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STOP VERIZON'S 5G CELL TOWERS -DANVILLE/ALAMO AREA

$2,595 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 34 people in 2 months
Created November 30, 2018
You are not powerless. If you easily give up without even a word of opposition, you have surrendered your strength.

More than 150 people attended the nearly five-hour Feb 5 meeting, in opposition to the Town Council's decision to approve a Verizon cell tower to be built 25 feet from a Danville neighbor's home. It was the best show of strength our community has ever seen at a council meeting, and IT WORKED! WE WERE HEARD. The Town Council did not take the town staff's recommendation to deny our appeal, but instead asked Verizon to extend the review period 30 more days during which they would evaluate the alternative locations we provided (on commercial sites, nowhere near any homes or schools). Verizon wasn't happy, but they reluctantly agreed. So we have 30 days to continue building up our strength within the community and to sit at the table with our town leaders and with Verizon to find a site that we can all "live" with.

Watch our lawyer in action at the Feb 5 meeting. She was a pillar of strength, knowledge, and confidence up against a large group of Verizon lawyers and sales representatives: https://youtu.be/FzrsWJiNFwg 

However, the fight is far from over. We need our attorney to stand up on behalf of Danville citizens. We need a revised wireless ordinance that protects residents. We need even more people to attend the upcoming Town Council meeting. The Council's hopes are that people will lose interest, not show up, not email them, and let this massive cell tower deployment happen quietly. This is the time to stay committed to the cause and set the right precedent for how Danville allows wireless technologies to be deployed.

What Biological Effects Can Be Caused by RF Energy?
Biological effects can result from human exposure to RF energy. Biological effects that result from heating of tissue by RF energy are often referred to as "thermal" effects. It has been known for many years that exposure to very high levels of RF radiation can be harmful due to the ability of RF energy to heat biological tissue rapidly. This is the principle by which microwave ovens cook food.

Exposure to very high RF intensities can result in heating of biological tissue and an increase in body temperature. Tissue damage in humans could occur during exposure to high RF levels because of the body's inability to cope with or dissipate the excessive heat could be generated. Two areas of the body, the eyes and the testes, are particularly vulnerable to RF heating because of the relative lack of available blood flow to dissipate the excessive heat load. 

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH 5G?
Most of us want faster, more reliable wireless for streaming our movies and video games. However, in its current state, 5G (fifth generation wireless) is not safe to be deployed near people. It's a fact. The challenge is that the FCC is trying to legislate that Verizon and any other carrier cannot be denied adding more and more towers to your neighborhood. The head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, worked for Verizon. Most of his career has been in the telecommunications industry. His goal is to make the widespread deployment of 5G a priority for the United States, so that we can win the 'global race to 5G'.  The FCC has allowed Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and all the other wireless carriers to do everything possible to expand their businesses, claiming they are within safety standards. These standards were developed in 1996. Things have changed since then, however the standards haven't been updated.

If the law doesn't permit us to defend ourselves for health reasons, what can we do? We CAN stop these deployments by tightening local ordinances that keep 5G millimeter waves away from our homes and our families.  Monterey  did this successfully. Mill Valley , Petaluma , and others pushed back on Verizon successfully. This can be stopped in our neighborhoods. Why aren't Danville, Alamo, and Walnut Creek stopping residential deployments of 5G? The Danville Town Council and Contra Costa Board of Supervisors need to support us and stop these first sites before they start construction. Once the first site is approved, it's a tidal wave of deployments. We are asking them to create lawful, local ordinances that prohibit residential deployments.

Based on the success of other cities, we know how to stop Verizon and help us keep our rights to property and health. Our challenge is trying to get our elected leaders to support us and work with us. There is no need to rush for an onslaught of 5G antennas blanketing Danville, Alamo and Walnut Creek California. We don't even have phones that can use 5G. We believe that our local government should slow down its plans to cover Danville with an untested, potentially unsafe technology.  The law is being challenged at the state and federal levels based on its constitutionality, and the fact that it must address health impacts and safety. FCC Chairman Pai is being accused of collusion. Let's wait until we see the outcome before we go ahead and legally commit our cities into long-term Master Licensing Agreements with Verizon and AT&T that let them claim our cities, our property values, and our quality of life.

