AT & T Looking at Former Edison Campus as Possible Cell Tower Site

The company had a proposed tower in a wash on Loma Alta Drive voted down last year and is looking at the PUSD campus that formerly housed Edison Elementary.

AT & T is looking at the campus of the now-closed Edison Elementary School as a possible location to install a cell phone tower, according to company representatives.

The company plans to discuss the site, which is located at the northeast intersection of at the intersection Glenrose and Palm, with the Pasadena Unified School District before filing an application, according to Stephanie Rosa a spokeswoman for the company.  She said the company hopes to go before the PUSD Board some time in the next few months.

That site is the only location the company is currently considering, Rosa said.

If the PUSD board is interested in leasing the site, then AT & T would next file an application with the county, a process that can take months or even years.  As part of that process, the proposal would go before the Altadena Town Council.

AT & T had a proposed tower in a wash area on Loma Alta Drive last June after neighbors appealed an initial planning deparment decision to grant the permit.  The project was supported by the Town Council, and many wrote letters of support for it, though there was also a sizable opposition to the project.

Adam Wolfson, a PUSD spokesman, said the Edison campus is used for adult special education, staff development and district meetings.  He said he had not heard of AT & T's interest but said he would find out if anybody in the district's facilities department had.

He noted in an email that the district will generally make an agreement on cell towers if the "situation/location is appropriate" and said they generate "much-needed" revenue for the district.

Rosa said the company does not yet know what type of tower they would install, how large it would be and what kind of aesthetic design the company would consider.  

