San Clemente CPUC Meeting Dec. 18 Re: Doubling of Smart Meter Opt-out Fees

SDG&E Customers / CALIF ALERT: Opt-out Fees May Double to $400 a year - Speak Out Against All Opt-out Fees at Local CPUC Meetings in December

SDG&E Customers / CALIF ALERT: Opt-out Fees May Double to $400 a year - Speak Out Against All Opt-out Fees at Local CPUC Meetings in December

This is a red ALERT about local CPUC public participation meetings to be held in December, 2012, concerning smart meter opt-out fees. Reasons for opting out of smart utility meters include health and safety concerns, privacy and security. For an excellent, very graphic electronic brochure on smart meter problems and the opt-out, click here.

We encourage San Diego Gas & Electric  and SoCal Gas customers in San Diego and Orange Counties to attend the meeting in San Clemente, on Dec. 18th, from 6-8 PM, at the San Clemente Community Center – Ole Hanson Fireside Room, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA 92672 to speak out against all smart meter opt-out fees, which may soon double to over $400 per year for SDG&E, SCE, and So CA Gas customers. If you live elsewhere in CA, go to the nearest meeting. Bring as many people as possible to these meetings, if you can attend, as your presence does matter and is counted, and can impact CPUC decisions made after meetings are held.

It is noteworthy that the state of Vermont legislated a free smart meter opt-out, statewide, for all utility customers, this year. The system is working well, according to our reports. We feel that there should be no fees and that these are, in fact, illegal, breaking numerous state and federal discrimination laws and California public utility codes. Click Opening Briefs on Discrimination Laws & Opt-out Fees at CPUC (7/20/2012) for more info. 

In Northern and Central California, 57 municipalities have banned or criminalized the installation of smart meters, sending a strong message to the CPUC and state government. This, along with the participation of numerous organizations in CPUC proceedings, produced the opt-out order by CPUC. Those municipalities realized they don't want to have their citizens sickened and be left holding the bag for the costs. Pressure on the CPUC is a good thing and going to meetings does add up to that. Many utility customers know that we are dealing with a badly broken regulatory system, however, saying nothing is condoning it. If you care about your own health or the health of your children and loved ones, you will opt-out AND attend one of these meetings!

If you can't attend, we ask that you write or call the CPUC:

Public Advisor’s Office
505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103
San Francisco, CA 94104
E-mail to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

1-415-703-2074 or toll free 1-866-849-8390
TTY 1-415-703-52892 or toll free 1-866-836-7825


CPUC Sets Public Participation Hearings on Smart Meter Opt-Out Costs

The CPUC has set five Public Participation Hearings to hear from consumers about costs and cost allocation issues associated with requiring Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) to offer an analog opt-out option for residential customers who do not wish to have a wireless Smart Meter installed at their location. Each Public Participation Hearing will run for two hours at the following locations:

BAKERSFIELD (PG&E and SoCalGas territories)
December 13, 2012, 6 p.m.
Bakersfield City Hall Council Chambers
1501 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301

SANTA BARBARA (PG&E, SCE, and SoCalGas territories)
December 14, 2012, 3 p.m.
County Administration Building Board Hearing Room, 4th Floor
105 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

LOS ANGELES (SCE and SoCalGas territories)
December 17, 2012, at 6 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Office Building
Carmel Room – Auditorium, 1st Floor
320 West 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

SAN CLEMENTE (SCE, SoCalGas, and SDG&E territories)
December 18, 2012, 6 p.m.
San Clemente Community Center – Ole Hanson Fireside Room
100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA 92672

SANTA ROSA (PG&E territory)
December 20 2012, at 2 p.m.
Steel Lane Community Center – Dohn Room
415 Steele Ln., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP) , a La Mesa-based nonprofit, continues to support consumer interests in the CPUC smart meter opt-out and smart grid proceedings. We are advocating for a free and expanded opt-out, disability and medical condition rights and accommodations, and banning of all smart meters. To learn more about our positions and for talking points, go to

Brief filed by Center for Electrosmog Prevention on 07/05/2012

Brief filed by Southern Californians For Wired Solutions For Smart Meters (SCWSSM) on 07/19/2012

http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/EFILE/BRIEF/171335.PDF (282 kb)
to learn more about the above meetings and opt-out fee issues, go to:


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2. Join or start a local group to work on reducing electrosmog - to inquire about joining a San Diego or Orange County group, contact director@electrosmogprevention.org.