CBS News
Key points:
·   300,000 antennas are required for the initial rollout of 5G - the same number that have been rolled out across the United States over the past 30 years
·   The technology demonstrated by Arvizio in the video can be done using land line/wired technology, it doesn't need wireless or 5G
·   Homes near cell towers will face 20% decreases in property values as compared to other homes
·   at 4 minutes into the video, Melissa Arnoldi, CEO of AT&T's DirecTV Latin America's division, is asked two direct questions by CBS:
           o   Does she have any 5G antennas in her neighborhood? She says, “no”. 
           o   Is she very comfortable with it rolling out in her neighborhood? Although she says, “absolutely”, with a stutter, her body reactions show something different. This is the first time she stops making eye contact with CBS and starts looking down and away. 


CBS News (local) 

STUDIES SHOW THE DANGERS OF 5G RADIATION
Hundreds of evidence-based independent studies have concluded that the type of radiation emitted from cell towers causes cancer and other illnesses.  Close-proximity microwave radiation is real. Its effects are real. We know that 4G radiation is unhealthy for us, which is why we are not supposed to hold our cell phones close to our heads. Now imagine the intensity of 5G  microwave radiation as compared to 4G. These emissions are not even in the same band of the spectrum. 5G is at least 20 times more intense and it will absolutely affect your human cellular structure, causing neurological damage first and other, possibly fatal, effects over long-term exposure. Your immune system and brain function WILL be impacted. Do an internet search on "Active Denial", which is a military weapon system that successfully uses 5G millimeter waves to keep enemy combatants away. These studies prove that there are clear biological effects below FCC thermal safety guidelines, thus enabling us to use 5G as a defense tactic in warfare. 

Hear from an expert from the CA Brain Tumor Association 

Verizon's chairman and former CEO, Lowell McAdam, said their tests show that 5G signals travel 2,000 feet. One of his field engineers said it is in fact 3,000 feet - that's more than half a mile. He stated on CNBC, "I have never seen a technology that will be more disruptive".  While he may have meant that it's a good thing, we know that it will be disruptive in an extremely negative way. So while Verizon and others are trying to grab up every utility pole on every right-of-way, it's overkill. They don't need these towers every 500 feet. But they are claiming as many sites as possible before the law changes, and we're confident that it will change. However, it may be too late for Danville and Alamo, who are the first areas to work alongside Verizon to initiate the tower clusters. 



Have you considered what our children are already experiencing in school? And that’s not even adding the 5G frequencies. https://patch.com/maryland/edgewater/high-levels-wireless-radiation-southern-high-school


WHY IS VERIZON PUSHING SO HARD IN DANVILLE AND ALAMO?
We are easy to work with. Our elected leaders are doing Verizon’s work for them by promoting massive small cell deployments in our neighborhoods. The Town of Danville has even created a website and a multi-page color brochure to promote more wireless towers. There’s no mention of fiber as a safer, faster and better alternative. There’s no mention of the fact that the Town Council intentionally excluded the downtown business district from these deployments, opting instead for residential saturation.

WHAT SITES ARE PART OF VERIZON’S BIG PLANS TO BLANKET THE EAST BAY?

In 2017, Verizon submitted 7 applications to Danville/Blackhawk  and 9 applications to Alamo to install additional wireless towers. Verizon named their Danville project the "Danville Polygon". The polygon is intended to surround Danville/Blackhawk with 5G cell tower clusters.

The Danville Town Council and Planning Commission worked closely with Verizon, not with the citizens of our cities (scroll to the bottom to watch the recorded meeting), to revise our 20-year old wireless ordinance, which had requirements for safety, health, and limitations on where antennas and towers could be placed. The revised ordinance removed local residential protections and simplified the process for Verizon, AT&T and others to apply for and claim sites for their vast deployments of towers throughout our residential neighborhoods.  The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors and planning commissioners did the same in Alamo and unincorporated Walnut Creek. Our elected leaders, and the planning commissioners they appointed, are literally partnering with Verizon, not the taxpayers. In Danville, they agreed that that they would permit these installations in all residential areas without hesitation, as long as the towers were not placed in the downtown district. The beautification of Downtown Danville has been and continues to be their priority, not our residential areas. Residential concerns, according to our elected leaders, are secondary, even though the taxpayers fund all the development in the downtown district.

