15. City and County Documents
including Agendas, Minutes, Video Meeting links,
Staff Reports, Proposed and Approved Ordinances,
Resolutions, Correspondence, etc.
There are several cities and counties in California, thank goodness, taking the lead in protecting their residents against mandatory smart meters. Here are a list of documents that you can print out and share with fellow residents, consumers, groups, and officials about cities and counties in California that have most recently taken action to ban or halt the installation of wireless smart meter in their communities, and/or to support Assembly Bill 37 that would allow consumers to opt out (note: Assembly Bill 37 was pulled by co-author Assembly Member Jared Huffman when the CPUC started holding proceedings on smart meter options). FYI, for the latest complete list of local governments that have taken action, go to Stop Smart Meters: http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/ca-local-governments-on-board/
City of Calabasas:
"City Council Letter Asking Utilities for Opt-Out Option on Smart Meter Installation,"by Reza Gostar, Calabasas Patch, October 13, 2011: http://calabasas.patch.com/articles/calabasas-city-council-approves-letter-asking-utilities-for-opt-out-option-on-smart-meters
October 12, 2011 Agenda and Minutes will be posted here: http://calabasas.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2
City of Solvang:
"Smart Meters Go Before City Council," by Isaiah Brooshire, Santa Ynez Valley Journal, Sep. 15, 2011, news story about City Council approving to send letter to CPUC on Monday, Sept. 12 meeting: http://www.syvjournal.com/archive/9/37/8950/
See Minutes for Sept. 12, 2011 City Council Meeting, including resident Comments and votes by Council to send letter to CPUC -- read minutes for Item 7, on pages 3 to 5: http://www.cityofsolvang.com/index.php/city-council/minutes/doc_download/815-min-2011-9-12
See Agenda for Sept. 12, 2011; go to page 103-110 for Staff Report, CPUC Response letter and Structure Summary Report: http://www.cityofsolvang.com/index.php/city-council/agenda-packets/doc_download/803-packet-2011-9-12
County of Santa Barbara:
"County backs opt-out for Smart Meter Program," Santa Maria Times, July 6, 2011, news story about County Supervisors approving sending CPUC letter to support resident no-cost opt out: http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_922b37aa-a79a-11e0-a404-001cc4c03286.html
See "Meeting Details" (related materials) for July 5, 2011 Agenda Item 11-00527: http://santabarbara.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=921660&GUID=5EB5D07D-31BC-432E-8BE1-93976EB437BF
Presentation - PG&E
Presentation - Edison
Public Comment - Sage Associates
Public Commen - Montecito Association
Public Comment - Californians Against Smart Meters
Public Comment - Dave Davis
Public Comment - Donald Miller
Public Comment - Dan Harper,
Public Comment - Hebert
Final Executed Letter.pdf - Letter sent to CPUC dated July 25, 2011
Minutes of meeting - read Item 11-00527 on page 25 for notes on action approved: http://santabarbara.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=M&ID=132338&GUID=7BFD0E4D-5496-48F0-83A7-EE46AE1BE56C
Agenda, see Item 11-00527 on page 14: http://santabarbara.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=132338&GUID=7BFD0E4D-5496-48F0-83A7-EE46AE1BE56C
Video of Meeting: http://sbcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=1419&meta_id=54963
City of Buellton
"Buellton Council supports smart meter opt-out," Santa Ynez Valley News, July 19, 2011 news story: http://syvnews.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_6d4d60b0-b0ec-11e0-9c15-001cc4c03286.html
July 14, 2011 City Council Meeting Minutes, see Item 8, go to Page 5, to read notes on Resident Comments and action to send letter to CPUC supporting no-cost option:
July 14, 2011 City Council Meeting Agenda Packet, see Item 8, and Staff Report is on Page 61: http://www.cityofbuellton.com/files/City%20Council%20-%20Packets/37783-07-14-11.pdf
County of Tehama:
Board of Supervisors approve sending a letter in support for AB37. Read Red Bluff Daily News Online, "Tehama County Supes take stand on SmartMeters," March 21, 2011, http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/ci_17665475
Supervisor Ron Warner asked his colleagues to support the bill after he got at least 60 letters and emails from people within the last two months asking about what can be done about the meters, he said.
"There was just way too much confusion," Warner said.
Not having a SmartMeter himself, he didn't have answers, he said. He went to the county counsel to find out what can or can't be done about people's concerns.
After hearing many questions and horror stories about the SmartMeters, it didn't seem legal, Warner said.
AB 37 seemed to be the best solution.
"It's a short bill, and it does just what I think it should do," Warner said.
The utility companies need to stop installing them immediately until a viable alternative is available, he said. They also should give information about the meters that is easy for any common person to understand...
"Along with these installations, there has been a surge of customer complaints regarding over-billings, inaccuracies, information privacy and concerns about exposure to radio frequency emissions," the letter states.
