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Oct 22, 2019 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting

View Public comment at 3:33:50, Supervisor comment at 4:06:45, Public comment at 4:35:06 and this at 4:58:05.

Read the Following:

  • Dropbox Link for Appeals No. 19-024 thru 19-030 for 2298 Pacific Avenue:an 82 MB downloadable pdf that contains a 64 page legal brief with over 1200 pages of attachments. This appeal was filed on April 3, 2019 at the San Francisco Appeal Board for seven separate appellants residing at 2298 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco.

  • Ordinance 190-19 to amend the Public Works Code (Article 25) that modifies certain requirements for obtaining Personal Wireless Service Facilities permits.

Appeal 19024 et al. contains an appeal brief which cites many grounds for denial of cell tower site permits, and includes both general and San Francisco specific authorities. The general grounds can apply outside of San Francisco to other California and US localities.

As to San Francisco, the brief credibly accuses Department of Public Works Article 25 agencies and Verizon’s biased engineers and other subcontractors of fraud and probable crimes.

This appeal was originally scheduled for a hearing at SF City Hall on September 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm, to be archived and broadcast by SF Government TV.

On August 12th, 2019, however, Verizon via its agent, Modus Engineers, notified the San Francisco Board of Appeals (BOA) that it withdrew its permit 18 WR 0296 for a light pole antenna at 2298 Pacific Ave. This happened soon after Article 25 was secretly amended by the SF Board of Supervisors (on 7/23 & 7/31/19 and approved by Mayor Breed on 8/9/19) to eliminate all permits for light pole antennas licensed by the California PUC.

So on August 13, 2019 the San Francisco BOA administratively dismissed the appeal and its Commissioners will never have to admit reading this appeal brief which credibly accuses DPW and Verizon of fraud or listen to 70 minutes of arguments against the light pole antenna at 2298 Pacific Ave. Verizon will probably never again try another Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antenna (CPMRA) application for this location.

San Francisco Board of Appeals: 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."

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 San Francisco, 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco'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 San Francisco Board of Supervisors 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.