Verizon (with mark.lobaugh@epicwireless.net) applied for large cell tower installations at the following NINE Alamo locations (managed at the county level):
WA17-0005. Stone Valley Rd., opposite 2372 Hagen Oaks Dr., Alamo.
WA17-0009. 1951 Green Valley Rd., Alamo.
WA17-0011. 61 Pleasant Knoll Ct., Alamo.
WA17-0012. 2501 Danville Blvd., Alamo.
WA17-0008.  Danville Blvd., adjacent to 20 Francesca Way, Alamo.
WA18-0002 Danville Blvd., adjacent to 401 Horsetrail Ct., Alamo.
WA18-0004 1524 Alamo Way, Alamo.
WA17-0013. 184 Creekdale Rd., Walnut Creek. 
WA18-0003. 1955 Meadow Rd., Walnut Creek.

Verizon (with mark.lobaugh@epicwireless.net) also applied for the following SEVEN Danville locations to begin its cancer clusters:
LUP17-0032 El Cerro & Ackerman Drive Danville
LUP17-0033 5 Tyler Court Danville
LUP17-0034  517 La Gonda Way Danville
LUP17-0035  470 Edinburgh Circle Danville (re-submitted as Ground Zero in 2018)
LUP17-0036  756 El Pintado Danville
LUP17-0037  111 Lomitas Danville
LUP17-0038 Parcel No. 217-270-058 Danville

In Alamo, when the Zoning Administrator approved the applications in the first round of decisions, she attached a Condition of Approval that RF emissions had to be measured within 15 days of installation, also on an annual basis, and if any equipment is replaced. Verizon appealed that condition, claiming it was illegal and unenforceable.  They refused to measure the emissions!

These multiple site applications (which Verizon is claiming is 4G, but can later upgrade to 5G without approval or public hearing or any notification) are the beginning of wireless cell tower "clusters", which are groupings of cell towers. The reasoning behind clustering is because 5G emits high frequency waves which are intensely powerful for a relatively short radius and therefore need to be placed every 2-10 houses (or on every other streetlight, utility pole, or tower). Verizon is trying to get a jump on other telecom providers by grabbing up as many sites as possible in cities where it has been easy to do so (like ours!!!). Once they claim a site, even if it's under the guise of 4G, they can just add their 5G equipment on the same pole without a permit or public hearing. They essentially own that site in terms of adding whatever technologies they want. That's why they are going full-steam ahead and have plans to open up a tidal wave of tumor towers. Have you seen what they're doing in Sacramento with over 300 new antennas? You can expect a lot of people who live there to become ill. It's tragic.

WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH THE FUNDS WE RAISE?
We are NOT fighting Verizon directly. That would require millions of dollars, lobbyists, big media support, etc., and other well-funded organizations are taking up that fight at the federal level. The funds we raise are specifically to pay our attorney, iCommLaw, for their expertise and support in our upcoming appeal hearing (open to the public - Feb. 5 at 7:30PM - 201 Front Street, Danville CA) and possibly for litigation (a last resort). The founder of iCommLaw is our attorney, and she is one of the top-rated telecommunications experts in the legal industry. She graduated Georgetown Magna Cum Laude, has been in practice for decades, and has appeared before the FCC.

