Action Items against AB 2788 - CA Bill for cell towers on public schools, light/telephone poles, city property WITHOUT local approval
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
STOP AB 2788
Loss of Municipal Regulation of Wireless Facilities on the PUBLIC RIGHT OF
WAY (PROW), PUBLIC SCHOOLS and all CITY OWNED PROPERTIES.
Loss of Local Discretionary Review for all of CA
AB 2788 Is heading to the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, June 28.
Immediate Action is needed to OPPOSE AB 2788.
Excerpt from the City of Calabasas Staff Report dated 6-14-16:
"California Assembly Bill 2788 (AB 2788) was introduced June 14, 2016 by
Assembly Member Mike Gatto (Burbank, Glendale). The bill would remove
local control of all small cells in any right of way in California. AB
2788 appears to have been written by attorneys for the wireless industry.
AB 2788 would deny local governments locational or aesthetic control over
small cells anywhere in the public-right-of-way (PROW). It would give
cities or counties 60 days to issue a permit for whatever was requested by
a wireless applicant. If the city failed to issue the permit ,
the law would not deem the project approved, it would deem the project
A Massive Land Grab by Wireless Hits California Legislature
By Jonathan Kramer, on June 14th, 2016
"The legislation he introduced, ghosted by wireless industry attorneys and
helped by other wireless industry firms, would DENY any local government
the ability to require a different and less intrusive location, or any
different or better design that is more harmonious with the surrounding."
"Mr. Gatto wants to allow his wireless company partners to place all sorts
of wireless towers in the public right of way (that’s RIGHT IN FRONT OF
YOUR HOME) WITHOUT giving you, your city or county, any say in the design
or location of the cell site."
"But that’s not all: Mr. Gatto’s proposed legislation will REQUIRE LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS to make ALL OF THEIR PROPERTY…not just the right of
way…available for cell sites. Except fire stations."
"Under Mr. Gatto’s proposed law, SCHOOLS run by cities or counties would
also be fair game for new cell sites, regardless of how the parents might
feel about that."
AMENDED BILL: AB 2788
AB 2788 started out as a Natural Gas Storage Emergency Regulation Bill and
morphed into a Wireless Bill???
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR OFFICIALS BEFORE THE JUNE 28, 2016 SENATE RULES
Wireless companies are now looking for future mass deployment of small
cell sites on the Public Right of Way and this bill is paving the way for
them to deploy without the constraints of municipal oversight.
It is important that we contact our government officials and try to reign
in the politicians who are voting for legislation that chips away and
erodes muncipal authority over the siting of wireless facilities. They
have forgotten who voted them into office in the first place and they need
to be held accountable.
Articles on small cell densification:
VERIZON / 3-18-16
AT&T / 6-9-16
CALL IN AND WRITE IN CAMPAIGN:
1. CONTACT YOUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL AND/OR CITY
Encourage them to write to their Assemblymember and State Senator to
oppose AB 2788.
2. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL STATE SENATOR AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER:
3. CONTACT MIKE GATTO:
BY EMAIL OR BY PHONE:
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0043
Tel: (916) 319-2043
Fax: (916) 319-2143
300 East Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 558-3043
Fax: (818) 558-3042