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14.  Actions You Can Take

Quote of the Month, per Stop Smart Meters Now:

“Maybe we’ve got to take a stronger stance.  Maybe we need to stand in the street….”

-Dennis Norton, Mayor Capitola CA as part of discussion leading to the city choosing to be the 8th local government in CA to criminalize wireless ‘smart’ meter installation.

Go here for an Action Forms and Letters you can send, print out, etc. today!


For Burbank/Glendale Residents:
What You Can Do  - Action Items

1.  For Burbank Residents:  Call Burbank Water & Power at 818-238-3700 -- then press or dial "O" (zero) to be connected to a Customer Service Rep.  Tell the rep that you don't want a smart meter and that you want to speak to the Smart Meter Deployment Team member.  Once you're on the line with the Smart Meter Deployment Team Member, tell that person you don't want a smart meter and want to be put on their "last to install" list.  This means that your installation will be put on hold until the end of the deployment period (possibly September or October?) until and if BWP ever decides on how to manage requests from its customers who want to keep their analog meters.  You can also explain to them why you don't want a meter on  your home.  Ask the person that you're talking to for his/her name, and write it down, and the date that you called, so you have a record of your call. 

2.  For Burbank Residents only: Sign the Burbank Resident Petition and Letter of Request opposing smart meters:

We'll send it to Burbank Water & Power, our Mayor Jess Talamantes and City Council Members, and The Gas Company.  A copy of your signed Petition/Letter will also go to the California Public Utilities Commission that regulates our utilities, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, and California state and U.S. Congressional legislators who represent our district.

3.  For Burbank and Glendale Residents: You can also write a more detailed letter to your City officials and utilities directly to tell them you don't want smart meters on your home or in your community, and that you also don't want to be charged extra to keep your analog meters, and why. Modify some of the terms and words below to suit your location, concerns and needs, and feel free to add additional concerns or experiences you have to this Sample letter:

"Date XXX

Dear XX:

"I am writing you to complain about the smart meter program in Burbank/Glendale, and to request (demand) you honor my right not to have a smart meter at my home and community, and that you allow me to keep or restore your analog meter without any additional costs, penalty or monthly fees for the following reasons:

1.  As a ratepayer and resident of Burbank, I did not ask for or approve of or consent to this $60 million smart meter program for Burbank ($70 million for Glendale) that will cost and continue to cost me and other ratepayers in areas of personal privacy, security, public safety, health and income.  I prefer the City spend my hard-earned money that you've allocated for the smart meter program to instead go to saving and protecting our much needed social, educational, public safety, senior and community services and programs, especially during these very hard economic times.  For cost figure, read Burbank Leader: "Officials begin 'smart grid' meter offensive: Meeting helps explain what new 'smart grid' equipment is, what it does," by Gretchen Meier, March 25, 2011, found on-line at: http://articles.burbankleader.com/2011-03-25/news/tn-blr-0326-smartgrid_1_new-meters-water-meters-meter-readersFor cost figure for the Glendale smart meter program, read Glendale News-Press: "Smart meter installation underway, Glendale Water & Power proceeds with $70-million project to modernize the system," December 09, 2010, found on-line at: http://articles.glendalenewspress.com/2010-12-09/news/tn-gnp-meters-20101209_1_smart-grid-smart-meter-installation-new-meters.  

The $20 federal grant received is obviously just a drop in the bucket.
For the $40 million estimate in 2009, and grant money, read Glendale News Press: "Utility officials unfazed by rejection; They don't plan to charge customers to defray costs of smart meter installation, a move that sank similar plans in Baltimore," by Melanie Hicken, June 25, 2010: http://articles.glendalenewspress.com/2010-06-25/news/tn-gnp-0625-meters-20100625_1_smart-grid-smart-meter-glendale-water. For original estimated costs, read Burbank Leader: "‘Smart grid’ stimulus cash plan approved," by Christopher Cadelago, April 9, 2009, http://articles.burbankleader.com/2009-04-09/news/blr-smart11_1_smart-grid-plug-in-vehicles-fred-fletcherFor Glendale original estimated costs, read Burbank Leader: "Glendale prepares for 'smart meters'," July 20, 2009, http://articles.glendalenewspress.com/2009-07-20/news/doc4a64a548e50c8940966344_1_smart-meters-water-rates-citys