With very best regards,
Susan Brinchman
Director, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
P.O. Box 655
La Mesa, CA
Center for Electrosmog Prevention www.electrosmogprevention.org
Smart Meter Dangers
SCASM Southern Californians Against Smart Meters http://www.causes.com/causes/610453-southern-californians-against-smart-meters-scasm
American Coalition Against Smart Meters (ACASM) www.causes.com/acasm

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Susan Brinchman December 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation - a position statement signed by over 57 researchers and physicians with peer-reviewed studies on RF exposure, criticizing the industry-fed lies about smart meter "safety". These scientists are often attacked by industry shills. Smart meters "Wireless smart meters typically produce atypical, relatively potent and very short pulsed RF/microwaves whose biological effects have never been fully tested. They emit these millisecond-long RF bursts on average 9,600 times a day with a maximum of 190,000 daily transmissions and a peak level emission two and a half times higher than the stated safety signal, as the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric recognized before that State’s Public Utilities Commission. Thus people in proximity to a smart meter are at risk of significantly greater aggregate exposure than with a cell phone, not to mention the cumulative levels of RF/microwaves that people living near several meters are exposed to. With smart meters, the entire body is exposed to the microwaves, which increases the risk of overexposure to many organs. Rather be safe than sorry The apparent adverse health effects noted with smart meter exposure are likely to be further exacerbated if smart appliances that use wireless communications become the norm and further increase unwarranted exposure." http://maisonsaine.ca/smart-meters-correcting-the-gross-misinformation
Susan Brinchman December 04, 2012 at 01:52 AM
TALKING POINTS ABOUT OPT-OUT FEES http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/stop-ca-smart-meter-news/talking-points-about-opt-out-fees/ Subscribe to the CEP newsletter http://eepurl.com/rNTOH
Malaprop December 06, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Here's a politician who won't buckle to the false prophets of the anti-smart meter movement. "Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) said yesterday he hopes to introduce the bill early next month, prior to a meeting when utility executives are expected to appear before a Senate panel, which is exploring what steps the state needs to take to respond to the worst storm ever to land in New Jersey." "His bill will include measures aimed at ensuring utilities restore power more quickly during major storms. This includes requiring smart meters to be installed in homes and businesses, which will afford utilities almost instant notification of where and when customers have lost power." http://southbrunswick.patch.com/articles/senator-wants-to-lay-down-the-law-to-utilities-never-again
Bill Parker December 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Susan - How can you differentiate between the negative consequences of your toxic mold exposure versus your smart meter exposure? Either you are the unluckiest person in the world, or perhaps the most hypersensitive hypochondriac in the world. http://www-scf.usc.edu/~amandapr/primary.html versus http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/index.php/smart-meter-news/126-open-letter-smart-water-meters
Susan Brinchman December 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
People who already have an existing inflammatory illness are more susceptible, according to physicians, which does not eliminate the risk (and health impacts) for the rest. View the American Academy of Environmental Medicine's statement on this: http://aaemonline.org/AAEMEMFmedicalconditions.pdf. I fall into several of those categories. As a person who has struggled hard to get well and continue to be productive, following becoming ill in a moldy San Diego Unified School (all too common when massive leaks exist and HVAC's are not ever cleaned), I am very upset with being exposed to yet another toxin, in my own home. RF radiation is considered a toxin by researchers. It has wreaked havoc with my health. How do I differentiate? That is a good question. The constellation of health impacts are different. Going near the smart meters that still exist in the neighborhoods of our county (millions) is like going near a hot oven - the closer I get, the more intense the physiological impacts. I am not alone in this. We are not unlucky, we have had an experimental, defective, dangerous device forced on our homes and in our communities that was never safety tested. What is the lesson in both of my experiences - in a moldy school and in my home and community with RF radiation? Our government does NOT protect us like we think it does. They allow moldy schools and workplaces. There is no help to be had nor laws to protect against these assaults. No protection. We are expendable, for profit.
Susan Brinchman December 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
