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California Governor Brown Vetos SB649 Halting Small Cell Streamlining Legislation

Oct 20, 2017


California Governor Brown Vetos SB649 Halting Small Cell Streamlining Legislation

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed  SB 649, 5G streamlining legislation that would have granted the telecom industry a green light to place “small cell” antennas approximately every hundred yards throughout California neighborhoods directly in front of homes.  

Learn more about SB649 Here

Read Letters by Scientists on the scientific basis to reject Small Cells

Read About the Other US States Moving Forward With Small Cell Streamlining Legislation

Read California Governor Brown’s Letter.

Governor Brown Letter VETO SB649


Seipel, Tracy. “California: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill easing permits on cell phone towers.” The Mercury News [Bay Area] 16 October 2017.

Myers, John. “Gov. Jerry Brown sides with local governments, vetoes state rules for installing 5G cellular equipment.” Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles] 21 October 2017.

Fracassa, Dominic. “SF scores victory over telecom firms as Brown vetoes antenna-placement bill.” San Francisco Chronicle [San Francisco] 16 October 2017.

“Here’s the last of the bills Governor Brown signed – and didn’t sign – this year.” KPCC and Capital Public Radio, Take Two [Pasadena] 16 October 2017.

FitzGerald, Drew. “Wireless Carriers’ ‘Small Cell’ Push Hits California Roadblock.” The Wall Street Journal [New York City] 17 October 2017.

Gibbs, Colin. “CTIA suffers major blow as small-cell bill vetoed in California.” Fierce Wireless [Newton, MA] 16 October 2017.

Szal, Andy. “California Governor Vetoes Statewide 5G Antenna Standards.” Wireless Week, 16 October 2017.

“California’s SB 649 Vetoed by Governor Brown.” Inside Towers, 18 October 2017.

O’Dwyer, Jack. “Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Cellphone Tower Bill.” O’Dwyer’s Inside News of PR and Marketing Communications, 16 October 2017.

“CSAC Says Local Government Praises Veto of SB 649 – Governor Brown’s Action Protects Local Control Over Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.” Sierra Sun Times [Mariposa, CA] 16 October 2017

“Roseville leaders celebrate Gov. Brown’s veto of SB 649.” Roseville and Granite Bay Press Tribune 16 October 2017.

California SB 649 would strip the local control of communities to determine wireless facility placement in their rights of way.  The State of California Department of Finance made the recommendation to oppose SB 649 stating,  “this bill goes too far by usurping city and county zoning authority for infrastructure development, and it potentially imposes reimbursable, state-mandated costs on cities and counties.”

Many scientists wrote letters  about the scientific evidence indicating that the planned small cell roll out would pose a threat to public health. The AARP, the Sierra Club and the Environmental Working Group opposed this Bill. Over 200 cities, and the League of California Cities  opposed to SB 649.

Read the EWG post on SB649. “Cellphone Safety: Industry Pushes to Strip Local Control of High-Speed Networks” by  Olga Naidenko Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental Health.

Scientist Letters

Letter from Dr. Lennart Hardell To Governor Jerry Brown on SB649

Letter from Dr. Joel Moskowitz To Governor Jerry Brown on SB649

Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, MD, PhD Lettter in Opposition to SB649

Letter from Dr. Martin Pall in Opposition to SB649

Attachment to Dr. Pall Letter – 142 Microwave Radiation Review Studies

Letter from Dr. Cindy Russell in opposition to SB649 

Letter from Physicians For Safe Technology in opposition to SB649

Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Chair Aguiar-Curry on SB 649

Letter from Dr. Devra Davis to Governor Jerry Brown on SB649 

Letter from Dr. Paul Ben Ishai in Opposition to SB 649
Letter from Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft, Canada

Letter from Dr. Sam Milhelm 

Letter from Dr.  John West

Letter From Susan Foster To Governor Brown About Firefighters

FCC Comments by Susan Foster About Firefighters

8/20 National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Letter to Appropriations Committee

8/21 National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Letter to Assembly

8/24 National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy Letter to Governor Brown.

Letters Sent To California State In Opposition To 649

Letter from the Sierra Club

Letter from Greenlining Insitute

Letter from Environmental Working Group June 26, 2017

Letter from Environmental Working Group July 26, 2017

Letter from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), July 19, 2017 “This bill undermines the authority of local government..”

Letter from the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments

Law Office of Harry  Lehmann“Mass casualties are likely in District 10 from passage of 648, July 6, 2017

Law Office Of Harry Lehmann, Second Letter To The State Of California Liability for Damage From Microwave Radiation Exposure Sustained by Senate Bill 649 Will Be Shifted to California State , July 19, 2017

Law Office of Harry Lehmann  letter dated August 24, 2017,  SB 649 will  disproportionately effect the poor in California. 

Letter From EMF Safety Network and Ecological Options Network

August 14, 2017 Letter by Susan Foster Assembly Appropriations Letter – Fire Station Exemption from SB 649

Radiation Research Trust  Letter of Opposition

Letter from the Marin California Council of Mayors and Council Members Opposing SB 649

Scientists For Wired Technology, 5/30/17: front and back Scientists For Wired Technology 5/31/17:front and back

Letters from the City of Palos Verdes Estates April 12, 2017July 20, 2017

American Planning Association Opposes SB 649 

Berkeley City Council Opposition Letter 


See PSA’s below created by organizations calling for a veto to SB 649