Message for SDG&E: Allow Opt-Outs from Smart Meters, Remove all Wireless

Demand SDG&E provide full public disclosure for all elements of its smart grid project.

Whereas San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has installed 98% of its territory without informing the public about serious potential health risks from its new "smart (utility) meters," 

Whereas the World Health Organization has recently identified radiofrequency radiation, which smart meters emit 24/7 into our homes, as a 2B carcinogen,

Whereas scientific studies and independent scientists have identified health and biological effects associated with exposure to rf radiation and smart meters, including the possible development of cancers, autism, neurological effects, and damage to the blood brain barrier,

Whereas the California Public Utilities Commission has had many thousands of health complaints about smart meters,

Whereas the California Public Utilities Commission has had thousands of inaccuracy, privacy, and security complaints about smart meters,

Whereas SDG&E has had thousands of complaints about smart meters, with refusals to allow installations by hundreds of customers, according to company documents,
Whereas 46 California municipalities, including entire counties such as Santa Barbara and Marin, have formed anti-smart meter resolutions and ordinances including criminalizing the installation of smart meters as a result of overwhelming public concern and damages to health,

Whereas the California Public Utilities Commission has ordered San Diego Gas & Electric to attend an Opt-Out Workshop on Sept. 14th, which it protested attending, with no known intention of offering opt-outs for smart meters to safe, analog meters, to date, for its customers, unlike some other major utilities attending,

Whereas UCAN (a local nonprofit) has filed an Application with the CPUC to force SDG&E to offer opt-outs (allowing customers a choice whether to have smart meters or be allowed to have safe analog meters) and SDG&E is currently formally Protesting this Application,

Whereas other major California utilities such as PG&E and SCE, have shown an interest in proposing smart meter opt-out plans to use with their customers,

Whereas utility customers throughout the nation have complained of higher bills after the installation of smart meters and this has also happened here,

Whereas in some parts of the nation, utility customers are involved in a class action lawsuit against their utility due to health effects, fires, and the malfunctioning of these meters, including overbilling of customers due to smart meters and this is entirely possible here,

Whereas SDG&E's customers did not want nor ask for radiation-emitting smart meters to be attached to their homes and businesses, placing their health at risk,

Whereas many of these smart meters are placed where the most vulnerable persons, such as children, pregnant women, women, elders, in addition to the general public, are in close proximity to the rf radiation-emitting devices, on bedrooms, nurseries, kitchens, living rooms, playyards, and other occupied spaces, which scientists and experts have repeatedly warned about,

Whereas SDG&E decided to put these smart meters on our homes and businesses without independent environmental, health, or safety testing,

As Director of Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a La Mesa, CA nonprofit, I ask our local governments and citizens to support me in demanding that SDG&E  immediately and voluntarily offer a no-cost opt-out choice to analog meters for all its customers, without adding radiation-emitting repeaters to their neighborhoods, with a smart meter free zone of at least 200 feet surrounding anyone who is concerned about medical or health effects.

As Director of Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a La Mesa, CA nonprofit, I ask our local governments and citizens to support me in demanding that SDG&E  remove all banks of multiple meters, such as those found on apartments and condos, from its territory, as these will exceed even the obsolete and non-protective FCC guidelines for rf radiation exposure.

As Director of Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a La Mesa, CA nonprofit, I ask our local governments and citizens to support me in demanding for SDG&E to provide full public disclosure for all elements of its smart grid project, including specific information about emissions for all types of smart meters it uses, especially which homes have the Collector Smart Meters that can emit up to 3+ times the radiation of the other meters on our homes now, which SDG&E has thus far refused to provide. 

This shall include the plans for future ramping up of the system that may lead to possible greatly increased radiation emissions (approx. 15X more) from smart meters (such as time of day rating and real time data being sent from these meters, which now transmit every 15 min. or less).

As Director of Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a La Mesa, CA nonprofit, I ask our local governments and citizens to support me in demanding that SDG&E to remove all wireless components from its smart grid project and replace these with safe fiberoptic, shielded cable, or phone line solutions, pending passage of CEQA and independent safety testing not-to-be-based on obsolete FCC guidelines.


Call and write your local governments such as La Mesa City Council, SDG&E, the CPUC, and especially, its Administrative Law Judge, Amy C. Yip-Kikugawa, California Public Utilities Commission, who is in charge of the CPUC's Public Smart Meter Opt-Out Workshop and can order SDG&E to provide these opt-outs for its customers. (415) 703-5256 ayk@cpuc.ca.gov.

Start Date: 9/14/2011   End Date: 9/14/2011   Subject: Public Workshop: Smart Meter Opt-Out   Message:

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.  

