An El Cajon woman's torturous experience with smart meters, begging for help, in her own words.
August 29, 2011
San Diego Gas & Electric
P.O. Box 25111
Santa Ana, CA 92799-5111
Re: Account XXXXXXX
Service Address: XXXXXXX El Cajon, CA 92020
To Whom It May Concern at SDG&E
Smart Meter Complaint Department
I have made three prior telephone requests advising SDGE of the serious side effects concerning my health since the installation of the smart meter device at my home. Three different individuals came out to my house on three separate occasions, all armed with the same propaganda, the same zero concern for my health or the safety of my home.
I was told, “I don’t know. You are the only one that has complained.” (A false statement.)
I was also told, “The smart meter is not causing any problems to your home.” (Another false statement.)
I am a 49-year-old woman and I have never before experienced any of these problems in either this home, or any other home that I have lived in, prior to the smart meter installation.
I came home one day after work, and they had just finished installing my smart meter. I did not think anything of it. I had received a notice a few weeks prior, indicating that a smart meter was going to be installed.
That same evening I awoke between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning, with ringing in my ears, dizziness, tingling at the upper part of my head that turned into a headache and then nausea. There was also a horrible feeling of uneasiness that I had never experienced before and that prevents me from going back to sleep at night — every night.
One of my dogs awoke at the same time, wandering the hallways whining and crying. This dog refuses to sleep inside at night now, as the pulsed radiation also makes him sick. This dog had slept at the foot of my bed since the day I brought him home until the night the smart meter was installed. I have numerous friends and family who will testify to this, if called to do so.
The same scenario occurs whenever I sleep in my home, a home that I worked six or seven days a week for most of my life to be able to afford, and now you, the utility company, is FORCING PULSED RADIATION where I live and sleep, which if you do your homework and read the numerous articles that have been published by scientists who were not paid off by a utility company, you will see that radiation causes cancer and I will not stand for a cancer causing device to be attached to my home.
I was gone for two weeks on two occasions over the summer, and I sleep fine whenever I am away from my home. I was in Peru for two weeks without these problems and also in Alaska, where I had no trouble sleeping, no trouble concentrating, no dizziness, no ringing in my ears, no tingling at the upper part of my head that turned into headaches.
I also have noticed a strange humming and buzzing in my home around the appliances, coming from the computer, and around all the intercom panels in my home. I’ve had three people out from SDGE and they all heard the humming and buzzing and told me to turn the intercom down all the way and then I would not hear it.
I asked them, “How do you explain this? This humming and buzzing was not ever here before the smart meter installation? My kitchen appliances never hummed and buzzed before the smart meter installation.” I told them, “I don’t think my house is safe. This is not normal.”
And I just got the blank stare, the “I don’t know what to tell you, “ and the “No, I cannot remove the smart meter.” I begged them to return my house and home which I loved back to normal, to please, please remove the smart meter and install the old analog meter that worked just fine and that I never had a problem with. The blank stare and the, “No, I cannot do that,” was the only answer I could get out of these people.
I asked one of the gentlemen what his job was at SDGE, as it appeared he had no training as an electrician and was not capable of answering any of my questions. He told me, “Well, my job is to handle questions from people like you.” I then replied, “I thought you said I was the only one that complained.” Of course, he quickly departed after that. We all know that if he had told me anything different, he would have lost his job.
I want the same remedy that Northern Californians have received. I pay my utility bills just like they do and I want to be treated with the same remedy that [they] received: IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF MY SMART METER AND REMOVAL OF SMART METERS SURROUNDING MY HOME.
How can the utility commission and the utility companies treat Southern Californians who are being made sick by smart meters any different than customers in Northern California? They cannot. This is a formal request for removal of the smart meter illegally attached to my home and to the homes around me.
Copies of this letter are going out to as many people, organizations, and government agencies as I can send it to, so you can’t drop this one in the trash and say you never got my letter.
Richard and Diane XXXXXXXXXXX
Addendum, an email from Diane:
Yes, it [is] very sad. I have two dogs and it seems the smart meter bothers one of the dogs more than the other. I came home from work one afternoon and I saw the utility company truck pulling away. I had received a notice two weeks prior that they were going to install a smart meter, but I really did not think too much about it.
