. SW corner of Fifth Street W - Mariano Dr. (adjoining 503 Mariano Dr.)
  3. In front of 500 Fifth St. W (Sonoma Valley Shopping Center)
  4. In front of 453 and 445 Second St. West
  5. In front of 246 East Napa Street
  6. In front of 492 Andrieux Street
  7. SW Corner of Second Street W - Perkins (adjoining 205 Perkins Street)
  8. NE corner of First Street W - McDonell Street (adjoining 572 - 574 First Street)
  9. NW corner of First Street W - Andrieux (adjoining 681 First St. West)
  10. In front of 20130 and 20120 Fifth Street W
  11. In front of 342 and 332 Arroyo Way

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

>>> On Mar 19, 2018, at 4:54 PM, David Goodison wrote:

Dear Mr. [_________],

The initial [Verizon Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA)] applications were received on June 16, [2017], while subsequent sites have been applied for since that time.

In October [2017], the applicants, working on behalf of Verizon, requested that the applications be put on hold, due to the fires.

Since that time, the preliminary review process has restarted. However, the City has requested additional information prior to making a finding of completeness for the majority of the applications. We have also asked the applicants to provide us with a proposal for neighbor outreach in advance of any hearing by the Planning Commission.

The applicants have agreed that their proposal will be subject to Planning Commission review and they have not invoked the “shot clock.”

Planning staff still in the process of:

  1. Reviewing [the applications] for completeness, and
  2. Developing recommendations to address various issues, including visual compatibility, especially in residential areas.

Once we are satisfied that we have a complete proposal, public outreach will be required, including targeted notice to property owners and residents in the vicinity of proposed facilities.


David Goodison
Planning Director
Town of Sonoma

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." (

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

The City of Sonoma does not even allow its residents to attach signs or notices
to the utility poles downtown; how could they consider attaching such ugly, instrusive and hazardous
refrigerator-sized (25-35 cubic feet) equipment to these utility poles?

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 Sonoma'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 Town of Sonoma City Planning Commission and 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. To find out more about this project, please contact the City of Sononma Planning staff and Planning Commissioners:

Read the Following:

Contact City Council, Planning and Staff

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