Smart meters also rely on high technology that like most high tech gadgets becomes outdated or obsolete the minute they're installed, and will thus lead to even more rate hikes that we ratepayers do not deserve and cannot afford.  Read Intelligent Utility: "Getting the Best Value Smart Meter for Your Money," February 15, 2011, found on-line at: http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/11/02/getting-best-value-smart-meter-your-money

2.  The Federal Government does not mandate wireless smart meters on our homes, and I did not approve of Burbank's mandatory installation of smart meters at my home and community, and did not give the BWP Board or the Mayor or City Council my permission to approve of this mandatory program. 

3.  The Opt-Out is a smoke and mirror distraction and backwards thinking.  Those wanting smart meters should pay to have these costly meters and their expensive build-out, not those who want to keep their analog meters.  Imposing any fees to "opt out" is also unreasonable, unacceptable and unfair, especially when residents in other California communities have taken action to stop smart meters from being installed in their area. 

45 local governments in California representing 2.6 million residents already oppose smart meters; Read Stop Smart Meters website's list at http://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/ca-local-governments-on-board/.  Some of these cities and counties have adopted moratoriums making the installation of smart meters in their communities illegal.  Lake County is seeking a way to file in injunction.  Read Lake County News: "County counsel prepares to file opposition to PG&E SmartMeter opt-out plan," April 19, 2011, found on-line at: http://lakeconews.com/content/view/19344/919/

Helix Water District in San Diego recently nixed their proposed smart meter program because their pilot program proved that the benefits did not outweigh the costs.  Read, East County Magazine: "Helix opts against smart meters: Decision based on cost, but a local resident who started a national movement to ban smart meters claims they can harm health in some individuals," April 7, 2011, found-online at: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/5888.  If residents there don't have to have wireless smart meters, and can keep their analog water meters without being charged extra, then we here in Burbank deserve equal treatment and should not be forced to have one or pay extra to keep our analog meters.

4.  National consumer groups also say smart meters are a dumb idea and should not be mandatory but voluntary because there already exist more efficient and less costly ways to conserve and lower energy costs and usage.  Read Public Citizen: "Building Green: Consumer Viewpoints on the Smart Grid," January 20, 2011, by Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, found on-line at: http://www.citizen.org/documents/EnergyInvestmentForumPres.pdf.  Listen to and watch Tyson Slocum and Mark Toney of the Utility Reform Network (TURN) talk about consumer problems with smart meters at the April 28, 2011, Santa Barbara Smart Meter forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHbcznr7jqU&feature=player_embedded

5.  Consumer groups also warn against and are highly critical against the utility's promotion or imposition of "time-of-use" rate schedules that smart meters require energy users adopt in order to produce cost savings.  These short-sighted time of use rates produce unnecessary financial hardship and higher bills for residents who have to work, stay or are confined to their homes and can't shift their energy usage or turn off their appliances during the daytime or peak hours, including seniors, retirees, stay-at-home parents, caretakers, the disabled, unemployed, low and limited income households, and people who work out of their homes. 
We cannot afford these unreasonable higher bills and fees during these hard economic times, and should not be forced to choose between paying our utility bill or putting food on the table.  Read:
  • "A Letter To The President Of the United States," May 20, 2010, by the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, Public Citizen, National Consumer Law Center, National Community Action Foundation, and Consumers Union, found on-line at: http://www.nasuca.org/archive/Obama%20Letter%205-20-10.doc
  • "AARP, National Consumer Law Center, and Public Citizen Comments to Department of Energy: Smart Grid RFI: Addressing Policy and Logistical Challenges," by David Certner, Legislative Counsel and Legislative Policy Director, AARP Government Relations and Advocacy; Olivia Wein, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, and Tyson Slocum, Director Public Citizen's Energy Program, November 1, 2010:  http://www.oe.energy.gov/DocumentsandMedia/AARPNCLCPublic_CitizenCommentsDOE1101.pdf

6.  Smart meters collect my personal data 24/7, have privacy and security flaws, can be hacked and can indicate to others whether I am home or not, and present an invasion of my my privacy and security.   Read "How Do Smart Meters Put Privacy At Risk," on the Turn Utility Reform Network website, at: http://www.turn.org/article.php?id=1632.

