No Smart Meters - Top 10 Action Items Checklist
Scroll to the bottom of this page to find helpful forms that you can download, print out and mail, post, share, etc. For those of you living outside of California, feel free to use any California specific forms as templates that you can revise and then share with others to create positive change in your area and state.
1. Fill out, sign and send “CPUC Complaint” Forms. Keep 1 copy of your signed form for your records. (If you are not an SCE Customer, do NOT print out CPUC Complaint Form B. If you have received any kind of verbal or physical abuse from your Utility rep on the phone, or from an installer or employee, fill out CPUC Complaint Form C.)
Mail original signed form to CPUC Consumer Affairs:
Consumer Affairs Branch
CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
If you want to file the complaint on-line go here: https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/cimsapp/, but make sure to copy and paste your complaint into a Word doc and save it so you will have a record of it, and can send copies of your complaint to the following...
Mail a Copy of your signed form to each of the two Public Advisor’s Offices – Make sure to ask the Public Advisor to forward it to each of the Commissioners!
CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102
CPUC Public Advisor, 320 West 4th Street Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Also mail a Copy to CPUC Smart Meter Options Administrative Law Judge:
ALJ Amy Yip-Kikugawa, CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Mail a copy to your utilities that service you (water, gas and electric).
Also mail a Copy to each of these organizations which are documenting consumer complaints because the CPUC may say lose yours:
EMF Safety Network, PO BOX 1016, Sebastopol, California USA, 95473
The Utility Reform Network (TURN): 268 Bush Street #3933, San Francisco 94104
Mail copies to your Mayor, City Council, City Manager and County Supervisors.
Mail copies to your County District Attorney -- for LA County residents:
District Attorney's Office
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
Mail copies to your state legislators and U.S. Congress members:
Get the names and addresses of your state and Congressional reps by simply entering your zip code here: http://hq-salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/746/getLocal.jsp
Mail copies to your California State Governor Jerry Brown:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
2. Fill out, sign and send “City Council," "County Supervisor," "State Legislator," "U.S. Representative," "U.S. Senator," and "Governor Jerry Brown" Letter forms to your Mayor and City Council, County Board of Supervisors and elected state and Congressional representatives, and our California Governor Jerry Brown.
Get the names and addresses of your state and Congressional reps: http://hq-salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/746/getLocal.jsp
Also mail a Copies to your City Manager.
Also mail a Copies to your local newspaper editor(s) and ask the editor to write a story or editorial supporting residents.
3. Fill out, sign and send “NO CONSENT” Forms to your utilities (gas, water and electric).
Read the instructions here: https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/wireless-smart-meter-concerns/jerry-day-s-no-consent-form
4. Sign these important Petitions:
EMF Safety Network: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=1588
The People's Initiatitive: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5836/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7184
If you are a Burbank resident, sign our resident Petition here: http://burbankaction.wordpress.com/petition/
5. NETWORK: Print out FLYERS and share them with your neighbors, and encourage them to take action like you have – talk to them face to face for better results. Create Smart Meter Free Zones with your neighbors. Get together for coffee or breakfast or brunch with neighbors and other residents, and organize local opposition and outreach efforts, and pursue action items together. Network with state-wide and national groups against smart meters (like the www.stopsmartmeters.org, www.emfsafetynetwork.org, www.stopsmartmeterdangers.org, www.thepeoplesinitiative.org, and www.burbankaction.com) and join their Facebook pages.
6. CALL your Utilities today and tell them your REFUSE the Smart or RF meters and want the right to keep your analog meter. Ask them to put in your records that you refuse their Smart or RF meters. You may want to put the Utility rep on speaker phone and have a witness with you to help you document who you are talking to and when you called, and to document any abusive comments or responses the Utility rep makes (if you receive any abuse, then fill out CPUC Complaint Form C mentioned in Action Item #1 at the top of this page). Ask your Utilities of they have a Delay Installation list, and what that Delay List entails, and ask or demand that they halt Smart or RF meter installation until the California Public Utility Commission decides on opt out solutions, which it is exploring right now. If you already have had a Smart/RF meter installed and don't want it at your residence, tell them so and that you want them to switch out your smart meter for a non-RF analog meter at no extra cost, and tell them the reasons why -- document their response, and if they do not fulfill your request/demand, submit a CPUC Complaint Form or Forms to the CPUC (mentioned in Action Item #1 at the top of this page).
7. Post DO NOT INSTALL signs near your front door (so when installers come to knock on your door, they can see and read it clearly), gate, and near/next to your analog meters. Remove the "Delay" wording part of the GENERIC Do Not Install sign if your utility is not offering a Delay Program, and feel free to create your own sign to post on your home, gate and next to your meters.
Some people are protecting their analog meters from vandals and tampering by creating protective boxes or cages. Make sure the meter can still be read visually and accessed (with your permission) by a meter reader, to avoid tampering:
Electrical Box Protector Ideas : http://mocotp.com/posts/electrical-box-protectorMake "No" or "Stop" Smart Meters lawn signs, T-Shirts and buttons with the No Smart Meter Logo, and share them with friends, neighbors and family -- wear them when you speak at meetings about smart meters.
"How to build" a Meter Protection Cage: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Smart-Meter-Cage-Box-w.-Handle.pdf
Smart Meter Cages Instructions: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/SMART-METER-CAGES-HOW-TO-18.pdf
Utility meter locks call (707) 579-3183.
See other examples on the Stop Smart Meters website here, here and here.
8. Write to your NEWSPAPER(s): Letters to the Editor in your local paper about this issue, or write Guest Editorials, and recommend that readers visit these websites for more info:
9. SPEAK UP and INFORM: Go to your City Council, Utility Board, civic groups, homeowner and neighborhood councils and organizations, and other resident and concerned citizen groups to speak up and inform officials and the public about smart meters and encourage them to take action to oppose smart meters. Share with them Letters, Ordinances and Resolutions approved and adopted by 47 other cities and local governments throughout California that oppose smart meters and are supporting and protecting residents in their communities, found on the Stop Smart Meters website: http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/sample-letter-to-local-government/ca-local-governments-on-board/
10. Visit our BURBANK ACTION BLOG for more "TAKE ACTION" ideas on what actions you can take, including considering hiring a consultant to help you understand your state regulations about smart meters and what you can do to oppose them: http://burbankaction.wordpress.com/take-action/
ALSO: Sign-up for updates on Burbank/Glendale and Los Angeles County area smart meter opposition events and action items, at: http://burbankaction.wordpress.com/about-2/ or
E-mail us right now at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are other websites that offer helpful forms,letters, signs and
petitions to oppose smart
meters in your community, state and across the country. You can also use
their forms as examples to create or fashion your own letters, flyers, etc.
Start today and join others in taking positive action!
1. Stop Smart Meters “How You Can Stop Smart Meters”: http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/
2. EMF Safety Network “Take Action”: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=649
3. Center for Electrosmog Prevention’s “Anti-Smart Meter Campaign”: http://electrosmogprevention.org/antismartmetercampaign.html
4. Citizens for Safe Technology “Smart Meter Action Kit”: http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/smart-meter-action-kit-in-communities-governments,73,0
5. The Utility Reform Network (TURN) Smart Meter Consumer Tools page: http://www.turn.org/section.php?id=161