As concerned parents, we want the safest school campuses possible but the presence of illegally-built commercial cell towers makes us question the safety of our children as they spend 7+ hours a day at school.
The two SMUSD cell towers were built without any building permits, inspections or tests. Who is liable for their structural safety?
The two SMUSD cell towers were built without any building permits, inspections or tests.
Cell tower fires cannot be fought with water or foam and are left to burn out on its own. Century windstorms have exceeded the wind ratings of the cell towers and the seismic rating of the cell towers are unknown. In 2000 Los Angeles Unified School District banned cell towers on and near school campuses.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Dear Fellow San Marino School Parents:
The school district is currently assessing the potential health hazards of the cell towers located on the campuses. To inform the decision makers, superintendent Kleinrock proposes to hire two consultants, Bio Physicist Engineer Drew Thatcher and scientist Karl Rodenbaugh. Both of these individuals have already publicly stated that the health concerns secondary to radiation emitted from cell towers are meritless.
The superintendent and the board should be made aware that obtaining this predetermined analysis would be a violation of due diligence, which is especially concerning in matters regarding the safety of our children and the school staff. We humbly suggest that the board first examines the information collected by the LA Unified School District in their 2000 and 2009 resolutions to ban cell phone towers on or near schools. One assumes that the LAUSD, the second largest in the United States, would have performed a thorough study on this subject. Such examination and potential conservation of resources is especially prudent in light of the financial hardship the SMUSD is presently enduring.
If you share our concerns about the hiring of biased consultants, please come tonight to the SMUSD board meeting Tuesday Sept 18th at 7:30 pm at the district office near the library. This may be our best opportunity to remind superintendent Kleinrock who he works for.