Peter June 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I did not know about the previous denial. I just moved up here and wondered why I had zero cell reception! I'd like to thank all the NIMBYs up here for making my life just a little more difficult. Why on earth would a cell tower in that wash (a stone's throw from my house) be a problem? Should we all just go back in time and drive a horse and buggy? What about all the electrical and telephone lines currently marring the view...certainly we should tear them down and forgo electricity and phone service! And it's lovely that the whole process for getting a new cell tower can "take months or even years"! What country is this? I thought it was America, where we get things done. I really, really don't care for the people responsible for this nonsense and I wish they would go away.
Peter June 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Also, I think the newly proposed tower should be in the shape of Megatron and should let out blood-curdling shrieks and shoot fire.
Linda R June 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Horse and buggy might not be a bad idea. Ever hear of cell tower dangers, radiation and the dangers of using a cell phone continuously? There ARE cell phones that work up here, maybe you need a new one.
Sonja-Sophie June 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Gary Edwards June 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
its not america, its altadena. oops i mean freak a dena. -- if i don't want it, nobody can have -- should be the motto up here. you can borrow my 2 cans and string to make a call.
Natalie June 29, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Well said!!!
Peter June 29, 2012 at 04:02 AM
From the American Cancer Society: "Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea." http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/AtHome/cellular-phone-towers It's good to know the tin foil hat brigade is in charge of county planning and policy.
Natalie June 29, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Cell towers emit less radiation than your radio, much less than a remote type house phone, far less than the cop car going past your house.
CANYOUHEARMENOW June 29, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Why can't they simply put a cell tower on AN EXISTING TOWER RIGHT UP ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN?
Steve Stanfill June 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Thank you Peter.
Tunafisher June 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Canyouhear me now - right on!
PeterD June 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Great, I hope that we can get this tower installed promptly. The Palm-Tree or Pine-Tree models will be fine. Leave the bloody-shrieking-fire shooting models for other neighborhoods, but not for West Altadena. The constant bell, phone and alarm sounds from the school is noise enough.
Alta_D June 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Natalie Radio's only emit sound (sometimes bad), no radiation at all. go to the link Peter posted below, good info.
khadija June 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I live across the street from the "former" Edison and it is an operating school! How can they put a cell tower in an operating school? I agree with Peter about the noise from the school also, not to mention the screaming and swearing from the kids (I don't complain because these kids are "severely emotionally disturbed" and need somewhere to go to school). I guess I would rather have the school than a cell tower, agree with canyouhearmeknow. what the heck.
khadija June 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Peter, I think we get bad service because we live up against the mountains. But some carriers are beter than others, my T Mobile was not as bad as my Credo (which is Sprint) HEY! Maybe as a concession ATT will give us all free Iphones. THAT I would vote yes for. And welcome to the neighborhood! It's a great and diverse place with LOTS of conversation!
Elliot Gold June 29, 2012 at 05:16 PM
We on West Palm are ready to work with AT&T and the PUSD. We have told both that we will cooperate with them to get a Cell tower in, soooooooooooo, we can get a signal on our mobile phones here in Altadena
AJ June 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I support a new wireless facility, so long as they try to make it look nice. For all the people that freaked out last time and claimed that we were in danger of them falling over, I have yet to come across any reports of any wireless facilities falling over in the windstorms. Also, people should know that the we are not in danger from wireless facilities. please go look at actual credible, peer reviewed informaiton out there. Also, people must understand that these things are actually federally regulated and must operate within specific safety standards.
AJ June 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The ATC proved in the past that they are incompetent and don't actually understanding scientific information and the federal law about wireless facilities. They caved to the vocal neighbors that claimed they would suffer health effects from "radiation" and that the facility would fall over or be at risk of trees falling into it... Despite the fact that wireless facilities do not emit radiation and are required to be built to CA building code standards and comply with the federal reguations regarding the RF/EMF emissions.
AJ June 29, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Linda R, have you heard of physics? Wireless facilities and cell towers DO NOT emit radiation. They do not emit beams of radioactive particles into the environment. The RF/EMF that they do emit are similar to radio waves, which we've all been exposed to over time without any of the dire consequences that some wireless opponents are convinced are going to happen.
khadija June 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Elliot, not everyone on W Palm is in agreement with this...anyway, I don't trust regulators and claims that there is no potential harm from microwaves from these towers. "They" said that nuclear plants were safe too and look at love canal, fukishima, and hanford in WA state...
khadija June 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Also Elliot, I am serious when I say we should all get iphones from them if they do this. AND free service.
Gary Edwards June 30, 2012 at 04:13 AM
hey freak a dena. worried about harmful radiation? ban the sun. pusd needs the $.
Steve Lamb June 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Gary- not every issue in life can come down to someones claim to want or need money. It is bizarre that cell towers in Japan seem to emit harmful radiation (and they are the same units as installed here) and that the Japanese government has strict standards on their installation and maintenance. Those regulations don't seem to have harmed their countries economy, or the quality of cell service there. In fact, they have better cell service in Japan than we have in the US and they have had it for quite some time. The same regulations were in the main, adopted by the EU. Again, they have better service than we do, the additional cost of careful siting, maintenance and frequency use has not harmed their economy. Now why would 60% of the industrialized countries on earth have adopted these standards if there was no reason for them? I can tell you that it was the Dutch Cell phone company who led the charge on getting these adopted in Europe, and the Dutch are a very practical business oriented people. The Dutch also have most of the cell phone business in Latin America and Africa, and they use these standards there, in spite of the fact that there are no regulations mandating the use. Why? I asked a Dutch phone executive this very question and he said "We do not wish to be either morally or legally responsible for incidence of cancer due to negligent operation as they have in the United States." Yeah freakadena....
khadija June 30, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thanks Steve. Unfortunately, what most regulations boil down to is $$ to be made from things, not safety or moral obligations.
A Camp July 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I too, once refused no believe that the RF radiation levels from cell towers are dangerous. That was when I was a lawyer representing companies which were putting them up. Then I researched the issue, read studies of cancer clusters from around the world, and spoke to and read the reports of scientists from around the world. I now refuse to represent companies which put up cell towers. Instead, I fight them, because I know I would never let my friends or family live within 1500 feet of one, for the same reasons that many countries other than the US have banned cell towers from within 1500 feet of schools. If you want to learn the actual facts, and not the white wash, go to AntiCellTowerLawyers.com, and see the pages entitled "questions and answers" and "links." Then decide things for yourself. A. Campanelli


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