You Said It: "It's Not Necessary For Us to Experience This for Everybody Else to Have Their Safety"

One resident explains why she doesn't want to live in the shadow of cell phone antennas: "Albany has integrity, or so I thought. Selling out to 'ghettofy' (my son's) place of residence because it just seems OK to do so just doesn't sit right with me."


Monday night, about whether they want the City Council to approve an appeal by AT&T to build cell phone antennas on a roof on San Pablo Avenue.

One speaker's comment in particular raised some eyebrows. Watch it via the video above, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

"I hear a lot of things, and safety issues, and this and that and the other thing. My feeling is, I want my son growing up somewhere that has integrity. And Albany has integrity, or so I thought. And selling out to 'ghettofy' his place of residence because it just seems OK to do so just doesn't sit right with me....

"I'm just kinda just speaking from where I live, which is across the street. And I really don't want this, you know, in my neighborhood. I don't want this for my kid, I don't want this for all the other kids that are having to grow up there. It's not necessary.

"There are better places to put these things, to put the cell phone towers. We are third priority, as has been stated. We are not first. We are just people living in a neighborbood. It's not necessary for us to experience this for everybody else to have their safety.

"And I don't think cell phone technology is a right, as a lot of people would like to drive the point home. It's a priviledge. And we have to negotiate with the other 50 percent of the people that don't use cell phones. I mean, I do use a cell phone. I have decent coverage. It's not AT&T. You know, it's all about your choice. It's a choice we make. And we negotiate our needs.

And I'm trying to stand up for the needs of my children. And the children in my neighborhood. And also the people that wanna live there and wanna raise their families. And not live in a ghetto. So I appreciate your time. Thank you."

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Read more about mobile phone issues in Albany. A video of the July 2 council meeting will be available here via KALB.

Marie July 08, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Yes! Thank you.
Jo-Anna Pippen July 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I'm afraid, too. I'm afraid of having a medical emergency and not be able to get help because my cell phone signal keeps dropping. This is such a bogus concern. We live in an urban environment and there are plenty of things, like smog, violence, drugs and traffic to worry about that are much more serious than a cell tower. This is the 21st century and the technology horse has long left the gate. I'd be more than happy to have it on my roof.
Ingrid Klopp July 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Is there any reason why AT&T can not place a tower on their own roof - on their bldg that has been in the same place for over 40 years? On the south side of Solano between Ordway & Ventura?
Michael Barnes July 16, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Ingrid, Two things come to mind quickly. First, that building is in Berkeley, so it wouldn't be an issue for Albany's city council. Second, it is only one story, and to get enough height would require adding a fairly tall structure. I think if putting a tower there was easy and solved an AT&T coverage problem, it would have happened already. I have heard that AT&T is considering other taller buildings nearby for a potential cell site.
dgies July 16, 2012 at 05:14 PM
That's a good question. My guess is that site wouldn't have enough range to reach their big coverage gap in the southwestern part of Albany, which seems to be the point of this whole exercise. A site on that AT&T office would help address poor coverage in the Berkeley half of Solano.


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