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Guest Opinion: 5G cell towers are coming to your neighborhood

Palo Alto residential neighborhoods may about to experience a significant increase in the number of cell towers along their streets. I think these could threaten aesthetics, safety, noise levels and property valuations.

The Palo Alto City Council is working on a Revised Wireless Ordinance, which together with the Revised Wireless Resolution passed in December, will determine the city's requirements for locating future cell towers and antennas.

Major city budget cuts may lead to a reduction of staff needed to process the cell tower applications and ensure that the public safety and noise codes established are met and maintained. In my opinion, these proposed cuts could favor the demands of the wireless companies over residents' best interests.

Why are cities and towns across America suddenly revising their rules for permitting cell towers? In 2018 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established regulations with no congressional approval, which gave wireless companies the right to erect 5G cell towers on the right-of-ways (streets) of all municipalities in the nation on an accelerated schedule. Meeting this mandated schedule meant that towns, like Palo Alto, had to rewrite their wireless ordinances and shortcut their more thorough process for reviewing residents' needs and welfare before approving all cell towers.

As I understand it, under new FCC rules, wireless companies can threaten cities and their city councils with lawsuits if they do not approve the distances between "small cell" cell towers these companies demand they are entitled to, even though the FCC ruling may soon be overturned in the courts. The wireless companies argue that they need many more cell towers to better serve their subscribers.

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However, 5G is a new technology, untested for safety, according to the industry, which will overlap with older 3G and 4G cell towers. It seems to me that it may be hard for wireless companies to prove the optimal number of additional 5G cell towers needed until a few are installed in residential neighborhoods, spaced at the distances from homes and schools that Palo Alto residents are requesting but wireless companies dispute. Who is serving whom?

In my view, there are five elements of the draft Palo Alto Wireless Ordinance (PAWO) that should be of major concern to all residents, especially homeowners. These are:

1. How close to private residences can new 4G/5G cell towers or antennas, referred to in city documents as WCFs (wireless communication facilities), be installed? WCFs will, in many cases, be mounted on neighborhood streetlights or telephone poles. Draft PAWO specifies a no-exception minimum distance of 20 feet from homes, while many residents argue for 100 feet. Twenty feet is about the length of two cars!

2. How far apart WCFs can be installed along our residential streets? Draft PAWO specifies WCFs will be "no less than 600 feet apart." Other towns like Los Altos mandate 1,500 feet between WCFs.

3. How close to day care centers, preschools and K-12 public and private schools can WCFs be installed? Draft PAWO specifies a no-exception minimum distance of 300 feet from a parcel containing a public school. The Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education unanimously requested 1,500 feet from all schools.

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4. What is the noise standard for fans cooling the WCFs (these fans can operate as much as 24/7)? Draft PAWO specifies 60 decibels (dBAs), equivalent to restaurant conversation or an air conditioning unit at 100 feet. Mill Valley requires 50 dBAs, one-half as loud as 60 dBAs. Los Altos mandates 45 dBAs.

5. What is the time span for WCF permits or license agreements between the city of Palo Alto and the wireless companies? Draft PAWO specifies that WCF permits are valid for 10 years. Some other towns and cities specify five years. Cell towers mandated today could be legally unnecessary tomorrow. There are presently two bills in Congress (Rep. Anna Eshoo's HR 530 and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SB 2012) and an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals aimed at reversing the current FCC ruling.

What is 5G? Unlike the prior 2G-4G wireless devices, which use longer microwaves, 5G uses shorter millimeter waves, which operate at higher frequencies and pulsation levels. Because these milliwaves are short, they do not travel as far, and 5G/4G WCFs need to be closer to homes and businesses than previous taller cell towers.

Termed "small cell," these emit nearly the same radiation as older larger 4G cell towers, some experts state. In addition, 5G WCFs generate more heat than 4G WCFs. To prevent fire hazards, 5G WCFs are commonly installed with cooling fans that may run 24/7. To reduce fan noise to meet decibel levels required by city contracts, the wireless providers can add noise-reducing devices.

I believe that the 60 decibel level in Draft PAWO is too high. The continuous fan noise from 5G WCFs could easily become an intrusive part of our "soundscape."

Now, I hope everyone will immediately write to the Palo Alto City Council with their concerns and requests. Below are standards that I believe strike the optimal balance between wireless company demands and residents' "public welfare":

No exception WCF 100-foot setback from residential homes,

No-exception WCF 1500-foot setback from schools and daycare centers,

No-exception 1,500 feet distancing between WCFs along residential streets

No-exception maximum 45-decibel noise levels from all WCFs.

Unless the council hears from residents right away, pressure from wireless companies and a lack of corresponding community outcry will result in no change to the current PAWO draft.

More information about the dangers of the proposed wireless ordinance can be found in letters sent to the City Council. This city packet show excellent arguments from Palo Alto resident Tina Chow (U.C. Berkeley professor of environmental engineering) on page 28; Dr. Cindy Russell (Physicians for Safe Technology) on page 50; and resident Dan Adams on page 47.

Meredith Einaudi is a past president of the Palo Alto Council for the Arts. She thanks Dr. Cindy Russell, founder of Physicians for Safe Technology, for reviewing this column. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Guest Opinion: 5G cell towers are coming to your neighborhood

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Uploaded: Fri, May 15, 2020, 6:45 am

Palo Alto residential neighborhoods may about to experience a significant increase in the number of cell towers along their streets. I think these could threaten aesthetics, safety, noise levels and property valuations.

The Palo Alto City Council is working on a Revised Wireless Ordinance, which together with the Revised Wireless Resolution passed in December, will determine the city's requirements for locating future cell towers and antennas.

Major city budget cuts may lead to a reduction of staff needed to process the cell tower applications and ensure that the public safety and noise codes established are met and maintained. In my opinion, these proposed cuts could favor the demands of the wireless companies over residents' best interests.

Why are cities and towns across America suddenly revising their rules for permitting cell towers? In 2018 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established regulations with no congressional approval, which gave wireless companies the right to erect 5G cell towers on the right-of-ways (streets) of all municipalities in the nation on an accelerated schedule. Meeting this mandated schedule meant that towns, like Palo Alto, had to rewrite their wireless ordinances and shortcut their more thorough process for reviewing residents' needs and welfare before approving all cell towers.

As I understand it, under new FCC rules, wireless companies can threaten cities and their city councils with lawsuits if they do not approve the distances between "small cell" cell towers these companies demand they are entitled to, even though the FCC ruling may soon be overturned in the courts. The wireless companies argue that they need many more cell towers to better serve their subscribers.

However, 5G is a new technology, untested for safety, according to the industry, which will overlap with older 3G and 4G cell towers. It seems to me that it may be hard for wireless companies to prove the optimal number of additional 5G cell towers needed until a few are installed in residential neighborhoods, spaced at the distances from homes and schools that Palo Alto residents are requesting but wireless companies dispute. Who is serving whom?

In my view, there are five elements of the draft Palo Alto Wireless Ordinance (PAWO) that should be of major concern to all residents, especially homeowners. These are:

1. How close to private residences can new 4G/5G cell towers or antennas, referred to in city documents as WCFs (wireless communication facilities), be installed? WCFs will, in many cases, be mounted on neighborhood streetlights or telephone poles. Draft PAWO specifies a no-exception minimum distance of 20 feet from homes, while many residents argue for 100 feet. Twenty feet is about the length of two cars!

2. How far apart WCFs can be installed along our residential streets? Draft PAWO specifies WCFs will be "no less than 600 feet apart." Other towns like Los Altos mandate 1,500 feet between WCFs.

3. How close to day care centers, preschools and K-12 public and private schools can WCFs be installed? Draft PAWO specifies a no-exception minimum distance of 300 feet from a parcel containing a public school. The Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education unanimously requested 1,500 feet from all schools.

4. What is the noise standard for fans cooling the WCFs (these fans can operate as much as 24/7)? Draft PAWO specifies 60 decibels (dBAs), equivalent to restaurant conversation or an air conditioning unit at 100 feet. Mill Valley requires 50 dBAs, one-half as loud as 60 dBAs. Los Altos mandates 45 dBAs.

5. What is the time span for WCF permits or license agreements between the city of Palo Alto and the wireless companies? Draft PAWO specifies that WCF permits are valid for 10 years. Some other towns and cities specify five years. Cell towers mandated today could be legally unnecessary tomorrow. There are presently two bills in Congress (Rep. Anna Eshoo's HR 530 and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SB 2012) and an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals aimed at reversing the current FCC ruling.

What is 5G? Unlike the prior 2G-4G wireless devices, which use longer microwaves, 5G uses shorter millimeter waves, which operate at higher frequencies and pulsation levels. Because these milliwaves are short, they do not travel as far, and 5G/4G WCFs need to be closer to homes and businesses than previous taller cell towers.

