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Wireless Smart Meter Background Information for Burbank/Glendale

16.  Wireless Smart Meter Background Information
for Burbank/Glendale

Burbank Water & Power, according to its Smart Grid website, says about thew new wireless smart meters that
"participation in this program is mandatory." 

Am I required to get a new meter?

The success of this program rests on the ability to gather very granular amounts of information from throughout our service territory.  As a BWP Customer, participation in this program is mandatory.

When did this happen and who made this decision for you?  Were you involved in this decision-making process?  Did you give them your consent and permission?   

In the past, advanced metering programs were optional.  They still should be optional because:
  • National consumer groups today advocate that smart meters and their programs be optional.  
  • The Federal Government, including the DOE, does NOT require the mandatory installation of wireless smart meters as part of their smart grid program.
  • 42 local governments (cities and counties) in California have taken measures to oppose or outlaw the installation of wireless smart meters in their communities.  
  • The CCST health report on wireless smart meters that BWP references on its Smart Grid website page (see below) even recommends options be considered for those who are concerned about wireless smart meters.
  • Comparisons of wireless smart meters to household appliances doesn't have any merit because cordless phones and wireless routers are optional and do not operate 24/7.
  • Statewide privacy and security concerns and have not been resolved; they are still be considered and developed in current proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission; even the NIST, which BWP references on its Smart Grid website,  admits that its current guidelines still have "gaps" that need to be addressed, and reports several serious privacy issues still need to be resolved
  • Consumers have reported extremely high bills due to their smart meters and question their accuracy; the accuracy report that BWP references on its Smart Grid website was done by Structure, and consumer groups and journalists have pointed out that Structure has ties to PG&E and the utility and energy industry, and is a proponent of the Smart Grid, casting its status as an “independent” evaluator into question.
  • Consumers are reporting fires and explosion safety hazards, and interference and appliance failures from wireless smart meters
  • Wireless smart  meters have been found to exceed FCC RF radiation exposure standards
So what have happened to our rights and freedom of choice here in Burbank?  Can you find any information on BWP's webiste about what do to if you want to opt out?  

Burbank Water & Power
has posted information in a Q&A format about its Smart Grid program on its website, here:

Here are other excerpts about its smart grid program:

What will be upgraded?

The Smart Grid infrastructure consists of meters, communication systems, and control systems.  Much of this will work will be invisible to the community such as the installation of new control systems and parts of the communication system.  However, the upgrades also include new water and electric meters capable of handling 2-way communication.    Every BWP customer, from the coziest cottage to the largest corporation in Burbank, will be receiving these new meters.  Throughout the city, approximately 600 small, inconspicuous wireless repeaters will be installed on traffic signals, street lights and some power poles along Burbank streets.  Meters will transmit encrypted information back to BWP's facilities via a secured, dedicated fiber optic network, through several data collection devices placed throughout the city to ensure the best coverage possible.

How will this new system benefit me?

The Smart Grid allows communication between meters, utility systems, and smart appliances.   This communication enables many new opportunities for you and BWP, including:

Choice and Control As the Smart Grid system is deployed, you will be able to see your water and electric usage more than once a month.  It's hard to make decisions and choices when you don't have current and meaningful information.  Ultimately, when these meters are tied to other upgraded systems, they will provide you more information and enable you to make choices and control your water and energy usage and hence your monthly expenses.   These meters also have the capability to communicate with smart appliances and thermostats affording you more opportunity to manage your lifestyle and resources...

Are Smart Grid systems safe?

In Burbank, the infrastructure associated with the Smart Grid, including the meter and the networks, are owned and operated by BWP and are not public or personal facilities.  Hence they are designed with BWP's strict standard of safety and security.  When it comes to the safety of wireless devices and systems, there are three key areas to consider:  proximity to the device; intensity of the transmission; and duration of the transmission.  We have selected a technology that uses low frequency to transmit information on an infrequent basis, less than one minute per day.  Most of the components, with the exception of the meter, will be placed on traffic signals and street lights, with some on utility poles, 25 feet above street level.  Radio frequency emission from these devices is similar to that of the meter, both of which falls dramatically at a distance of just three feet.      

The radio frequency exposure created by Smart Grid infrastructure is much less than many devices you already use in and around your home.  For example, a typical cell phone has transmission levels that are almost 1000 times higher than any component of the Smart Grid; and, typical microwave ovens are over 100,000 times stronger.     

 In response to public concerns over the safety of Smart Grid infrastructure, the California Public Utilities Commission commissioned an independent study to determine any health risks.   The results of that study were that the Smart Grid infrastructure being deployed throughout California does not pose a health risk and the radio frequency emission levels are significantly below the health standard set by the Federal Communications Commission.   That study may be viewed at:


Will Smart Grid devices interfere with other household equipment?

