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Smart Meters and Fees Decried at Local CPUC meeting

A rare local CPUC meeting overflowed with speakers decrying smart meters, describing serious illnesses and privacy concerns. All were against opt-out fees and smart meters.

YouTube Audio w/ Pics of Smart Meter Opt-out Fees CPUC PPH, San Clemente, CA, 12/18/12

A regional CPUC Public Participation Hearing (PPH) was attended by San Diego and Orange County residents in San Clemente last night, including Susan Brinchman of La Mesa, Director of the Center for Electrosmog Prevention and building biologist/engineer Michael Schwaebe of Encinitas. The meeting was considered - literally - a roaring success! A smart meter protest was held on the main street before the meeting with multiple Southern California activist groups participating. An overflow crowd of about 100 included Stop OC Smart Meters, Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), nuclear and other activists as well as numerous citizens unaffiliated with organizations. About 45 speakers passionately described serious illnesses and other objections to fees and smart meters - such as privacy concerns, the gathering and selling of personal data (concerning habits in the home and more), smart meter fires, hacking of data and use of smart meter information by thieves, before impassive CPUC Administrative Law Judge Amy Yip- Kikugawa. Speakers were only given 2 minutes each and the two hour meeting was cut off 1/2 hour early without any apparent good reason, over the objections of the audience. CEP audiotaped the entire 1.5 hour meeting and took some pics, offered herein, in an uncensored pair of YouTubes, worth listening to.

Part 1 of 2 http://youtu.be/bO2ulWvDdg4
Part 2 of 2 http://youtu.be/JmgOMICt01I

The above contains raw footage and pics - nothing fancy, but you can listen to the very compelling testimonies from Southern Californians who came together to decry smart meters and fees.  I was speaker #7 and spoke as a citizen, and told my story of being made ill. The short time allotted did not allow for all that could have been said.

Health complaints associated with smart meters mentioned at the meeting included (but were not limited to): headaches, dizziness, heart arrythmias, swollen eyes, skin rashes, ringing ears, newly developed sensitivity to RF radiation (cell phones, computers, Wi-Fi, etc.) and interference with coronary pacemaker (stoppage), with hospitalizations and even homelessness resulting from installations. These are asserted by independent experts to be consistent with this type of microwave radiation, with exposures at the levels provided by smart meters.

Virtually all were against smart meters and any opt-out fees, demanding no fees and banning smart meters. They objected to increases in fees. This meeting is one of five similar meetings held in December, throughout California. The last meeting will be held in Santa Rosa on Dec. 20th.

Location where meeting was held:
San Clemente Community Center
Ole Hanson Fireside Room
100 N. Calle Seville
San Clemente, CA 92672
December 18, 2012
6:00 pm - 7:30 PM (ended early by judge)

if you were unable to attend and would like to submit written comments about the
smart meters and opt-out fees (due to be doubled), please contact:

Public Advisor
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3298
Or via e-mail to Public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov
Telephone: (415) 703-2074 or toll-free: 1-866-849-8390
Teletype (TTY): (415) 703-5282 or toll-free TTY: 1-866-836-7825

Opting out has been legally available since April, 2012, in California.

For information on opting out (getting rid of the smart meters on your property) click here or contact your local gas and electric utilities.

CENTER FOR ELECTROSMOG PREVENTION (CEP) IS A FORMAL PARTY TO THE CPUC SMART METER OPT-OUT PROCEEDINGS IN CALIFORNIA. CEP ADVOCATES FOR UTILITY CUSTOMERS, DEMANDING NO SMART METER OPT-OUT FEES, ELIMINATION OF BANKS OF METERS, ANALOG-ONLY OPT-OUTS, AND BANNING OF SMART METERS.  

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN OBTAINING A FREE OPT-OUT AND BAN ON SMART METERS.

For an excellent electronic brochure on smart meter problems and the opt-out, go to http://stopsmartmeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/StopSmartMetersFlyerColor.pdf. To learn more about ordering printed, full color, updated packets of these brochures to distribute in your community, church, or workplace, contact us at info@electrosmogprevention.org.

ADDITIONALLY, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE THIS BLOG ARTICLE FAR AND WIDE, TO HELP EDUCATE THOSE WHO ARE EXPOSED TO SMART METERS SO THAT THEY MAY BECOME AWARE OF THE POTENTIAL HEALTH IMPACTS AND FEES ISSUES.

Susan Brinchman
Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
91944 director@electrosmogprevention.org
Center for Electrosmog Prevention
www.electrosmogprevention.org
Smart Meter Dangers
www.smartmeterdangers.org
SCASM Southern Californians Against Smart Meters
www.causes.com/causes/610453-southern-californians-against-smart-meters-scasm
American Coalition Against Smart Meters (ACASM)
www.causes.com/acasm
Follow Smart Meter News and CEP on Twitter
twitter.com/No2SmartMeters
Subscribe to CEP newsletter
http://eepurl.com/rNTOH

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Susan Brinchman December 20, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Brand new SMART METER HEALTH EFFECTS SURVEY: If you feel your health has been affected by smart meters, we request your immediate help in studying these effects. Follow the link below for more information and to participate in our 15 minute confidential survey on this subject. If you submit your survey by January 15, we will be able to use your data in the precedent-setting Maine, USA investigation into the safety of smart meters. Later submissions may be useful in other legal and regulatory proceedings. We welcome responses from all over the world. This survey is sponsored by the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters and www.conradbiologic.com http://www.conradbiologic.com/smartmetersurvey.html Please help to distribute this link widely and worldwide by forwarding this message and link to any lists you are involved with, to any individuals you know that have had health effects from smart meters and by posting on your websites. For friends too sensitive to use a computer, please contact Richard Conrad through his website [above] or by calling 808-695-1128, 10 AM to 4 PM Hawaii time. Thanks so much for your timely participation! Ed Friedman Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
Chris December 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
There were so many heartbreaking stories of people and small children who are terribly hurt by the smart meters. Shame on the CPUC to charge one penny to avoid this suffering. And now they want to increase the opt-out rates. That is just evil to make people pay money to avoid being ill. Smart meters should be illegal. If the CPUC listened to even half of the studies and stories of the people harmed by RF radiation they would ban smart meters today. The fact that the CPUC doesn't ban smart meters immediately proves the CPUC is not doing due diligence in protecting the public. If CPUC members cannot do their job because of conflicts of interest - such as ex-SCE CEO Peevey who continues to rule on SCE interests they should be removed. Where is our Governor in this matter??? Smart meters have been proven to be dangerous and don't save any energy. There only use other than selling off your personal data to make money for the utilities is to get rid of middle class jobs we need in California. The CPUC and utilities are unpatriotic and working against what is best for California.

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