Termed "small cell," these emit nearly the same radiation as older larger 4G cell towers, some experts state. In addition, 5G WCFs generate more heat than 4G WCFs. To prevent fire hazards, 5G WCFs are commonly installed with cooling fans that may run 24/7. To reduce fan noise to meet decibel levels required by city contracts, the wireless providers can add noise-reducing devices.

I believe that the 60 decibel level in Draft PAWO is too high. The continuous fan noise from 5G WCFs could easily become an intrusive part of our "soundscape."

Now, I hope everyone will immediately write to the Palo Alto City Council with their concerns and requests. Below are standards that I believe strike the optimal balance between wireless company demands and residents' "public welfare":

No exception WCF 100-foot setback from residential homes,

No-exception WCF 1500-foot setback from schools and daycare centers,

No-exception 1,500 feet distancing between WCFs along residential streets

No-exception maximum 45-decibel noise levels from all WCFs.

Unless the council hears from residents right away, pressure from wireless companies and a lack of corresponding community outcry will result in no change to the current PAWO draft.

More information about the dangers of the proposed wireless ordinance can be found in letters sent to the City Council. This city packet show excellent arguments from Palo Alto resident Tina Chow (U.C. Berkeley professor of environmental engineering) on page 28; Dr. Cindy Russell (Physicians for Safe Technology) on page 50; and resident Dan Adams on page 47.

Meredith Einaudi is a past president of the Palo Alto Council for the Arts. She thanks Dr. Cindy Russell, founder of Physicians for Safe Technology, for reviewing this column. She can be reached at [email protected].

Comments

Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 15, 2020 at 8:59 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 15, 2020 at 8:59 am
20 people like this

This is progress as the 5G bandwidth will open up many opportunities for cell phone usage!

quote: "I think these could threaten aesthetics, safety, noise levels and property valuations."

^^^ (1) The cell phone towers are situated above normal eye level...just don't look upwards if aesthetics are an important issue. (2) [Portion removed] the cell towers will be significantly distanced & many folks use bluetooth to avoid any 'radiation' from their personal phones (in addition to hands-free operation). (3) Cell towers generate no more noise than a plane flying overhead (or automobile traffic). (4) Property values? Give me a break...your PA house is already overpriced & overinflated. Besides if this is a major concern, there is a possible 'gift'...less capital gains tax to pay when you eventually sell.

I suspect that this 5G issue is primarily a babyboomer concern (if at all) because many of them are obsessively concerned with various monetary & real estate investments/valuations, the preservation of eternal youth (a delusion of sorts), and NIMBY advocacies.

For some of them, it is time to join and/or acknowledge the new millennium as advances in technology waits for no one.

Hint: the 2000s are already 20 years old!


No-Problem-With-5G
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 9:14 am
No-Problem-With-5G, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 9:14 am
16 people like this

Wonder how long it will take the Palo Alto Luddites to claim that the Coronavirus is linked to 5G towers like their friends in the UK:

Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers claiming link to virus:
Web Link

LONDON (AP) — The CCTV footage from a Dutch business park shows a man in a black cap pouring the contents of a white container at the base of a cellular radio tower. Flames burst out as the man jogs back to his Toyota to flee into the evening.

It’s a scene that’s been repeated dozens of times in recent weeks in Europe, where conspiracy theories linking new 5G mobile networks and the coronavirus pandemic are fueling arson attacks on cell towers.
---

Progress always seems to have an uphill journey when it comes to places like Palo Alto.


Joe
Evergreen Park
on May 15, 2020 at 9:14 am
Joe, Evergreen Park
on May 15, 2020 at 9:14 am
25 people like this

This proposal doesn't go far enough. If the radio wavelengths used by 5G are potentially harmful, then we shouldn't just have piecemeal bans on this or that technology of the moment; let's solve the problem at its source and ban radio waves from Palo Alto altogether.

I live in an apartment building with over a dozen wifi access points in range; ban them all. Ban the smartphone I used to detect them. Ban the microwave oven that sometimes interferes with my connection to them. The Palo Alto Airport relies on this new and unproven technology to track planes; shut down the airport unless it can ensure our safety by relying solely on semaphore. But speaking of airspace, unfortunately our fair city does not have the legal authority to shut down those pesky satellites and unsightly radio towers that constantly bathe us in potentially deadly radiation. There is only one realistic solution: we need to build a dome over Palo Alto. The material needs to be something that blocks these radio toxins from entering but is lightweight and esthetically pleasing. How about tinfoil?


resident
Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 10:02 am
resident, Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 10:02 am
14 people like this

We can't wait. There are so many trees in our neighborhood blocking the cell phone signals. 5G is supposed to do a much better job in areas like this.


Tin foil
Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 10:20 am
Tin foil, Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 10:20 am
29 people like this

Physicians for Safe Technology is a group that is opposed to 5G.

Also read this
Web Link


Asher Waldfogel
Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2020 at 10:36 am
Asher Waldfogel, Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2020 at 10:36 am
17 people like this

NYTimes and others have reported that 5G worries are stoked by Russian propaganda Web Link

The one place I agree with the guest opinion is on sound levels: we should explore if we can require WCFs to emit no fan noise. It probably makes the equipment larger to dissipate heat; is that a tradeoff we're open to?


A PA resident
South of Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 11:04 am
A PA resident, South of Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 11:04 am
55 people like this

I want to challenge the crowd that supports these ugly, noisy, potentially dangerous, cell towers: Would you be willing to have one of these installed 20 feet away from your bedroom? Raise your hand....


Really
Evergreen Park
on May 15, 2020 at 11:06 am
Really, Evergreen Park
on May 15, 2020 at 11:06 am
19 people like this

"Just don't look upwards IF aesthetics is a concern". OMG - let's ruin the beauty of Palo Alto and just walk around with blinders on. It'll all be good.


pakin
Barron Park
on May 15, 2020 at 11:15 am
pakin, Barron Park
on May 15, 2020 at 11:15 am
15 people like this

How does the council come up with 60 decibels?
If there are different types of WCFs with higher/lower noise levels,
why not mandate the quietest available to be used?


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 11:34 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 11:34 am
6 people like this

We have ugly wires all over Palo Alto. Some have ugly poles in their property. We all have microwaves, wifi, in our homes.

This is Silicon Valley. Home of low technology that ignores the engineering done by its residents.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 11:36 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 11:36 am
22 people like this

Some of these units are definitely annoyingly noisy. If 45 dBA is available, mandate that as a maximum, but, honestly, they should be silent. These things should only be a few watts anyway-- why do they need fans and/or transformers. Fanless PCs that use a few watts are available with silent power supplies.


Conerned
another community
on May 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Conerned, another community
on May 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm
17 people like this

I am already very concerned about this technology. It should not be allowed. WiFi makes me sick to my stomach, gives me headaches, burns the skin. (One can research this on line) 5G will be much worse for those who suffer from these technologies. Watch out, folks. Mental illness, cancers, and much more are coming because of these. /And then it will be too late.


As usual, the telecom company trolls are sneering at everything the author says
Greendell/Walnut Grove
on May 15, 2020 at 12:27 pm
As usual, the telecom company trolls are sneering at everything the author says, Greendell/Walnut Grove
on May 15, 2020 at 12:27 pm
24 people like this

[Post removed.]


Chris Robell
Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2020 at 12:37 pm
Chris Robell, Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2020 at 12:37 pm
32 people like this

Here we go again. NO ONE can definitely say the 5G towers are safe. Ana Eshoo and Richard Blumenthal have put forth legislation to compel appropriate testing. Blumenthal, after listening to industry experts, concluded "we are flying blind". I don't know if it's safe and neither does Verizon et al. They only say there are no KNOWN risks.

So prudent avoidance seems wise in a way that STILL allows the technology to be deployed. It is not "yes" or "no" (no false dichotomies or sucker's choice needed). The cell towers can be placed AWAY from homes with appropriate setbacks and fans installed underground to prevent noise. It might be more expensive to put it underground, but that is not our problem to solve.

Finally, it would be nice to eventually have all utilities underground someday. I realize this isn't our biggest problem right now, but it is the direction we should strive for someday. Look at areas in Palo Alto that have this now (Midtown near Oregon Expwy) and throughout Atherton and Stanford faculty housing. Much more beautiful.

So don't need to pander to the cheapest, ugliest and potentially risky way that the telecom companies want us to do it.


Elon Musk's Radiation
Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 12:48 pm
Elon Musk's Radiation, Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 12:48 pm
16 people like this

First of all, for Palo Alto the 100 foot distance is vital.

Next, it is also important to speak about a related issue ...

