City Council OKs Streetlight Attachment

Crown Castle NG West, Inc. will install its 22nd streetlight attachment near 1331 Blue Heron Avenue.

The Encinitas City Council Wednesday night authorized a telephone utility company to attach telecommunications equipment on a city-owned streetlight. 

In a 4-1 vote, council members voted to amend its 2006 agreement with Crown Castle NG West, Inc., formerly NextG Networks of California, Inc., to allow for an additional streetlight attachment near 1331 Blue Heron Avenue. The company has already installed 21 streetlight attachments throughout the city.

“As technology continues to move in this direction, more and more of these will come along in areas where there is the demand,” said Jim Madaffer, a representative of Crown Castle NG West, Inc.

Several community members expressed a variety of concerns and urged the council to vote against the amendment. Potential radiation exposure was chief among those concerns. 

“We all understand we’re exposed to various forms of radiation daily through cell phones, computers, flying in planes,” said Peggy Shima, who lives on Blue Heron Avenue. “But is it really necessary to add another layer of radiation next to people’s homes where they live and sleep?” 

Residents were also concerned about the property value of their homes and obstruction of their views.

“I urge you to please look out for my best interest and the interest of my neighbors and my family,” Leah Manuel said. “If you lived there, would you like this across the street from your house and your ocean view?”

A few speakers also questioned whether there was enough demand for the structure as another streetlight attachment is located down the street.

Councilwoman Teresa Barth, who casted the sole vote against the amendment, agreed that the need for the equipment wasn’t demonstrated to her.

“I don’t know the need for this particular receiver,” she said.

Jonathan Kramer, the city's telecommunications consultant, warned that the council wasn’t deciding if there is need for the equipment, but if the company could attach telecommunications equipment to the city’s streetlight. He added that as a telephone utility company, Crown Castle NG West, Inc. can utilize the public right-of-way, and that as designed and proposed, the site complies with the Federal Communications Commission’s standards.

“It is conceivable, perhaps even likely, that if this pole were denied [the company] would then come back and put in an application to essentially put in a new pole within a dozen feet,” Kramer said.

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Jay Berman November 16, 2012 at 04:01 AM
People have these smart phones, cell phones, tablets ... they all require this wireless infrastructure. If politicians were able to stop this infrastructure or tell the wireless companies where to put their equipment, we would have a world class horrible wireless system. This is why it is regulated by the FCC ... can you imagine a city like Berkeley refusing to allow any wireless in its borders ? It would never work ... these antennas put out next to nothing, they are not harmful and will not affect your property value ... antennas must be properly placed for the system to properly work ...
Joe Corder November 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Stocks has no back bone, did you see him smile when he voted
David Ahlgren February 12, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Jay - you should add sunshine and travel by air to your list. Those are sources of ionizing radiation and truly dangerous. cell phones are non-ionizing radiation and significantly if at all dangerous. There is a difference
Jay Berman February 12, 2013 at 09:53 PM
David, you are correct !! People seem to think that the human is very fragile ... we're not .... some of us make ourselves fragile ... we cantolerate both ionizing and non ionizing radiation ... obviously we are not going to expose ourselves to plutonium as it would kill us instantly ... but sun or even uranium won't hurt y ou .. You are not going to hang on an airsearch radar, that can hurt ... but cell phones and telcom equipment is fine ...
Jeff Manuel February 13, 2013 at 05:02 AM
This again, read the comments, don't worry about the radiation, how about when in the middle of the ocean view of homes and peoples perception of them effecting the property value, that is the issue and the reason City Counsel should take issue IMO


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