Monday, April 24, 2017

Videos About Cell Towers on Schools: Community Outrage and Environmental Racism








BOE Lupi Grady Sends Letter to Public on proposed Greenbelt High School Cell Tower

School Board Member Lupi Grady sent this letter out over the PGCPS system. We assume to all the people who have written her on the Roosevelt cell tower.
Good evening,
I have received several inquiries about the role of the Board of Education in approving the contract of Milestone Communication and the community meeting scheduled April 25th. While the contract for Milestone Communication predates my time on the Board of Education, I believe it is essential that all are aware of the process and have opportunities to ask questions, lodge concerns or express support. The Board of Education does not vote on the selection of cell phone towers or their sites. The initial contract with Milestone Communication was approved in 2011 and runs until 2021.
I am aware there is a community meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening. Unfortunately, Milestone scheduled their community meeting at the same time as our monthly Board of Education meeting. I have requested of the Administration that a second meeting be scheduled to ensure my attendance and to make sure that more of the community has an opportunity for information gathering and input. As soon as I get a date and location I will share.
Additionally, I have asked for a clear and concise communication from Milestone to be made available about the process for site selection and what the proposal means for the impacted communities and school. 
I remain committed to ensuring the community is informed. As I get more information I will share. 
Thank you for your continued advocacy. 
Lupi Grady
Board Member, District 2

See below videos from California and Montgomery County 




Friday, April 21, 2017

Greenbelt City Agenda Documents on Roosevelt Cell Tower and Master Leasing Agreement

The City Will be discussing the proposed Cell Tower at Roosevelt High School 
in the Greenbelt City Council April 24, 2017 meeting 8pm.
PLEASE COME TO THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO STATE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CELL TOWER
The April 24, 2017 City Council meeting is located in Greenbelt Maryland at 25 Crescent Road.
(Yes now we have TWO meetings for next week--please come to the Monday-Greenbelt City Council Meeting as well as the Tuesday "Community" meeting on the Cell Tower that Milestone Communications is hosting. (Read details on that meeting here) 

Greenbelt City Council Documents on The Roosevelt Cell Tower 

DRAFT LETTER.
EMAIL, MAYOR JORDAN, 4-20-17.PDF
LETTER, KRISTEN STELZER, 4-18-17.PDF
LETTER, NICOLE ARD, 4-10-17.PDF
SAMPLE PICTURES (MILESTONE WEBSITE) OF MARQUEE TOWERS.PDF
LETTER, DAVID GOLDSMITH, 3-31-17.PDF
LETTER, KEVIN MAXWELL, 2-10-17.PDF
EMAIL, CINDY MURRAY, 1-31-17.PDF
MINUTES, WORK SESSION, 1-4-17.PDF
EMAIL, MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN, 12-20-16.PDF
EMAIL, MAYOR JORDAN, 7-14-16.PDF
HANDOUT DISTRIBUTED TO GREENWOOD VILLAGE RESIDENTS (BILL MANICO).PDF
QUESTIONS FROM MS SCARATO AND MILESTONE RESPONSES.PDF

Notes From Greenbelt Agenda Read IT ONLINE here



                           Email, Michael McLaughlin, 12/20/16
                           Email, Mayor Jordan, 7/14/16
                           Handout distributed to Greenwood Village Residents (Bill Manico)
                          Questions from Ms. Scarato & Milestone’s Responses

Milestone Communications is proposing to construct a marquee cell tower on the Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) site adjacent to Greenbelt Road. Milestone has scheduled a community meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00pm at the Seabrook Seventh-Day Adventist Church (8900 Good Luck Road).

A representative of Milestone emailed Mayor Jordan on July 14 and requested a meeting to discuss “cell tower development in Greenbelt” but provided no other specifics. Mayor Jordan responded that Milestone would need to meet with the City Council. Two dates in August were offered but Milestone never followed up to confirm a date.

