Sebastopol Planning Commission — Meeting April 24, 2018

Scrub to 41:07 – 42:54 — Connie V.:

I live over in Petaluma Avenue Homes by the Hospital where that huge cell tower is located. I have lived there since the beginning, March 2009. Since then we have had five people pass away in that complex. Four women have been diagnosed with breast cancer and two have died. We now have a 12-year old who has been living there since 2009 and her mother has skin cancer and has had two operations. On top of that, we have had three other deaths from heart failure. I think that really needs to be looked into — I think that’s very important. Not a lot of people live in nine years of [such high RF microwave radiation exposures]. I came in healthy. I am one of the women with breast cancer. I fear for my daughter because her bedroom is right in front of all of the smart meters. I know we are just getting zapped all the time. I think about moving, but where am I going to move? I can’t afford it and there is a housing shortage.

Deaths at Petaluma Ave. Homes (PAH) Rental Units

All Units at 565 Petaluma Blvd, Sebastopol CA

Victoria — lived in Unit 280 from 2009 until her death in 2010

Victoria was in her mid-thirties and moved into PAH shortly after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer. When she first arrived she was positive, active, and outgoing. During the one year she lived here however, she grew progressively worse until she needed special care and had to leave. She died shortly afterwards.

David — lived in Unit 180 from 2009 until his death in 2011

David was in his late 60’s and a Vietnam Vet with heart issues. He was found unconscious in his apartment. He died shortly afterwards.

Erin — lived in Unit 330 from 2009 until her death in 2013

Erin was in her late twenties when she moved here and healthy. She was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the birth of her child around 2010/2011. She died at about age 33 and left a 2 ½ year old son. She died in her apartment.

Wayne — lived in Unit 160 from 2009 until his death in 2014

Wayne was in his mid to late sixties and had diabetes which progressed to the point where he became wheel chair bound. Eventually he had one leg then the other leg amputated. He died in the apartment in 2014.

Tara — lived in Unit 360 from 2009 until her death in 2015

Tara was in her early seventies when she died here in her apartment. She had osteoporosis that progressed to such a point she experienced continual excruciating pain and loss of full mobility. She chose to end her own life via starvation.

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Scrub to 2:06:15 – 2:09:15 — Paul G.:

Good evening, Planning Commissioners. You have a great opportunity to improve your Municipal Wireless Code and I encourage you to do it because if you just sit and stick with what you have, Verizon and AT&T would love to take you to court and establish whatever they wish to have for it. So this is the time to draw a line in the sand and say exactly what is the playing field upon which we will allow these companies to compete.

You have to understand a few basic principles. When you look at any of these [data-carrying] microwave transmissions, it’s a large pulse and then nothing, a large pulse and then nothing and a large pulse and then nothing. The FCC tries to hide this pulsing; they write rules that say ‘oh, let’s measure the average’, which reports maybe one or two [RF microwave radiation units], while one’s body experiences [pulses of RF microwave radiation] of 1,000 [radiation units] and 1,000 and 1,000, 217 times a second. That’s 434 evoke potentials [each second]. Your brain goes ‘what was that? what was that? what was that?’ — 24/7, 15 to 50 feet from someone’s home. Stop this.

Easy. If you want to move a large pile of data energy-efficiently, you are going to do it through fiber optic cable. Think about this. I am at home plate and you’re the centerfielder. You just ordered a 4k video. You want to catch the 4k video. What do I want to do? I want to throw that video, on-a-line, straight to you and it should get their once. You want all that data right to you once. That’s fiber optic cable.

What’s wireless? Oh, OK, I need that same 4k video. Give me all of this electricity, but I am going to lose 80% of my electricity just going up the pole for the conversions and when I am at the top of the pole? I am going to throw it — not just to you — I am going to throw it to the whole outfield, because that’s all I can do: throw a 60 degree spray of data through the air.

And when I do that? You’re going to say ‘I only caught a sliver of it. I don’t have enough, please send me more’ and I throw the video again and again and again. I am throwing it probably 50 times for you to catch it at 2 percent of it at a time — and where is the rest of it [the RF microwave radiation exposures] going? I am polluting the entire outfield, all the people in the stands and everyone outside of the park.

What you want to do is take a look at transmitting video because that is what this [4G/5G densification] is all about. And then you want to say ‘Hello Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Do you want to compete by offering a video service in our town? Cool. Lay cable, just like Comcast. That’s how we compete in Sebastopol. [applause] We are only about having Wireless for making emergency calls.’

And when you do that there are standards: is there or is there not a significant gap in coverage? We have already enterered into the public record evidence that shows that there is no siginficant gap in Verizon coverage. I invite you all to watch that video. Verizon has to prove that they have a significant gap in coverage, which they have not done in this application, and when they do, they must use the least instrusive means to close that gap. What is that? A nice tall cell phone tower far away from where people live sleep and heal. That’s the least instrusive means. Thank you. [Applause]

Full Public Comments

  • 00:12:30 – 00:25:00 — Public Comments on Non-Agendized Items, Group A
  • 00:25:00 – 00:36:40 — Public Comments on Non-Agendized Items, Group B
  • 00:37:00 – 00:43:00 — Public Comments on Non-Agendized Items, Group C
  • 01:23:55 – 01:39:25 — Planning Director Presentation re: Wireless Municipal Code Update
  • 01:39:25 – 01:52:40 — Planning Commission Questions of Planning Director
  • 01:52:55 – 02:06:10 — Public Comments on Wireless Municipal Code Update, Group A
  • 02:06:10 – 02:13:10 — Public Comments on Wireless Municipal Code Update, Group B
  • 02:13:15 – 02:23:55 — Public Comments on Wireless Municipal Code Update, Group C

Sebastopol City Council — Meeting August 7, 2018

Scrub forward to comments about Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antenna – Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (CPMRA-WTFs) at the following time codes:

  • 02:54:05 – 02:57:20 — No Significant Gaps in Verizon Coverage and Excessive RF microwave radiation exposures at one apartment building, Petaluma Avenue Homes in Sebastopol: peak RF-EMR exposures of 111,700 µW/m²
  • 04:21:40 – 04:24:25 — Protecting Residential Zones in Sebastopol from CPMRA-WTF installations