Learn more and view the CEP Opt-Out Proposal on file with the CPUC, at www.electrosmogprevention.org. View the CEP Opt-Out Proposal above on Media - Documents (pdf's).

View YouTube videos on smart meter issues above, on Media - Videos

For scientific and expert positions on smart meters, with reports on smart meter emissions, and research on rf radiation pertaining to health and biological effects visit www.smartmeterdangers.org

For over 600 smart meter concerns news articles, most of which are about California, and continuing updates about smart meter issues, follow http://twitter.com/#!/No2SmartMeters on Twitter.

For two other recent articles on Patch about smart meters, go to


Please be sure to view the videos on these articles also, as well as the documents and photos. Our future health depends on people informing themselves about this important topic, which most people in our county have little information about. Thank you for your interest in following this breaking news!

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April Bolduc August 27, 2011 at 12:14 AM
My name is April Bolduc and I work for SDG&E. We have two website pages that address frequently asked smart meter questions. This one has general smart meter information: http://www.sdge.com/smartmeter/. This one has information related to radio frequency: http://www.sdge.com/campaigns/smartmeter/rf_concerns.html. In the lower right of the page there are numerous links to the third party experts we rely on that have done studies on this issue. If you have any other questions we are more than happy to answer them, and you can email them to info@sdge.com, and put “smart meter” in the subject line. These questions go directly to a smart meter expert.
Susan Brinchman August 27, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Your studies are insider paid - by PG&E, which poisoned the town of Hinkley, CA;, your science handpicked and obsolete (dated five or more years ago); you admitted people are sick and claim that SDG&E can do nothing to help them. NOT TRUE. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Are_Smart_Meters_a_Smart_Idea__San_Diego-115151039.html?code=2.yShb4XqLY4ToMfPaaNKkPA__.3600.1297800000-1453972559%7C4cABEekJuugdLsKvd8yGX2n19m0. No one is making SDGE keep the harmful smart meters on our homes. Not the US gov't, not the CPUC. Your experts are trained and have a script. Period.
Susan August 27, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Right on Susan! I was speaking to I think #6 PG&E Rep trying to get a non patronizing civilized solution to my own problem of the piece of trash meter placed on my home with no permission and I was being quoted outdated baloney data... I began reading to him the correct analysis of these carcinogens from the web page in front of me, taken from this very informative web posts, and he became silenced...no debate just silence. Knowlege is power. Thanks Susan
Susan Brinchman August 27, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Thank you, Susan. As a successful, professional teacher, educator, and educational consultant with 30+ years experience, w/ a Master's degree in Education (Technology), I'd have to agree. Knowledge is power. That sums it up. Cuts right through the lies and the script. The employees aren't to blame, they need to work and their utility employers feed them the misinformation. They are just as worried when they realize that at their homes they are now at risk from these meters. The technicians are worried that their exposures out in the field will harm them, when they realize their employer is feeding them lies. But when we deal with the lies, knowledge is absolutely powerful. That is why on smartmeterdangers.org, electrosmogprevention.org, and emfsafetynetwork.org, there is a lot that can help. I am really glad to hear these articles are helping people, in our own region (where we've had nearly zero press on the truth about smart meters) and in others, throughout the world. For a world smart meter deployment map that will chill you and I hope, awake you to the work at hand that must be done, visit http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/index.php/smartmeter-facts/178-world-smart-meter-map. We either give up health or we fight this new, massive technological error called wireless smart grid.
Ed in SF August 29, 2011 at 09:45 AM
Even though only some people react and show symptoms, that does not mean that the RF and high-frequency EMF from SmartMeters does not affect the rest of us in some way that we can't currently detect. It could be affecting your long term health and you don't even know it! After all, you can't feel your own blood pressure and yet it needs be checked regularly to combat cardiovascular disease. There just isn't a test currently for measuring our sensitivity to RF and EMF, as there is a test for blood pressure. The people who are sensitive to RF and EMF are our canaries in the coal mine. We need to listen to and react to their issues. Why not have customers self-report the numbers on their meters, with photos even? Customers can take a photo of the numbers on their meters and send it in to the utility companies as verification. The utility companies can send their own meter reader out every 6 months to verify. If the self-reporting is incorrect, the utility companies can charge a penalty after a few warnings. After all, people self-report their own taxes and that's been working well for decades. I self-report my car's mileage to my automobile insurance company. Here's some great videos showing SmartMeter radiation exposure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2JQ0FbgvU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6VwYPL9aE4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cejL8DTPdro Some good ideas in the letter posted under this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI


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