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Just say ‘no’ to cell towers

Posted: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

I have been a happy resident of Valencia for 17 years, but I am not happy now.

On Feb. 18, the Santa Clarita Planning Commission voted by a 3-2 margin to approve the construction of a cell tower in the middle of my Northbridge neighborhood.

The tower will stand 42 feet high on Fairview Drive, less than 300 feet from several homes and 600 feet from Helmers Elementary School.

AT&T will attempt to conceal the behemoth by making it look like a eucalyptus tree. All of us know that these “trees” are a blight to any area.

They look bad enough when witnessed at the side of freeways; can you imagine looking at one every day from your backyard?

These cell towers emit continuous radio frequencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Saugus Union School District needs to know how close this cell tower is to one of its schools. Residents of Northbridge need to be aware of what will be constructed in our neighborhood unless we make an appeal.

Residents throughout Santa Clarita need to know that they are just as susceptible to having a cell tower built in their neighborhoods as we were.

Do the pros of better cell coverage weigh more than the cons of this hideous and potentially hazardous structure?

I say no.

 

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