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

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Created November 30, 2018
BACKGROUND
In 2017, Verizon Wireless submitted applications to Danville/Blackhawk to install 7 wireless towers, naming their project the "Danville Polygon". The polygon is intended to surround Danville/Blackhawk with 5G technology. They also submitted applications to Alamo, which is managed at the county level.

The Danville Town Council and Planning Commission made a deal with Verizon (scroll to the bottom to watch the recorded meeting). They agreed that that they would permit these installations in all residential areas, as long as the towers were not placed in the downtown district. They asked that Verizon pull their existing applications and re-submit them with the revised locations.

WHAT IS 5G?
5G is 5th Generation technology, the next advance after 4G/4G LTE. 5G uses millimeter waves in higher frequency ranges (between 30 GHz and 300 GHz). It can only travel short distances, so 5G antennas which are typically placed on utility poles, lamp posts, etc., must be installed every 500-1500 feet. 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. Our beautiful town will have a very dense network of antennas. 5G adds another layer because it utilizes existing 3G and 4G wireless frequencies but adds even more radiation.

WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
Several aspects of 5G and the way our town and county representatives are handling these requests should cause you to be concerned.

1) Property values 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.  http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140703005726/en/Survey-National-Institute-Science-Law-Public-Policy 
http://www.nocelltowerat1095channing.com/ 

2) Your health may be affected. This technology has not been widely deployed, and it is highly debated in terms of health impacts. Industry-funded research claims it is completely safe. However, independent research has proven that this technology, which operates in the higher frequencies of the spectrum, has known negative health effects. These include chronic headaches, reproductive issues, glioblastomas and other types of cancer. 
https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-internet-everything/20-quick-facts-what-you-need-to-know-about-5g-wireless-and-small-cells/ 

“Clear Evidence of Cancer” from Cell Phone Radiation: U.S. National Toxicology Program Releases Final Report on Animal Study. The final peer reviewed NIH reports confirm evidence of an association between cell phone radiation and both heart and brain cancers in a large-scale animal study.

"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 depending 100% on outdated PG&E infrastructure. Verizon’s plans are to install their towers on PG&E utility poles. PG&E’s maintenance records have been proven to be outdated. 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 unmaintained equipment and poor record keeping. 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 20 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, of which the county has just approved four locations. Several of these are also immediately adjacent to people's homes. Appeals are underway.

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. Both AT&T and Google have launched major initiatives to expand fiber to homes, in light of the uncertainty of 5G.
https://fiber.google.com/about/ 
https://www.att.com/internet/fiber.html 


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. Isn’t it worth sacrificing a little profit to secure

WHY DO YOU NEED MY SUPPORT?
The Danville Citizens for Responsible Growth (DCFRG)  is an organization made up of Danville residents/taxpayers. Our group recently appealed the Town's decision to allow Verizon to begin its plans to implement the "Danville Polygon Project", which is what they have named their site-by-site plan to develop a 5G network surrounding Danville, Blackhawk, and Alamo, CA. To be taken seriously, for the first time ever with Danville leadership, DCFRG has hired a renowned Telecommunications attorney to help us find the best path forward. Our bills continue to mount, as we have had multiple meetings with Town Attorney Bob Ewing and Planner David Crompton. Our Alamo neighbors are working with County Supervisor Candace Anderson. 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 Danville, Blackhawk and Alamo taxpayers from negative impacts to property values and possible negative health impacts. Please donate whatever you can, or we will not be able to continue our efforts to protect everyone. Thank you.



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

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 – the highlights are bulleted 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.
•             NOT ONE QUESTION from any Commissioner regarding impacts to public health, concerns about the levels of radiation emitted by these small cell towers. While these cannot be argued legally, these are questions that should have been asked of Verizon and AT&T.
•             Town planners Crystal De Castro (no longer with the Town of Danville as of October 2018) and David Crompton of Benicia, 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.
•             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.
•             A non-Danville resident who installs wireless towers (and would not disclose his name when asked by the Planning Commission) spoke and said that he currently has no business with Danville but expects to now.
•             Archie Bowles only concern was to ensure that no installations be made on downtown streetlights due to visual blight.
•             At 7:09 in the video, attorney 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 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.) See Robert’s Rules on definition of a quorum.
•             Town Council/Planning Commission had established a moratorium prohibiting any new tobacco retailers. Why couldn’t they stay strong on this more important issue that will absolutely result in some people getting cancer or chronically ill or migraines?

 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 3:30 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 3:40 into the video, 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 4:17 into the video, 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 the vote.
•             At 4:24, Kerri Heusler makes the motion to approve Verizon’s request. It is unanimously approved.
•             Approval was thus given to place this tower within 20 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
A group of Danville taxpayers, 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 around. 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 AT&T and Verizon just yet. Danville, Blackhawk and Alamo do not have to be the first in line for high Ghz radiofrequencies. 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".
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