Agenda for March 15, 2011 can be found on the county website: http://co.tehama.ca.us/images/stories/clerk/minutes_agendas/2011/3-15-11AG.pdf.
Go to Page 9, Item #45. "LEGISLATION – Supervisor Ron Warner
a) Consider approval and authorization for the Chairman to sign the letter to Assemblyman
Jared Huffman voicing support for AB 37, which would suspend further installation of
wireless advanced metering infrastructure devices, commonly referred to as smart
meters, until the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has identified equivalent
alternative options to allow customers to opt out, and further requiring the CPUC to
disclose smart meter technology information"
Click "Legislation"to read the letter of support and a copy of AB37, or go here: http://www.co.tehama.ca.us/images/stories/clerk/minutes_agendas/2011/31511r45.pdf
County of Lake:
Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to protect and preserve the quality of life in this beautiful region of California by taking a strong stand and going further than other local government thus far -- they're taking a three-pronged approach to protect the privacy, safety, health, pocketbooks, concerns and interests of their residents against PG&E's mandatory installation of wireless smart meters:
The three prongs include approving a letter to be sent to legislators, the governor and a variety of organizations that lobby for local governments in favor of AB 37, which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) determine SmartMeter alternatives by January 2012 for customers who want to opt out.
The board also passed an urgency ordinance instituting a moratorium on the installations locally, which PG&E officials said began in late February. County Counsel Anita Grant said the moratorium she drafted was “substantially the same” as ordinances approved in Santa Cruz and Marin counties.
But perhaps the sharpest prong of all was the board's direction to county staff to move forward with legal action to seek an injunction against PG&E to give AB 37 time to get through the Legislature.
PG&E has told Lake County News that a total of 40,000 meters were to be installed throughout Lake County.
...[Supervisor] Farrington shared his research, explaining that on July 6, 2006, the CPUC approved a SmartMeter deployment plan. On Feb. 25, 2010, the CPUC then adopted new rate structures.
“The problem is, there's a disconnect,” with the county not receiving that information, said Farrington.
He said it was not made available either by PG&E or the CPUC, the latter having “total disregard for local government,” said Farrington, who hinted at conflicts of interest by noting that CPUC Chair Michael Peevey had formerly worked for Southern California Edison.
As a result, Farrington said the county finds itself in a reactive mode, ratepayers getting caught off guard. He said he realized PG&E would continue installing SmartMeters, “and there's a risk with that.”
Farrington said he felt the legal option was the only one that would work, and it might get both PG&E's and the CPUC's attention. Lake County might be rural, but “we can make as much problems for the organization as anyone in the state of California.”
In California ratepayers are paying the $1.7 billion for the SmartMeter program, said Farrington, with no environmental impact report or cumulative impact analysis required.
...Lower Lake attorney Ron Green urged the board to take PG&E to court, pointing out that the company has ignored other counties that have tried to stop the installations. “The only way to get to 'em really is an injunctive action.”
Read Lake County News, "Supervisors pass SmartMeter moratorium, direct staff to begin legal action to stop installations, March 9, 2011, http://lakeconews.com/content/view/18616/919
For Agenda, see Item A-10: http://www.co.lake.ca.us/Assets/BOS/Agendas/2011+Agendas/March+8$!2c+2011.pdf
For Minutes of March 8, 2011 meeting (yet to be posted): http://www.co.lake.ca.us/Assets/BOS/Minutes/2011+Minutes/March+8$%212c+2011.pdf
For a copy of the Ordinance 2942 (Moratorium), adopted March 8, 2011, go here: http://lakeconews.com/content/view/18667/932/
Big Valley Tribal Business Committee voted to ban wireless smart meters within their tribal boundaries, according to the Pomo Indian tribal community's environmental director, Sarah Ryan:
This development is mentioned in a small paragraph within a related news story in the Lake County News, "SmartMeter fight grows locally; supervisors prepare to look at legal options," March 7, 2011, http://lakeconews.com/content/view/18576/919/County of San Luis Obispo:
Big Valley Racheria/Tribal Community of Pomo Indians website: http://www.big-valley.net/index.htm
Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution to send CPUC a letter:
"...to take immediate action to order PG&E to suspend installation of the wireless smart meters until such time as the consumer is given a choice of having an alternative to the wireless smart meter.
"The complaints are too numerous and the issues potentially too significant and far reaching to ignore."
Letter is also being sent to Assemblymember Jared Huffman, Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian, Senator Sam Blakeslee and PG&E.
(Supervisor Mecham was absent due to surgery, but had his assistant read a letter of his support for the resolution).
For the March 8, 2011, Agenda, you can later find it here: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/bos/BOSagenda.htm.