7.  Smart Meters have also exploded and caught on fire and thus threaten my public safety.  Read "Smart Meter Fires and Explosion" on the EMF Safety Network website: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1280

8.  Smart Meters interfere with other wireless devices, including routers, cordless phones, baby monitors, home-security systems and motion-sensor devices.  Read San Jose Mercury News: "Readers: SmartMeters interfere with baby monitors, other household gadgets," September 6, 2010, http://www.mercurynews.com/action-line/ci_16007725?source=rss

9.  I see the new smart meter WiFi antenna on BWP lights near my home and on the corner Jefferson Elementary in Burbank, where children study, eat, and play. I do not give the City and its utility my permission to irradiate me, my children and loved ones with toxic man-made RF radiation from the city's smart meters and their wireless infrastructure that will cause harm, illness and/or death.  Show me proof that your liability insurance will compensate me for such injury and suffering. 

Smart meters emit non-ionizing radiation -- the type of radiation that the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer on May 31, 2011,  classified as a 2B carcinogen -- on par with lead and DDT.   I would not want to poison the inside and outside of my home, schools and neighborhoods by spraying it with DDT, 24/7 every day of the year, and so I do not want the toxic smart meter RF radiation emissions doing the same.    Read Stop Smart Meters: "WHO's Statement is a Game Changer," June 2, 2011, http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/06/02/whos-statement-is-a-game-changer/

The Council of Europe also has recently called for immediate action to protect children from wireless technologies by banning cell phones and Wi-Fi in schools and conducting public information campaigns on safer use of wireless devices.  Read European Journalism Center: "Council of Europe calls for limit of mobile phone, WiFi use in schools," May 18, 2011:

Hundreds of studies have already shown that chronic exposure to low-level non-ionizing radiation stresses the body's immune system, is associated with increased risk of brain tumors, causes DNA breaks, and creates leakage in the blood-brain barrier. Read, "Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays," by B Blake Levitt and Henry Lai, in Environmental Reviews, Nov 5, 2010, 18:369–395, http://www.magdahavas.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Blake_Levit-Henry_Lai.pdf, "Recent studies (1995-2000) on the biological effects of radiofrequency and cell phone radiation," by Henry Lai, Ph.D. Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, 97 pages, http://www.emrnetwork.org/pdfs/laisummary.pdf, and Sage Report: "RF Studies on RFR effects at Low-Intensity Exposures," http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/?page_id=404.

Studies for decades have also shown and proven that microwave/electro-magnetic radiation can induce ear ringing in certain individuals.  Read "Microwave Auditory Effect: Hearing of microwave pulses by humans and animals: effects, mechanism, and thresholds," by Lin JC, Wang Z, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL,
in Health Phys. 2007 Jun;92(6):621-8: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17495664. 

Thus, it's no surprise that people are already getting sick from smart meters, reporting headaches, insomnia, heart problems, body aches, dizziness and ear ringing.  As a result, some people are having to move out of their homes and neighborhoods. 
Read, "Smart Meter Health Impacts" on the EMF Safety Network's website: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=2292

Our utility companies tell us that smart meters are safe -- they erroneously compare smart meter RF radiation to cell phones, wireless routers, and microwave ovens, and say that the FCC regulates the RF radiation safety of smart meters (as well as cell phones and wireless routers).  However, cell phones, wireless routers, and microwave ovens are optional and can be turned off. 

The math also doesn't add up.  While manufacturers of cell phones recommend in user manuals that consumers keep cell phones 2.5 cm (1 inch) away from your head, the FCC recommends that people stay at least 20 cm (7.8 inches) away from a smart meter.  Smart meters are thus more harmful than cell phones.  Read, FCC Authorization Form on the Stop Smart Meters website: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/06/06/agency-staff-struggle-to-make-sense-of-a-senseless-project/

Indeed, environmental health expert Cindy Sage's field study of smart meters revealed that smart meters can exceed the FCC's RF public exposure safety standard. Read "Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters," January 1, 2011, found on-line at: http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/

Video of resident smart meter field tests (see This Irradiated Life on You Tube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/thisirradiatedlife?blend=14&ob=5) and and EMF field test that Joshua Hart did (see his Stop Smart Meters Website at http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/25/berkeley-emf-analysis-and-rip-shrub/) show the same.

