Mark Farrell, Supervisor
Jane Kim, Supervisor
Malia Cohen, Supervisor
Scott Wiener, Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor
Sean Elsbernd, Supervisor
David Campos, Supervisor
John Avalos, Supervisor
Carmen Chu, Supervisor
Eric Mar, Supervisor
David Chiu, President
We implore upon you to AMEND, and not repeal the cell phone Right to Know ordinance. This policy making began in December, 2009 and much determination went into it at many levels before it came to you last June. Thank you for the fabulous 10-1 victory on this basic disclosure ordinance. What you and did was seen as heroic and groundbreaking around the world. In fact, France used you as a model and...
We implore upon you to AMEND, and not repeal the cell phone Right to Know ordinance. This policy making began in December, 2009 and much determination went into it at many levels before it came to you last June. Thank you for the fabulous 10-1 victory on this basic disclosure ordinance. What you and did was seen as heroic and groundbreaking around the world. In fact, France used you as a model and passed nationwide legislation just recently. They are not being challenged.
We understand the financial implications but here is the reality- you have excellent city attorneys who can beat the ludicrous first amendment claim the industry lawyers are alleging. Also, the long term health cost (which will hit in the next decade) to the county and city will be grandiose compared to any loss now. Based on information from other legal counsel this is a sham and it will not hold up in a court of law. Yes,other first amendment issues concerning corporations have been upheld by judges, but any judge will see right through this despicable industry who is hiding the truth inside the box in print below legal font size hoping no one sees it! The industry knows cell phones are causing cancer and they do not have liability insurance. San Francisco must continue to be the city that cannot be bought and continue to be the city to be in the forefront in setting policy concerning critical issues.
You are what makes San Francisco the great city it is and please do not fall prey to these bullies now. The CTIA is alleging the "materials that warn consumers about the possible negative effects of cell phone radiation" violates the first amendment. This legislation is not doing that. Follow the direction of the DOE and your attorneys, amend it appropriately and they lose on this allegation. And what harm are you bringing to the retailers? Will a judge truly think someone may not buy a phone in San Francisco if they are given materials concerning safe use or told to read their user guide? No, this will not hurt their business. They will sell more headsets! Your attorneys can win this lawsuit and the citizens not only of San Francisco, but the rest of the world will be indebted to you forever as you will be helping to save lives and allow legislation elsewhere. We all deserve the right to know to make informed choices for ourselves and our families with rapid access to data at point of sale. You have done the right thing and justice will prevail in the court of law. On behalf of Milton Marks (recently diagnosed with a brain tumor attributable to his cell phone use) and the thousands of other victims, please do the right thing now for those being exposed unknowingly daily. We beg of you to stick to the high morals of San Francisco, amend the ordinance with language from the DOE, and move forward with dignity and grace.
Bless you for what you have done and know you have the support of many worldwide who are willing to file amicus briefs and do whatever it takes to help San Francisco win this frivolous lawsuit.
Thank you - we leave our hearts in San Francisco- with you!