Despite endorsements from business and economic councils, Long Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Estates are the latest cities expressing opposition to California’s Senate Bill 649. The bill aims to make it easier for wireless carriers to install small cell towers in the public right-of-way, but the cities and counties opposing the law are afraid new towers will be placed in areas detrimental to public safety and aesthetics. The Orange County Business Council supports the measure, reports the Press-Telegram.
A Senior Analyst at City and County
of San Francisco, Omar Masry, testified against the bill, calling it “a
dumpster fire.” He said the legislation gives the option to telecom
companies to build out in anyone’s front yard and, because carriers
won’t share their sites, poles could pop up every several hundred feet. Continue Reading