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July 22, 2011


pat giorni

I am sending the staff packets to Administration to make available to all who want to inform themselves about the issue over the week-end because I don't really know how to post them here.

Although as the above posting says "Pole attachment rights and the rights of companies to satisfy a "public necessity" can get pretty involved", please recall that B'game stopped the PG&E high power transmission lines at Skyline and Trousdale about 18 months ago.

The prompt for the Planning Commission to study this issue came about a year ago when a church on the ECR applied for a conditional use permit to install transmitters on its tower. The neighborhood turned out in force to object. The PC denied the permit, not on the basis of possible health threats, but because they did not deem the addition of the transmitters to be an enhancement of the existing architecture. So what makes a utility company think it can install a "palm" or "pine" cell tree, or whatever shape it takes, in an R-1 neighborhood?

My guess is that this item will not come up befor 9pm, give or take 1/2 hour. I hope to see a large turnout because the Planning Commission really does take seriously all public comment,especially when folks take the time to attend the meeting.


High-voltage transmission towers and church towers are treated differently than regular electical, phone, cable poles by the regulators, including the FCC--and we know how much fun it is fighting with the Fed. This just in from the City:

A representative from the company, Ms. Patti Ringo, will be in the area next week. She is planning to meet several residents on Monday evening at the location of Extenet's node #8, 2536 Valdivia; this is at the (inverse) corner of Valdivia and Hayward in Burlingame. Ms. Ringo can be reached at ExteNet Systems, 1464 Madera Rd., Suite N-110, Simi Valley, CA 93065; (805) 404-4202- mobile; (805) 426-8041-fax; [email protected].
Meanwhile, the City Attorney is attempting to secure technical and legal experts to present information to the Council and the community at a study session sometime during August. The focus of the study session will be two-fold: the technical aspects of wireless facilities, that is, how the systems work and what options and types of equipment are available for placement; and, the legal limitations on the City's regulatory power under both state and federal law, including the ramifications of enacting a moratorium.


Everyone wants more speed--how do they think that will happen unless more stuff gets put in the neighborhoods.

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