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Local Governments do not have control over mobile phone towers installation- that is under Federal Government’s jurisdiction.

Local Governments cannot control what plans are going to take place in the future related to mobile cell phone towers and where they are going to be installed. Their role is to educate and make people aware of actions they can take in order to improve or modify a current situation that might be affecting the ideal standard of living. 

With regard to the latter, The Federal Government is planning on installing them extremely close to schools which caused Costa Mesa to raise its voice against this plan. 

Residents of Costa Mesa are concerned about the health effects the installation of cell phone towers might imply. 


COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — The next generation of cell phone technology will mean faster wireless internet connections, but many are worried about where the new towers will go. Compounding the issue is that cities have very little control — and they’re not getting much notice.

That lack of notice is causing residents of Costa Mesa concern, and they told the city council they don’t want the 5G cell towers on their streets without any notice during a study session Tuesday night.

“It’s alarming, and as a public we’re concerned,” Bryan Estrada, a Costa Mesa resident, said. “I’m concerned. I’ve got young kids, and I want to know more and I want to know why these things are just going to be rolled out en masse in front of our homes and have no say or no control in stopping them.”

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Residents asked the council to pass an ordinance that would control how the towers were rolled out. The residents fear that without the ordinance, hundreds of towers would be placed next to homes and schools with no notification.

“One of the proposed locations is less than 10 feet away from where children go to a preschool,” Monica Draghici, a Costa Mesa resident, said. “That is not acceptable.”

The engineer representing cities involved in the rollout said the Federal Communications Commission declared 30 years ago that the radiation emitted from such towers was not a concern. The FCC will make the final decision on the location of the proposed towers.

The city attorney said the only way for residents to take action against the proposed towers would be to contact their representatives in congress and have the law changed. 

SAN DIEGO — From self-driving cars to remote surgery, future tech will need 5G technology to function. But some are arguing that it comes at a cost. Local leaders are voting on ordinances that will decide where 5G will be set up and protesters came out Wednesday to voice their concerns.  

According to a press release from the Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP) the rally was held against the County of San Diego’s proposed ordinances to facilitate 4G and 5G small cells for unincorporated areas of the county.

Protesters voiced concerns about health issues and radiation. 

The CEP stated their position on the issue saying “due to dire safety concerns, there should be an absolute moratorium on 4g & 5G ‘small cell’ installations.”  

Despite the concerns of protesters and others, San Diego County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance regulating 5G technology. 

According to the county, the ordinance complies with requirements for radiofrequency emissions set by the Federal Communications Commission. It also requires wireless carriers to submit annual reports on and post warnings of RF emissions.