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.
Read California Governor Brown’s Letter.Governor Brown Letter VETO SB649
NEWS REPORTS ON THE VETO
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.
Letter From Susan Foster To Governor Brown About Firefighters
FCC Comments by Susan Foster About Firefighters
Letters Sent To California State In Opposition To 649
Letter from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), July 19, 2017 “This bill undermines the authority of local government..”
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
See PSA’s below created by organizations calling for a veto to SB 649