According to ChildrensDefense.org, no evaluation from any national or international agency has been carried out to evaluate, reduce, prevent, or publicize the environmental impact of the satellites’ emissions.ChildrensDefense states, “The FCC has never assessed the impact of radiation emissions from 50,000 satellites or any other existing and potential adverse environmental effects. The likely reason is that the FCC interprets its obligations as only requiring assessment of terrestrial activities and devices due to legal language specifying that its focus on structures defined as a “pole, tower, base station, or other building”—with no explicit mention of satellites.” via Web Link


PA
Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 2:27 pm
PA, Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 2:27 pm
7 people like this

5G is [portion removed] a health Hazard. See the Newslettercovering the dangers; it contains links to important videos.

1) Widman Video at SF City Hall
Web Link

2) Comprehensive Newsletter
[link removed because it doesn't work.]


JR
Palo Verde
on May 15, 2020 at 2:43 pm
JR, Palo Verde
on May 15, 2020 at 2:43 pm
37 people like this

Why are billion dollar corporations allowed to place their unsightly equipment on public property? If they want to place 5G equipment in the city then they should acquire the underlying property first. They should not be allowed to profit from abuse of public property.

While small businesses are suffering, we are giving handouts to billion dollar telecom companies. It’s sad.


Mandate 45
Community Center
on May 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Mandate 45, Community Center
on May 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm
16 people like this


“No-exception maximum 45-decibel noise levels from all WCFs.”

Thanks for the heads up 45 is about the noise at night in Palo Alto or 40.

60 would be very noticeable in a Palo Alto residential neighborhood, 60 is for a NYC not a small town.


No-Problem-With-5G
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm
No-Problem-With-5G, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm
9 people like this

A lot of people seem concerned about the safety of people living in the footprint of 5G.

So – what about other technologies?

For 2016 specifically, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes, an average of 102 per day
----

More than 67,300 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2018, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. T Drug overdose deaths rose from 38,329 in 2010 to 70,237 in 2017; followed by a significant decrease in 2018 to 67,367 deaths. The bars are overlaid by lines showing the number of deaths by gender from 1999 to 2018 (Source: CDC WONDER).
----
How many Americans die in plane crashes?

Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives (B3A)
Year Deaths # of incidents
2014 1,328 122
2015 898 123
2016 629 102
2017 399 101
---

How many people have been killed by 5G?

So far—None (0)

So .. if being safe is an issue to so many Palo Altans opposing 5G—why aren’t these same people more concerned about the deaths from drugs, autos and planes?


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 4:10 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 4:10 pm
4 people like this

Posted by Mandate 45, a resident of Community Center

>> “No-exception maximum 45-decibel noise levels from all WCFs.”

>> Thanks for the heads up 45 is about the noise at night in Palo Alto or 40.

Although 45 dBA would be OK, I still don't know why these things aren't effectively silent. I'm in an indoor room right now and 25-30 dBA is the range (there are birds outside).

My cell phone is effectively silent (no fan of course). A small PC is silent (no fan). A small urban cell tower is supposed to be < 100W ERP, which is actually < 10W input. No reason the amp should need a fan or noisy power supply for that. Anybody know if/why these things can't be effectively silent?

(I guess that huge tree-tower over by the Arastradero underpass to I-280 is a "rural" tower but even that is supposed to be less than 500W ERP ~== 50W, still not that hot.)

Here is a link to an FCC info page: Web Link

That page talks about human exposure to RF, not noise. (Of course.)


Richard
Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 4:40 pm
Richard, Downtown North
on May 15, 2020 at 4:40 pm
36 people like this

We don't have to choose between good cell service and ugly, noisy, massive "small cell node" cell towers right next to our homes.

Telecom companies can easily locate most of their equipment underground, or, at the very least, top-mount very compact radios. It just costs them more. As for maintaining a 100 foot setback from cell towers to people's homes, it's easily accomplished. Again, it just means Verizon et al. need to spend a little more money siting and designing their equipment.

Is there some reason Palo Altans should sacrifice the quality of life in their neighborhoods for the benefit of telecom company shareholders?


Ryan C.
College Terrace
on May 15, 2020 at 5:04 pm
Ryan C., College Terrace
on May 15, 2020 at 5:04 pm
41 people like this

I think Richard has nailed it. Telecom companies like to pretend that the conflict over the siting and design of cell towers is between "Luddites" (their favorite insult) and hip millennials who "get" why 5G is so cool. It isn't. The conflict is between municipalities protecting the quality of life in their neighborhoods and telecom companies that want to install their equipment as cheaply and quickly as possible.




Marc
Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Marc, Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 5:40 pm
18 people like this

There is a simple solution, let the celll phone companies buy homes scattered around Palo Alto and put the equipment on that property.

/marc


Midtown Dad
Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm
Midtown Dad, Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 7:13 pm
32 people like this

No one can guarantee that 5G is safe so I shouldn’t be forced to be part of some experiment when a I never gave my consent. We must push for a minimum 200 foot setback from residences and 1600 feet setback from schools like our neighboring city of Los Altos.


KCPA
Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm
KCPA, Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm
28 people like this

There is a middle ground here and it doesn't have to be only 20 feet from someone's bedroom. Twenty feet is only 3-4 feet longer than the average car. How can that be an acceptable distance for a cell tower from a home? Palo Alto isn't allowing towers within 500-1000 feet from a school, so why would they allow it to be only 20 feet from a child's home where s/he spends majority of their time? It's ridiculous.

As an example, there is currently a telephone pole that is 20 feet away from my 2 boys' second story bedroom window. Mrs. Alison Cormack has been to my house herself and can attest to how close and inappropriate it is for 2 young children (ages 4 and 1) to grow up in a house where there will be potentially harmful and noisy cell boxes installed directly outside their bedroom windows. They will be sleeping in these rooms for the next 15-18 years of their lives. Aside from potentially harmful EMF exposure, these cell towers do make a consistent humming noise. In the summer, a lot of families have to open the window to stay cool and will not be able to "avoid the noise" made by these towers. Please do not make their home unhealthy and noisy for our children and our families. Let's please be reasonable and make our children's quality of life and health a first priority! And if you disagree, then I challenge you to raise your hand to volunteer to have a 5G cell box installed next to your bedroom. [Portion removed.]


Jimmy Dawson
Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 10:58 pm
Jimmy Dawson, Midtown
on May 15, 2020 at 10:58 pm
17 people like this

[Post removed.]

So the same people that were against 3G, LTE and WiFi are now complaining about 5G, while they work from home during Covid-19 and connect to the Internet to support their income using one of the aforementioned wireless protocols.

Delivery of DoorDash, UberEats, Amazon, PurpleTie and on and on relies on a wireless infrastructure.


So go ahead and put a foil hat over Palo Alto, but when you’re walking down the street using a Thomas Guide for orientation, and you can’t find Circuit City or BlockBuster, don’t come on here and whine.


Katie
Barron Park
on May 16, 2020 at 12:48 am
Katie, Barron Park
on May 16, 2020 at 12:48 am
29 people like this

The people who are making fun of others for their concerns do not understand the scientific evidence and are ignoring well-researched opinions from many respected organizations. These organizations have no financial incentive to raise alarms about wireless exposures (unlike the wireless providers who have everything to gain by pretending the concerns do not exist). Look at these links:

CA Department of Public Health - provides guidelines for safer cell phone use: Web Link

Environmental Working Group - they have their own guidelines and are petitioning the FCC to listen to the science and establish better exposure limits: Web Link

American Academy of Pediatrics - has their own warnings for kids: Web Link


Katie
Barron Park
on May 16, 2020 at 12:48 am
Katie, Barron Park
on May 16, 2020 at 12:48 am
30 people like this

These are just a few examples illustrating real concerns, not to mention the US government NIH study that found that cellular frequencies cause cancer in rats (Web Link). In a drug trial, such a finding would discontinue further development of that drug.

The wireless industry is not regulated by any health agency and the Chicago Tribune found that many phones sold on the market actually exceeded the legal limit of radiation allowed by the FCC:
Web Link

The City of Berkeley requires radiation warnings posted on all cell phones sold: Web Link

Let's use common sense, also known as the precautionary principle, to protect our children. Our PAUSD school board voted unanimously to uphold the precautionary principle and request 1500 ft setbacks of cell towers from schools - the unknown risks to our kids are too great. No one is saying to ban wireless all together - it's just that there are safer alternatives with wiser design and placement of cell towers, and education to teach people about safer use of wireless devices and alternatives like ethernet and fiber lines. Putting in hundreds of additional towers in Palo Alto 20 ft from people's bedrooms so that others can stream videos while driving in their cars seems unwise until safety studies can be conducted and new health standards can be put in place.


Alex
Crescent Park
on May 16, 2020 at 10:40 am
Alex, Crescent Park
on May 16, 2020 at 10:40 am
19 people like this

I see that many comments here look as a coordinated attack – similar talking points, attacking personal views of the people that care the city’s well being. And instead of providing scientific evidence that supposedly should show threat from 5G isn’t real, they link to some newspaper articles that again make fun of people rather than providing any scientific findings. It’s not science, it’s just bad journalism.

