PLEA FOR HELP
My neighbor has become completely disabled as a result of EMF
She has exhausted all her financial funds in medical costs trying
heal herself. Her elderly mother has also used all of her money
On July 15th she has to be out of the house she has rented
for the last
7 years. She has no place to go. Her mother can no longer
help her and is
moving back to Florida to be with her 84 year old husband.
people suffering from this environmental disease live? Where
Are there any research programs or medical facilities anywhere
possibly help a woman trying to survive under her circumstances?
can't even sleep in the house since the owners put an aluminum
the house. She is sleeping outside. She complains that even
the regular telephone affects her health.
Please contact me so that I can pass on any information to
compassion toward her is great. She is a wonderful woman and
needs professional and compassionate help ASAP.
Please respond soon.
Thousand Oaks, California
News 3/19/03 U.S. cellular tower battles continue
Tower moratoria down, but not out
by EMILY MOTSAY
May 19, 2003
Activists against tower buildout are everywhere, doing everything
can-from heading up D.C. lobbying efforts to initiating small
rooms and message boards-to stunt tower growth. Their arguments
siting range from the possible effects of towers on the environment
aesthetic concerns to potential health risks from radiation.
continually fights back, claiming effects on health and the
are minimal and that activists' arguments claiming the contrary
often embellished or presented out of context.
As for aesthetic concerns, industry counters that every tower
meets zoning board requirements and that solutions to hide
trees, on rooftops and inside church steeples are employed
possible. Regardless of which argument more closely resembles
the fact remains there is high demand for ubiquitous cell-phone
coverage, which forces industry to walk a tight line-fighting
on the tower issue without alienating them as potential customers.
Adding to industry's woes, anti-tower groups are getting
their local municipalities, which are placing temporary blocks
development of wireless towers in their communities while
time-often months-to debate changes to zoning ordinances.
construction companies are waiting in the wings to build,
companies are anxious to rent space, and carriers are eager
highly demanded wireless services to customers.
The City of Davis, Calif., for example, on April 3 issued
moratorium on issuing permits for wireless telecommunications
while it reconsiders procedures and requirements for building
The moratorium is the city council's response to concerns
citizens regarding the city's current public notification
submittal requirements, and rules on the separation of wireless
telecommunications facilities from residential areas. During
the 45 days,
the council was to review current standards and procedures
whether revisions were necessary-if so, the moratorium would
beyond its May 17 expiration date while they were made.
But when the deadline approached, according to the council's
meeting agenda, it was recommended the council extend the
an additional 10 months and 15 days to study further and provide
preliminary feedback to the staff working on a "Draft
Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance amendment."
Although companies cannot build during the moratoria, applications
use permits are being accepted. But building permits will
be issued only
after an ordinance is revised and the moratorium lifted, representing
another conundrum for wireless companies that may need to
site plans to follow suit with new ordinances.
Other cities, big and small, have stepped in to make similar
to their communities' regulations, putting a halt to wireless
buildout for chunks of time.
Sound bites from some city council meetings show the disconnect
exists between the lawmakers and the technology they are debating.
example, during a city council hearing held last year in Chattanooga,
Tenn., in the midst of its moratorium on tower builds, a councilman
questioned the need for more towers, noting drastically dropping
prices of wireless carriers and his understanding that most
fiber at existing sites goes unused.
The length of moratoria depends on the council: North Ridgeville,
for example, last summer enacted a 180-day moratorium on the
of all towers and additional antennas on existing towers while
reassessed its zoning code. Council members there were hopeful
months was enough time to review the current zoning code and
legislation on revisions.
Other councils have fallen to pressure from industry and decided
enacting moratoria on buildout. County officials in Santa
late last year voted down a proposal for a six-month moratorium
wireless companies threatened to sue the county if it was
In fact, according to Karl Nelson, an attorney at Saul Ewing
which works on behalf of industry to get towers built, moratoria
declining. Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, local
cannot ban infrastructure, he explained, and since it was
increasingly have frowned on moratoria. However, other trends
tower buildout are gaining momentum, particularly in large
centers, Nelson said.Seattle's Mayor Greg Nickels, for example,
announced plans to prohibit cell-phone antenna towers in Seattle's
single family zones, or residential neighborhoods catering
single-family homes. "It's become increasingly clear
to me that the cell
antenna towers are not compatible with our single family neighborhoods,"
Nickels said in a press conference March 24. "The towers
are too tall,
too large and are simply not a good fit."
The legislation will not be retroactive to sites that have
approved, but it will nullify pending applications in 13 neighborhoods.
The decision did not sit well with T-Mobile USA Inc., which
had about 20
applications pending or about to be filed, according to the
Times, including a project under which the carrier would pay
the city to
top existing utility poles with cell antenna equipment. "This
is a dark
day for wireless service in Seattle," T-Mobile's government
director Laura Altschul told the newspaper. "Seattle
prides itself as a
city that is technologically savvy, and this directive sets
Informant: Libby Kelley
Advice from Berkeley
I hope you are all doing fine. I would like to seek your advice
As you might know by now, two neighbor groups in Berkeley,
are fighting to stop the installation of Sprint's antennas
neighborhood. On April 1st, 2003, we barely managed to get
Hearing for our case. I write "barely" because the
dismissal of our
appeals was recommended.
So, we left the City Hall happily after the City Council gave
Public Hearing. The Public Hearing was scheduled for June
Today, the City Officials are asking us to agree with the
of the Public Hearing for a month. They say that they are
evaluation of Sprint's application by a 3rd party radio Frequency
This sounds strange (at least to me). Some neighbors think
that this is
a routine procedure.
The puzzling thing is that, before April 1st, we were told
application had fulfilled all requirements. The Zoning Board
granted a Use Permit to Sprint ignoring opposition from 20
The City Officials were so sure that they recommended the
our appeals. Now, they are saying that they want to have Sprint's
application re-evaluated by an RF engineer.
Well, if the application had fulfilled all requirements,
then why should
it get scrutinized now? I am sure that if WE requested the
Department or the Zoning Board in December to have a 3rd party
re-evaluate Sprint's application, they would have refused
Do you folks think we should insist on the original date of
the Public Hearing?
Any suggestions as what this delay could be for? What should
please: AMINA LAWAL SET TO BE STONED ON 3RD JUNE
Please find below an Amnesty International petition you might
interested to sign, asking for a woman's life to be spared
death penalty apparently she will be stoned to death for being
guilty of committing adultery.
The Nigerian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence
for Amina Lawal,
condemned for the crime of adultery on August 19th 2002,to
up to her neck and stoned to death. Her death was postponed
so that she
could continue to nurse her baby. Execution is now set for
3rd. If you haven't been following this case, you might like
that Amina's baby is regarded as the 'evidence' of her adultery.
father denied everything when he realised the trouble he was
find out more about sharia law, see
Amina's case is being handled by the Spanish branch of Amnesty
International, which is attempting to put together enough
make the Nigerian government rescind the death sentence. A
campaign saved another Nigerian woman, Safiya, condemned in
circumstances. By March 4th the petition had amassed over
signatures. It will only take you a few seconds to sign Amnesty's
petition. Go to the web page "http://www.amnistiaporsafiya.org/"
The website http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/302184339
give more details regarding this proposal. The following is
part of that
information passed on by central coast people for peace and
From central coast people for peace and justice