In addition, a field study by UC Santa Cruz nuclear policy expert Daniel Hirsch and his research team found that the California Council on Science and Technology "Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters" report (which utilities often like to cite when saying that smart meters are safe) had erred when it stated that cell phone exposure was greater than that from Smart Meters.  Hirsch's study revealed how smart meter RF radiation exposure to the whole body is actually greater than cell phone radiation exposure to the head. Read, "Comments on the Draft Report by the California Council on Science and Technology," by Daniel Hirsch, January 31, 2011, found on-line at: http://www.ccst.us/projects/smart2/documents/letter8hirsch.pdf

Meanwhile, the CCST admits that the FCC's current RF standards do not take into account the effects of non-ionizing radiation that is emitted from smart meters (and, by the way, cell phones): http://www.ccst.us/publications/2011/2011smart-final.pdf.

The California Department of Public Health criticizes the CCST report for basing its representation of Smart Meter emissions upon controlled conditions and not real world conditions. The CDPH also suggests that the CCST do further review of peer-reviewed studies on non-thermal effects, in particular: "Electromagnetic Fields and DNA Damage," by Phillips, J.L., Singh, N.P., Lai, H., in Pathophysiology 16(2009) 79-88; "Electromagnetic Fields and the Induction of DNA Strand Breaks," by Ruiz-Gomez, M.J., Martinez-Morillo, M., in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 28:201-214, 2009, and "Radiofrequency and Extremely Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Effects on the Blood-Brain Barrier," by Nittby, H., Grafstrom, G., Eberhardt, J.L., Malmgren, L., Brun, A., Persson, B.R.R., Salford, L., in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine 27:103-126, 2008.   Read, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) technical comments to CCST, January 11, 2011, found on-line at: http://www.ccst.us/projects/smart2/documents/letter3.pdf

In addition, Dr. David O. Carpenter, a Harvard M.D. and a Director at the University at Albany's School of Public Health, warns that there are no human health studies on smart meters showing they are safe.  Here is Dr. Carpenter's criticism of the CCST health report that he sent to the CCST when it was accepting Public Comments to its report: http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/?p=297 .
Here is a story that mentions his quote that there is no evidence showing smart meters are safe, and that there are no adverse health effects from them: http://antahkarana2.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/blanketing-bc-in-smart-meters-part-1/
.  Here is another story that mentions his quote, and also play the video of him talking about this: http://endthelie.com/2011/07/15/smart-meters-public-health-nightmare-or-public-utility-boon/#axzz1T5d3s9Lf .  If you would like to read more about Dr. David Carpenter, his credentials are here: http://www.albany.edu/news/8212.php. He was also a co-author of the BioInitiative Report, which found that the FCC RF public safety exposure standard is outdated and not strong enough in protecting human health.

Thus, I do not buy the misinformation, lies, spinning and greenwashing that smart meters are safe.  Do not remove my analog meters from my home or charge me fees to keep my analog meters.  The City of Burbank needs to allow residents to keep their analog meters at no extra cost or fee, and stop irradiating residents and our children with its smart meter wireless antenna near our homes and schools.


Your Name
Residential Address
Customer of BWP (or GWP)

cc: XXX"


Instructions: Send your letter to (and make copies for yourself for documentation) by cutting/copying the names of the people you are addressing your letter to, and pasting them at the top of your letter:
"Dear City Manager Michael Flad
, Mayor Jess Talamantes, City Council Members Dave Golonski, Gary Bric, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Dr. David Gordon; BWP General Manager Ronald Davis, and Asst. General Manager of Customer Service & Marketing Joanne Fletcher, and BWP Board Members Robert Olson, Thomas Jamentz, Martin Adams, Jordan Smith, Phillipe Eskandar, Lee Dunayer, and Lynn Kronzek, and So Cal Gas"

Then E-mail to: mflad@ci.burbank.ca.us,jtalamantes@ci.burbank.ca.us,CityCouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us,

