California SB 649: A Bill Streamlining Wireless Facilities in Neighborhoods Preempting Local Control
California SB 649Governor Brown Letter VETO SB649
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 has 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.”
The AARP, the Sierra Club and the Environmental Working Group oppose this Bill. Over 200 cities, and the League of California Cities are opposed to SB 649. 45 out of 58 California Counties are in opposition to this bill.
This page maintains an updated list of news reports, videos and factsheets related to SB 649. Please scroll down to see the wealth of material generated by this ill advised bill that would streamline 5G cell antennas into neighborhoods and increase exposure to wireless frequencies.
On this page EHT is maintaining documentation on letters of opposition sent to the State, videos of news reports and videos of testimony given to the State lawmakers. Please check in regularly.
If you want to join others in California working to stop this bill please contact Californians For Safer Tech.
Click here to download a PDF of over 60 pages of letters on 5G by scientists and organizations such as the Sierra Club, the AARP and Environmental Working group.
Many organizations have issued Factsheets on SB 649 to educate the public. See below several examples.
- Forces cities and counties to lease out their public property for wireless equipment;
- Eliminates negotiated leases, and places a $250 cap on what they call an attachment rate instead;
- Eliminates public input, full local discretion, and ability to reduce equipment blight by using encroachment and building permits instead of discretionary permits;
- Eliminates ability to remove equipment that is blighting neighborhoods.
The Editorial Boards of Four Major California newspapers Oppose SB 649
Noteworthy News Coverage
“Big Telecom and its allies in the White House have quietly carried out a campaign to secure rapid and cheap access to those poles, at taxpayer expense. Here in California, state legislators recently advanced a bill introduced by Senator Ben Hueso that would allow wireless service providers to install their equipment on public street poles at below-market rates — and to do so nearly wherever and whenever they choose — all in the name of “streamlining” local permit approvals.”
Read the article by Susan Foster in Fearless Parent entitled “Cell Tower hypocrisy: Rescuing firefighters and not kids.”
OPPOSITION LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS
The State of California Department of Finance has made the recommendation to oppose SB 649.
The analysis report defines that SB 649 is likely to create a million dollar unfunded mandate, fails to cure basic wireless digital divide issues; and is fails to address important issues of community aesthetics.
Read the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE BILL ANALYSIS OF SB 649.
The Environmental Working Group is in strong opposition 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.
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
Letter From Susan Foster To Governor Brown About Firefighters
FCC Comments by Susan Foster About Firefighters
See PSA’s below created by organizations calling for a veto to SB 649
Californians for Safe Technology have created a PSA video below.
Read more letters from cities below.A sample of today_s 81 tailored Assembly letters(2)
SB 649 UPDATE 7_6_2017
Groups Working To Halt SB649
Action Alert Documents
Letter to the editor, The Mercury News, Sep 19, 2017 Governor should veto cell antennas billSB 649 to Sen. Hueso 7-26-17 pdf (1)
In the Press
- Times Standard, Capitol tracker: Cities, counties oppose telecom bill, July 17, 2017
- East Bay Times Editorial, California should butt out of cities’ deals with telecom companies, July 16, 2017
- UCLA Daily Bruin Editorial, SB 649 needs to be vetoed to preserve local government power, July 16, 2017
- CBS 13 (Sacramento), Cities, Counties Line Up Against Bill Removing Limits on Cell Transmitters, July 12, 2017
- KCAL 9 (Los Angeles), story on SB 649, July 12, 2017
- ABC 7 (San Francisco), story on SB 649, July 12, 2017
- KERO ABC (Bakersfield), story on SB 649, July 12, 2017
- KPIX CBS (San Francisco), story on SB 649, July 12, 2017
- Op-Ed, Rosemead City Council Member Sandra Armenta, San Bernardino Sun, Telecom bill would hurt California’s poorer, inland cities, July 11, 2017
- KQED, Morning Edition story on SB 649, July 11, 2017
- KFI Radio, Coast to Coast AM story on SB 649, July 11, 2017
- KNX Radio, story on SB 649, July 10, 2017
- Public News Service, Hearing Wednesday on Spread of High-Power Cell Towers, July 10, 2017
- Pleasanton Weekly Editorial, Wireless facility bill will circumvent local control, July 10, 2017
- George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, AT&T and Verizon want free rein to put up new wireless transmitters in your neighborhood. Here’s why that’s a bad idea, July 10, 2017
- 48 Hills, Cell-phone companies try to ram through bill blocking local control of transmitters, July 10, 2017
- Sacramento Bee Editorial, Democratic legislators take bold stands, except when they don’t, July 9, 2017
- San Jose Mercury News, Cities fight bill to streamline cell antenna installations, July 6, 2017
- Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor represented the 180 cities and dozens of counties opposed to SB 649 on Southern California Public Radio’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, July 5, 2017
- Editorial, An audaious 5G power (pole) grab, Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2017
- League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman, CSAC Executive Director and RCRC Executive Director Greg Norton op-ed, Why wireless industry bill is a triple rip-off for Californians, Sacramento Bee, June 27, 2017
- San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board, California lawmakers must reject telecoms’ cell phone power grab, June 27, 2017
- San Diego Union Tribune, Proposed state law would shrink control cities have over cell tower installations, David Garrick, June 27, 2017
- Sacramento Bee op-ed, Why wireless industry is a triple rip-off for Californians, League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman, California State Association of Counties Executive Director Matt Cate and Rural County Representatives of California Executive Director Greg Norton, June 27, 2017
- San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Bill seeks to bypass city controls on where telecom equipment goes, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan L. Kelly Jr., June 26, 2017