Watch the video here: http://slocounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1053
In the left column: "Jump" to (click) Item A-7 Submittal by Supervisor Patterson of a letter and resolution requesting the California Public Utilities Commission to direct Pacific Gas and Electric Company to suspend installation of SmartMeters in San Luis Obispo County until the California State Legislature acts upon proposed legislation, AB 37; All Districts. (RECOMMEND APPROVAL AND INSTRUCT CHAIRPERSON TO SIGN.)
Under this item click to view the "Staff Report," and also "Correspondence Posted 3-7-2011."
Use the icons in the top right area to view, zoom into document, and save to your computer.
March 14, 2011: County Health Commission has a public hearing for PG&E to present its health information and benefits and answer Commissioner questions about PG&E's wireless smart meter program; Commission also hears Public Comment from residents opposing the wireless smart meter and presenting the latest health related information about the meters. The Commissioners vote 9-0 to support the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Resolution.
See Agenda here: Item 6, http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/PH/HealthCommission/Agendas/2011+03-14+Health+Commission+Agenda.pdf. Commissioner Odell asked the Commission to take action to support the SLO County BOS Resolution.
Video/Audio Recording of Meeting will be posted here: http://www.slo-span.org/media.php?slo=1#SLOHC
City of Seaside (in Monterey County):
Read news story, The Tribune: "Seaside bans PG&E’s controversial SmartMeters: Moratorium on installation of the wireless meters has been adopted by other cities, counties in the state," March 6, 2011: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/03/05/1509532/seaside-bans-pges-controversial.html#storylink=mirelated
City Council members on Thursday, March 3, 2011, unanimously adopt Urgency ordinance imposing temporary moratorium on wireless smart meters in their community.
"From and after the effective date of this ordinance, no PG&E SmartMeter may be installed in or on any home, apartment, condominium or business of any type within the City of Seaside, and no equipment related to PG&E SmartMeters may be installed in, on, under, or above any public street or public right of way within the City of Seaside."
City of Monterey:
See Agenda, Page 2, Public Hearing Item #5, Smart Meters Moratorium Ordinance: http://www.ci.seaside.ca.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3315
See Staff Report, including Urgency Ordinance, on pages 62-69: http://www.ci.seaside.ca.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3315
Read news story: Monterey County Herald, "Monterey says PG&E smart meters should be optional," March 3, 2011, http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_17527790?source=rss&nclick_check=1
City Council members on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, unanimously adopts a resolution opposing wireless smart meters in their community.
“The City Council demands PG&E immediately halt the installation and activation of SmartMeters on any and all homes, apartments, condominiums, or businesses of any type, within the City of Monterey…until concerns regarding safety of the SmartMeter are addressed.” Furthermore, “Council demands that PG&E… remove the existing SmartMeters from houses of residents who do not want them.”
See Agenda, Item 8, on page 3: http://www.isearchmonterey.org/cache/0/3db1cc3grxcmmb55qegwxsu1/4370003032011062732530.PDF
Also check out Staff Report with attachments, on pages 31-78: http://www.isearchmonterey.org/cache/0/3db1cc3grxcmmb55qegwxsu1/4370003032011062732530.PDF
See Resolution adopted: http://www.isearchmonterey.org/cache/0/21l1ulqonz2fpi551wvaoa55/4369603022011123800436.PDF
Board of Supervisors on March 1, 2011, approve to authorize the Chair (Efren Carrillo) send a letter on behalf of the Board supporting AB 37. For Agenda, go here: http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=150
Scroll down to Consent Calendar Item #23:
For Summary Report recommending letter of support, go here: http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=150&meta_id=50944
Watch video of Public Comments of Item 23 from residents (not sure about name spellings: Karen Hudson, Orlean Corlette, who wrote "Just Say No to Smart Meters," Deborah Tavares, Jennifer Delaney) in support of Item #23, starts at 50:35 into meeting: http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=150&meta_id=50942
For Agenda, go here, and click February 15, 2011, then go to C (Consent Calendar) Item #2: "Letter to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in Support of AB 37 (Huffman: Smart Grid Deployment: Smart Meters) (Supervisor Lovelace). RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letter of support": http://co.humboldt.ca.us/board/agenda/questys/
Staff Report, including Letter to CPUC in support of AB 37: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/board/agenda/questys/mg210722/as210725/as210729/ai211501/do212330/bosagendaitem.pdf
City of Capitola (in Santa Cruz County):
Read: Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Capitola Council passes ordinance banning SmartMeters,” February 11, 2011, found on-line at: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/rss/ci_17356134
City of Capitola:
Press-Democrat: “Mendocino County supervisors put SmartMeters on hold,” January 25, 2011: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110126/ARTICLES/110129616/1350?Title=Mendocino-supes-put-SmartMeters-on-hold
Ukiah Daily Journal, “Supervisors approve SmartMeter moratorium,” January 26, 2011: http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/ci_17201714
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Related Documents:
Santa Cruz County:
San Jose Mercury News: “Santa Cruz County supervisors approve SmartMeter moratorium,” January 11, 2011: http://www.mercurynews.com/central-coast/ci_17069246?nclick_check=1
Santa Cruz County: Board of Supervisors approves Ordinance 5084 at January 11, 2011 Meeting: http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/bds/Govstream/BDSvData/non_legacy/Minutes/2011/20110111/PDF/034-1.pdf
City of Watsonville (in Santa Cruz County):
KGO-TV ABC News, San Francisco: “1-year Marin Co. SmartMeter moratorium approved Tuesday,” January 04, 2011: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/north_bay&id=7879031
Marin County Board of Supervisor Related Documents for January 4, 2011 Meeting: http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/BS/Archive/Meetings.cfm
(Under “Archived Event,” click “2011” and then the “Minutes” for 1/04/2011, which includes links to downloadable documents, including Staff Report, Approved Ordinance, Letters to Governor Brown, CPUC, FCC, MMD, etc.)