Also CC e-mail to Dan Evans, Editor of the Burbank Leader, and the CPUC Public Advisor: Dan.Evans@latimes.com, public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Also CC e-mail us at Burbank ACTION (No Cell Towers In Our Neighborhood), so we can submit your letter in our Resident Packet that we can present to City Council, and also keep you updated on this issue:

City Manager, Mayor and City Council Mailing address:
City Hall, 275 East Olive Avenue Burbank, CA 91502

Phone: (818) 238-5850

Website: http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us

BWP Mailing Address: City of Burbank Water and Power
P.O. Box 631, Burbank, CA 91503-0631 
Management Phone:  (818) 238-3550

Burbank Leader Editor Dan Evans Mailing Address:
221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd floor, Glendale, CA 91203

Phone: (818) 637-3234

CPUC Public Advisor Mailing Address:
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102

"Dear City Manager James Starbird, Mayor Laura Friedman, City Council Members Rafi Manoukian, Ara Najarian, Frank Quintero, and Dave Weaver
GWP General Manager Glenn Steiger, GWP Customer Relations Ned Bassin; GWP Commission Members Hugh Yao, Armen Adjemian, Zanku Armenian, Terry Chan, and John Miller; and So Cal Gas"

E-mail to: vgardner@ci.glendale.ca.us,citycouncil@ci.glendale.ca.us,

Also CC e-mail to Dan Evans, Editor of the Burbank Leader, and the CPUC Public Advisor: Dan.Evans@latimes.com, public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Also CC e-mail us at Burbank ACTION (No Cell Towers In Our Neighborhood), so we can submit your letter in our Resident Packet that we can present to City Council, and also keep you updated on this issue:

Glendale City Manager, Mayor and City Council Mailing Address:
City Hall, 613 E. Broadway

Glendale, CA 91206
Phone: 818-548-4844 or 818-548-4000 

Glendale Water & Power Mailing Address:

141 N. Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91206
818-548-3300 Customer Service; (818) 548-2107 General Manager Glenn Steiger;
(818) 548-2748 Customer Services Asst. Gen'l Manager Ned Bassin

Glendale News Press Editor Dan Evans Mailing Address:
Glendale News Press, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd floor, Glendale, CA 91203

Phone: (818) 637-3234

CPUC Public Advisor Mailing Address:
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103, San Francisco, CA 94102

Also copy your letter to the CPUC via e-mail via the EMF Safety Network's easy on-line form: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=1588

Also e-mail Burbank Leader/Glendale News Press Editor Dan Evans and send him a short Letter to the Editor, and request that he write an Editorial supporting residents concerns: Dan.Evans@latimes.com

 Print Out and Post These On Your Meter

Signs you can print out and post on your analog meter (also share and e-mail these to family and friends):

Other Ways Your Can Protect Your Meters

As long as the meter can still be read and accessed (with your permission), protecting your  analog meters from vandals is not considered tampering:

Electrical Box Protector Ideas : http://mocotp.com/posts/electrical-box-protector

"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.

Burbank/Glendale residents also go here to learn more about Burbank and Glendale's smart meter program: https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/wireless-smart-meter-concerns/wireless-smart-meter-background-information-for-burbank-glendale

Must-See TV

View the April 28, 2011 Santa Barbara, CA, smart meter town hall forum, featuring expert who present logical and intelligent reasons why you need to oppose smart meters at your home and community. Click the YouTube video arrow below:

Get Smart About Smart Meters - Apr 28 2011


For Residents In Other Communities

1)  In Your Community: Prepare a packet of information, research and documents to inform and request that your local officials:
2) Go to the EMF Safety Network website (www.emfsafetynetwork.org) for action items and flyers and signs you can print out and share, or and post on your meters saying you don't want a smart meters:
  • Use their form here to send a complaint to the CPUC: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=1588
  • Find flyers that you can print out, and other helpful action items here: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=649
  • Call your local utility company requesting that you do not want a wireless smart meter installed on your home or business and explain why; fyi, requesting this may not guarantee that they will honor your request and this is why consumers must organize and ask their local and state governments to support and protect them
3) Go to the Stop Smart Meters! website (http://stopsmartmeters.wordpress.com) for the latest stories on this issue
4) Go to the Smart Meter Dangers website (www.smartmeterdangers.org) and download educational packets that you can share with your local officials and send to your utilities to request or demand that they halt the installation of wireless smart meters on your home, neighborhood and community.

