Photo and article by Mark McDermott
A meeting intended to be informational turned confrontational Monday night as nearly 200 residents stormed a library conference room to demand answers – and action – from Southern California Edison regarding the alleged ill-health effects surrounding its electrical substation and power lines on Knob Hill Avenue.
The meeting, organized by City Councilman Steve Aspel, brought together representatives from Edison, the Southern California Gas Company, city officials, and the neighborhood residents to outline what has been discovered and what the future may hold for the 800 and 900 blocks of Knob Hill, where a “stray voltage” problem emanating from the SCE power substation allegedly damaged at least one woman’s health and a stronger-than-average Electro-Magnetic-Field (EMF) has sparked concerns throughout the neighborhood.
by Ken Peters
Just so we are clear, I love the planet and believe we are fast destroying it. I believe that debating global warming is a brilliant piece of sleight-of-hand by business. We used to just call it pollution and it was clearly bad; now they’ve got us debating global warming while we continue to rape the land and foul the oceans worse than ever. But when the government decides to tell you what you can and can’t do, based on what is best for you, we have entered into what the British call the “nanny state.” Those in favor of this approach to governing will cite tobacco regulations as an example of this being a reasonable approach (though smokers might disagree). Who do you trust?
A few weeks ago a Saturday newspaper ran with the front page lead “Scorched tree poser for cellphone giant”.
The crux of the story was that an anti-cellphone mast campaigner had concluded that 4G equipment had incinerated bark on some trees in her garden.
To illustrate this, the paper included a huge picture of the singed trees in question. In the interest of balance, the owner of the base station (which wasn’t Vodacom) was of course given the chance to deny the allegation which it duly did.