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"before and after" photos to give you an idea of the visually negative impact.
"before and after" photos to give you an idea of the visually negative impact of PG&E's choice to install metering hardware in front, instead of on the sides of residences here.

City of Sebastopol
Defends Senior Residents
Against PG&E Smart Meters
and Update

Nov 25, 2019

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By Marilyn Madrone resident  & City of Sebastopol Press Release

Yet another injustice being perpetrated by profit-driven, unregulated PG&E, this time in Fircrest Mobile Home Park where I live in Sebastopol. In the guise of “infrastructure upgrade”, PG&E plans to install EMF-emitting smart meters on every residence in this densely populated senior community. To date, 81 residents from 68 addresses (out of 87) have signed a petition against having smart meters installed. It seems ridiculous to me that these residents will have to pay an “opt-out” fee to reject the smart meter they didn't want in the first place.


Please see the press release and update below for more details. (This is an) unfair and heavy-handed treatment of seniors in this park in relation to PG&E's service upgrade. The situation here at Fircrest Mobile Home Park must be berought to the attention of the public and those corporate executives involved in making decisions affecting the live of our seniors without consulting them.  The "before and after" photos give an idea of the visually negative impact of PG&E's choice to install metering hardware in front, instead of on the sides of residences here.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Madrone (Fircrest Mobile Home Park resident)


Half of the gardens in front of mobile park homes have been removed for new electrical work.

PRESS RELEASE

UPDATED 11/25/2019

A majority of residents from Fircrest Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol signed a petition asking the City of Sebastopol to help them avoid the installation of “smart meters” and to retain analog meters in their senior community. PG&E has been working in the mobile home park since July replacing utility lines in order to switch all homes from sub-metered analogs to smart meters.

In support of the residents’ petition, the City of Sebastopol sent a  letter to the mobile home park management with a copy to PG&E, with a reminder that in 2013 the  City of Sebastopol adopted a temporary  moratorium  on smart meter installations and related equipment.

The letter stated that the park’s initiation of the electrical work has resulted in residents facing the need to meet an unanticipated fee in order to “opt out” of smart meter installations that they did not request. They ask, “The Sebastopol City Council asks your cooperation in either paying the opt fee for the residents of the park, and/or your request of PG&E that they retain the analog meters.” 

The letter pointed out that Fircrest Park’s residents can be considered “Captive” in the mobile home park by reason of their dual status as both home owners and tenants which the City maintains is both unfair and possibly a violation of the protections of the California Mobile Home Residency Law.

81 residents of Fircrest Mobile Home Park have signed the petition (from 68 out of 87 total households) to oppose smart meters. Many believe smart meters would negatively affect the aesthetics and significantly decrease the value of their home. As park residents learned more about how smart meters emit pulsed microwave radiation 24/7 very near to their bedrooms and living quarters, they have expressed a growing concern about the negative health and safety impacts of these devices.  The fact that Fircrest Mobile Home Park is a high density senior residence adds to the concern about the cumulative effect of so many microwave emitting devices in such a small area.

Peer-reviewed scientific research shows that exposure to wireless smart meters is associated with increased health problems. Dr. Martin Pall reports,  “18 more recent epidemiological studies, provide substantial evidence that microwave EMFs from cell/mobile phone base stations, excessive cell/mobile phone usage and from wireless smart meters can each produce similar patterns of neuropsychiatric effects, with several of these studies showing clear dose-response relationships…Among the more commonly reported changes are sleep disturbance/insomnia, headache, depression/depressive symptoms, fatigue/tiredness, dysesthesia, concentration/attention dysfunction, memory changes, dizziness, irritability, loss of appetite/body weight, restlessness/anxiety, nausea, skin burning/tingling/dermographism and EEG changes.” See also this smart meter study

Media and numerous customer  complaints   reported electrical costs skyrocketed after smart meter installation.  Smart meter malfunction has also been implicated in smart meter fires and burned out appliances.

Sebastopol’s General Plan   includes protective electromagnetic field (EMF) policies; for example Community Health and Wellness Policy 4-2: “minimize unsafe EMF radiation levels near sensitive areas such as schools, hospitals, playgrounds, high density residential, and libraries when planning for electrical transmission facilities repair and new construction.” (page 10-6 in the General Plan.)

Update Posted on November 25,2019

Source and updates:

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/city-of-sebastopol-defends-senior-residents-against-pge-smart-meters/ 

 

 

 

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