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Cover Story - December 17, 2010

Celling out?

Telecommunications industry, carriers say they need more cell towers, but residents are concerned about health effects and property values

by Sue Dremann

Channing Avenue resident Tru Love and her neighbors are waging a battle against the Catholic Church.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.


Posted by Stephen, a resident of Community Center
on Dec 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm

See www.nocelltowerat1095channing.com.

Posted by WHat a joke, a resident of Stanford
on Dec 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

No wonder nothing ever gets done here. They should do their homework instead of hysterically campaigning against needed cell towers in the city. Amazing that with our level of education, we buy into pseudo-science and hysterical pronouncements by people while ignoring the conclusions of experts.

Posted by home values, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

The towers lower your home values because they are ugly, not because they are dangerous. AT&T should offer some payment to tower neighbors to offset this.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

The utilities wires and poles around my property are ugly. Perhaps the City should give me compensation for having to put up with their ugliness.

Posted by My opinion, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I would not support a project that financially remunerated a corrupt institution.
When an institution opposes birth control for impoverished women all over the world, and also seemingly has a world wide culture that for years and years accepted the sexual abuse of children, I would consider that institution corrupt.
Therefore I oppose anything that provides money to that institution.

Posted by home values, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Resident - the utility wires and poles around your property were there before you bought the house.

Posted by Stephen, a resident of Community Center
on Dec 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

To "What a joke" - [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Read Devra Davis' book about how "safety" research is actually conducted - on dummies that are the equivalent of adult males, testing for thermal effects only. No testing on women and children. No research on DNA damage resulting from non-thermal effects. Would you want you children to take a medicine whose dosage had only been trialed on adult males? We did the research, talked to RF propagation experts whose assessment is that no new towers are needed when there are 13 within a 1 mile radius. Wireless companies build new towers because it's easier than doing detailed engineering or upgrades on the ones they have. Experts in the EU are recommending that cell towers site no closer than 1500 feet to schools and churches until real research is done, but here in the US most people just blindly accept what the wireless companies dole out.

Posted by bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I agree with Stephen. Do research but use several sources, not just one or two. The consensus is that radiation levels are far lower from the towers than from the closely used cell phones themselves.

Luddites always did fear things they didn't understand and are not willing to become educated about. Too bad so few took basic science in school and would be less alarmed about new technology.

Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Lee, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

Wireless communication in general is hazardous to humans and the environment. This is microwave radiation just like the one that cooks your potatoes- only less powerful. To What a Joke and others who are uninformed I advise you to do a literature search on Pub med and read Devra Davis excellent Book "Disconnect" and the book "Zapped" by best selling author Ann Louise Gittleman. Effects seen are not only DNA damage due to oxidative stress but also leakage of the blood brain barrier, stress protein synthesis and memory deficits. Don't be fooled. We love our devices but there is a downside most don't want to know about. There is no regulation of these wireless devices with regards to non thermal effects that are seen in the lab. Cell towers,smart meters and micro cells proliferate adding to the load of EMF our bodies must deal with. Good Luck humans!

Posted by WHat a joke, a resident of Stanford
on Dec 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Does Tru Love ad her husband use a cell phone? Do they have TV sets and microwave ovens in their home?

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