On December 19, the City received an email from Board of Education Member Lupi Grady indicating that this proposed cell tower would be discussed at the ERHS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) meeting on January 17. The email included information that Milestone had sent to the PTSA President.

The City learned more about this proposed project at a Work Session with Principal McNeill on January 4. Following this meeting, the City Manager contacted Milestone on January 12 to request a briefing on this project for the City Council and the community. Multiple dates were offered to Milestone on two occasions but the Milestone representative did not respond back to confirm any date.

On April 5, the City received a packet from Milestone (dated 3/31/17) regarding this project and the upcoming community meeting in Seabrook. This is the first time the City received correspondence from Milestone detailing the ERHS cell tower proposal and notification of the April 25 meeting. The City sent a letter on April 10 to Milestone requesting a community meeting be held in the City of Greenbelt. On April 18, Milestone responded indicating the April 25 meeting was sufficient.

Included in Council’s packet is a draft letter for Council review. Council direction is sought. (DEM) 


ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

Emails between Milestone And Roosevelt High School that show repeated request for meetings and includes the following statement about the Roosevelt High School Principle.

How much time do PGCPS educators spend dealing with cell phone related matters?  Time is Money. More importantly, TIME is Education. Our educational leaders should be spending time on education, not cell towers.

What is the true monetary cost of these towers? Any cost benefit analysis should include the cost of PGCPS educators , PTA leaders and PGCPS staff salary .


Protest Against 5G Small Cell Roll Out at the Federal Communications Commission

April 20th Protest at the Federal Communications Commission


PRESS RELEASE ON DEMONSTRATION– April 13, 2017
The Wireless Telecom Industry is hell bent on installing 4G/5G antennas and infrastructure in the public rights of way in residential communities around the country and are aggressively pushing legislation on the federal, state, and local levels. A coalition of groups is planning a rally in Washington, DC on April 20, 2017 to oppose the  forced installation of 4G/5G “small cells” in our neighborhoods and to protect the zoning rights of local communities.
4G/5G will install hundreds of thousands of new cell phone towers on virtually every utility pole or lamppost with a “small cell” antenna beaming hazardous pulsed Radio-Frequency Microwave Radiation (RF/MW radiation) into our homes 24/7. Each “small cell” comes equipped with a noisy, power supply cabinet — potentially the size of a refrigerator — that can leak toxic chemicals from its batteries. This unnecessary infrastructure will also greatly detract from the aesthetics of our communities.
Tens of thousands of independent scientific studies prove that RF/MW radiation causes adverse health effects. According to many experts, the densification of our neighborhoods with wireless 4G/5G antennas and other infrastructure may prove to be a very ill-conceived idea. Fiber Optic cable, on the other hand, is a safe, healthy, fast, reliable, and far more cyber-secure alternative. Many scientists are calling for fiber-optic cables to every home, school, and business instead of hazardous 4G/5G antennas and infrastructure.
  • If you DO NOT WANT small cells beaming radiation into our homes 24/7
  • If you DO NOT WANT the wireless industry preempting local zoning rights
  • If you DO WANT to connect all homes, schools, and businesses with safe, reliable, cyber-secure, fiber optic cables.
For more information about 5G, please go to http://whatis5g.info

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Green Valley Academy PGCPS School Cell Tower Radiation Levels


See the Radiation Emissions Report (survey 2/4/2015) on Green Valley Academy PGCPS School that shows that some of the highest radiation readings were at the playground and near the cell tower.

The Green Valley Academy cell tower maximum radiation was at .040 % FCC limit which means the maximum radiation level was at .40 W/cm2.

This means, the Green Valley Academy cell tower is resulting in about 4 times the radiation allowed at Los Angeles Public Schools as they use a radiation limit at 10,000 times less than the FCC.

Some of the highest radiation readings were at the playground. 






Why is a cell tower going up on Roosevelt High School when other locations are available?

