Halt the installation and operation of the 70' LA RICS Cell Tower planned for the LAPD Pacific Division located at 12312 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90066.
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We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the construction of the LA RICS 70' monopole cell tower at LAPD Pacific Division.
Our opposition to the Pacific Division site is based on the following concerns:
1. HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO WIRELESS EMISSIONS
While the FCC claims that wireless facilities are safe, the U.S. Department of the Interior states that “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” Other countries now limit public exposure almost 50 times lower than the standards currently set by the FCC.
Studies have shown that even at low levels of radiation, there is evidence of biological damage, brain tumors, cancer, weakened immune function, and childhood leukemia.
In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the type of radiation that cell towers emit as a Class 2B carcinogen, meaning “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, the same category as lead and DDT.
The American Association of Pediatrics raises concerns that children may be more vulnerable than adults “because of the potentially greater susceptibility of their developing nervous systems; in addition, their brain tissue is more conductive, radiofrequency radiation penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults.”
On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations and the World Health Organization "requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk."
2. NEGATIVE IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES
The unsightliness of these installations will have a negative impact on property values. Whether or not radiation emissions from these antennas are harmful is irrelevant. The perceived threat alone would lower property values. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines categorize cell towers with "hazards and nuisances," and HUD requires its certified appraisers to take the presence of nearby cell towers into consideration when determining the value of single-family residential properties. Studies have shown that proximity to a cell tower can lower property values from 5 to 20%.
3. IF IT'S NOT DEEMED SAFE FOR FIREFIGHTERS, IT IS NOT SAFE FOR OUR CHILDREN
In March 2015, the Los Angeles Firefighters Union successfully convinced the Board of Supervisors to stop the planned installation of the LA RICS cell towers at their fire stations, due to concerns for the health and safety of the firefighters. As a result, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich wrote a motion and ordered system officials to host community meetings to address concerns about safety, costs, aesthetics and property values. Per LA RICS, this tower is due to begin construction Friday, May 29th and of the 250 residents we've approached to date, not one was aware of the project and no community meetings were offered to address our concerns.
The residents and parents of children attending the seven schools (over 2500 children) in the immediate area, should be offered the same protection as our firefighters.
Braddock Drive Elementary and Gifted Magnet
Goethe International Charter School
Marina del Rey Middle School and Performing Arts Magnet
Ocean Charter School
St. Gerard Majella Elementary School
Westside Children's Center Preschool
Marina Children's Center Preschool
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