Tonight: Woodside Town Council considers suing FCC

Animal control contract, housing element and lawsuit over wireless towers on agenda

Woodside's Town Council will consider joining a lawsuit over cellphone tower rules when it meets on Tuesday night, March 9. Also on the agenda: an animal control contract, the town's housing element and interviews with candidates for the town's Architectural and Site Review Board.


Cellphone towers

Woodside's council will consider whether to spend $15,000 to join in a national lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over the latest regulations the FCC has adopted with regard to granting requests to install telecommunication facilities, such as cellphone towers.

The FCC recently tightened up its regulations so communities are severely limited in their ability to deny a telecommunications facility installation.

Redwood City asked Woodside and other San Mateo County cities to join in the lawsuit, which is also being brought by cities across the country.


Animal control

Woodside, along with all of the other cities and towns in San Mateo County, currently has an agreement with San Mateo County for all animal control services. The county, in turn, contracts with the Peninsula Humane Society.

The agreement to be considered by the Woodside Council on March 10 would extend the contract with the county and the humane society through June 30, 2020.

A report from Town Manager Kevin Bryant on the contract says the extension will allow the county to complete a new animal shelter to replace the humane society's aging facility at 12 Airport Boulevard in San Mateo. Once the new facility is completed, cities and towns will have more options for providing animal control services, the report says.


Housing plan

Also on the agenda is final approval of the town's state-mandated housing element of its general plan, the document that guides development regulations. The state requires that the general plan's housing element be updated every eight years, and mandates what must be included in it, including how each community will provide its assigned "fair share" of new housing for the region.

The town approved a draft of the housing element in January and the state has said the draft is acceptable, so the council needs only to give the plan a final nod.


Review board

The council is also scheduled to interview two candidates for reappointment to the town's Architectural and Site Review Board, the citizen board that reviews home and business building projects to make sure they conform with the town's general plan and residential design guidelines.

Current board members Nick Triantos and Bruce Carlsmith will be interviewed by the council and considered for reappointment. Board member Thalia Lubin was interviewed and reappointed at an earlier meeting, and the board has one additional vacancy.

The council agenda and staff reports can be viewed on the town website.

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Posted by Jon
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 10, 2015 at 2:06 pm

This thing about people opposing cell phone towers -- What they don't realize is that when they use cell phones next to their ears, they're receiving a much stronger electromagnetic exposure than from a nearby cell phone tower. They're also getting EM exposure from the mere wiring in their homes. People complain about poor cell phone signals in some areas -- the phone companies are trying to remedy that ....

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Posted by Martin
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Jon -
Nobody makes you use a cell phone. You can turn it off, use it with earphones or for more safety can text.
A cell tower emits very strong microwave radiation over entire neighborhoods, twenty four hours a day and the World Health Organization call this a 'class 2b possible carcinogen'.
Research show that people living closest to cell towers have increased cancer rates, sleep difficulties, increased depression, difficulty thinking and many other significant health issues.
You can read about the scientific research and health consequences here

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 13, 2015 at 7:14 am

Menlo Voter is a registered user.


then I guess we should all just go back to living in caves , eh? As Jon noted we are constantly bombarded in our own homes by EM from the wiring in our homes as well as all of the electronic devices we have in our homes and our communities. Unless we're going to stop using electricity we're going to be exposed to EM. Also as Jon notes, merely using a cell phone, be it up to your ear or in your hand, exposes you to far more EM than you would be from a cell tower.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

Cell phone towers with their warning lights have RUINED trips by train through this country, by day and especially by night.

They're everywhere, they're ugly as can be and they're a symbol that America's business is still business. Big business! Their influence is the chief problem facing us today.

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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Mar 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm

@Joe: If you are so discontented by those horrid cell phone towers ruining your view, there are alternative locations where you can avoid all reminders of things that abhor you.

Somalia, for one.

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