4 petitions

This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Randall Stephenson, The Hearing Officer, Planning Commission, and Real Estate Assets Department of the City of San Diego, Frisco White, Karen Lynch, Doug Munson, Kevin Faulconer, Mel Millstein, Hugo Carmona

Deny AT&T's application to install a Wireless Communications Facility at the Carmel Valley Library

AT&T wants to install a Wireless Communications Facility consisting of 12 antennas and 24 RRUs and associated equipment at the Carmel Valley Library.  The residents of Carmel Valley are opposed to this proposed project for the following reasons: 1) Health risks associated with exposure to this type of facility. 2) Potential impact to home values. 3) Negative impact to the aesthetics of the Carmel Valley Library. 4) Noise and safety concerns associated with the construction project. 5) No benefit to the residents of Carmel Valley.   Most importantly, this is a potential health concern for the children of Carmel Valley.  The library itself is used regularly by children and other residents of Carmel Valley.  In addition, it is located adjacent to Solana Pacific Elementary School which is home to over five hundred 4th, 5th and 6th grade students.  In addition, the library is also adjacent to a residential community.  This is a densely developed area and the library is in very close proximity to the school and homes.  This is not an appropriate location for this type of facility.  A study by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) found that there was a significant difference in radiation absorbed by 5 year olds (skull thickness .5mm), 10 year olds (skull thickness 1mm) and adults (skull thickness 2mm).  This study relates specifically to mobile phone radiation where the phone is placed next to the head, which is different to the radiation exposure experienced from a base station, however we can clearly see that skull thickness and therefore age play a factor in radiation penetration. In an article titled "The Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields" written by researchers at the Department of Epidemiology, University of California School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, they stated, "Consistent epidemiologic evidence of an association between childhood leukemia and exposure to extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields has led to their classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a "possible human carcinogen." Concerns about the potential vulnerability of children to radio frequency (RF) fields have been raised because of the potentially greater susceptibility of their developing nervous systems; in addition, their brain tissue is more conductive, RF penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults." In addition to the health concerns, AT&T is proposing to build two very tall towers on the existing library to house these antennas.  This will create an eyesore and drastically change the aesthetics of the library and the skyline of Carmel Valley.  Many residents of the adjacent Antares community have homes that look directly out onto the library.  This will alter and obstruct the view from their homes.  Finally, this proposed project has many negative impacts on our community and does not offer anything positive in return.  Sure, AT&T claims that we will have improved cell phone reception.  This may be true, but at what expense?  We are exposing our children and residents of our community to a possible health threat.  We will potentially see decreased home values in the adjacent residential community.  We are destroying the architectural design of our library and altering the skyline in a negative way.  We are creating an unnecessary construction project that will be a nuisance to the adjacent residents, the children at Solana Pacific and the patrons of the library.  This construction project could also pose a safety hazard to our children walking to school since there will be construction vehicles entering and exiting the library driveway.  This project would bring revenue to the City of San Diego, but not necessarily directly to Carmel Valley.  The revenue will go to a general fund and not even directly benefit the library where this would be located.  It is a lose, lose situation for the residents of Carmel Valley. Please sign this petition and let AT&T and the City of San Diego know that we do not want a Wireless Communication Facility at our library and near our schools. AT&T, we are your customers and we are telling you that we do not want a base station at our library.  Please listen to your customers and find a more appropriate location. City of San Diego officials, we are your constituents and we are asking you to deny AT&T's application to install a Wireless Communications Facility at the Carmel Valley Library.

Stephanie Lucero
261 supporters
This petition won 6 years ago

Petition to AT&T, Mark Siegel, League, AT&T, Randall Stephenson

CEO of AT&T: Urge the Boy Scouts to Drop Ban on Gay Leaders and Troops

My name is Jennifer Tyrrell, and in April 2012, I was removed as the den leader of my seven-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack, all because I’m gay. Despite the fact that I was a good den leader and parents in the community supported me and urged me to take on the role, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) now say that I do not “meet the high standards of membership” that the BSA seeks, and will no longer allow me to participate in scouting. This news was heartbreaking -- both for me, but also for my son, who wonders why the BSA won’t let his mother participate in scouting. But as heartbreaking as this news was, there’s a ray of hope -- hundreds of thousands of people took action and put pressure on the Boy Scouts of America to end their long-held policy that bars gay scout leaders and gay troops. And now, after delivering hundreds of thousands of signatures to the Boy Scouts of America’s National Annual Meeting, the Boy Scouts have publicly revealed -- for the first time in history -- that a resolution is before their national board that would allow local chartering organizations to welcome gay troops and gay scout leaders. This is historic. With thousands of current scouts, former scouts, and scout leaders around the country urging the Boy Scouts of America to end their policy prohibiting gay troops and leaders, the time for the Boy Scouts’ board to act is now. And who better to act than a business leader who is not only on the board of the Boy Scouts, but who also leads a company with a near perfect record on gay rights: Randall Stephenson of AT&T. AT&T has a 100% ranking on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and has been honored as a top place to work for LGBT employees. In addition, AT&T has active LGBT employee groups. If Randall Stephenson has been so successful at leading a company committed to LGBT rights, he can use his power as a board member of the Boy Scouts of America to help change a discriminatory policy that prevents families like mine from being involved in scouts. The Boy Scouts offer so much to young people like my son. But by continuing to prevent gay Americans from participating as leaders or troops, the Boy Scouts are sending a damaging message to kids that discrimination is acceptable, and that families like mine aren’t welcome at their table. Randall Stephenson has the unique position of being able to challenge this policy from within, and join the hundreds of thousands of supporters who’ve urged the Boy Scouts to end their ban on gay troops and leaders. Please urge corporate leaders to take their leadership on diversity issues within the workplace, and extend it to their role as board members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jennifer Tyrrell
80,287 supporters