5) Contact your local, regional and national media: radio program and shows, newspapers, journals, and speak to the show producers, hosts and print editors:
  • inform them and ask them to produce a new or environmental health show, segment, or that they write a news report or editorial  about growing resident concerns and problems from wireless smart meters
  • ask them to also inform listeners and readers on what they can do if they want to opt out. 
  • to help them produce their program or develop their story, recommend they also interview or feature health and environmental experts or front-line resident leaders, like environmental consultant Cindy Sage, or Stop Smart Meters Now director Joshua Hart, or wireless safety advocate Nina Beety.  All three have been interviewed on radio or by media before, so they are familiar with various media formats. 

6) If you are experiencing any health problems from the smart meter installed on your home,
  • Those suffering health problems due to Smart Meters should document their problems, make copies of their medical bills, and wages lost, and share them with the EMF Safety Network.  Their e-mail is: info@emfsafetynetwork.org

Other Helpful Organizations and Websites

In the United States, there are several other helpful websites that provide important information about why you should be concerned about wireless smart meters on your home, school or business.  Many of them are updated on a frequent basis to report the latest developments and actions you can take:

1) Eon3 blog site for other stories and important developments (http://eon3emfblog.net)

2) Smart Meter Safety website (http://smartmetersafety.com) for latest stories on developments in Maine

3) Sage Reports website (sagereports.com) for science reports relating to wireless smart meters

4) Refuse Smart Meters (www.refusesmartmeters.com) has helpful forms, flyers, information, stickers, labels, signs and yard signs.

5) Smart Meter Action Wiki Group (http://smartmeters.transbay.net/doku.php?id=start) has helpful forms, documents and links that you can share with local officials

6) The Utility Reform Network (TURN) has helpful consumer tools and information:
7) If your utility is in Southern and Central California, you can join the Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), and go to their website to speak out, file a complaint and join other consumers who are opposed to smart meters there:
8) It's not just adults who oppose these.  Teens Turning Green offers helpful info and signs you can download and print: http://www.teensturninggreen.org/get-involved/say-no-to-smart-meters.html

9) Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer rights advocacy organization founded by consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader in 1971, is also highly critical of smart grid/smart meters and their impact on consumers.  For more info, contact:

Mr. Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen's Energy Program
215 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC  20003
E-mail: tslocum@citizen.org
Website: http://publiccitizenenergy.org/

10) You can also encourage your state division of ratepayer advocates contact and support the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates in addressing consumer concerns and problems with wireless smart meters.  NASUCA's website have a directory listing your state agency and how you can contact it: http://www.nasuca.org/archive/about/membdir.php

11) AARP, another national organization, is also concerned about how smart grid technologies and smart meters, as well as time of use rate schemes, will impact seniors, retirees on those on fixed incomes.  If you're a senior and have any concerns or are experiencing hardship or other problems due to your wireless smart meter, report your problem and concern to your local utility, your state public utility commission, and the AARP.  AARP's website is: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/contact-us/

12) You can file a complaint with your state public utility commission, by finding the website of your state's public utility commission on NARUC's website: http://www.naruc.org/commissions.cfm.  Click your state's public utility commission's website address to be directed there, and then locate the page that explains how to file a complaint.  

13) Check out this Petitions website and sign and support them: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=125

14) No Smart Meters San Francisco: http://nosmartmeters.blogspot.com/

15) Central Coast Tea Party Minutemen: http://mocotp.com/tags/red-alert and http://mocotp.com/issues/smart-meter

16) North Bay Patriots: http://www.northbaypatriots.com/.  Also read:

17) In other Discussion Items, you can find  websites and news reports from other states outside of California that you can check out for ideas that you can implement and/or propose:

Stop Smart Meters on Facebook

You can also join several facebook pages to get the latest and share info with others:

EMF Technicians and Consultants:

In Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego):

Helpful Websites for Concerned Canadians

Canadian residents reporting health and other problems from their wireless meters can find more stories and reports by visiting these websites :
  • Katharina Gustavs, Building Biology Environmental Consultant (IBN) , Rainbow Consulting in Sooke, BC: www.buildingbiology.ca

Helpful Websites for those in the UK


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

11. Options

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