Pacific Grove finds temporary site for cell tower
A wireless cell tower at Pacific Grove Adult School will be moving this month to a new temporary home in the city's cemetery.
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#1 Feb 9, 2013
PACIFIC GROVE TAKES SCHOOL DISTRICT TO COURT; DEMANDS CONTINUED OPERATION OF CELL TOWER RISKING HEALTH OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN, MONARCH SANCTUARY, AND RESIDENTS.
Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey told the Pacific Grove City Council Wednesday night that the city had to "use a stick" on the Pacific Grove Unified School District (PGUSD).
The school district was unwilling to allow continued operation of the controversial AT&T cell tower at the Pacific Grove Adult School (1025 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove) past the end of its lease. This was in part due to public outcry over the health dangers to the small children at the three preschools onsite, impacts to the monarch butterfly sanctuary, which has already experienced fewer butterflies over the last two years, and impacts to the surrounding neighbors. Mr. Frutchey said that the city took PGUSD to court to compel them to maintain operation of the cell tower.
This AT&T cell tower has been the focus of a great deal of controversy. When originally approved by the school district in early 2011, neighbors were not notified and found it suddenly installed within yards of many of their homes. Despite opposition and receiving information on health impacts from the microwave radiation of cell towers, including the action by the World Health Organization which designated this radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen, the school board refused to reconsider its decision.
At the end of the one-year lease period, board members discovered that former Assistant Superintendent Robin Blakely had signed the contract with AT&T for two years instead of the one year approved by the board. Closed session discussions ensued to which the public was not privy. Despite opposition previously expressed by members of the board, AT&T doubled the rent, and the board voted unanimously to approve a lease extension until December 31, 2012. It is unclear whether AT&T threatened to sue the school district if it terminated the faulty lease.
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