3/15/18 Success: Monterey Vista Neighbors Defended Their Homes

Key Monterey Documents for Mar 15, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the Monterey Planning Commissioners conducted a nearly six hour meeting to consider a proposal to allow Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA) in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the Pebble Beach Golf Course — a course which will be hosting the US Open Golf Tournament in 2019. Recall that this is the same golf course that hosts the annual and secretive AT&T-sponsored “Speaker’s Cup”, a tournament named after the California State Speaker of the Assembly. This is a not-so-subtle attempt to underscore the tournament’s purpose: well-healed lobbying of our State Legilsators by their bosses (the Wireless Industry).

00:03:38 for General Public Comment  |  00:35:45 for Lee Afflerbach  |  02:53:00 for Public Comment on Agendized Item  |  04:49:15 for the Vote/Applause

Astute residents of the Monterey Vista neighborhood plotted the azimuths of the directional antennas for 13 CPMRA/Cell Tower installations proposed for this residential neighborhood to shine the light on this “hidden objective” of the project. Fortunatly, the Monterey City Planning Commissioners saw right through this ruse and voted to deny the project outright.

In many ways, Monterey sets a shining example of how to uncover the rampant deception behind the push for Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas being installed in residential areas. Watch the video, below, to see all the hard work, legal analysis, scientific findings and creative props that enabled this community to excercise real democracy.

Monterey Vista Residents addressed their Planning Commissioners, echoing the words of Patrick Shannon from Hillsborough: “Do the right thing, protect your residents and avoid our City from becoming the place where democracy goes to die and cell towers metastasize.”

Denied: 13 4G/5G Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas (CPMRA)

Read the Cedar St. Times article: “Small Cell Towers Nixed at Monterey Planning Commission”.

What We Know: This Is Not Good

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The World Health Organization has classified radio frequency microwave electromagnetic fields from any source (pulsed, data-modulated, Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation radiation) as a Group 2B Carcinogen. Dr. Lennart Hardell, a member of the IARC committee wrote in his 3/12/18 comments on the National Toxicology Program final results:

Based on the IARC preamble to the monographs, RF microwave radiation should be classified as Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.

“This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. Exceptionally, an agent may be placed in this category when evidence of carcinogenicity in humans is less than sufficient but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and strong evidence in exposed humans that the agent acts through a relevant mechanism of carcinogenicity.” (

These so-called “Small Cell” towers would be installed just 15-50 feet from homes and transmit hazardous levels of pulsed, data-modulated, radio frequency microwave-millimeter wave radiation 24/7/365 — with no chance to opt out. Recall, that people damaged by 24/7/365 exposures from the Wireless Advanced Metering Infrastructure’s (AMI) so-called “Smart Meters” forced PG&E to offer an opt out program. We need such an opt out for these CPRMA installations, as well: My Street, My Choice!

The Solution: Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)

The solution is both simple and easy — instead of more Wireless, install Wireline fiber optic cables to each home and business in Monterey, which will provide much faster, more secure, more reliable and much more energy-efficient transmission of Internet and video data. Doing so would preserve the unique character of Monterey and prevent the private Telecom companies from shoving these these cheap, ugly, intrusive, microwave-radiation-emitting CPMRA installations into our town.

The City of Monterey does not even allow its residents to attach signs or notices
to the utility poles downtown; how could they consider attaching such ugly, instrusive and hazardous
refrigerator-sized (25-35 cubic feet) equipment to these utility poles?

Despite the promises of additional convenience and the unbridled hype for 5G and the “Internet of Things” (IoT), the primary duty of our elected officials is neither convenience, nor promised future economic growth, but to promote and preserve the health and welfare of the Town of Monterey’s residents, voters and taxpayers.

What you Can Do

To voice your opposition to Cell Towers being installed 10 to 50 feet from homes and local workplaces, please come to the Town of Monterey City Planning Commission and City Council Meetings and speak or support others who will speak against these hazardous, visual blights that could blemish our beautiful town for the rest of our lives. To find out more about this project, please contact the City of Sononma Planning staff and Planning Commissioners:

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