Let’s keep it simple, post here links to the research that shows that kids who live with 100ft from the cell towers don’t have long term health effects, like 5-10 years span, And especially right now when we all locked in our houses, means we’ll 24/7 with 100ft of that towers. I don’t know how can anybody could think it’s a good idea. Unless they get financial gains from the arrangement.


Taylor
Professorville
on May 16, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Taylor , Professorville
on May 16, 2020 at 3:07 pm
22 people like this

After a lot of work by City Council, the Architectural Review Board and residents, Palo Alto now has a pretty good policy for the design and siting of cell towers—pretty good, that is, except for the crazy provision that allows a telecom company to install a cell tower as close as twenty feet to a home. As someone else pointed out, that's about the length of a good sized car. How can that make sense? Let’s get some real “ social distancing” between families and these noisy high voltage eyesores.


Me 2
Old Palo Alto
on May 16, 2020 at 3:08 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
on May 16, 2020 at 3:08 pm
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[Portion removed.]

You would think that as educated as we are in Palo Alto, we would be better than those crazies in the UK burning down 5G towers thinking they cause COVID-19.

I guess Russian and Chinese trolls can hit Palo Alto Online too.

(Small hint - just because you read it on the internet doesn't make it true. And linking to cherry picked studies doesn't prove the science either. But you are supposed to be educated to know that already, right?)

"There is a simple solution, let the celll phone companies buy homes scattered around Palo Alto and put the equipment on that property. "

Hey, good idea. Works for Stanford in College Terrace.


Old Palo Alto Resident
Old Palo Alto
on May 16, 2020 at 4:32 pm
Old Palo Alto Resident, Old Palo Alto
on May 16, 2020 at 4:32 pm
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I'm scheduled to have one of these installed at the end of my short driveway in Old Palo Alto. These are ugly, noisy, and potentially harmful. For those who think that I am a Luddite or am wearing a tinfoil hat, please provide your address to the council and allow the tower outside of your home. These are noisy. I have young children and don't want this right outside their window. Let's do the right thing and keep the towers a minimum of 100 feet from homes. It's what other cities are doing. It's the right thing to do. We all want the best service. But, the Telecoms work for US; not the other way around. They can work with siting and place the noisy fans underground. Don't accept the cheapest, most expedient thing for the Telecoms. Let's do this thing right.


PA
Downtown North
on May 16, 2020 at 4:53 pm
PA, Downtown North
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SF Newsletter regarding Dangers of 5G antennas

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Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm
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Posted by Old Palo Alto Resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> I'm scheduled to have one of these installed at the end of my short driveway in Old Palo Alto. These are ugly, noisy, and potentially harmful.

Some of them are actually quite very ugly and noisy. Others very unobtrusive. How does someone find out what "they" (who?) have scheduled for installation?


RKD
Midtown
on May 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm
RKD, Midtown
on May 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm
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A note to Me 2, Jimmie Dawson, Tin Foil, Millennial and several others: I believe it was Rousseau who said “Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.”

I’d like to add my voice to those of all of you who are calling for sensible siting and design requirements for cell towers, requirements that recognize that we all want good cell service, but recognize as well that we all care about the quality of life in our community. A 20 foot setback for cell towers from homes? That’s indefensible. (And I notice that Me 2 et al. don’t even try to defend it.)


Concerned Mom
College Terrace
on May 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm
Concerned Mom, College Terrace
on May 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm
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I'm going to write to our City Council. The fact that Palo Alto may be about to license cell towers as close as 20 feet from my home and emitting noise as loud as a busy restaurant is not what I want. I am the mother of two children living in a small house on a small lot and having a 5G cell tower this close to my home worries me about its effects on my children and my husband and me. I also resent the fact that the noise from the cell towers at 60 decibels would make eating out and playing in our yard less fun because of the constant noise.Big companies should not be able to victimize hard working home owners.And if our School board has asked for these cell towers to be 1500 feet from our schools,that's what we should demand too.


Resident of Old Palo Alto
Old Palo Alto
on May 16, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Resident of Old Palo Alto, Old Palo Alto
on May 16, 2020 at 6:10 pm
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Anon—
I know that “they” are scheduled to install a cell tower at the end of my driveway because a notice was affixed to the telephone pole there.


musical
Palo Verde
on May 16, 2020 at 6:11 pm
musical, Palo Verde
on May 16, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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Is 60 decibels any noisier than the neighbor's air conditioner?


Tin foil
Downtown North
on May 16, 2020 at 6:38 pm
Tin foil, Downtown North
on May 16, 2020 at 6:38 pm
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RKD- perhaps you should read my post again. I mentioned a fact about the group the assisted with this piece and I posted a link to an article about 5G.no insults at all.
Did Rousseau mention anything about people who do not read carefully?


David
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm
David, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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mandate 45
Community Center
on May 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm
mandate 45, Community Center
on May 16, 2020 at 7:57 pm
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musical

"Is 60 decibels any noisier than the neighbor's air conditioner?"

You should know better, hardly any neighbors in Palo Alto have air conditioners. This isn't a Las Vegas strip. And if "the neighbor" has an air conditioner, it's probably recent models which are in the 50's. And they won't be using the AC year around. So that already is much less noise.

FYI 70 dB is super loud
60 dB is less annoying but still like one of those airplanes buzzing around
50 dB is quieter (like a conversation indoors)

Which do you prefer running on your block at night when ambient is 40 or less?

Once you go 10 dB above ambient it's bad.

Mandat3 45



RKD
Midtown
on May 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm
RKD, Midtown
on May 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm
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Dear Tin Foil,

Am I mistaken that your choice of “Tin Foil“ as a nom de Weekly was intended as an insult to residents with whom you disagree?

As for your characterization of Physicians For Safe Technology as “anti-5G”, are you suggesting that an organization that takes a position contrary to that of Verizon et al—i.e., to that of the folks SELLING 5G—is somehow definitionally suspect?

I would ask you, respectfully, to consider the source of your information.

RKD




Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 17, 2020 at 10:39 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 17, 2020 at 10:39 am
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In lieu of progressive 5G enhancements, I imagine some of the more concerned folks could consider going back to using the 10 meter bandwidth via CB radios as many did in the 1970s.

Instead of cellphones, people could simply carry around walkie-talkies & install two-way radios in their SUVs with those long antennas.

In lieu of seasonal 'skip conditions', long distance communications might pose a problem but it would be far safer than relying on anything related to 5G.

The personal sacrifices would include...no texting, gaming, and/or social media outlets with a CB radio BUT there would also be no need for any additional safety measures or unfounded precautions.

Lastly...with the absence of any new 5G cell towers, Palo Alto would remain the beautiful and aesthetic city that it is today (with all of its recent development).


Hacky 5G Antenna Solutions
Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 11:56 am
Hacky 5G Antenna Solutions, Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 11:56 am
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5G certainly has its benefits - but folks like "Millennial 5G FAN" that support 5G only considers the benefits but not the infrastructure cost that's layered on top of current wireless technologies. It is true that 5G has not been tested and there are real gaps in FEC's guidance on what's considered safe, and we're lagging severely behind european countries. But my qualm is that the current proposals by telecoms are really a hack - they're just slapping the antenna & the heat intolerant batteries/loud heat dissipation fans/etc on anywhere that's "cheap" and "fast". Thus, telephone poles that is already heavily ladened with power lines, and has proven to be the cause in recent fires when the fans fail.

There are real elegant solutions that doesn't decrease the value of our living space by being a bandaid solution that is unsafe. Under grounding the unsafe & loud equipment is a more expensive solution for telecoms but a solution that we, residences that care about where we live, prefer. But instead of finding appropriate solutions to fit the needs of the neighbors, they are ramming a hacked solution down our throats.

In addition, the locations telecom choose for antennas are not contextualized to the neighborhood, they're only looking at it from a cost / coverage perspective. For something so intrusive and potentially blanketing a neighborhood, the fact they're not voluntarily considering a 100ft setback from homes is demonstrating a lack of respect for residences and neighborhood needs. The corporate solutions architects are only looking at a 2D map from their offices (or homes).


Hacky 5G Antenna Solutions
Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 11:59 am
Hacky 5G Antenna Solutions, Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 11:59 am
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5G certainly has its benefits - but folks like "Millennial 5G FAN" that support 5G only considers the benefits but not the infrastructure cost that's layered on top of current wireless technologies. My qualm is that the current proposals by telecoms are really a hack - they're just slapping the antenna & the heat intolerant batteries/loud heat dissipation fans/etc on anywhere that's "cheap" and "fast". Thus, telephone poles that is already heavily ladened with power lines, and has proven to be the cause in recent fires when the fans fail.