That very first night, my dog wandered the hallways whining and crying . ... I have learned that the smart meter is more active at night. My dog’s face went completely white within a two week period. Usually this happens more gradually. He was also diagnosed with arthritis after two weeks of the smart meter forced radiation and he refuses to sleep inside at night now. He just can’t stand it. Which never, ever happened before. He always slept at the foot of my bed in the years prior.
I believe the smart meter is slowly eating away at our health, slowly killing us. I found there is nowhere to run, because all over the United States they are installing these radiation machines on homes. I read on the internet of people selling their homes and moving out of state, only to find that within weeks of moving to a new home a smart meter was slapped on their home when they were at work.
Of course, the utility company came out and told me that none of my problems or the changes in the home were caused by the smart meter. They absolutely refused to investigate or own up to any responsibility at all. They just looked at me, shrugged their shoulders, and told me that I was the only one that had complained.
I BEGGED them to put my old meter back on for the sake of my home, the health of my pet and myself and they absolutely refused. I had three different individuals out to my house, telling them about the problems since the very first night of the smart meter installation. They refused to accept responsibility, because if they changed out my meter or accepted responsibility for me, they would have to do it for all the others that complained.
One of them I think did feel sorry for me and he made a call to a supervisor two or three times to his visit to my home and each time he was told absolutely no, that he could not remove my meter and put the old analog meter back on. I’m sure he would have lost his job if he had gone ahead and done what was right. I do not know how these people sleep at night, knowing they are slow-killing us.
I do know that evil flourishes when good men do nothing, which is why we all have to stand up and do whatever we can to fight this, especially for the innocents that cannot defend themselves: our pets, infants in the womb, children, the elderly. They cannot fight for their right to live in a radiation free environment, so we have to do it for them.
My dog used to LOVE to go on long walks. He is a retired greyhound and spend the first part of his life in a cage, and so I used to be able to take him on long walks. Since the smart meter was installed (within a two-week period of time) he is only able to go on very short limited walks now due to swelling in his joints (which is a common complaint for a lot of people after smart meter installation).
This all practically happened over night. It was not a gradual progression, where he gradually got older and declined. It was very sudden and not natural at all. I am 49 years old and have pets since I was a child and we all watch our pets gradually get older and understand this. THIS WAS NOT NATURAL FOR A DOG IN PERFECT HEALTH TO GO from one who loved life to a state of torture the very first night that smart meter was installed.
I know my dog, I know my house, I know myself and none of these have been the same since the smart meter installation.
(reproduced with permission)
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Note: Opting Out means getting rid of the wireless smart meter - we think that turning off the transmitters inside (a Northern CA utility proposal) is not enough. We recommend opt-outs that involve nothing less than return to safe mechanical analog meters. To date, only a (forced) proposal has been made by PG&E, in Northern California. No utility has had a formal opt-out plan yet approved by CPUC.
The federal government does not require wireless or smart meters. The state CPUC falsely claims that the federal gov't has mandated smart meters. CPUC has authorized smart meters to be placed on every home in California (not required). The utilities in CA claim that smart meters are mandated, rather than authorized. No one in CPUC or utility companies admit that wireless was selected as the cheap option, without health and safety testing.
Utility and CPUC science is outdated and full of industry-produced information that is non-scientific and tainted by conflicts of interest. Michael Peevey, President of the regulatory commission to oversee the California utilities (CPUC) is a Southern California Edison Vice President, retired.
In two weeks, CPUC will hold an Opt-Out Workshop which all major utilities in California have been ordered to attend, to discuss potential opt-out solutions, including SDG&E. Without strong public pressure, such as we have seen in Northern and Central CA, it is doubtful an opt-out plan will be developed for Southern Californians, as the CPUC says it has not had enough complaints, to date, to warrant it. In Northern CA, 44 municipalities have taken out ordinances or a position against smart meters. In Southern California, 2 have done so (Santa Barbara city and County) (Center for Electrosmog Prevention).
