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First Presbyterian passes on cell tower deal

Original post made on Aug 8, 2011

After being put through the wringer in a neighborhood battle over a church-top cell antenna, Miramonte Avenue's First Presbyterian church will not allow it after all, said Pastor Tim Boyer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 8, 2011, 11:22 AM

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Posted by CuestaParkTechie
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thanks, now I know who to blame for not having 4G at my house.

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Posted by AnotherRandomNeighbor
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

You may still have 4G since this was going to be a WiMax antenna for home broadband use that was supposed to compete with COMCAST and DSL. Nnothing says you won't get LTE or some other high bandwidth solution for cell phones in the future.

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Posted by IJDGI
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Wow, so the fact that the cell-tower company backed out of the deal becomes, in the mind of pastor Boyer, the "church will not allow it after all". Talk about putting a positive spin on things!

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Posted by pat
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Really, people, unproven logic on the part of Jared and others who like living in virtual neurotic states over things that don't matter to the majority of us is folly! What on earth was the proven health concern that put the church in such a poor perspective? Shameful and un-neighborly logic to let one small group of people dictate for the majority of us! I say the next time, it should be made public via the city council so that more of us can support the church and neighbors unaffected by unproven hazards. Did some of us already miss that? That would show the lack of public awareness or advertising so that more of us might participatein the agenda. Sorry Church people, our family would gladly have supported a tower being installed.Hopefully, you will try again and those of us with financial resources might be able to help fight for a cell tower installation.

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Posted by CuestaParkTechie
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 9, 2011 at 7:57 am

@AnotherRandomNeighbor - Clearwire WiMax is exactly what Sprint uses to distribute it's 4G signal to most of their 4G phones. So this would have helped me. Currently the signal drops about 4 blocks from my house.

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Posted by Kevin Barile
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

Actually, the larger risk of RF exposure comes from the cellular handset itself rather than a cell tower that is nearby. The inverse-square law states that “the RF energy at a distance from a source drops by the square of the distance from the source.” RF exposure to cell phone users is reduced by putting a cell tower in your neighborhood because the handsets will operate at significantly lower power levels. If you have a quarter-watt handset next to your head, it delivers significantly more energy to the user than does the 100-watt RF equipment that is on a cell tower that is a 100 feet away and 100 feet above the ground because of the inverse-square law. When you put a new cell tower in your neighborhood, the handset’s RF emissions is significantly reduces from a level that is 1,000 times below the FCC-defined safety level to a level that is 1,000,000 times below the safety limit.

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Posted by slim
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 10, 2011 at 9:47 am


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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The council approved this project. Only one dissenting vote Looks like they wasted their time.

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Posted by Kman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

3 cheers for the Church. Let us not have our children be the guinea pigs to test the theory of whether or not this is safe. Sometimes problems may not show up for years after the fact. This by all means is a safe precaution.

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Posted by Ignorance is bliss?
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

World Health Organization (WHO) just listed cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans". CNN article: Web Link In contrast to the ignorant comments listed here there are literally thousands of pages of peer-reviewed scientific research showing biological effects of cell phones and cell phone towers.

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) has been paying for bogus studies and massive disinformation campaigns for decades.

If you want the full story, read "Cell Phones" by Dr. George Carlo. He's the principal investigator the CTIA hired to prove to the world cell phones are safe. He played along for a few years, and when he could no longer look himself in the mirror turned on the industry that was providing him with millions to produce these questionable findings. Link: Web Link

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Posted by Cletis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I ain't never seen no radiation doing no harm to no one. If I can't see it with my own pearly blue eyes, it can't cause no damage. No need to do no readin' or nothin'. Scientists are heretics!

Oh wait, I'm not an ignorant fool. I'm educated. I believe the world is round. I don't just believe everything I'm told. I have the capacity to research, gather facts, and form my own conclusions based on data and logic. I might even dig below the surface and follow the trail of money. Maybe companies like AT&T that make $130 BILLION a year off people like me aren't exactly the most objective when it comes to declaring whether putting a microwave emitting device millimeters from my brain is good for me or not.


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