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Marin Women Vow To Continue To Fight SmartMeters

SAN RAFAEL (KCBS/BCN) – Two Marin County mothers who were arrested for trying to prevent PG&E crews from installing SmartMeters, have received a warning from the district attorney’s office, but the women say they are not willing to drop the issue.

Katharina Sandizell said Deputy District Attorney Dorothy Proudfoot told her charges won’t be filed now, but she might be prosecuted if she is arrested at another SmartMeter protest during the next year.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

“The district attorney doesn’t want to deal with SmartMeters in a public way because it’s so controversial,” Sandizell said.

Neither Proudfoot nor Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian returned calls to confirm Sandizell’s account of the meeting Wednesday morning at the district attorney’s office.

Sandizell, 41, and Kristin McCrory, 32, of Inverness were cited for disobeying a police officer when they failed to get out of the road so traffic could pass at the protest in Inverness Park on Dec. 29, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

The women, who were released at the scene, were among 25 people who were trying to block 10 Wellington Energy trucks on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

“I feel very confident that there are other people who would risk arrest if need be, so that I don’t have to do it again,” said a woman identified only as June.

PG&E is contracting with Pittsburgh-based Wellington Energy to install the controversial wireless meters in California.

Opponents believe the devices emit unsafe high-intensity microwave radiation and inflate actual energy usage. PG&E has consistently denied the allegations.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors in January passed an ordinance calling for a moratorium on the installation of SmartMeters in Marin County.

Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle and Berberian have said the county has no legal means of prohibiting PG&E from installing the meters.

Sandizell said Wednesday morning the West Marin Citizens Against Wireless Smart Meters wants the sheriff’s office to issue citations against PG&E for installing the meters in violation of the ordinance so the issue can “go through the due process in the court system.”

Sandizell said she doesn’t plan to be arrested again, but she would not rule it out.

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office also decided not to file charges this month against two women who were arrested at a SmartMeter protest in Rohnert Park on Jan. 11.

The women were arrested for misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a police officer after they refused to move out of the way of a big-rig they believed was delivering SmartMeters to a building on State Farm Drive.

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  • mscott

    what;s the big deal? My smart meter has meant lower energy bills. What’s their beef? these things are much more accurate and can tell you when you need to cut down on consumption.

  • Bill

    the beef is that it allows PG&E (or a government) to tell you how much to use and to take punitive actions should you choose to use more and be willing to pay for it. I see it as a fundamental freedom of choice being removed by PG&E and ultimately the government (PUC)

    • akascott

      If you look at your PG&E bill, you will see that “they” already suggest how much you should use (baseline usage), and if you go over that amount you will pay a higher rate for the additional energy. This is already in place, and has been long before smart meters arrived on the scene. As far as I know, they do not (yet) have the ability to remotely switch off your service. So, what freedom was removed?

      • Sandy

        The freedom to live in a healthy home, duh!

  • Black Eagle

    Low level microwave exposure is nothing to treat dismissively. It may create sensible reactions in only a minority of people, but the “insensible” majority are just as much at risk for increased health problems down the line, just like everyone else. Should the majority merely spit and curse at the minority? Tell them to go to hell? The scientific and medical establishments have sold their souls to the Devil Money a long time ago, and cannot be trusted. Study your history of how the professionals always side with the Big Fascists of the day — in Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany, and now they line up to bark and scream, while wagging fingers in our faces, right along with their partners in the MSM, that there is no problem — not with vaccines, with GMOs, with all kinds of toxins in the water and foods, and additionally that we must submit, obey, bow down, and humble ourselves to every petty bureaucrat and “official” for whatever new whim grabs them, and by which they can grab more of our money. Don’t go quietly into the night. Rage at the dying of the light.

  • akascott

    If you are worried about the “microwave exposure” from a smart meter, then I trust that you DO NOT USE a cellphone.

    • Sandy

      You don’t get it. Cell phone usage is a choice. PG&E and the powers that be have not made “smart meter” usage a choice.

  • Kev

    Whatever happened to the protesters who said alternating current electricity caused headaches? What about cell phone radiation? Smart meters are minimal contributors compared to other sources. My real concern is how kpix never provides a balanced report on the subject. How can we ignore science and research in the Bay area?

    • Sandy

      Again, smart meters are not a choice. They are being forced on us, and attached to our homes. And, if you read the fine print that comes with a cell phone, they warn you not to put it next to your head, so cell phones do carry risk as well. But, cell phones are a voluntary thing, whereas smart meters are not being presented with an alternative choice.

  • kc

    We’ve had a smart meter for over 6 months – bills have been less than last year for same time period, usage less. And if you are worried about the “microwaves” I suggest that you don’t spend a lot of time standing next to your meter. Mine’s outside the house, actually outside the garage; not really worried about the microwaves.

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  • Valeri

    There are plenty of people contacting us on a daily basis with health and overcharging complaints- go to if you would really like to investigate this problem.
    It’s interesting that the comments in support of pg$e and the cpuc always have the same ring to them- wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that that the commenter was ‘peeping’ ralph- the former head of the entire smart meter program, caught spying on our little Marin group? Just didn’t get enough the first time around??

  • mechanic

    Valeri and the others like her need to get back into the kitchen and go back to baking cookies so that meter will get to spinning around; to help pay my PG&E pension. “The Sky Is Falling” folks are always looking for something more to make us all afraid of harmless stuff.

    • Sandy

      Hey, you can have my smart meter! For Free! In fact, I’m sure there are thousands of people who would give you there smart meter, for free, if they could! Maybe will bake you some cookies too (NOT!).

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  • Sandy

    People need to have the right to not have a device beaming rf at them attached to their houses. Can’t believe there are some that DON’T understand this. RF is not a safe technology, esp. at the higher levels of exposure. PG&E is violating the basic human right to health. It needs to be stopped!

  • emily

    I”ve chosen the cel-l phone-free route,,,Also have never owned a microwave oven or a TV…Not officially a Ludite But I like my choices…more EMFs I don’t need and definitely do not want…..Maybe pg e will provide a wired in option….It is a case of business favored over citizen’s rights…a fascist practice.

  • Donna

    This is England bill for sample. I wish I can read my own electric meter by enter meter reading on line account.

    It says “Please enter your meter reading on on line account”

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