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Health advocates worried about the impact of wireless radiation plan a show of force at a hearing in Sacramento. They’re appearing for a bill tomorrow that would smooth the way for telecom companies to put 5-G and other cellular technology in neighborhoods across the state. Senate Bill 649 would mean companies no longer need a local permit for their boxes. Sandy Maurer with the E-M-F Safety Network says the technology requires a cell site every few hundred feet – with equipment the size of a refrigerator – on tens of thousands of utility poles and in street-side boxes.

Cut 15345 :14 "So in 2018 you could awake to a cell tower right outside your bedroom window. And over-the-counter permits would eliminate local review and essentially deregulate the telecommunications industry. Overriding any and all environmental laws."

Tag: Last March, researchers from the National Toxicology Program released partial study results showing that rats exposed to 2-G wireless radiation developed tumors on the brain and heart. The Cellular Technology Industry Association, which sponsored the bill, insists there’s no proven link to cancer and says the equipment complies with F-C-C regulations. The bill already has passed the state Senate and goes before the Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance at 1:30 PM tomorrow.

Second Cut: Ellen Marks, with the California Brain Tumor Association, says other studies have linked wireless radiation to brain tumors, leukemia and electromagnetic sensitivity, which causes tinnitus, heart palpitations and migraine headaches. She believes that state lawmakers are willing to quash dissent – having been won over by promises of super-fast internet connectivity.

Cut 16345 :18 "This will eliminate public input and local discretion. And residents, cities and counties should be able to speak up about this because we’re talking not only about health impacts but aesthetics, property values and environmental impact. There’s never been any pre-market safety tests on any of this."

Third Cut: 179 California cities and 32 counties oppose this bill, as do a bevy of environmental groups. Mary Beth Brangan with the Ecological Options Network says experts have measured excessive radiation levels near similar towers that are already in place in Palo Alto.

Cut 17345 :17 "This is insanity. If this is brought closer to people, children will be exposed. People will be made very, very ill. And it’s not only people. It’s pollinators, trees, all biological creatures."

Tag 2: The state of Ohio passed a similar law last year and was promptly sued by more than 80 cities and counties in protest.

New internet and data service in Lake County will be in many areas, including remote places. Lake County Broadband Solutions put together a business plan in May and says they hope to be up and running as soon as next month. The developer for the company says they will bring a fast, reliable network to the rural area after he lived in the area and saw the need. The company says their main focus is for residents and low income households. They say it will be less expensive and much faster. They will have a tiered program so those in low income households get their basic needs met. There will be two fiber connections so there’s always a backup and they say they’ll be monitoring 24/7.

Lawmakers across the state reportedly fighting a bill so wireless antennas can be attached to public buildings, streetlamps and traffic signal poles. The legislators say Senate Bill 649 could limit local control. The bill by Democratic Senator Ben Hueso of San Diego looks to scale permit processes back to meet the demand for wireless services. It would also put a $250 a year cap on what local governments can charge wireless companies. But it also stipulates they could mutually agree to charge a different rate for the yearly lease. Those for the bill say it would lower cell phone bills and increase access, but those against say it would be a financial giveaway to telecom companies at the expense of taxpayers.

A black bear got into someone’s car and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies had to help set it free. The deputies in the Greenwood Heights area get a call that the bear somehow got locked inside the car. 3 deputies say they found a gray faced adult black bear locked in the vehicle. They say it was very aggressive and snapped at the window when they would get too close to the vehicle. The vehicle owner unlocked the car and deputies tied rope to the door handle, wrapped that around a tree and tied it to their patrol vehicle. They then pulled on the rope so the door opened and the bear was freed. They say they’re not sure how the animal got into the car in the first place. But it appeared to be unharmed and ran back into the woods. No word on the inside of that car though.

Congressman Mike Thompson in town honoring several immigrant residents. The congressman honored 18 immigrants including Lake County locals, a counselor and labor organizer, a retired agricultural worker and a physician with American Dream Awards. Those from Lake County honored Sunday in Vallejo, Luisa Acosta, Manuel Mendoza and Dr. Marlene Quilala. The awards for achievements of immigrants in Thompson’s district who have made remarkable contributions to their communities in arts and culture, professional achievement, entrepreneurship and innovation, or community service. Thompson says he’s met many immigrants in his district and across the county who’ve built amazing businesses, given back to their communities, and enriched the lives of everyone they meet. You can read each of their stories on our Facebook page.

Some hikers who came to the aid of another hiker who was in trouble after rescuers are robbed on the Pacific Crest Trail. Part of the popular trail from Mexico to Canada was closed off yesterday while Kern County SWAT members went out with deputies to find two armed men who robbed rescuers. It happened over the weekend in a remote section, about 85 miles north of L-A. They say hiker Charles Brandenburg of Mendocino was dehydrated in the scorching heat and used a rescue device which sent text messages for help. Four volunteers with Kern County Search and Rescue went to get him, and after they separated, two were robbed. They were unharmed and the two suspects took off. Other hikers found Brandenburg and gave him water and waited until help finally arrived.

A beach along the Russian River that closed after the holiday weekend remains so. Monte Rio Beach is closed to swimming while health officials try to figure out why bacteria was elevated in recent lab tests. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services said yesterday swimmers may have to wait at least another day, today, which is five days in a row the beach was closed. State guidelines required the beach be closed last week after test results showed above normal limits for the bacteria, saying it could be fecal contamination. E-Coli measured at above 4 times the state standard. They say it could be because of huge holiday crowds. Representatives from county planning and environmental health departments were on the river yesterday looking for problems both up- and down-stream of Monte Rio Beach.

A Dollar General store in Lakeport on the Planning Commission’s agenda. The commission will consider the store at their meeting tomorrow afternoon, along with a new auto parts store and pizza joint. The development company, Cross Development, out of Texas wants to put up a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store on Main St. They already have stores in Clearlake Oaks and Nice and is going after one in Lucerne, but has been turned down by the Board of Supervisors for three other proposed sites. The commission will consider a Lake Parts/Napa Auto Parts on S. Main St. and the Stonefire Pizza Co./NorCal Dining Group application too.

California is moving ahead with Climate Change legislation without the federal government. The Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers announced their proposal yesterday that would last another ten years. The cap and trade program is set to end in 2020 but would now move beyond that. A separate bill was also revealed yesterday to clean the air in chronically polluted areas, reduce harmful emissions from factories and plants, cars and trucks. The bills unveiled after weeks of talks with the Governor and Republican and Democratic lawmakers and environmental and industry groups.

The Wall Fire in Butte County is still burning out of control, but there’s some containment and some folks have been allowed back home. A spokesperson for the San Jose Fire Dept. says they’re calling for help across the state along with the Calif. National Guard too. A spokesperson for the Guard says they’ve got aircraft ready to drop water and bring firefighters straight to the fire lines. They sent eight helicopters and two air tankers yesterday, with half going to the Wall Fire and the other half to the Whittier Fire in Southern California. Some folks who had to evacuate after the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam failed had to leave again for the Wall Fire. The fire’s charred 5,800 acres and is 40% contained.


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