...medical conditions and disabilities that would more than likely benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency exposure include, but are not limited to: • Neurological conditions such as paresthesias, somnolence, cephalgia, dizziness, unconsciousness, depression • Musculoskeletal effects including pain, muscle tightness, spasm, fibrillation • Heart disease and vascular effects including arrhythmia, tachycardia, flushing, edema • Pulmonary conditions including chest tightness, dyspnea, decreased pulmonary function • Gastrointestinal conditions including nausea, belching • Ocular (burning) • Oral (pressure in ears, tooth pain) • Dermal (itching, burning, pain) • Autonomic nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia). Based on numerous studies showing harmful biological effects from EMF and RF exposure, medical conditions and disabilities that would more than likely benefit from avoiding exposure include, but are not limited to: • Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). 2‐6 • Neurological conditions (Headaches, depression, sleep disruption, fatigue, dizziness, tremors, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased memory, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, visual disruption). 7‐10 • Fetal abnormalities and pregnancy. 11,12 • Genetic defects and cancer.2,3,13‐19 (American Academy of Environmental Medicine - http://aaemonline.org/AAEMEMFmedicalconditions.pdf)
Susan Brinchman December 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
American Academy of Environmental Medicine (a physicians association numbering in the hundreds) 6505 E Central • Ste 296 • Wichita, KS 67206 Tel: (316) 684-5500 • Fax: (316) 684-5709 www.aaemonline.org American Academy of Environmental Medicine Recommendations Regarding Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Exposure Physicians of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine recognize that patients are being adversely impacted by electromagnetic frequency (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) fields and are becoming more electromagnetically sensitive. The AAEM recommends that physicians consider patients’ total electromagnetic exposure in their diagnosis and treatment, as well as recognition that electromagnetic and radiofrequency field exposure may be an underlying cause of a patient’s disease process. ....(continued from above) Liver disease and genitourinary disease.12,20 Because Smart Meters produce Radiofrequency emissions, it is recommended that patients with the above conditions and disabilities be accommodated to protect their health. The AAEM recommends: that no Smart Meters be on these patients’ homes, that Smart Meters be removed within a reasonable distance of patients’ homes depending on the patients’ perception and/or symptoms, and that no collection meters be placed near patients’ homes depending on patients’ perception and/or symptoms. (American Academy of Environmental Medicine - http://aaemonline.org/AAEMEMFmedicalconditions.pdf)
Susan Brinchman December 11, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Biologically-based safety limits legislation needed for radiation from wireless devices. See http://www.electricalpollution.com Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia, Israel and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) are all warning against unnecessary exposure to wireless signals and recommend preferential use of wired technology. The Israeli Minister of Health is calling for a ban on WiFi in schools. France has already done so. Most of these countries already have more restrictive safety limits than the USA does. Our own government agencies have found our existing regulation to be deficient for protecting the population from biological effects of exposure to radiation from wireless devices. They support requiring development of biologically-based population-protective safety limits. Experts at both EPA http://www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/docs/epa_to_fcc_3nov_93.pdf and http://www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/docs/exhibit_a.pdf and National Academy of Sciences http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12036 have made it clear that the existing FCC guidelines do NOT PROTECT the population - children, pregnant women women, the elderly, and men - from BIOLOGICAL effects and harm caused by radiation from wireless devices.
Susan Brinchman December 12, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Opt-out fee for utility 'smart meters' gets public hearing (San Diego Union Tribune) - good article http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/11/opt-out-fee-utility-smart-meters-gets-public-heari/
Chris December 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Thank you Susan for bringing this important information to light. I have several friends who are ill from smart meters with things such as irregular/racing heart rates, headaches, hearing constant buzzing sounds, fatigue, trouble sleeping, etc. These ill health effects all occurred directly after the DUMB smart meters were installed. These folks have all had symptoms disappear when they were away from smart meters. They've tested this several times to be sure. To charge people not to have a heart attack is CRIMINAL AND EVIL. The US Army and Navy have both concluded that RF radiation is dangerous. For the love of God I don't understand why any company or group would support poisoning innocent people just because they can make a quick buck or don't think it is effecting them. Our country is only as strong as our weakest member. Maybe some of these pro-smart meter advocates should listen to the US military and not leave the wounded from smart meters behind to suffer.


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