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5G

18 petitions

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Petition to Steve Dicterow (Mayor Pro Tem) sdicterow1121@yahoo.com, Peter Blake pblake@lagunabeachcity.net, Toni Iseman tiseman@lagunabeachcity.net, Sue Kempf skempf@lagunabeachcity.net, Ken Sadler (Chair), Susan McLintock Whitin (Chair Pro Tem), Anne Johnson, Steven Goldman, Jorg Dubin, Bob Whalen (Mayor) bwhalen@lagunabeachcity.net, Laguna Beach City Council, Laguna Beach Planning Commission

STOP 5G CELL TOWERS IN LAGUNA BEACH - AESTHETICS & FIRE SAFETY - BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

Laguna Beach is about to be blanketed with hundreds of small cell towers throughout residential neighborhoods by cell phone companies supported by the FCC. They are being introduced to the city council and planning commission as “small cell sites” that are currently 4G and will then become 5G. These are boxes that are mounted to telephone poles and light posts every few hundred feet. The FCC has no restrictions or setbacks to homes. The National Toxicology Program finally released the results of their study on the health effects of RF radiation and concluded that RF radiation does in fact cause brain cancer. There is great concern by scientists and communities across the world over 5G's use of the higher energy millimeter-wave radiation. It’s much stronger and the amount of cell towers planned is staggering. While FFC regulations, conveniently for them, remove our right to be concerned about health, we can object on other grounds such as aesthetics. The introduction of that many more cell towers in neighborhoods and the like will greatly impact our aesthetics, potentially cause adverse health affects, increase our vulnerability to fires, while also devaluing homes. Small cell sites are an eyesore that WILL effect views and property value. Even visitors will be effected. Have you all seen the “small” cell towers littered all the way down Laguna Canyon road? They look like trash hanging from our poles. Laguna Beach prides itself on our aesthetics, our beauty, and charm. Residents always have a voice when any new construction is planned, and the addition of small cell towers throughout neighborhoods and the downtown areas effects all of us. Health and safety is a major concern also, especially regarding the fire danger. Laguna Beach is prone to fires and considered a high risk area. Many of us were here during the fires of 1993 that devastated our town. Laguna is a high risk area for numerous reasons, including the fact that there are only three exit routes from the city. Cell towers have been known to cause fires due to overloaded poles. A $12 million settlement with three cellphone companies was finalized for their involvement in the cause of the 2007 Malibu Canyon fire (Malibu Times News). The 2017 Stenson fire, the 2018 Woolsey fire, among others, were caused by cell towers. The city council, planning commission, city manager, and city staff are OUR public servants who have a duty to hear our voices and do what is best for public health and safety. Amendments are being made to the Laguna Beach Municipal Code, this is our chance to make the necessary changes to protect our city. An ordinance is has been proposed by our activists as an Urgency Ordinance which would be adopted pursuant to Government Code Section 36937(b). (Under that section, ordinances adopted to protect the health, safety, and welfare with a four-fifths vote of the City Council become effective immediately, required by state law). Given the increased interest in construction of small-cell facilities in the public right-of-way, it is critical that Laguna Beach updates its regulations to reflect current federal and state law and recent trends in wireless facilities. The adoption of urgency standards will ensure that the City is able to limit disruption to the public right-of-way as well as impose aesthetic regulations on new facilities. Show our opposition to city council by applying pressure for them to create such an ordinance where they will keep small cell towers out of residential and commercial areas. Sign our petition and email the city staff directly. The more letters the more they will hear our grievances. Many cities in California are standing up, and a few cases have been successful in blocking it from residential areas; Los Altos, Calabasas, and Mill Valley. City Council is under severe pressure from the FCC and has already caved into their demands. However, IT IS NOT REQUIRED. Let's join this list of California cities that are opposing 5G cell towers in their communities. Contra Costa, Danville, Mill Valley, Monterey, Napa, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Petaluma, San Rafael, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Ventura County, Los Altos, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Encinitas, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and now Laguna Beach.   *UPDATE: The City Council held a meeting in November to make amendments to the Laguna Beach Municipal Code. At first it appeared they were trying to make it easier for the telecoms to place towers anywhere they want. However, after individual meetings with City Council Members we felt they were on our side and they showed this to be true with the outcome of the City Council meeting. We proposed many amendments during public comments and all of them were taken into consideration to be added to the amendments of the Municipal Code. But there is much more work to be done! We only were able to speak to some of the amendments we recommend the city staff make as we ran out of time during public comments, we have many more important amendments to add. These further amendments have been forwarded to the entire city staff in hopes they will review and include in the code. The fight is far from over and we still need your help! Please write to the City Council, Planning Commission, and staff urging them to add the amendments sent over by our activists (Lauren Bell and Shannon Yerkovich). Thank you!