With her expertise, we are requesting that the Town of Danville implement the following:
1.  A revised ordinance that protects residential areas from broad cell tower deployments (and instead allows placement in commercial/business districts, if sites are truly needed and all requirements are met – see below).  Danville Town Council members have been working with Verizon and AT&T instead of with us taxpayers to revise the ordinance. That is why we are no longer protected and this is happening now. Verizon mentioned they are bundling up to 25 new site applications to submit to Danville very soon.
2. Rights to property (protect our nest eggs). Properties WILL BE devalued by 20% or more if they are anywhere near a cell tower.
3.  Rights to appeal (these should be our constitutional rights).
4. Creation of a small cell subcommittee (membership could be comprised of people who represent the taxpayers’ voices, the town attorney, and the town planner), and:
           a.   Reviews and recommends approval/denial of new site applications
           b.   Develops a streamlined process that meets “shot clock” requirements
           c.   Implements stricter, tighter controls that protect residential areas, including:
                      i.      Height restrictions
                      ii.     Measurement of emissions
                      iii.    Visual/aesthetic requirements
                      iv.    EVERY application requires an underground vault (Reasons: fire, manual switch, no monitoring equipment in a high fire zone, vault can also be a fire container while the alarm comes on and fire fighters are on way.)
                      v.     Least intrusive with ongoing plans for maintenance (tree trimming, painting, etc.)
                      vi.   Demonstrates gaps in service with factual data or demonstrates capacity constraints
                      vii.  Explicit description of azimuths (If you look at a picture for a cell tower, you'll notice that the antennas are in a triangular formation. The antennas are directional: each points in one direction. Since the tower uses a triangular form, each antenna provides about 120 degrees of coverage. It takes three to provide full 360 degrees). In Monterey, they had evidence that all 13 towers pointed toward Pebble Beach golf course (clearly, they weren’t to address capacity or coverage in the city of Monterey).
                     viii.  Maintenance records for utility poles (PG&E was culpable in recent fires that had dozens of fatalities due to poor maintenance on utility poles)
                     ix.  Backup plan for cooling equipment malfunctions
                     x.   ADA impacts – anyone with stimulator implants, etc. will be more affected (signals will find metal in the body, release electro ions in the body.  The FCC protects against extremely low frequency; AINSI doesn’t.)

WHAT IS 5G?
5G is 5th Generation technology, the next 'communications advance' after 4G/4G LTE. These technologies operate within different bands in the electromagnetic spectrum, each with unique features as you move up into higher frequencies. 5G isn't just a little step up from 4G. 4G networks use frequencies below 6 GHz, but 5G uses extremely high frequencies (millimeter waves) in the 30 GHz to 300 GHz range.  Higher frequencies do not travel far, so 5G antennas are typically placed on utility poles, lamp posts, etc., every 500-1,500 feet (which we know is overkill). In addition, the same carrier cannot use the same pole, so imagine every single pole near your home having this technology on it from a multitude of different carriers. To understand what this will look like, replace "Diablo Highlands" in the picture below with your neighborhood, such as Alamo Springs or Sycamore, and you'll start to understand what the area around you will look like if we don't take action now. 




WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
Several aspects of 5G and the way our Town of Danville and Contra Costa County representatives are handling these requests should cause you to be concerned.

1) Property values will decrease. Cell towers placed near residential homes result in significant reductions to property values. Not only are they aesthetically displeasing, but few buyers are willing to purchase a home near a tower that is constantly emitting high radio frequency radiation. Decreased demand and fewer potential buyers result in lower sale prices.  94% of people surveyed would not buy or rent a home next to a cell tower. Studies also cite a 20% drop in property values. 
Cell Phone Towers Lower Property Values 
Nearby Cell Towers Negatively Impact Property Values 
Cell Tower Impacts in Palo Alto 

2) Your health will be affected. This technology has not been widely deployed, and it is highly debated in terms of health impacts. Verizon is targeting cities where it has been easy for them to get approved applications (like Danville, Alamo and Walnut Creek). Independent research has proven that this technology, which operates in the higher frequencies of the spectrum, has known negative health effects. These include, among many other illnesses, chronic migraines, reproductive issues, and various forms of cancer. 
What You Need to Know About Small Cells
The Truth About 5G 
Impacts on Students' Cognitive Health 

In 2017, De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, conducted a study at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California and determined a 24.2% miscarriage rate due to electromagnetic field exposure.