For a variety of reasons, smart meter interference with other home electronic devices is highly unlikely.  Typically, electronic devices are designed to "share the road" and digital devices, like the electric meter, are designed to operate in this "noisy environment" without degradation of service.  BWP's infrastructure uses a higher radio frequency bandwidth than most household appliances, operating at 2.4 GHz rather than the 900Hhz of many electronic devices and will transmit for less than one minute each day.

Are Smart Grid systems secure?

All meter data and information is transmitted though BWP's dedicated, secured fiber optic network, and not the public internet.   Our network utilizes multi-layer authentication and encryption technology, consistent with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's recommendations for critical infrastructure.  This same set of recommendations closely mirrors the data security levels used by the US Department of Defense.

For more information on NIST's standards, please see www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/upload/smartgrid_interoperability_final.pdf  

Will my data and privacy be protected?

Protecting your privacy and ensuring the security of your account information remain our highest priorities.  Absolutely no personal information is transmitted as part of the meter reading process and BWP will NEVER share your personal information with an unaffiliated third party or without your permission. 

Will paying for these new systems make my bill go up?

The total cost to complete the upgrades and implementation of our intelligent infrastructure is approximately $60 million.  BWP was the recipient of a $20 million federal grant in 2009 specifically for this initiative.  We anticipate being able to recover a large portion of the remaining costs through long term operational efficiencies that will be enabled by the new systems.  A more modern BWP will be able to offer new services and products to Burbank businesses and residents that will create additional revenues, which will help offset a significant portion of the costs and help keep rates low.

New Meters

Why do I need a new meter as part of this upgrade?

Meters are the endpoints of the water and electric systems.   Information and measurements at the meter tell BWP how the system is doing, whether service has been interrupted, and whether the quality of the service needs attention.  This information enables the utility to make more informed decisions to manage the entire system and to respond more quickly to problems at individual service addresses.  With current technology BWP is blind to an interruption of service at your house or business and must rely on you to tell us if there is a problem. 

In addition, these meters include the capability to communicate with smart appliances which are emerging into the marketplace.  Taking advantage of these opportunities will allow you more control over household and business resources and further position Burbank for a more sustainable future.

Are the new meters accurate?      

Assuring meter accuracy remains a primary concern for BWP.    We will continue to hold our meter manufacturers to the highest quality standards and have all meters tested at the factory before they are shipped.  In addition, meters are tested for accuracy by BWP technicians before they're installed.  If a shipment has too many meters that fall outside BWP's guidelines, the entire order will be rejected.

In recent tests done in California, an independent consulting firm found Smart Meters to be highly accurate and more accurate than the electromechanical meters they are replacing.    This report may be found at:


Will these meters make my bill go up?

Not at all.  Actually, we hope that it will have the exact opposite effect!  Because of all the additional information that customers will ultimately get with these new meters, we believe you'll be able to make choices to use water and electricity more efficiently, and save money in the process!   By the end of 2012 customers will be able to use BWP's website to see detailed usage information and take advantage of it to save money.  In the meantime, you are always welcome to call us and we'll provide you with the information...


Will I know in advance when you'll be changing my meter? 

BWP will send you a letter or card 2-3 weeks before we will be in your area to change your electric meter.  The good news is that on the day that your meter is going to be changed, we will knock on your door to let you know that we're there and give you time to shut down or turn off any devices in use at the time.

Will my service be interrupted?

Residential and some small commercial customers will experience a brief service interruption when their electric meter is changed.   Larger commercial and industrial customers will not likely experience any service interruption.  Most of the water meter upgrades can be done with a simple retrofit and water service will not be interrupted.

 Although we don't anticipate any problems, except that you'll have to reset some of your clocks, we suggest you take advantage of a power surge protection device to provide additional protection for sensitive equipment. This is a good idea in general as it will also protect your equipment against any future, unanticipated service interruptions.  

Or, if you prefer, you may want to power down equipment that you leave on constantly.   The average residential and small commercial electrical meter upgrade takes 5 to 10 minutes.

What if I'm not home when you come to change my meter?

You don't need to be home for BWP to change a meter.  However, if you prefer to be home or need to schedule access to your property due to a locked gate or pet security, the notice you get will provide you with information on scheduling an appointment. 

When we're done, we'll leave you a notice letting you know that we were there, if the installation was successful or if we need to come back for any reason, and how to reach us if you have any questions.

As you can read above, the wireless smart meter will communicate with your (soon to be wireless) thermostat and other "smart" appliances that will be introduced for you to purchase and put in your home.  These also will contribute to the cumulative RF radiation exposure in your home.  

When BWP filed a report with the City about its proposed smart grid program, it did provide some information about its proposed wireless metering system, including the fact that,

"The meters will use the 2.4 GHz transceivers with a 400 meter line-of-sight range."  