There are real elegant solutions that doesn't decrease the value of our living space by being a bandaid solution that is unsafe. Under grounding the unsafe & loud equipment is a more expensive solution for telecoms but a solution that we, residences that care about where we live, prefer. But instead of finding appropriate solutions to fit the needs of the neighbors, they are ramming a hacked solution down our throats.

In addition, the locations telecom choose for antennas are not contextualized to the neighborhood, they're only looking at it from a cost / coverage perspective. For something so intrusive and potentially blanketing a neighborhood, the fact they're not voluntarily considering a 100ft setback from homes is demonstrating a lack of respect for residences and neighborhood needs. The corporate solutions architects are only looking at a 2D map from their offices (or homes).


Common sense
Mountain View
on May 17, 2020 at 12:05 pm
Common sense, Mountain View
on May 17, 2020 at 12:05 pm
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Reading this op-ed recalled 20 years of similar claims. Present and accounted for are:

• Undoubtable sincerity.

• Unawareness of vast population of other (non-cellphone-related) radio and microwave services -- often more intense -- in the infrastructure of metropolitan living for 70+ years.

• No quantitative reasoning or perception. No awareness of how the proposed services compare in intensity to numerous established, uncontroversial precedents. No awareness of intensity-distance relationships (to say nothing of Maxwell's Equations).

• Misleading deployment of their signature buzzword "radiation" -- promoting or even reflecting a confusion with notorious, but unrelated, ionizing (e.g. nuclear) "radiation;" and though the same writer never chooses the same word for sunlight, say.

Adding to this, some of the comments above:

• Claiming that anyone arguing real physics or otherwise questioning the article's thinking must be some industry "troll." (Talk about rationalizing! Talk about "insults!")

• Pointing eagerly to the inevitable websites that can be found supporting any conclusion, however wrong.

• Moral narcissism ("I'm concerned about this technology, [therefore] It should not be allowed.") Impulses to ban things [because] you don't understand come close to the literal genesis of the word "Luddite."

15 years ago in my town, people lined up to protest Google's downtown Wi-Fi initiative, with identical rhetoric and lack of insight. Shown hard evidence that, if radio signals were a real health threat, other examples commanded far higher priority, they uniformly ignored it / didn't understand / didn't want to understand.

People who buy into these wireless-service anxiety movements may someday finally realize that terms like Luddite and "tinfoil hat" aren't "insults" from "telecom trolls," but reasoned assessments of an attitude of entitlement to strong opinions divorced from any responsibility to understand the subject judged.


Me 2
Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm
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RKD, are you really concerned about the health impact or making the usual Residentialist complaints about design? Let's be honest here.

As for Physicians for Safe Technology, anyone reading their site critically can find their "data" is anecdotal. I love the fact that they cite a survey done by a "French-speaking magazine" in Switzerland as proof for health issues from 5G.

That's hilarious. As if being a French-speaking makes it more credible. It's the usual PR/comms tactic of adding useless details to make it feel more real.

It's just a pretty blog aggregation of articles that just agree with what they advocate. And there's no consistency. There's no primary scientific data to be found on that site. Just a sea of confirmation bias.

It's about as scientific as Daily Kos or Drudge Report.

But of course, the advisors have MDs and Ph.Ds. Science!


mandate 45
Community Center
on May 17, 2020 at 2:23 pm
mandate 45, Community Center
on May 17, 2020 at 2:23 pm
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to all concerned with science

At least on the noise issue, noise measurements are science

when you have an environment with average noise at 45, 40 or below (Palo Alto neighborhoods are far below 45 at night) why would you want to put anything going at 60?

Marin and Los Altos either do math and science better or Palo Alto is unaware of noise levels at night. Daytime is different, but these things will be bothering when it's quiet and that's the level you have to look at to understand annoyance.

Mandate 45


Justin
Evergreen Park
on May 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Justin, Evergreen Park
on May 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm
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As others have pointed out, all the residents, ARB and City Council of Palo Alto are doing is insisting that the siting and design of cell towers installed here comply with the City’s aesthetic, safety and other standards. Locating a cell tower 20 feet from a home doesn’t do that. Let’s have good cell service In our city, but let’s also keep those cell towers as unobtrusive as possible, and at least 100 feet from any home.


Old PA Resident
Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2020 at 7:09 pm
Old PA Resident, Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2020 at 7:09 pm
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Along with the other non-trolls, I would never want a noisy ugly piece of technology a mere 20 feet from my home, which in my case means right outside the master bedroom window. Asking for realistic limitations on what the monster companies that don't have to live with this is more than reasonable. Please City Council members, take heed at what the residents want. Please ignore the trolls.


civil servant
Midtown
on May 17, 2020 at 7:24 pm
civil servant, Midtown
on May 17, 2020 at 7:24 pm
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As a prior member of the ARB, I completely agree w/ Richard of downtown North => "We don't have to choose between good cell service and ugly, noisy, massive "small cell node" cell towers right next to our homes."

Specifically => "Telecom companies can easily locate most of their equipment underground, or, at the very least, top-mount very compact radios. It just costs them more. As for maintaining a 100 foot setback from cell towers to people's homes, it's easily accomplished. Again, it just means Verizon et al. need to spend a little more money siting and designing their equipment."

T.H.E.Y. (all telecom companies capable of installing 5G) are capable of going underground, going small, going quiet. It's just a cost/benefit question. And given that the fed gov shimmied the responsibility to the municipalities, it's on us to help the telecoms understand what their install cost structure needs to look like to install here.


I'll try again
Downtown North
on May 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm
I'll try again, Downtown North
on May 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm
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Updated IEEE Report.

I'll try to send this AGAIN. Please send the Important Science article.

Web Link


PA
Downtown North
on May 17, 2020 at 7:36 pm
PA, Downtown North
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Important IEEE Science Update

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Tiger Dad
Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2020 at 8:06 pm
Tiger Dad, Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2020 at 8:06 pm
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There’s nothing about putting cell towers as close as 20 feet to people’s homes that is going to improve service. Keep them at least 15 social distances away.


cieboy
Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 10:50 pm
cieboy, Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 10:50 pm
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I agree with Civil Servant, midtown and Richard, downtown North. A 100 foot setback for cell towers from residences at the very minimum and no noisy fans.


Professorville Dad
Professorville
on May 17, 2020 at 11:43 pm
Professorville Dad, Professorville
on May 17, 2020 at 11:43 pm
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First off, I fully support making cell phone antennas as quiet and unobtrusive as possible, and making cell phone companies pay for them.

That said, we need more policy driven by science and not appeals to fear.

ThIs opinion piece states that there’s no way to know how far apart 5G towers should be, so we should space them however far she feels is a good idea.

That’s frankly pretty uneducated— it’s easy to model how cell phone signal at a given frequency degrades through different media and we should let the science guide the placement of the antennas, not whatever her and her friend feel like is best.

She also cites a bunch of fear mongering from people that run groups opposed to cell towers— the truth is that mainstream scientists known for many years that there is no physical way that WiFi or Cell phone signals can affect biology outside of very mild surface heating. In the worst case this heating effect is much smaller than the effect of walking into the sunlight on your sidewalk.

Even if there were a damaging effect— which there isn’t— in general people are getting 100x cell phone signal exposure from phones themselves, as opposed to towers. And further, the more towers that get built, the lower power they need to use, which should be the better outcome if somehow cellphone signal were harmful.

In sum, there’s just no cause for concern here, and the people that claim there’s evidence otherwise have been misinformed or are fringe people motivated to a specific conclusion.

Regardless of how little these resident think there’s no value in improving internet connectivity, there are many more residents I know that appreciate what connectivity has done for Palo Alto.

As it is we have so few options for good connectivity— we’re basically beholden to Comcast as there are no good alternatives. 5G changes that equation, offering another high-speed, high-bandwidth alternative in and around our homes.

Support better internet connectivity. It’s an important need in the world, especially in these challenging times.


John M
Professorville
on May 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm
John M, Professorville
on May 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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I understand that 5G antennas need to be spaced more closely to provide good coverage, as the 5G signal doesn't carry as well.

Many of our setbacks in residential areas are set to be 20'.

To give us good signal in residential neighborhoods, we obviously need these antennas dispersed in residential neighborhoods.

Isn't asking to keep the antennas further than 20' from homes largely banning them from residential neighborhoods?

Wouldn't it be more productive to call for more effort around clever ways to hide the antennas?


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 18, 2020 at 9:10 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 18, 2020 at 9:10 am
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All things considered, Palo Alto HOMEOWNERS who have 5G cell phone towers situated on their residential properties should be monetarily remunerated in some manner by the cell phone carriers or the City of Palo Alto.

Renters need not be compensated and any rebate discussions relative to the 5G towers can be worked out between them & the landlord/property manager OR they can simply MOVE OUT as there are plenty of other potential renters given the PA housing shortages.

