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Local and County Governments in CA Ban SmartMeters!
« on: September 17, 2010, 01:04:37 am »
San Anselmo votes to ban smart meters in town

In a surprising turn of events, the San Anselmo Town Council voted last night to "demand" a moratorium on the installation of PG&E's Smart Meters in town. The town also voted to begin drafting an ordinance that would place a temporary moratorium on the meters for one year.

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Fairfax Tries to Ban Smart Meters
Can cities draft laws to ban the installation of smart meters? Well, it’s up for debate in Fairfax, Calif., where last week the city council approved  the decision to create a law to stop utility PG&E from installing smart meters and the wireless antennas that transmit electricity data back to the utility’s office. Remember that Fairfax is also one of the towns behind Marin Clean Energy project, a clean power electricity program that would provide an alternative for PG&E, and which PG&E reportedly spent $46 million trying to block via the recently-defeated Prop 16.

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CBS article about Fairfax, CA:
The Fairfax Town Council has told PG&E its SmartMeters are no longer welcome. The council voted unanimously last night to ban installation of the meters.

The vote came despite a last minute promise by PG&E to temporarily stop installing the Smartmeters in Fairfax.

PG&E officials claim the devices, which transmit your detailed power usage wirelessly, actually save energy, but Fairfax vice mayor Larry Bragman argues that kind of data can be used to tell when you get up, when you put your coffee on and when you leave your house.
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Marin supervisors rebuff call for 'smart meter' ban
Marin County supervisors, rebuffing calls to order a local moratorium on "smart meters," won't budge from a policy that asks the state to shut down the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. program pending more study.

A parade of activists from across the county urged the board to intervene Tuesday, several saying county officials had the authority to block the utility program in incorporated areas. "Smart meter" foes cited fears of health hazards and related ills.

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Novato joins call for ban on SmartMeters

Novato has become the latest Marin community to request a moratorium on the installation of remote-controlled gas and electricity meters within the city's borders.

The Novato City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ask the California Public Utilities Commission to block installation of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s trademarked SmartMeters in Novato until the commission completes an ongoing study of the devices' accuracy. That study is expected next Thursday, Sept. 2, a commission spokesman said.

"We are concerned about accuracy in billing, health issues -- which were, I think, key for most people in the audience -- and having the information (obtained by the SmartMeters) be secure, and not able to be broken into," said Novato Mayor Jeanne MacLeamy.

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Scotts Valley to Discuss SmartMeter Ban

The city recently signed onto a petition asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to re-visit SmartMeter installation.  Mayor Jim Reed said that action was largely symbolic, as cities don't regulate the utility company, PG&E.

Councilwoman Stephany Aguilar claimed the ordinance would send a message to PG&E and regulators, saying the council wants to keep its citizens safe from SmartMeters.  Some have raised health concerns, claiming the devices emit harmful radiation, even though they are well within the Federal Communications Commission's standards.

"I think individuals should have an option to opt-out," said Aguilar.  "I'm sensitive to electromagnetic fields and my doctor in San Jose also has that issue."

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Santa Cruz County Bans SmartMeters

Add Santa Cruz County to the growing list of local governments banning SmartMeters.

Tuesday, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a temporary halt to the installation of the wireless devices through the end of the year.  Officials heard from the public, and nearly all were against the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) technology.

Residents are especially concerned about the potential health effects, claiming SmartMeters emit harmful radiation.  PG&E said the devices are well within the Federal Communications Commission's regulation standards.

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Re: Local and County Governments in CA Ban SmartMeters!
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 11:34:23 am »
The spin machine will soon tout them as 'environmentally unfriendly'.
And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!