Source: "Burbank Water & Power Memorandum, To Michael Flad, From Ron Davis, General Manager, BWP, April 7, 2009, Subject: SMART GRID UPDATE AND AUTHORIZATION FOR THE BWP GENERAL MANAGER TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE SMART GRID NETWORK, see Page 16: http://burbank.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=458&meta_id=43749

Just so you know, 400 meters is 1200 feet.  That's an awful long distance/range.  

Most researchers, physicians and scientists studying the harmful effects of low-level RF radiation  recommend that cell towers be placed at least 1200 feet away from homes and schools.  Your body and neighbors will most likely be 10 to 30 feet away from the smart meter on your home.  In addition, your neighbors on each side of you will  have a  smart meter that will also be only 30-50 feet away.   Are you getting the picture?  

If you are living in a condo or apartment complex, you would not want to be the tenant living, working and/or sleeping right over the bank of wireless smart meters underneath you.

Environmental health experts report that the FCC's standards for acceptable levels of RF exposure have not taken into account cumulative exposure environments such as this.  The FCC standards are also made to acount of exposure to a 6 foot male.  They were not made to account for chronic, long-term exposure, and exposure to smaller bodies such as women and children.  In studies, children's bodies have been reported to absorb more radiation than adults.  In addition, environmental heath expert Cindy Sage has found that wireless smart meters can exceed the FCC standard.  For more information on this, read the Sage Report,  "Assessment of Radiofrequency, Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters," and its related documents and reports, found on-line at: http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/.  Also read: Sage Associate's Briefing Letter on Electric Utility Smart Meters, http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Briefing-Letter-on-Electric-utility-Smart-Meters.pdf

When you watch the Burbank City Council meeting of April 7, 2009, when BWP requested that the City approve its plan to apply for a DOE grant to help offset the costs of its smart grid program, it appears as if there was no general awareness yet about the early consumer complaints that had resulted from PG&E's wireless smart meter installations.  Those present also may not have anticipated the forthcoming warnings and recommendations against mandatory smart meter programs made by national consumer groups such as Public Citizen and AARP, and the groundswell of consumers across the state and nation calling for moratoriums and the right to options during 2010 and into 2011. 

Burbank City Council Meeting, April 7, 2009:

  • See Agenda, See Item 12: SMART GRID UPDATE AND AUTHORIZATION FOR THE GENERAL MANAGER TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE SMART GRID NETWORK: Since 2006, Burbank Water and Power has been developing a version of a smart grid that has been designed from its earliest beginnings to be secure, reliable and economic with its principal and highest function being the management of load for power supply and distribution operations with the ability to support innovative customer applications. Staff seeks Council authorization for the General Manager of Burbank Water and Power to apply for Federal funding for the smart grid network. Read Agenda on-line at: http://burbank.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=458
Mr. Fletcher, Assistant General Manager, Burbank Water and Power (BWP), reported on the development of BWP's smart grid and requested Council authorization for the General Manager of BWP to apply for Federal funding for the smart grid network. He stated that since 2006, BWP has been developing a version of a smart grid that has been designed from its earliest beginnings to be secure, reliable and economic with its principal and highest function being the management of load for power supply and distribution operations with the ability to support innovative customer applications.  He stated that the smart grid involves the integration of Information Technology with the ability to control electrical loads, and infrastructure to enable more renewable resources energy, efficiency and lowering emissions. He elaborated on the: smart grid vision; the transmission system; and, the project elements which include distribution automation, energy efficiency, renewables/distributed generation, energy storage, demand response and advance metering infrastructure/ rates.

Motion: It was moved by Mr. Bric and seconded by Dr. Gordon that the following resolution be passed and adopted.

Here are the news reports about the adoption of wireless meters for  Burbank and Glendale:

FYI: Here are links to the Glendale City Council meeting approving a smart metering contract.

Glendale City Council Meeting, July 21, 2009

  • See Agenda, Item "8e Action Items":  e. General Manager of Glendale Water & Power, re: Implement Advanced Metering Infrastructure/Meter Data Management System (AMI/MDMS) for Electric & Water Meters
1. Motion Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Contract with Itron, Inc. to Provide Material, Equipment, & Related Needs in Amount Not-to-Exceed $28,563,742.42, with a General Reserve for Contingencies in the Amount of $5,712,748.42, Plus an Additional Reserve for Contingencies in the Amount of $400,000 for an Optional Wireless Backhaul

2. Motion Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a One-Year Agreement with Itron, Inc. to Provide Software Maintenance for AMI/MDMS in an Amount Not-to-Exceed $238,142.24 
Read Agenda on-line at:

e. General Manager of Glendale Water & Power, re: Implement
Advanced Metering Infrastructure/Meter Data Management System
(AMI/MDMS) for Electric & Water Meters