Unsubstantiated health concerns & MONEY should quell any issues relative to the emergence of progressive technologies that will serve and enhance the ENTIRE Palo Alto community.

The detractors can easily go back to using tin cans attached with string.




mandate 45
Community Center
on May 18, 2020 at 9:49 am
mandate 45, Community Center
on May 18, 2020 at 9:49 am
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"In sum, there’s just no cause for concern here, and the people that claim there’s evidence otherwise have been misinformed or are fringe people motivated to a specific conclusion."

There is evidence that noise can be harmful to health. Sensitivity to sound will vary but there is no question that a +10dB difference above ambient is a big difference, and +20 dB is not insignificant.

A permanent noise source +20 dB above ambient is a legitimate concern. Taking away someone's enjoyment of a property could/shoud probably also be legally challenged.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 18, 2020 at 10:23 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 18, 2020 at 10:23 am
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> "when you have an environment with average noise at 45, 40 or below (Palo Alto neighborhoods are far below 45 at night) why would you want to put anything going at 60?"

>> "60 would be very noticeable in a Palo Alto residential neighborhood,"

^^^ Seriously? 60db is equivalent to the level of human conversation or an appliance (i.e. air conditioner).

Take note...
Web Link

FYI/FWIW...when my girlfriend is reprimanding me (usually for something trivial) her db level far exceeds that of a proposed cell phone tower.


mandate 45
Community Center
on May 18, 2020 at 11:14 am
mandate 45, Community Center
on May 18, 2020 at 11:14 am
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Millenial 5G fan,

“FYI/FWIW...when my girlfriend is reprimanding me (usually for something trivial) her db level far exceeds that of a proposed cell phone tower.“

Why do you need to make excuses for gain at someone’s long term expense? Good companies invest in making quiet equipment. Money better spent than on lobbysts to get free rides.

60 is not quiet conversation- that would be below 50 but the bother depends on the ambient noise. When the ambient noise is at 40, a +20 dB is a very significant deviation from people’s expectations for a quiet environment.

Any suburb- not just Marin and Los Altos know this. How did Palo Alto came up with 60? evidently not understanding its own neighborhoods.




Richard
Downtown North
on May 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm
Richard, Downtown North
on May 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm
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To answer John M.’s first question: No, requiring that cell towers be located significantly further than 20 feet from homes would not be an effective ban on cell towers in residential neighborhoods. There are over 6,000 wood utility poles in Palo Alto, plus, of course, a large number of street lamps (cell towers are also mounted on street lamps)). And even by the most conservative measures, at least 1,000 of these poles are located in residential areas and much further than 20 feet from residences. So how many poles do the telecom companies want to use? According to them, about 150 (that’s how many cell tower applications are pending in Palo Alto). 150 applications with 1,000 poles to choose among? It’s hard to see how a telecom company could complain.

And to answer John’s second question: Aesthetically, the antenna is the least of it. What telecom companies want to do is install hundreds of pounds of ugly, buzzing radio equipment on the sides of wood utility poles. That’s because this is what is easiest and cheapest for them. Your jaw would drop if you heard, as I have, the reasons Verizon, for example, which is a 280 Billion/year-in-annual-revenue company, gives for why Palo Alto shouldn’t require that its radios be located underground (e.g., “ We prefer to use 100 foot cables and that’s not long enough to allow undergrounding.”).

And finally, a comment on what Professorville Dad had to say: I suggest that you contact the “many” residents you know who “appreciate what connectivity has done for Palo Alto,” and ask them if they would be willing to join you in volunteering to have a cell tower installed 20 feet from their homes. (A telecom company can install a pole anywhere, and pop a cell tower on it, so don’t let that be a consideration.) Then please get back to us and let us know how many takers you have (with names, please).


Justin
Evergreen Park
on May 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Justin, Evergreen Park
on May 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm
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I want to mention this because no one else has: The telecom industry has not acted responsibly here. Two very different examples of what I mean are: 1) They corrupted a public official, paying to send our now former IT Director—whose job included overseeing cell tower applications—all over the world to promote smart, i.e. wireless-dense, cities. (When the California Fair Political Practices Commission announced they were investigating Director Reichental, he resigned within days.); and 2) They have not been measuring the radiation produced by their cell towers, even though this is a condition of their permits from the city.


Me 2
Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm
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We can't even underground our utilities, and you're expecting something less dangerous than high voltage electricity to be put underground? Odd. Smells like Residentialism again.

And, ironically, the closer the cell phone access point (these small radios are not "towers") are to the phones, the *less* power required to transmit. The further you are away from a cell phone tower the MORE power your phone has to emit to interact with the network.

So if you really believe this nonsense about cell phone radiation, you should want a cell phone antenna on your doorstep. Not too far away that your iPhone has to strain to connect (and blast more radiation in your head) to a tower that's too distant.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm
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Posted by Me 2, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> Smells like Residentialism again.

"There you go again."

==

"Residentialism", noun, 1) Recognition of the rights of residents in a city, 2) A political movement to increase political recognition of the rights of the residents of a city.

"Liberal", adj, 1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to or having social and political views that favour progress and reform
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) relating to or having policies or views advocating individual freedom

"Liberal", noun, (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who has liberal ideas or opinions

==

As it happens, I advocate individual freedom, and, the recognition of the rights of the residents of a city.


no 5G, thanks
Midtown
on May 19, 2020 at 3:06 pm
no 5G, thanks, Midtown
on May 19, 2020 at 3:06 pm
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Millennial says
"...when my girlfriend is reprimanding me (usually for something trivial) her db level far exceeds that of a proposed cell phone tower."

I'm with her.
It is hard to live with a self-important, self-centered individual.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 20, 2020 at 9:05 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 20, 2020 at 9:05 am
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>> "It is hard to live with a self-important, self-centered individual."

^^^ Agreed. But this domestic scenario has become commonplace among the upwardly mobile... even in Palo Alto!

With 5G many of us will now have even more latitude to avoid various unpleasantries (i.e. nagging) by seeking refuge in the enhanced capabilities of the expanded 5G network.

And with Bluetooth in one ear, you can pretend to be listening to the bickering while addressing far more important issues.

Consider the advantages before condemning technological advances.


That Guy
Mayfield
on May 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm
That Guy, Mayfield
on May 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm
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This person has no understanding of Radio Technology and should not be given the time of day. Do some actual research and get off of youtube!


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm
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Apparently there are some installations that are quite unobtrusive, but, more expansive. To see what the installations look like that people are complaining about, google "images small-cell 5G pole-mounted installations". And, they hum and have fan noise, too.

The only ones that don't look obtrusive are the streetlight-integrated versions intended for "historic districts". Maybe we can declare all of Palo Alto a "historic district"?


John
Professorville
on May 20, 2020 at 2:38 pm
John , Professorville
on May 20, 2020 at 2:38 pm
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Surprised that the 5G haters haven't found a way to somehow link this to Stanford and Casti. And more bike lanes.

C'mon my NIMBY people! We need more unfounded concerns and hysteria in our lives!


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 21, 2020 at 9:41 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 21, 2020 at 9:41 am
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Posted by John, a resident of Professorville

>> C'mon my NIMBY people! We need more unfounded concerns and hysteria in our lives!

Go look at one of these installations in person first before you assert that concerns are unfounded. Some of them are ugly, bulky, and noisy. But, they don't have to be, if properly sited and constructed.


wavesailor
another community
on May 21, 2020 at 12:23 pm
wavesailor, another community
on May 21, 2020 at 12:23 pm
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This contributor does not understand that 5G uses two major frequency ranges (< 6GHz microwaves currently used by 3G/4G and millimeter wave high frequencies in the 24-40GHz range). The two frequency ranges have vastly different access range and extremely different infrastructure deployment requirements for equipment. Not discussing this and lumping it all together just paints more fake news and bad branding on safe standard 5G < 6GHz and no different than current 3G/4G infrastructure. Splat... poor editorial.


Curmudgeon
Downtown North
on May 21, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
on May 21, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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"Ban the microwave oven that sometimes interferes with my connection to them."

For personal safety, any microwave oven interfering with other devices is leaking and should be replaced immediately.

Otherwise, stop using cell phones. No customers, no 4G or 5G towers. Conversely, no towers, no cells. It's that simple (and that improbable)


Curmudgeon
Downtown North
on May 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
on May 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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"This person has no understanding of Radio Technology and should not be given the time of day."

Au contraire, this author has a much better than average understanding of the radio technology. Certainly far better than anything you have demonstrated.


Taylor
Professorville
on May 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Taylor, Professorville
on May 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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Seriously, John from Professorville, hurling the NIMBY insult at your neighbors who don’t want a cell tower a pickup truck’s length from their kids’ bedroom windows?