In November 2018, U.S. National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) provided conclusive evidence that exposure to wireless radiation causes cancer. They found "clear evidence" that male rats developed cancerous heart tumors from exposure to cell phone radio frequency radiation according to final reports released today. In addition, they concluded the increased tumors in the brain and adrenal gland of exposed male rats were "some evidence" of cancer from the cell phone radiation exposure. According to NIH, the final reports on rats and mice represent "the consensus of NTP" and a panel of external scientific experts who reviewed the study data in March and voted to strengthen the conclusion that cell phone radiation caused health effects. Scientists are now calling for federal action - a quantitative risk assessment and protective policies to reduce wireless exposure. 

John Bucher, PhD, NTP senior scientist, stated in the NIH press release , "We believe that the link between radio frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real, and the external experts agreed."



"Considering the widespread exposure among our children and the proliferation of cell towers to prepare for 5G, these findings should not be minimized. Effects were found at non-thermal levels, which means that FCC limits are not protective. Until research tells us otherwise, we can no longer assume wireless devices are safe," said Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of EHT. "The rollout of 5G small cells must be halted. Schools need to install wired Internet networks and use cords to connect devices. Landlines should be maintained throughout communities. Practical solutions exist such as ethernet and fiber optic networks. Let's use them.
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/clear-evidence-of-cancer-from-cell-phone-radiation-us-national-toxicology-program-releases-final-report-on-animal-study-1078348.htm 

3) Verizon is deploying their equipment at the top of outdated, poorly maintained PG&E utility poles. In addition, PG&E has been accused of (and appears to be) responsible for recent fires that have decimated parts of California. PG&E was also responsible for the San Bruno fires, which were a result of poorly maintained equipment and improper record keeping. They are possibly facing murder charges  for their role in these recent fires. Do you personally feel comfortable putting these heavy transmitters on PG&E poles? Have you seen any of these poles leaning, just with existing equipment?

VERIZON’S NEWEST PLANS FOR THE DANVILLE POLYGON PROJECT AND SURROUNDING AREAS
In 2018, Verizon re-submitted one of its applications to install 4G/5G towers 25 feet away from the home of a Danville family with two young children. The Planning Commission and Town Council approved the request with no hesitation. Verizon also submitted several applications to Alamo and Walnut Creek, which the county has just approved. Several of these are also immediately adjacent to people's homes (within 25 feet). Appeals are underway.

While Verizon hasn't stated exactly why they "need" all these Danville and Alamo sites, nor have the cities requested this information, East Bay experts did their own research and determined that there are NO GAPS IN COVERAGE near any of these sites (see the proof in the video below). More than likely, Verizon hopes that by widely deploying 5G, it will be able to replace the cable companies and satellite internet and TV companies that some of us are using. It's all about growing their business. However, it is expected to be more than 15 years before 5G replaces 4G for most users. Some of us might not be around in 15 years if this is as massively deployed as they intend.

View the video for evidence that there are No Gaps in Verizon Coverage

ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS TO IMPROVE TECHNOLOGY?
Yes! Fiber technology uses light waves instead of electrical signals to transmit data, and distance from the network is not a limiting factor. Because of this, customers on the network have higher speeds available to them, regardless of their distance from a network node. Fiber provides more secure, safer, and faster connections than any generation of wireless. Dozens of companies have launched major initiatives to expand fiber to homes, in light of the uncertainty of 5G. Danville has fiber, but it hasn't expanded it to our homes or even offered it to residents or businesses. It is the safest, fastest way to get exactly what we want without exposing us to unnecessary harm.
https://fiber.google.com/about/ 

WHY ISN’T VERIZON OFFERING FIBER TO THE HOME?
It would cost them more to install fiber to improve their network. They’d rather keep the profit and pass the real costs to us and our families, in terms of chronic illnesses and eventual fatalities. Isn’t it worth sacrificing a little profit to keep people safe from harm? Verizon's response, "No."

WHY DO YOU NEED MY SUPPORT?
The Danville Citizens for Responsible Growth (DCFRG) is an organization made up of Danville and nearby residents. Our group recently appealed the Town of Danville's decision to allow Verizon to begin its plans to implement the "Danville Polygon Project", a pole-by-pole clustering plan to develop a blanket of 5G antennas, thus building up Verizon's 5G network surrounding Danville, Blackhawk, and Alamo, CA.