Main Link for Opt-Out Info on CPUC website - http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Demand+Response/ami.htm
Information on “Opting-Out” – Requesting to Not Have a Smart Meter
- Sept. 14, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Public Workshop on Opt-Out Requests, CPUC Auditorium
- Sept. 15, 2011: Prehearing Conference
- PG&E's Opt-Out Proposal, filed March 24, 2011 (A.11-03-014)
- Documents filed in A.11-03-014
- Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) Opt-Out request that would apply to San Diego Gas and Electric Company, filed March 24, 2011 (A.11-03-015)
- County of Santa Barbara, et al, Request for Southern California Edison Opt-Out Plan (A.11-07-020)
1. OPT OUT WORKSHOP INFO
Public Workshop: Smart Meter Opt-Out
What: Public Workshop on Smart Meter Opt-Out Requests (A.11-03-014, A.11-03-015, A.11-07-020)
When: Sept. 14, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco;
Also available in real-time and archived via video webcast.
Details: CPUC workshop to discuss the options for customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company who wish to opt-out of the utility’s respective Smart Meter program.
Write the CPUC judge who will oversee the opt-out proceedings, Amy Yip-Kikugawa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. SUBMIT A COMMENT TO CPUC (California Public Regulatory Commission) - more info at this link - http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/aboutus/Divisions/CSID/Public+Advisor/
Bottom of Form
San Francisco -
Telephone: 866-849-8390 or 415-703-2074
Postal Service: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102
Los Angeles -
Telephone: 866-849-8391 or 213-576-7055
Postal Service: CPUC Public Advisor, 320 West 4th Street Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Write the CPUC judge who will oversee the opt-out proceedings, Amy Yip-Kikugawa, email@example.com.
PLEASE INDICATE SUPPORT FOR NO-COST, SWITCH-TO-ANALOG-METER SDG&E OPT-OUTS, PER CEP “NO-WIRELESS” OPT-OUT PROPOSAL (http://www.scribd.com/doc/61171903/CEP-Smart-Meter-Opt-Out-Proposal-for-CPUC-7-28-11) View CEP's Opt-Out Proposal above on Media - Documents (pdfs) above, to right of this article, as well.
3. FILE A COMPLAINT WITH CPUC
Online complaint form - https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/cimsapp/
You can mail your written complaint to:
CPUC Utilities Safety Branch
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3298
If you have any questions about mobile home park safety, you can call us at 1-415-703-1126. For all other public safety complaints, you can call us at 1-800-755-1447.
For more information on how the CPUC can help you resolve issues, please see Do You Have a Question or Complaint?
4. FILE A COMPLAINT WITH SDG&E
P.O. Box 129831
San Diego, CA 92112-9831
Attn: Smart Meter Complaint Dept.
5. CC: COMPLAINTs TO CENTER FOR ELECTROSMOG PREVENTION
And notify us in smart meter blog arrticle comments on La Mesa Patch how you are taking action, if you wish to share
6. Visit Take Action: How to Opt Out of Radiation-Emitting Smart Meters for more action steps
7. Sign a local petition, recently started by a resident of Jamul, CA, for San Diego and Orange County residents with SDG&E as your utility:
8. Call and write the CA Dept of Health to demand protection from smart meter emissions. See their letter above in Media - Documents (pdfs) related to smart meter rf radiation. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/contact/Pages/default.aspx
Read related La Mesa Patch blog articles during August, 2011:
Living Nightmare: How SDG&E Smart Meter Led to Headaches, Hearing Loss
Smart Meter Nightmare #2: San Diego man sick from bank of smart meters
Message for SDG&E: Allow Opt-outs from Smart Meters
How to Opt-Out of Take Action: How to Opt Out of Radiation-Emitting Smart Meters http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/take-action-how-to-opt-out-of-radiation-emitting-smart-meters
Open Letter to the La Mesa City Council: Tell SDG&E to Stop the Smart Meters
Center for Electrosmog Prevention
more info and to join: Southern Californians Against Smart Meters
Smart Meter Dangers www.smartmeterdangers.org
EMF Safety Network www.emfsafetynetwork.org
Stop Smart Meters www.stopsmartmeters.org