Friend, you live here, too. So just step right up and tell us your full name, and we’ll put you on the “Yes, please install a cell tower next to my house” list for Verizon and AT&T.


Pathetic PA
Old Palo Alto
on May 21, 2020 at 7:25 pm
Pathetic PA, Old Palo Alto
on May 21, 2020 at 7:25 pm
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It is sad testimony to the debilitating influence of society's ever expanding obsession with technology that pathetic, monomaniacal individuals (if they are to be considered authentic personalities and not simply telecom industry social engineers) such as those berating anyone who has the psychological fortitude to object to the surrender of their right to peaceful enjoyment of their residential enclaves are treated with the least modicum of polite consideration. How can anyone with the least fragment of healthy human spirit and love for nature, in good conscience, casually discard the soothing serenity and pacific comfort of quiet tree-lined boulevards nuanced with delightful birdsong in exchange for the constant 60dB drone of 5G cooling fans? With so little love for nature and the natural world, I see little hope for the future of this planet's ecosystem. House Bill 530 and Senate Bill 2012 may help if they can get out of committee.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 22, 2020 at 8:30 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 22, 2020 at 8:30 am
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In maintaining an open perspective, those Palo Alto residents opposed to 5G enhancements should:

(1) Create a petition & present their concerns to the Palo Alto City Council in an effort to curtail this development.

(2) If unsuccessful, hire an attorney & file a class action suit against both the city & cell phone carriers.

(3) Stick with their 3G/4G cellphones (including flip-phones) while adamantly refusing to upgrade when the opportunity presents itself.

(4) Sell their overvalued/overpriced PA homes to a willing outside buyer and

(5) Consider relocating to a safer area where cell phone reception is poor or non-existent


Sally-Ann Rudd
Downtown North
on May 22, 2020 at 11:10 am
Sally-Ann Rudd, Downtown North
on May 22, 2020 at 11:10 am
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Didn't the City go through a protracted negotiation with Crown Castle so that we WOULDN'T be getting unsightly boxes perched on poles? I thought they were all undergrounded.
Web Link
I am usually front center of the residentialist lobby, but in this case, there is only one corner of my house that gets any cell coverage on my AT&T phone, so I'm all in favor of an upgrade in service.
Please give a civil correction if I'm wrong about this.


Curmudgeon
Downtown North
on May 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm
Curmudgeon, Downtown North
on May 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm
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"I am usually front center of the residentialist lobby, but in this case, there is only one corner of my house that gets any cell coverage on my AT&T phone, so I'm all in favor of an upgrade in service."

May I politely and civilly suggest a solution which I have used quite satisfactorily for many years? My AT&T landline gives me reliable high quality service in all areas of my midsized house. No towers, no dropped calls, no fans, nothing but service that keeps going and going and going. Why not give it a try?


Ryan C.
College Terrace
on May 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm
Ryan C., College Terrace
on May 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm
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Hello Sally Ann Rudd,

The cell towers you're referencing in Downtown North are no longer in the works, because Crown Castle/Verizon failed to meet the very generous permitting deadlines established by the City. And while the Architectural Review Board had indeed recommended that Crown Castle/Verizon underground the ancillary equipment for these cell towers, Crown Castle/Verizon's lawyers spent a year fighting the recommendation rather than agree to spend a little extra money to make their installations acceptable to residents.

This is about money. It's about money the telecom industry doesn't want to spend to comply with the aesthetic and safety standards of the municipalities in which they want to locate their cell towers. If someone wants to build an office building here, they have to comply with Palo Alto's municipal code, right? Well, the same is true for telecom companies. But they think they can bully their way out of having to do it.

You say you want better cell service sooner, rather than later? Then please let your cell carrier know that you'd like them to stop their war against municipalities. Please ask that they--instead of spending millions of dollars on lawyers' fees to fight Palo Alto's very reasonable requirements --that they spend their money on miniaturizing, concealing and improving the safety of their equipment.





Rick
Adobe-Meadow
on May 23, 2020 at 7:51 am
Rick, Adobe-Meadow
on May 23, 2020 at 7:51 am
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I have room for two of those towers in my backyard. How do I sign up to get some?


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 23, 2020 at 9:57 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 23, 2020 at 9:57 am
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For the overly concerned and in lieu of wearing of 'tin hats', there is a comprehensive line of clothing products/attire available online to protect you from 5G emissions.

Web Link

Baseball caps, headbands, brain protectors and even hooded sweatshirts.

Best to err (or look like a doofus) on the side of precaution...right?


Travis
Community Center
on May 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm
Travis , Community Center
on May 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm
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Hey Rick from Adobe-Meadows,

Just tell us what your last name is, and we'll make sure Verizon, AT&T and the City of Palo Alto know you want those two cell towers next to your house!

And thanks for the offer. Most people don't want anything to do with living near these ugly,noisy, high-voltage installations once they know what's really involved.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2020 at 5:53 pm
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Posted by Millennial 5G FAN, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive

>> For the overly concerned and in lieu of wearing of 'tin hats', there is a comprehensive line of clothing products/attire available online to protect you from 5G emissions.

I'm not sure how RF-shielded clothing is going to protect houses from the noise and visual blight of the boxes attached to the poles mounted in front. And, it is totally unnecessary -- Verizon knows perfectly well how to avoid it.


be.hope
Monroe Park
on May 28, 2020 at 10:44 am
be.hope, Monroe Park
on May 28, 2020 at 10:44 am
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this is quite a proud display of ignorance.
educate yourself...please
Web Link
Web Link


Me 2
Old Palo Alto
on May 28, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
on May 28, 2020 at 1:45 pm
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Does educate yourself mean actually reading the studies that are shown on the site rather than just reading the headlines?

Here's a fun quote from a study linked from that first site:
"However, due to high rate of mobile phone use in both groups, this study failed to show any link between mobile phone use and speech problems in offspring....However, exposure to other sources of non-ionizing radiation was not linked to speech problems. Moreover, exposure to ionizing radiation (e.g. radiography before and during pregnancy) was not associated with the occurrence of speech problems."

It's as if they just ran with the headline and decided to link it out.

Hilarious.

And the site is from some outfit called "Grassroots Communications, Inc." which you can find on a Bloomberg directory (a random directory - don't let the Bloomberg association fool you) with a website domain URL that's for sale! (www.grassrootscommunications.com).

Amateur hour on the Russian/Chinese troll sites. Anyone with lame Google skills like mine can figure this stuff out.

Educate ourselves? How about some dose of critical thinking rather than just confirmation bias?


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 11:14 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 29, 2020 at 11:14 am
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Posted by Me 2, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> Does educate yourself mean actually reading the studies that are shown on the site rather than just reading the headlines?

We've all seen the tin-foil-hat nonsense. All the same, the proposed cell installations may be obtrusive, ugly, and noisy. *Needlessly* obtrusive, ugly and noisy-- we know that there are much better installations available.


Me 2
Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2020 at 12:31 pm
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"All the same, the proposed cell installations may be obtrusive, ugly, and noisy. *Needlessly* obtrusive, ugly and noisy-- we know that there are much better installations available."

On this we can agree. I just wish the people who forward the Chinese/Russian 5G troll sites as proof would get smart and stop doing it.


Travis
Community Center
on May 29, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Travis , Community Center
on May 29, 2020 at 4:34 pm
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I think, Me 2, that you keep insulting your neighbors and falling back on telecom troll talking points because you don't actually know anything about what the cell tower issues are in Palo Alto. As many others have said, we all want good service, just like you do. The question is, how will it be delivered? With hundreds of pounds of cheap, noisy, ugly equipment slapped up on poles right next to people homes, or with smart designs and thoughtful siting that respect of the quality of life in our community?


Me 2
Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2020 at 8:50 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2020 at 8:50 pm
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I think Travis needs to read my last post again.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 30, 2020 at 10:08 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 30, 2020 at 10:08 am
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> "the proposed cell installations may be obtrusive, ugly, and noisy. *Needlessly* obtrusive, ugly and noisy-- we know that there are much better installations available."

^ Concurring. Now that most of the Chicken Little fears regarding 5G RF radiation has been dispelled by the local intelligentsia, there is no question that 5G cell tower units are indeed mundane, ugly-looking installations.

Perhaps those concerned about the awkward appearance of these contraptions should appeal to the cell phone companies and City of Palo Alto (or PA Arts Commission) in an effort to either beautify or design them so that they will blend aesthetically into the various neighborhoods and streets.

The only problem is that some Palo Altans (or at least the PA Arts Commission) have absolutely zero taste in visually appealing art given the two monstrosities erected along the center island of California Avenue (the ones that look like a crumpled bike rack & the wooden unicorn horn) along with the hideous wooden sculpture from Scandinavia ('Friends') that once graced Embarcadero Road near the lawn bowling lanes.