Other groups of taxpayers in Alamo and Walnut Creek are working hard to appeal the county's decision to allow the nine locations listed above.  We are joining forces , since these sister cities represent a significant amount of people in the East Bay. The questions to ask of our Contra Costa County Supervisors and zoning representatives, and of our Danville Mayor, Town Council and Planning Commissioners, are "why aren't we doing more to stop this in residential areas? Why are the taxpayers shouldering the burden of attorney fees when they are already paying high property taxes?" 

After being ignored at public hearings, the DCFRG was forced to hire a renowned telecommunications attorney to help us protect our homes and our families.  Our bills continue to mount, as we have had multiple meetings with Town Attorney Rob Ewing and Planner David Crompton. Our Alamo neighbors are working hard to educate the County Supervisor and the planning commission. We are not only joining forces, but we are helping to define a safer blueprint for nextgen technology for our area. 

We need your help in funding this effort to save our taxpayers from negative impacts to property values and possible negative health impacts. 

WHAT HAVE OTHER NEARBY CITIES DONE TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING?
Unlike Danville and Alamo, dozens of other Bay Area cities such as Mill Valley, Petaluma, Oakland, Palo Alto, Monterey and others revised their wireless ordinances to prevent Verizon from initiating its plans to build these high frequency cell clusters near people's homes. Rather than continuing to battle these cities, Verizon found that Alamo and Danville are much easier to work with. Weak leadership, poorly educated town planners, and money have made this possible for Verizon to fulfill its business needs at our personal cost.
Monterey Shuts Out Verizon 
Mill Valley Stops Verizon's Plans for 5G 
Petaluma Supports Residents 
Palo Alto Appeals Verizon Cell Tower Clusters 
Sacramento did NOT try to stop any cell towers - this is not good for the residents 

Contra Costa County and the Danville Town Council did the opposite of Mill Valley, Petaluma, and other local leaders. They revised our ordinances in an unpublicized meeting, and even asked Verizon and AT&T to help draft the new ordinance. Planning Commissioner Paul Radich asked if the town could REDUCE or LIMIT the notification radius for revising the ordinance and for approving future applications by Verizon, to minimize the need for public hearings. Town Planner David Crompton said that he was working with Town Attorney Rob Ewing on a plan to enable Verizon to get these applications approved by administrative review (permit basis) only. Thus, removing the need for public hearings on these applications.

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In case you are interested....WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WHEN VERIZON FIRST SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATIONS TO DEPLOY THE "DANVILLE POLYGON"? HOW HAS THE TOWN OF DANVILLE HANDLED VERIZON’S REQUESTS?

November 2017
Verizon made an initial request to install 5G small cell wireless towers on seven sites in Danville.

May 27, 2018
A group of four Danville Planning Commissioners approved a request to amend the Town of Danville Wireless Ordinance so that it could mirror federal and state legislation, thereby making it easier to approve wireless land use permits from Verizon and AT&T. None of Danville’s strong sister towns and cities did this, including Petaluma, Mill Valley, Napa, Oakland, and seven others. Instead, their city leadership did the opposite and tightened their ordinances before Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers could cover their towns with small cell towers. The Danville Assistant Town Planner, Crystal De Castro, stated that “since small cells are the current trend, they are an industry solution to meet the growing demands of wireless users and we need to accommodate this trend.” It appeared that none of the Danville Planning Commissioners seemed to have done their own research or preparation, but instead relied solely on Danville Town Attorney Robert Ewing and Planners David Crompton and Crystal De Castro.