1. Motion Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Contract with
Itron, Inc. to Provide Material, Equipment, & Related Needs in
Amount Not-to-Exceed $28,563,742.42, with a General Reserve
for Contingencies in the Amount of $5,712,748.42, Plus an
Additional Reserve for Contingencies in the Amount of $400,000
for an Optional Wireless Backhaul

2. Motion Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a One-Year
Agreement with Itron, Inc. to Provide Software Maintenance for
AMI/MDMS in an Amount Not-to-Exceed $238,142.24

Moved: Weaver
Seconded: Friedman
Vote as follows: Ayes: Drayman, Friedman, Najarian, Weaver, Quintero

What You Can Do  - Action Items

Write to your City officials and tell them:

"I am writing you to complain about the smart meter program in Burbank, 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.  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.  Regarding obsolescence, 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.  Regarding costs of the smart meter program, 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-readers, and 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.

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. 

42 local governments in California representing 2.2 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.

5.  Consumer groups also warn against and are highly critical against the utility's promotion or imposition of "time-of-use" rates that smart meters need 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-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

5.  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.

6.  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

7.  I see the new smart meters antenna on BWP lights near my home and on the corner Jefferson Elementary in Burbank, where children study, eat, and play. I do 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 has recently 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/

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.  Studies for decades have also shown and proven that microwave/electro-magnetic radiation can induce ear ringing in certain individuals.  People are already getting sick from smart meters, reporting headaches, insomnia, heart problems, 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 and wireless routers, and say that the FCC regulates the RF radiation safety of smart meters (as well as cell phones and wireless routers).  However, cell phones and wireless routers 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 energy 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 had erred by comparing apples with oranges. Hirsch revealed that cell phone radiation exposure to the head is greater than cumulative smart meter RF radiation exposure to the whole body, and not the other way around as presented by the CCST report. 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

Thus, I do not buy the lies and greenwashing that smart meters are safe.  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."

Please feel free to add other comments and concerns you have. 

Send your letter to (and make copies for yourself for documentation) to:
Burbank City Manager Michael Flad, Mayor Jess Talamantes, and City Council Members Dave Golonski, Gary Bric, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Dr. David Gordon

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

Mailing address: City Hall, 275 East Olive Avenue Burbank, CA 91502

Phone: (818) 238-5850
Website: http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us

Burbank Water & Power General Manager Ronald E. Davis, and Asst. General Manager of Customer Service & Marketing Joanne Fletcher:

E-mail: RDavis@ci.burbank.ca.us,JFletcher@ci.burbank.ca.us

You can e-mail the BWP Board Members Robert Olson,
Thomas Jamentz, Martin L. Adams, Jordan Smith, Phillipe Eskandar, Lee Dunayer, and Lynn C. Kronzek, c/o  Joanne Fletcher (above)

Mailing Address: City of Burbank
Burbank Water and Power
P.O. Box 631, Burbank, CA 91503-0631 
Management Phone:  (818) 238-3550
General Website: http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com

Smart Grid Website: http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com/bwp-smart-grid-program

Street Address:

Map Burbank Water and Power
164 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502-1720
BWP's regular business hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

CC your letter to California Public Utilities Commission Public Advisor:
  • E-mail: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

CC your letter to Burbank Leader Editor Dan Evans:
  • E-mail: Dan.Evans@latimes.com
Phone: (818) 637-3234
Mailing Address: 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd floor, Glendale, CA 91203

 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

How to build a Meter Protection Cage and Smart Meter Cages Instructions

Utility meter locks call (707) 579-3183.

Other Contacts and Links

Federal, State and County Elected Officials:
Burbank City Council Meeting Agenda, Minutes & Video:

City of Burbank List of Commissions:

Burbank Water & Power Board:

ESTABLISHED:               By Burbank Municipal Code §2-1-418.
COMPOSITION:              Seven members appointed by Council.
TERM OF OFFICE:        Four years.
MEETINGS:                      Every first Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the BWP Board Conference Room, 3rd Fl., 164 W. Magnolia Blvd.
STAFF:                                Ron Davis, Burbank Water and Power General Manager
PHONE NO.:                     (818) 238-3550
ADDRESS:                         Burbank Water and Power, 164 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
CHAIRPERSON:             Robert A. Olson
MEMBERS                          DATE OF APPOINTMENT            DATE TERM EXPIRES
Thomas Jamentz                     05/19/2009                                       05/31/2013
Robert Olson                            05/19/2009                                       05/31/2013
Martin L. Adams                     05/19/2009                                       05/31/2013
Jordan W. Smith                     05/17/2011                                         05/31/2015
Phillipe Eskandar                   05/17/2007                                        05/31/2015
Lee Dunayer                             05/17/2011                                         05/31/2015
Lynn C. Kronzek                     05/17/2011                                         05/31/2015
Website: http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2920


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