As for the minimal 60db noise level, many cellphone users incorporate earbuds & those residing near the installations can simply utilize cotton balls...a safe & inexpensive measure.

Just imagine what would have occurred if moderate noise levels and/or visually aesthetic concerns had dictated the advancement of modern human society...no stereos, automobiles, individual fashion statements, highways etc.




Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2020 at 3:46 pm
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Posted by Millennial 5G FAN, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive

>> Perhaps those concerned about the awkward appearance of these contraptions should appeal to the cell phone companies

To the cell phone companies: please do the right thing, which you already know how to do, instead of the cheap, ugly, noisy thing that your MBA beancounters are telling you to do.

>> As for the minimal 60db noise level, many cellphone users incorporate earbuds & those residing near the installations can simply utilize cotton balls...a safe & inexpensive measure.

Thank you for clarifying your position so concisely.


Richard
Downtown North
on May 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm
Richard, Downtown North
on May 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm
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Ha! Not even a telecom lawyer has had the temerity to suggest that, if we residents don't like the noise from a cell tower next to our house, we put cotton balls in our ears!

Millennial 5G, you've given us a good laugh. May we assume you're a 20 year old temporarily sheltering-in-place in your parents' basement?


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 31, 2020 at 10:02 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 31, 2020 at 10:02 am
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> "Millennial 5G, you've given us a good laugh. May we assume you're a 20 year old temporarily sheltering-in-place in your parents' basement?"

^ Wishing I was...living off parents with free food/rent & included in a family cellular plan. Those little deadbeats have it made.

Unfortunately I am one of the older ones (32) and forced to fend for myself in a world now decimated (both economically & environmentally) by a previous self-serving & narcissistic generation.

That said...modern technology (despite its occasional & apparent shortcomings) should be embraced as the same can be said of various behind the counter pharmaceuticals which also carry a certain risk.

What would the aging male Baby Boomers do without their Cialis?




Richard
Downtown North
on May 31, 2020 at 5:26 pm
Richard, Downtown North
on May 31, 2020 at 5:26 pm
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Oh, dear, Millennial 5G, now you've hurt my feelings.

Seriously, I feel sorry for you if, at age 32, you resent having to "fend" for yourself. Who do you think SHOULD be fending for you?

But back to the subject under discussion: Let's make sure that Palo Alto continues to fully exercise its rights with respect to what cell towers in the Public Right of Way can look like and sound like, and where they can be placed. And let's start by increasing the absurdly low 20 foot setback for cell towers from residents' homes that City Manager Ed Shikada slipped into the Wireless Resolution.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 1, 2020 at 8:04 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 1, 2020 at 8:04 am
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> "Seriously, I feel sorry for you if, at age 32, you resent having to "fend" for yourself. Who do you think SHOULD be fending for you?"

^Concurring...as EVERYONE should be striving towards economic self-sufficiency if possible.

That said, EVERY Palo Alto resident against the erection of 5G cell towers should raise their voices & vehemently address this issue at the city council meetings.

In the event this opposition represen6ts a MAJORITY of Palo Alto residents and if the city council refuses to acknowledge their concerns, the erection & emergence of 5G cell towers should be subject to a moratorium pending a public vote/referendum.

That is the American civil process and how the public can FEND off any unwanted and/or unwarranted developments.

But try to keep in mind that if the PACC ignores your request...well you folks voted them in & bought into their line of civic-minded hyperbole during campaign time.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 9:28 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 9:28 am
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Posted by Millennial 5G FAN, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive

>> erection of 5G cell towers should raise their voices & vehemently address this issue at the city council meetings.

You ignored the real issue again. Besides the choices "no cell service" and "ugly noisy obtrusive boxes on every pole", there is a third alternative: smart siting of quiet, unobtrusive installations.

Since you oppose this and blame older Palo Altans for absolutely every ill in the world, I can't help wondering why you live here. Surely you would be happier living somewhere else where there aren't so many granola-munching bicycle-riding liberals, where cell companies are free to install as many noisy, ugly antennas as they feel like anywhere they like without being criticized. Like a corporate-friendly state where companies are free to "innovate" however they like. Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming top some of the charts for "business-friendly". Check them out-- what have you got to lose?


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:14 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:14 am
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> "there is a third alternative: smart siting of quiet, unobtrusive installations."

^ OK...let's hear some of your placement suggestions along with aesthetic design concepts that will ensure effective 5G operation and range.

>> "Since you oppose this and blame older Palo Altans for absolutely every ill in the world, I can't help wondering why you live here."

^ The old 'love it or leave it' Nixonian philosophy...proof that even the liberal-minded are oftentimes no different.

I am not blaming 'older Palo Altans for absolutely every ill in the world'...just saying that if the transition to 5G is such posing a big deal, take the issue up with your elected city officials & see if they can assist you in this matter.

And as far as your suggestion pertaining to checking out other regions in which to reside, there may be some alternative locales that you too could consider...where 5G will not pose an immediate issue (i.e. places like Ghana, Nigeria, Somalia et al).

You can also ride a bike out there and order your granola online (if so desired).
3G is still considered 'state of the technology' in many of the more remote regions & some even have payphones for added convenience.

Palo Alto is changing and I can understand that some of its older residents are still clinging to a past that no longer exists.

You cannot go back in time.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 1:38 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 1:38 pm
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Posted by Millennial 5G FAN, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive

>> Palo Alto is changing and I can understand that some of its older residents are still clinging to a past that no longer exists. >> You cannot go back in time.

Apropos nothing. Let cell providers put in state-of-the-art properly-sited quiet unobtrusive installations, instead of noisy, ugly, obtrusive, *outdated* installations.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:36 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:36 am
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>"Apropos nothing. Let cell providers put in state-of-the-art properly-sited quiet unobtrusive installations, instead of noisy, ugly, obtrusive, *outdated* installations."

^ It is up to the PACC (on behalf of concerned PA residents) to demand these sonic & aesthetic specifications.

Take it up with your city council members. DUH


Richard
Downtown North
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:32 pm
Richard, Downtown North
on Jun 3, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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Millennial 5G:

So you know: This issue has been coming before City Council for, count 'em, three years.. Countless residents have made their views known to City Council, and virtually every one of those residents has favored a City Wireless Policy that requires telecom companies to design and site cell towers in a way that respects the quality life in our community. What does that mean? Well, one thing it means is quiet, miniaturized radio equipment located underground.

Moreover, City Council agrees. The last issue to be considered is 1) just how tough Palo Alto is going to be in insisting that telecom companies comply with these thoughtful standards, and 2) how close to a residence a cell tower can be located. Regarding the latter, nobody wants this stuff in their face, no matter how well-designed it is. And there is no need for it to be. None.


Millennial 5G FAN
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 4, 2020 at 11:10 am
Millennial 5G FAN, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 4, 2020 at 11:10 am
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> "This issue has been coming before City Council for, count 'em, three years.. Countless residents have made their views known to City Council, and virtually every one of those residents has favored a City Wireless Policy that requires telecom companies to design and site cell towers in a way that respects the quality life in our community."

^ OK...then PA residents should advise (or tell) the PACC to 'grow some balls' by passing a citywide ordinance prohibiting the erection of ALL 5G cell towers pending an EIR (to be paid for by the cell phone carriers) with definitive design plans provided by Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile and/or Sprint.

This is the responsibility of the CITY to provide for the pressing concerns of its residents...they need to get off their duffs and become more proactive.

If this is not being done, the CITY is either being lazy or being 'bought & sold' by the cell phone companies.

The same can be said of their clandestine relationships(s) with RE developers.


Christina
Ventura
on Jun 18, 2020 at 7:19 pm
Christina , Ventura
on Jun 18, 2020 at 7:19 pm
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The stupidest thing is that why keep them 100 feet from your house and not 100 feet from a school??????????? Keep them miles from BOTH THIS IS STUPID!!!!! DOES ANYONE ELSE AGREE THAT IT MAKES NO SENCE??? WHY WOULD YOU WANT IT NEXT TO WHERE YOU SLEEP BUT NOT NEXT TO WHERE YOU LEARN IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NOOOO SENCE IM THE ONLY ONE THAT DIDNT GET THE DUMBED YOU DOWN VACCINATION.


rclick
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 1:08 am
rclick, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 1:08 am
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I'm so out of touch with technology I'll never catch up. Guess I should go back inside and finish painting my rotary phone with this old lead based red paint.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:24 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:24 am
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Posted by rclick, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood

>> I'm so out of touch with technology I'll never catch up. Guess I should go back inside and finish painting my rotary phone with this old lead based red paint.

I find cell phones rather convenient. Too bad we can't get carriers to commit to building standard unobtrusive, intelligently located stations, instead of trying to hang ugly, noisy, outdated boxes on poles right outside people's windows.


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