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SmartMeter Protests Heat Up

smartmetersFRESH DIRT > Local group demonstrates against SmartMeters in Santa Cruz County

On Friday, July 10 roughly 16 protesters gathered for an early morning rally against SmartMeters being installed in Santa Cruz County in front of a private corporate yard on 38th Avenue and Portola Drive. The yard harbored numerous Wellington trucks used to install the meters. StopSmartMeters! has been active for more than a year now and, in light of the recent installations that violate the county ordinance against SmartMeters, have stepped up their efforts.

“We are out here demanding that [PG&E] respect the law. [Also], we want to opt out. This opposition [to SmartMeters] is not an individual thing, it’s a community thing,” said Joshua Hart, director of the StopSmartMeters! campaign.

Other protesters included community members/anti-SmartMeter advocates from across Santa Cruz County.

“This is my first time out here,” said Hugo Arana. “I have a SmartMeter, and haven’t noticed any difference, but I’m rallying because of my concern for me, my family and the community. Also to say something about the neglect of our local authorities to enforce our choice."

StopSmartMeters! has a large following, which organizers say is growing everyday. “We’re getting about 1,000 hits a day [on the StopSmartMeters! website], [and] even international attention," said Hart. "Thousands of people are sending us emails to demonstrate their interest in our cause." As they protested on July 10,  passing cars honked, as their occupants waved and gave thumbs up.

Protests and rallies by StopSmartMeters! are set to continue “as needed” to stop installation and uphold the ordinance according to Hart. Another protest is scheduled for Friday, July 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the corner of 38th Avenue and Portola Drive. Those interested are encouraged to get signs at Pure Water of Scotts Valley, located in the back of the Victors Square Center, but can also be provided with one at the rally.

“We cannot consider failure, it is simply not an option” said Diane, a StopSmartMeters! advocate who wished to only give her first name. “We’re protecting the human race here.”


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written by RobertWilliams, July 16, 2011

1. Smart Water meters are NOT 2-way (sending and receiving) as are PG$E Wireless Electric meters.

2. Smart Water meters are NOT on a mesh network sending and receiving radiation from every other meter in the community as are PG$E Wireless Electric meters.

3. Smart Water meters only have a range of a number of yards so a mobile truck can drive around and pick the signal up from the street, but PG$E Wireless Electric meters each have pulsed radiation transmissions up to a mile and even more in some terrains.

4. Smart Water meters are NOT typically attached to a home as are PG$E Wireless meters, but rather outside in the ground away from the home or closer to the street.

5. Smart Water meters transmit radiation a few times per day or so, while PG$E Wireless Electric meters transmit radiation approximately 22,500 times per day, about once every four seconds on average or about 15 times per minute 24/7.

PG&E intentionally tries to fool and mislead people by saying the transmissions are only for 45 seconds per day. PG$E Corporate adds the 2/1000 of a second length of each of the 22,500 transmissions and gets 45 seconds total and then pretends that all the transmissions are within a 45 second window during the day rather than the true firing of radiation 24/7 about once every four seconds. A bullet that hits you is only an impact of 2/1000 of a second, but it still injures or kills you. Pulsed short burst radiation is far more damaging to human and pet biology than a steady stream transmission with the same average calculation.

PG$E Corporate is also fibbing and misrepresenting other areas of their Wireless smart meter program.

PG$E Corporate is also fibbing and misrepresenting other areas of their Wireless smart meter program - The PG$E so-called Smart meter program does not reduce green house gases, does not reduce energy use, does not give customers information they can use to reduce their bills and actually increases customer utility bills. But these are topics are for another day.

Two immediate crimes of this PG$E program:

A. The damage to humans (particularly children) starts immediately, but because the danger is invisible and the damage is cumulative and then irreversible, the harm will likely not be recognized by most for some number of years and then it is too late.

B. So much of people's money is being spent on this program, that people may not insist that it be stopped NOW. Instead, PG$E Corporate will likely pour $ Billions and billions more (of our money) into this program chasing the problems, always pretending that the next billion is the last and final fix.
written by ..., July 11, 2011
City of Santa Cruz uses water smart meters.
written by Henry640, July 11, 2011
A lot of people with a lot of time on their hands. If there was a republican in the white house those smart meter protest signs would be about the three wars. Can't do that with a democrat in office though.
written by Power hungry, July 11, 2011
The crappy thing about these "Dumb" meters, they now can record and bill your usage v.s. time. This means that they can bill you for usage during what they determine as PEAK time and adjust the KW/HR cost.. Does not seem fair as we were not billed fro this usage before...

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