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T-Mobile plans six cell towers in Menlo Park

 

The Menlo Park Planning Commission approved T-Mobile's request to mount a cellphone antenna inside a flag pole at 2400 Sand Hill Road on Feb. 7, a process which will be repeated at least five more times during the upcoming year.

T-Mobile spokesman Rod De La Rosa confirmed that the telecommunications company plans to add six towers to Menlo Park. Other proposed locations include Nealon Park and Seminary Oaks Park.

Some residents criticized the way T-Mobile has publicized community outreach meetings held to discuss the towers. Mr. De La Rosa said notices are mailed to addresses within 500 feet of each site two weeks in advance of the meetings.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Great - cell towers in our children's parks.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Oh boo hoo. Your children get more exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from the various appliances in your home than they ever will from exposure to these cell towers. We live in a world full of EMR. I'd be willing to bet that most of the people bitching about cell towers in parks and other locations have cell phones and bitch about poor service in the areas that lack an adequate number of towers to provide better service. Can't have it both ways folks.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Menlo Voter - so that's why your always so cranky, too much EMR exposure.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

No Bob, I'm cranky because I have no patience for the scientific ignorance of Americans. Americans are scientifically illiterate, in general and I am tired of dealing with their stupididity. Do a little research. You'll find that all this EMR BS has been thoroughly debunked. By REAL scientists that is. NOT the bozos that try to pass themselves off as having some credibility. Americans have a serious deficit in critical thinking. We all suffer for that lack.


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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 10, 2011 at 7:06 am

Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

To Menlo Voter - re: your comments about the scientific illiteracy of Americans - I absolutely, "second that emotion". Also, "props" to the MP Planning Commission. I was shocked that a MP PC would approve cell towers-its great to see there are finally some forward thinking, open minded people serving. Finally, to City Council, odds are one of the scientifically illiterate residents that Menlo Voter mentioned will appeal the PC decision to City Council-don't screw it up.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

Think about the EMR exposure emanating from a cell phone transmitter that intersects with an occasional pedestrian walking a few hundred feet away from a 100 foot tall tower.

Perhaps you should compare that to the EMR exposure on a kid's nose as it is pressed against the microwave oven window watching the popcorn pop a few inches away a few nights a week.

I'm not qualified to do the physics calculations, but I'm sure someone reading this post is.


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Posted by mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Feb 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

The kids are carrying around cell phones. I'm not worried about the additional radiation they're getting from towers.


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Posted by downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

MenloVoter & POGO are right.

Besides, with more cell towers, kids won't have dangerous phones stuck to their ears for as long a time trying to get a signal or recover dropped calls. If you're really worried about the emissions, do not let your kids be within 10 feet of an in-use microwave & take away, or better yet never give them, cell phones.


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Posted by Daveo
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Yes, there certainly is some scientific ignorance out there. Be especially careful of the advice from individuals who are labeled "REAL SCIENTIST -(R, place of residence)", as they might just have an agenda, hidden or not.

First of all, microwave ovens are shielded to prevent high frequency radiation from escaping; that's what that metal mesh on the door is for. The fact that you can damage that containment (the Faraday Cage) that contains the radiation is the reason most experts will advise you not to work on them yourself.

Second, yes there is lot's of EMR from appliances in the home. Although, not in the microwave region of the spectrum, with the exception of communications devices, mostly in the miliwatt power range; making them less likely to cause damage.

Third, it is pretty well known that high frequency radiation is mutagenic, causing damage to genetic material.

And finally, I know it's hard, like differentiating changes in the weather from climate change; but just saying: "we've all been exposed to cell phone towers; how come we don't all have cancer?" is not a valid argument.

The link between exposure to hazards (whether chemical, microwave radiation or standing on the top step of a ladder) and health impacts is neither binary nor instantaneous. Some hazards will only show their impacts in an practical time period of examination when accelerated by increased dose or duration of exposure. For example standing on the top step of the ladder to put the star on the XMAS tree for five minutes every December is dangerous. But your risk from it is much smaller than someone who stands on the top step of a ladder for 4 hours a day outdoors in wind, rain and cold. This accelerated testing may seem invalid to some; but it is the reason your TV or radio will most likely outlive you!

In summary, there probably are minimal unknown, difficult to quantify health consequences to exposure to cell towers, but they are not likely to become evident overnight. They may only become 'apparent' when examined some 25 years from now by means of a small but statistically significant increase in health consequences of the population. Since the majority of people will have moved several times during that time period, it'll likely never be seen clearly.
It all comes down to the basic question: Is it worth the risk; are there better alternatives?


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Good post by Daveo.

Daveo said "it all comes down to the basic question: Is it worth the risk; are there better alternatives?"

EXACTLY.

We take risks all the time. We use chemicals, cross streets, stand on ladders, eat processed foods, take drugs. We don't live in a bubble.

You are probably taking a bigger chance leaving your kid with the baby sitter than the exposure from a cell phone tower.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm

A cell tower story and some cell emission humor.

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Posted by Al
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

So how many of the cell tower worriers have WiFi in their homes or take their kids to restaurants like McDonalds or Starbucks that have it? It is not just the power of the EMF emitter but the proximity to it, i.e. the worry over kids using cell phones a couple inches from their brain.
If you are genuinely worried about EMF emissions NEVER use a cell phone in your home or have WiFi - I doubt whether all these complainers would do that!!!


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

"If you are genuinely worried about EMF emissions NEVER use a cell phone in your home or have WiFi - I doubt whether all these complainers would do that!!!"

Of course they won't. The real reason these people don't want the towers is because they think they are ugly, but that isn't as pwerful as "your endangering our children."


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Posted by A Campanelli
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

Responsible people don't oppose Cell Towers, but only the irresponsible placement of Cell Towers near populations and especially schools. If you really want to know about the adverse impacts of Cell Towers, from reducing property values, to adverse health impacts, go to AntiCellTowerLawyers.com and see their "Questions and Answers" and "Links" pages.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

Aren't those the same lawyers that sued Toyota for faulty accelerator software and Dow Corning for silicone breast implants? Lawyers couldn't be wrong, could they? They certainly wouldn't have a financial interest in making this a problem, would they?

Getting scientific information from a lawyer's website makes as much sense as relying on legal advice from your chemistry professor.


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Posted by alan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Feb 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

It seems clear that abusing each other online takes precedence over logical thinking. At a minimum, a cell tower will impact property values. To say that we already have EMF in our environment is hardly an argument to add more. As to scientists, there seems to be enough credible scientific information to suggest that there is a reasonable issue about the harmful effects of cell towers.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Alan:

yes, they might impact property values. ONly because Americans are so scientifically illiterate that they are afraid of the electro magnetic "boogy man." They have towers that look like trees, by the way.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 6, 2015 at 5:42 pm

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