Start watching at about 7 minutes into the video – some highlights are listed below:

Recorded Meeting: http://danville-ca.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=681 
•             Robert Ewing, the Town attorney, who does not have specific telecom industry expertise, said these proposed changes to the Town of Danville Wireless Ordinance had been reviewed with and included INPUT FROM VERIZON AND AT&T. He said that his goal was to avoid public hearings in Danville and the need for broad notifications. His preference is to review and approve these kinds of things via administrative (closed door) review.
•             The original ordinance, established in 1996, required a public hearing review process and broad notification for small cell installations. The revised ordinance does not.
•             Paul Radich, planning commission member, asked our town attorney if we could REDUCE the notification radius from 750 to 500 homes regarding changing the ordinance (they wanted to change our Town of Danville Wireless Ordinance with as little public knowledge as possible)
•             The original ordinance included references to public health and safety not being impacted. Revised ordinance removed any and all language about citizens’ health impacts.
•             No commissioners asked any questions regarding impacts to public health, expressed concerns about the levels of radiation emitted by these small cell towers, or mentioned any requirements about monitoring the radiation levels pre- and post-implementation. While the specific health effects cannot be argued legally, these are questions that should have been asked of Verizon and AT&T.
•             Town Planner Crystal De Castro (no longer with the Town of Danville as of October 2018) and Principal Planner David Crompton (who lives in Benicia and is not affected by these towers), along with town attorney Robert Ewing, proposed a streamlined approach that would not require public hearings. Telecommunications companies would simply need a building permit, which the Town Council could approve.
•             Randy Haberl, commissioner, asked that the towers not be in the downtown district, most importantly. Crompton said we could have standards in our ordinance to protect the beauty of downtown.
•             Co-location allows small cells to pop up everywhere and anywhere after one location is approved. That means that any pole would be up for grabs by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.
•           Rob  Ewing stated that he had just learned about some of this telecom and wireless “stuff” today – regarding pole construction, indemnification, etc. He is not an expert, nor did he consult with Petaluma, Mill Valley, Glendale, Oakland, or any cities who tightened their ordinances and pushed back on Verizon.
•             Archie Bowles only concern was to ensure that no installations on downtown streetlights due to visual blight.
•             At 7:09 in the video, attorney Rob Ewing suggested that a motion on an earlier agenda item should be continued due to “lack of a quorum” (only 4 commissioners were present).
•             At 41:06 in the video, Paul Radich made a motion to approve this agenda item, with Rob Ewing still present, and despite the exact same lack of a quorum, it was unanimously approved by the 4 commissioners (without commissioners Verriere, Combs, Havlik or Graham.) 

 July 2018
Danville Planning Commission and Town Council revise the town ordinance that had been in place since 1996. It was not held to public vote. The language was essentially pulled straight out of the Senate Bill and contained input directly from Verizon and AT&T. Removed all references to public health. Who was even notified? Why is a vendor influencing a Planning Commission to revise its town ordinance?

The county of Contra Costa also revised its ordinance to support wireless installations, working with Danville leadership.

July 3, 2018
Town Council holds a closed session

September 4, 2018
Town Council holds a closed session

 October 9, 2018
Town Council holds a closed session

October 23, 2018
Recorded Meeting: http://danville-ca.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=894 
•             Planning Commission meeting. Agenda item is Verizon’s request for site approval for a neighborhood small cell tower at 470 Edinburgh Circle, after having been asked by town officials last November to come back with a slightly different proposal that excluded the downtown.
•             Only 144 homes were notified. And they were only notified 7-10 days prior to this important meeting, which was not sufficient time to do much research, or for the HOA governing that neighborhood to hold a meeting to discuss.
•             The town planner, David Crompton, had already created the draft approval prior to the meeting.
•             There was immense opposition from the public, with a simple ask to the commissioners to pause on their decision and review Mill Valley’s strong ordinance that eventually turned Verizon away.
•             At 1:26:20 into the video, Randy Haberl suggests that the commission hold off to take time to review the new information that had been provided by the public.
•             At 1:27:25, Paul Radich says “I’m not going to oppose it...I drive by that area. I know EXACTLY how close it is to the house.”
•             At 1:29:05, G. Mark Graham, an AT&T Telecommunications executive, announces that he just retired from AT&T on 10/19 and is thus no longer employed by AT&T. He did not recuse himself from this vote or any earlier ones.
•             At 1:31:40, Kerri Heusler makes the motion to approve Verizon’s request. It is unanimously approved.
•             Approval was thus given to place this tower within 25 feet of the children’s 2nd floor bedroom window at 470 Edinburgh Circle. This is our neighbor. This is a taxpayer. These are our children being affected.