City of Rio Dell (in the County of Humboldt):
The Humboldt Beacon: Rio Dell stalls installation of SmartMeters; wastewater rates likely to rise, January 13, 2011: http://www.humboldtbeacon.com/ci_17088392
City of Rio Dell: City Council approves Ordinance 270-211 at January 4, 2011, meeting:
City of Morro Bay (in San Luis Obispo County):
The SLO Coast Journal: Morro Bay Joins Growing Movement to Ward Off Health Risks from PG&E Smart Meters, January 2011: http://www.slocoastjournal.com/docs/news.html
City of Morro Bay: City Council approves Resolution 63-10 at December 8, 2011 Special Meeting:
Stop Smart Meters! Blog: “Watsonville Joins Fight Against Smart Meters in a Big Way,” August 11, 2010, http://stopsmartmeters.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/watsonville-joins-fight-against-smart-meters-in-a-big-way/
City of Watsonville:
City of Fairfax:
KTVU.COM: “Fairfax Passes Six-Month Ban On Smart Meter Installation,” August 5, 2010: http://www.ktvu.com/news/24533984/detail.html
City of Fairfax: City Council approves Ordinance 752 at August 4, 2010 Meeting:
City of Richmond (in Contra Costa County):
City of Richmond City Council: Resolution No. 68-10, unanimously adopted by the City Council and Mayor of Richmond, CA, June 1, 2010: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/archives/67/68-10%20Moratorium%20on%20installation%20of%20Smart%20Meters%20-%20CONFORMED.pdf
For Agenda, Minutes, for June 1, 2010 Meeting: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=151
See page 443 for Agenda Report, Item #I-1, re: Smart Meter moratorium resolution: http://sireweb.ci.richmond.ca.us/sirepub/cache/0/jzsi4255z1oi0amztslkrl55/2236000130201111234660.PDF
San Francisco City Attorney:
The Bay Citizen: “City Attorney Calls for Halt to SmartMeter Installation: San Francisco joins other Bay Area cities in objecting to the devices,” June 17, 2010: http://www.baycitizen.org/technology/story/city-attorney-calls-halt-smartmeter/
Updated info on San Francisco smart meter deployment:
The Examiner: Smart Meters on track for installation in San Francisco, January 3, 2011, http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/01/smart-meters-track-installation-san-francisco#ixzz1EC1MXdv5
Office of the City Attorney:
For other documents and information you can share with your local officials, also check out:
DISCUSSION OF MAIN CONCERNS: Read these and helpful information about the wireless smart meter issue -- click each of the discussion items below.
1. First and Foremost: Are Wireless Meters Mandatory?
2. Smart Meters Unite Consumers, Citizens and Residents from Opposite Backgrounds and Political Affiliations
3. Actions Being Taken: What Are Consumers Doing To Protect Their Civil Liberties and Affirm Their Rights to Refuse or Opt Out?
4. Going Deep: Understanding the Big Picture and Real Costs and Concerns, Helpful News Reports and Consumer Advocacy Reports and Analysis
5. Smart Meter Consumers Anger Grows Over Higher Utility Bills
6. Privacy and Security Concerns Still Unresolved
7. Health Concerns Grow: Consumers Are Getting Sick From Wireless Smart Meters
8. Consumers Report Public Safety Hazards and Interference Problems
9. Cities and States Outside of California Pull Back
10. Resident Campaigns In Other States
12. Lessons Learned: What's Happened in Australia
13. Lessons Learned: Major Problems for Canada
14. Actions You Can Take & Other Helpful Organizations and Websites
15. City and County Documents including Agendas, Minutes, Video Meeting links, Staff Reports, Proposed and Approved Ordinances, Resolutions, Correspondence, etc.
16. Wireless Smart Meter Background Information for Burbank/Glendale
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