Bee covers debate over cell phone transmitter bill: “A Pandora’s box,” says Senum

“Senate Bill 649 would make it easier and cheaper for the companies to place small transmitters in cities and counties. More cells, they argue, will improve service and add critical redundancy to phone systems in areas affected by wildfires or other natural disasters,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting in Sunday’s edition.

“But as the bill breezes through the Legislature with few dissenting votes, hundreds of city and county governments are pushing back. They say it removes their discretion over where unsightly ‘small cell’ wireless antennas – some as big as a refrigerator with their associated equipment – will go, and reduces by millions the leasing fees they collect from the companies to place cells on public lands.

“‘It’s a Pandora’s box for California cities,” said Reinette Senum, a city councilwoman in Nevada City. ‘It’s one that blatantly strips local government of the authority to protect quality of life for residents, the environment and the public right-of-way.’

The full article is here.

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3 thoughts on “Bee covers debate over cell phone transmitter bill: “A Pandora’s box,” says Senum”

  1. Page 9 of the Bill:

    (C) “Small cell” does not include the following:

    (iii) Wireless facilities placed in any historic district listed in the National Park Service Certified State or Local Historic Districts or in any historical district listed on the California Register of Historical Resources or placed in coastal zones subject to the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission.
    The Nevada City Downtown Historic District is a 16-acre (6.5 ha) historic district in Nevada City within the U.S. state of California. Located in Nevada County, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

    Another opportunity for Nevada City to not engage the 21st Century.

    1. Russ,
      Nevada City is more than just the historic district. It must eat at you to see Reinette quoted in the Bee. lol. Did you move to Roseville? Let’s do lunch at COSTCO. lol.

  2. This eats at the trolls/clowns on Todd Juvinall’s blog:
    “Anonymous August 6, 2017 at 5:13 PM
    The FUe can only reference a real newspapers article to help the queen of tin foil hats.”
    Come on, fellow, sign your name. Come on Todd quit providing cover for people like this. Todd’s blog is like Pakistan!

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