Why is a cell tower going up on Roosevelt High School when there are ample places for the tower to go in other nearby areas?
There already are locations for cellular towers in the area.

I went to antennae search and found that in fact T Mobile already has cell tower on the nearby shopping center. So why are they putting another tower up? Click here to see all the nearby cell towers. 

There is no need for this tower when other locations already have space and have a T mobile antennae. T-mobile cell service is fine in the area.






Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Coalition To Halt Cell Towers on Prince George's County Schools and all Maryland Schools

We do not want cell towers on our children's schools in Prince George's County. 
Cell towers are a risky dangerous industry with toxic materials such as diesel fuel, gas , lead acid batteries and radiation. cell tower workers have ten times the death rate as construction workers and even the US Department of Labor is calling for the industry to be safer with work practices. Do we really want this on our school? 











The LA School District Uses a Radio Frequency Radiation (Cell Tower and Wireless Radiation) Threshold 10,000 Less Than the FCC Limits

The LA School District Uses a Threshold 10,000 Less Than the Outdated FCC Limits

The LA School District also has BANNED Cell Towers on School Property


Read this email
From:  "Kim, Yi Hwa" <yi_hwa.kim@lausd.net>
Subject:  RE: LAUSD Wireless Classrooms: Recognizing and abiding by the provisions of Sections 32060-32066 of the California State Education Code
Date:  December 4, 2014 at 9:26:57 AM PST
To:        
Cc:  "Vladovic, Richard" <richard.vladovic@lausd.net>, "Galatzan, Tamar" <tamar.galatzan@lausd.net>, "Garcia, Monica (Board Member)" <monica.garcia@lausd.net>, "Mckenna, George" <george.mckenna@lausd.net>, "Ratliff, Monica" <monica.ratliff@lausd.net>, "Zimmer, Steven" <szimmer@lausd.net>, "Cortines, Ramon" <ramon.cortines@lausd.net>, "King, Michelle, Chief Deputy Superintendent" <michelle.king@lausd.net>, "Melendez, Thelma" <thelma.melendez@lausd.net>, "Perkins, Earl" <earl.perkins@lausd.net>

 
Dear XXXXX
 
Superintendent Cortines is in receipt of your e-mail correspondence and has forwarded it to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) for response.  Mr. Cortines would like to  thank you for taking the time to express concern regarding the potential exposure to radiofrequency (RF) emissions associated with the use of wireless devices in our schools and how they may impact the health of our students.
 
Let me begin by stating that the District is aware of California Education Code Sections 32060-32066 which prohibit the   purchase of art and craft materials containing toxic substances for use by students in grades K-6, and requires that art products purchased for use by students in grades 7-12 be properly labeled to inform users of long-term health risks and instructions for their use. 
 
However, the District questions this statute’s applicability to extend to the use of tablets, laptops and related computer end-devices.  Notwithstanding, its applicability also relates to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) substance classification.  As you note, IARC has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields within Group2B.  However, a review of IARC’s Monograph (Volume 102) reports there is both “limited evidence” in humans and experimental animals for the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation.  Applicability to this statute would require a classification of at least a “potential human carcinogen” whereby the substance must show “sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals.”
 
Nevertheless, the District shares your concerns as many questions remain regarding RF exposures. That is why the OEHS established a    precautionary threshold level that is 10,000 times lower than the current Federal Communications Commission standard.  A supplemental report was recently commissioned by our office to validate the use of this threshold as well as conduct in-classroom monitoring to document compliance.  These studies both validate the use of this precautionary approach and show in-classroom RF exposure levels well within our established threshold.  These studies are available on the OEHS website at  http://achieve.lausd.net/Page/2946  . 
 
Let me assure you the District is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its students and staff and will continue to review all relevant and appropriate information regarding RF exposures and health.
 
