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Gun Buy-Back, Cell Tower on Council Agenda

The council meets tonight from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Guns and a wireless antenna project on San Pablo Avenue are on the agenda for tonight's Albany City Council meeting.

Agenda items include:

—A recommendation to deny an appeal by Heike Abeck and approve, with modifications, a rooftop wireless antennas facility by AT&T Wireless at 1035 San Pablo Ave.

—A recommednation from Mayor Thomsen that city staff prepare a report on the options, pros and cons, resources needed, and feasibility of conducting a gun buy-back program for Albany residents.

The council will meet from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 1000 San Pablo Avenue. You may see the complte agenda for tonight's meeting on the City of Albany website.

John February 20, 2013 at 05:55 PM
This Cell Phone connection problem has gone on long enough. Our current spotty service is more than a irritant, it could be dangerous. Good luck with 911 in my neighborhood.
Brandon Loveland February 20, 2013 at 06:31 PM
GREAT NEWS! The City Council reviewed an appeal of Planning and Zoning Commission decision approving an AT&T Wireless antenna facility at 1035 San Pablo Avenue. The Council upheld the decision of the Planning & Zoning Commission to allow for an AT&T wireless facility, however the Council added a Condition of Approval that AT&T will be required to conduct testing of radio frequency levels every two years per the City’s Ordinance.
Senior A. Titude February 20, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Yay!!! I was there but could only stay about an hour and a half. All the speakers were from that one block near the towers, in opposition, and I was concerned it would get shot down again. Thank you for posting the resolution!
Caryl O'Keefe February 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Senior, I stayed longer & have a bit more info to add. Most speakers in support of the appeal live on the Kains block just east of 1035 San Pablo Ave, but one does not live in Albany, nor nearby. Several later speakers were in favor of upholding P&Z's approval of the AT&T application, perhaps their comments helped Council reach its conclusion. Also, Council set a condition on its denial of the appeal: "AT&T will be required to conduct testing of radio frequency levels every two years per the City’s Ordinance." It may be a touching faith in AT&T's professionalism, or maybe recognition of staff's reply when asked why staff had not made testing happen to date (this would have to be at non-AT&T wireless facilities - it's still not clear to me why testing/or not at non-AT&T sites is an issue for considering an AT&T application). My condensed version of the reply: no time available in addition to all other time on wireless stuff; wireless providers don't want to pay for it; City can't use results. I guess if we're going to follow the ordinance to get info outside our jurisdiction, better to have AT&T do the work!
David Sanger February 20, 2013 at 11:27 PM
During the meeting opponent Ed Fields tried to mislead the Council with a live microwave stunt now being reported on the Internet. Video to follow http://celltowersites.com/2013/02/20/a-disingenuous-and-dangerous-stunt/
montymarket February 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM
The law that expands cell phone use specifically prohibits consideration of any health issues associated with cell phone towers. (Just as the fracking law keeps secret the fluids the oil and gas industry regularly pumps into the water supply.) If that microwave oven were a cell phone tower, then you wouldn't be allowed to question the health effects associated with melting a cheese sandwich in close proximity to our fellow citizens. The special condition attached for measuring radio frequency levels has gone unenforced to date and likely that will continue: it's pre-empted by the federal legislation against measuring health effects. Lastly, any correlation with zapping a human depends on the type of cheese Ed used in his sandwich. Everybody knows a hard peccorino doesn't melt as fast as a slice of swiss, for example. Sheesh.
Senior A. Titude February 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Yikes. Wonder what he would have done if someone's pacemaker had failed??? Fortunately City Hall is right next to the Fire Dept/Paramedics.
Senior A. Titude February 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Thanks for the additional info. When I left, because of another obligation, I was disheartened by all the negative commentary, much of it questionable.
dgies February 21, 2013 at 06:36 AM
I'm pretty sure his calculation is off and he was actually exposing people to about 10 times the FCC limit.

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