 November 2, 2018
The Danville Citizens for Responsible Growth filed an Appeal with the Town of Danville.

Our town leadership should have pushed back on Verizon, instead of re-writing the ordinance to be more welcoming before Verizon came back the second time. Even if it brought a Verizon lawsuit, our town will be getting hit with class action suits from homeowners whose home values are directly impacted. In addition, this battle is still being fought at the state and federal level. We do not have to rollover for Verizon and allow them to make us all sick. Danville, Blackhawk and Alamo do not have to be the first in line for high Ghz radio frequencies. We did NOT have to re-write ordinances that in the past had protected us at the local level, to now expose us and take away our rights to a safe environment without the "visual blight".

January 8, 2019
Town Council held a study session followed by a closed session. Agenda item 3.2, presented by Robert Ewing, was entitled “Consider Changes to Wireless Communication Ordinance to comply with new FCC regulations (R. Ewing)”. His solution to meeting new "shot clock" requirements to fast-path small cell deployments was to remove our rights to appeal Town decisions! He also wants to remove public hearings and make site requests for small cell deployments ministerial (i.e., the Town can approve without public hearing or notice).  Not only was this taking away our constitutional rights, but it is an absolute violation of due process. Below is a screen shot of Mr. Ewing's proposal: 


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In case you haven’t heard the good news…

WE MADE A DIFFERENCE at last night’s Town Council meeting! I’m pretty sure we also made history by packing the town meeting hall with over 150 people! It was standing room only.

After a 4.5 hour meeting, we were able to encourage our town leaders to push back on Verizon. They agreed to a 30-day extension, so Verizon, Danville officials, and the citizens can find a location that COMPLIES with the Town's ordinance of 250 ft. away from a residence. With a great deal of confidence, I can say that there is no way on Earth we will allow Verizon to install cell tower 25 feet from ANYONE’S home in Danville!

The two key ingredients that finally changed the direction of this potentially disastrous precedent were 1) YOU and SO MANY people in the community making the time to show up at the meeting/write/call, and 2) having the BEST telecommunication attorney in California – Anita Taff-Rice. Anita was brilliant, and we could not have been better represented. She took on the army of Verizon lawyers and executives last night with grace, confidence, and a clear understanding (and explanation to our Town Council and Verizon) of the law. It was beautiful to watch her represent us so adeptly. Here is a clip of Anita standing up on our behalf: https://youtu.be/8Xcd1RqlsUc

So, THANK YOU for showing up, for your donations, for writing and calling the Town Council, and for sharing the message with your friends and family. WE WERE HEARD by the Town Council and that made the difference for them to do the right thing for all of us. The Council said that they appreciated hearing our views and enforcing the rights that the town has, despite Verizon telling them that we have no rights. The Council sided with us and created an extension, rather than accept the town staff’s recommendation to deny our appeal. This was a HUGE VICTORY for our community!!!

While we made significant progress last night, we are not done and have a short window of time to get us where we need to be. If anyone else asks, please ask them to consider a contribution of any amount to help us keep up the fight. ALL proceeds go to our attorney who is an expert, efficient with our limited funds, has given us very reasonable fees (she has a single practice with little to no overhead), is local (little travel time/cost), and is doing a fair amount of “pro bono” work for us (i.e., not charging us for all actual hours or her normal rate). She is nonetheless actively talking to town staff and councilmembers and will be speaking to Verizon on our behalf. We also want her to offer suggestions to improve our wireless ordinance. We would not have gotten here, and we won’t get where we need to go without her continued help. We are grateful to you and the dozens of people who have already contributed and ask that all of us try to share the costs a little more to offset this. Your contribution will help maintain Danville as one of the best places to live in America!!!
https://www.gofundme.com/StopVerizon5G
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Open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors. Support our community by keeping 5G radiation out of Danville!!!
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Great information and research, including ways to protect our children from excessive radiation: https://patch.com/maryland/edgewater/high-levels-wireless-radiation-southern-high-school
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JOIN US at the Town Council appeal hearing. Open to the public. Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 PM, 201 Front Street, Danville CA.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND AND SUPPORT US!!!
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