The undersigned residents of the Grizzly Peak Blvd community, Berkeley, California are opposed to the new AT&T Wireless cell antenna "DAS" node facility near 752 Grizzly Peak Boulevard. AT&T is requesting to add two two-foot long panel antennas onto a seven-foot tall extension affixed atop an existing utility pole, together with two equipment boxes, an electrical meter, and a switch. Our opposition is based upon the following concerns:
1) The Grizzly Peak Blvd community is a beautiful small family neighborhood, and installation of the proposed new "DAS" node cell antenna tower will drastically change the aesthetics.
2) Even if AT&T attempts to disguise the "DAS" antenna structure as a natural element, it will be an extraordinarily tall and ugly eye-sore that will seriously degrade the neighborhood skyline.
3) Placing a cellular antenna tower and equipment within 25 feet of single-family homes poses a public safety hazard, due to the possibility of fire from toxic chemicals contained in the back-up battery situated close to high tension cables.
4) Cell antenna towers require maintenance that may be performed at any time of day or night. We will see a number AT&T service personnel and trucks on Grizzly Peak that will be an additional unnecessary public nuisance.
5) We have a number of households of children living in the immediate vicinity. Studies by the World Health Organization of children exposed to high radiation from cell antenna installations have shown serious health hazards, including appreciable increases in rates of asthma, autism, ADHD, and a number of other ailments.
6) Although the Telecommunications Act of 1996 doesn't allow a municipality to prohibit the location of cell towers based on adverse health effects, people's fears about the presence of electromagnetic signals will drive down home values. Research shows home values drop 20% on average in cell antenna and tower areas.
7) We believe notice of impending change due to this proposed cell antenna installation and its affects has been inadequate to sufficiently alert, educate and inform my community. An artist's rendering of the "DAS" node is no substitute for an engineer's specifications, and there have been no public meetings proposed to discuss this matter.
8) We often observe trees and branches falling in high winds that blow through this neighborhood. If any trees fall on the AT&T cell antenna electric equipment, fire and other catastrophic events can easily occur and severely damage the close-packed houses which are approximately 20 feet away from the proposed antenna tower.
9) Some of the undersigned have become electrosensitive since installation of so-called "smart" meters in our homes and neighborhood which resulted in neighborhood residents experiencing nosebleeds, heart palpitations, nausea, dizziness, and migraine headaches. Those of us already adversely affected do not welcome additional environmental EMF / electrosmog insults on our short-term and long-term health.
We request AT&T and the City of Berkeley, California to consider all above factors and immediately halt planned installation of a cell tower antenna near 752 Grizzly Peak Blvd.