Again, thank you for your concern.  You may contact Bill Piazza of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at (213) 241-3199 should you have any further questions.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Yi Hwa Kim
Interim Director
Office of Environmental Health and Safety 

2009 LA School Board Resolution Banning Cell Towers from schools and recommending against WiFi.
  • 2009 December Resolution Condemning Cell towers NEAR Schools as was this T-Mobile Cell Tower across the street from an elementary school.

2000 LA School Board Resolution Opposing Cell Tower Placement  on Schools
  • Resolution calls for precautions with wireless. 'Whereas, Recent studies suggest there is evidence that radio-frequency radiation may produce “health effects” at “very low field” intensi
 

Milestone Communications on the Cell Tower Proposed for Roosevelt High School

Milestone Communications Responds to Questions About The  Cell Tower Proposed for Roosevelt High School




Click HERE To Download A PDF of the Letter

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Halt The Proposed Roosevelt High School Cell Tower in Greenbelt

This notice is arriving from  Milestone Communications informing us of a new cell tower proposed for a local high school.


WE DO NOT WANT THIS TOWER! 

Our home values will go down with an ugly tower nearby. 
The tower emits radiation. 
These towers catch fire and are not safe for children. 
Schools are for education, not cell towers. 
Please contact is at safeschoolspg@gmail.com to learn more. 

Los Angeles Firefighters Oppose Cell Towers on Their Fire Stations Because of The Hazardous Radiation

Firefighters Compare Cell Tower Radiation to Cigarettes



“As firefighters and paramedics, we live in these firehouses. What effect will these towers have on us? What are the risks to our neighbors? It’s a no-brainer that LA County should at least have done a proper study before before putting 200-foot high-power microwave antennas on top of our heads."  
- Dave Gillotte, Active Duty Fire Captain
  President, LA County Firefighters Local 1014

Listen to the President of Los Angeles Firefighter Union Local 1014  in this
video of his testimony to the LA Board of Supervisors. The firefighters found out cell antennae were going up on their stations through a program called LARICS


L.A. County Firefighters Local 1014
  • Fighrfighters Local 1014 has a webpage dedicated to stopping towers because of a plan to install them on over 200 of their stations.  

The Firefighters won! and the towers on their stations were stopped after the testimony shown on this page. Listen to this mother speak eloquently on the topic in her testimony.




INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS (IAFF)
DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND MEDICINE
The IAFF Official Position Against  Cell Towers on Fire Stations
"The IAFF opposes the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members."   
The IAFF Official Position Against  Cell Towers on Fire stations passed in 2004 


This Position was initiated after increasing complaints among firefighters with cellular antennas on their stations coupled with a California study showing neurological damage in California firefighters with antennas on top of their stations conducted by Dr. Gunnar Heuser.

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 IAFF-CIO-CLC
Opposes Cell Towers on Their Stations.
“UFLAC will strongly oppose the use of Fire Stations as base locations for cell towers"

“ It is inexcusable that once again our firefighters in the field were the last to know about a massive 150 million dollar project that could jeopardize their health and safety. ... nobody talked to us and we have not heard from one single expert who has told us that this project will be safe.”


Download 9/2014 Letter by LA Firefighters Union Local 112 asking for an immediate halt to cell towers on fire stations.


If Firefighters don't want towers on their stations...why would we parents want them on our school playgrounds? 

Think the Firefighters are "overly worried? " Listen to Dr. Miler speak in his testimony below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Milestone Communications Annual Report on School Cell Towers For Board of Education








































Did you know that Milestone prepares an Annual Report on Cell Towers for the PGCPS BOE?
We didn't either.
Pleas take a look at the paltry sum our schools are paid for cell towers. Each company is paying 1000 a month to have their antennas at your school. Are you OK with that? 

Weekly Status Report on PGCPS Milestone Cell Towers

Did you know that PGCPS got weekly reports from Milestone about the cell towers. Have parents ever seen them? Please read them here

September 9th 2015









Read the Weekly Status Report September 9, 2015

Want to read more?
Read  the Status Reports For the year 2015 - 2016 Click Here to read them ALL