Lauren Bell
416 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Indiana Governor, Indiana State House, Indiana State Senate, Joe Donnelly, Todd Young, Eric Holcomb, André Carson, Luke Messer, Susan W. Brooks, Peter J. Visclosky, Jackie Walorski, Larry Bucshon, Todd Rokita, Joseph Zakas, Jim Banks, Dennis Zent, R Michael Young, Cindy Ziemke, Clyde A. "Chip" Perfect Jr., Trey Hollingsworth, Brian Bosma, Linda Lawson, David Long, Steven Stemler, Mike Braun, James Merritt, Tim Lanane, Jim Brainard, Scott Fadness, Tim Haak, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile Media Relations, Sprint, FCC

Hit Pause on 5g in Indiana: safety data must come first

We must postpone the roll-out of 5g "small cell" transmitters near our schools, homes, and neighborhoods until the technology has been proven safe for our communities. We believe in science, and we love new technology. But we also believe that there is insufficient data to show that constant, involuntary exposure to millimeter wave (MMW) transmissions from small cell towers—typically placed on existing electrical, light, and other utility poles—is safe for adults or children. In fact, some of the sparse information to date points in an opposite direction. Meanwhile, large wireless carriers have decided to run a massive human experiment with our public health by deploying these repeaters at distances that are much closers to our schools and dwellings than traditional cell towers. Because: 1) It's cheaper for them to use our existing utility infrastructure than to build and maintain new poles; and 2) Millimeter waves travel shorter distances, making more frequent repeaters (every few hundred feet) necessary to propagate these shorter waves. It's not just an experiment, it's a race. Major carriers have run to regulators (at the FCC and statehouses across the country) armed with major campaign financing to try and convince our lawmakers to strip local communities of their traditional zoning and regulatory authority to approve transmitter placement. What we are demanding: Citizens and local regulators have been denied an opportunity to understand and approve their constant exposure to this largely untested, "revolutionary" form of electromagnetic radiation. We have a right to this data before 5g "small cells" are deployed. Some states including New Hampshire and Hawaii have allocated public resources to studying the health effects of 5g / millimeter wave technology. We believe Indiana—like every state—should do the same, and evaluate the data thoroughly before approving 5g / small cell transmitters. Let's start today. Tell our legislators and wireless carriers to "Pause 5g" until safety studies in the public interest can be completed and "small cells" are scientifically demonstrated to be reasonably safe. For more information, visit www.pause5g.org and sign up for our action network.

Pause 5g
662 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, Gretchen Whitmer, Verizon, Lee Chatfield, Mike Shirkey, Triston Cole, Garlin Gilchrist

Ban the implementation of 5G in Michigan

Ever since it's initial release in 2018, 5G has caused many concerns among the public and among the scientific community. 5G network radiation outputs have not been thoroughly researched or tested before their implementation and there is a high likelihood that 5G radiation is carcinogenic. A toxicology report released in 2018 by the US Department of Health, found that male rats who are exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation developed cancerous tumours in their hearts. The World Health Organization classifies radio frequency radiation as a class 2B carcinogen.  5G technology presents a couple of new issues that depart from 4G technology, namely, higher microwave frequencies from 2.6 GHz to 28 GHz, compared to 700–2500 MHz typically used by 4G. Because the higher millimeter wave used in 5G does not penetrate objects easily, this requires the installation of antennas every few hundred meters, which has sparked concern among the public. In January 2019, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries sent a letter to officials of the European Union demanding a moratorium on 5G coverage in Europe until potential hazards for human health have been fully investigated.  In April 2019, the city of Brussels,  Belgium blocked a 5G trial because of radiation laws. In Geneva, Switzerland, a planned upgrade to 5G was stopped for the same reason. Again in April 2019, Sprint was forced to remove a 5G tower from Weston Elementary School in Ripon, UK. This was in response to 8 children, all under the age of 10, developing rare forms of cancer all within a few months of the towers initial construction.  Many studies have associated low-level RFR exposure with a litany of health effects, including: DNA single and double-strand breaks (which leads to cancer) oxidative damage (which leads to tissue deterioration and premature ageing) disruption of cell metabolism increased blood-brain barrier permeability melatonin reduction (leading to insomnia and increasing cancer risks) disruption of brain glucose metabolism generation of stress proteins (leading to myriad diseases) We need to take this issue with all seriousness and demand that the rollout of 5G towers be halted until there is sufficient research done into its harmful effects on humans. The future of our health and of our children's health should not be put into the hands of a few telecommunication companies so that they can make a quick profit.

Bradley Gooding
84 supporters