SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The Santa Cruz City Council voted this week to join a petition protest at the State Public Utilities Commission against PG&E’s controversial SmartMeters.

The petition, filed by Santa Cruz County, Marin County and the cities of Capitola, Seaside, Marina, Ross and Fairfax, wants both individuals and entire communities to have the right to opt out of the program.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

For months SmartMeters opponents have packed state PUC meetings to complain about the wireless devices. Josh Hart of the group Stop SmartMeters said the public is worried about health risks.

“Homeowners have a right to refuse installations to have the SmartMeters removed if there are serious health effects which are increasingly being reported throughout Santa Cruz County,” said Hart.

Attorney Jim Tobin who represents the communities that are for the moratorium said people in these communities are very angry.

“We believe that the opt out should be able to be exercised by a local government jurisdiction like a town or a city or a county,” Tobin said in the people’s defense.

Similar petitions have been filed against San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison and the PUC has scheduled a workshop September 14 to consider the protests.

Meanwhile, PG&E continues to insist that not only are SmartMeters safe, but they give consumers an easy way to monitor their energy use and practice conservation.

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Comments (5)
  1. ani says:

    Santa Cruz will lose the battle against the ‘Smart” meter, because there is really no real evidence that Smart Meter would cause cancer. The hypochondriacs always have excuses for no real reason for this paranoia. San Cruz can join the hypochondriacs without learning about the harmless truth about Smart Meters. Anyway, Smart Meters are here to stay.

  2. hardrain77 says:

    It’s not so much the health risks, but these SMART meters are just an attempt at further centralized planning and raises rates, just look at the headline above that states, “Overheated SMART meters causing overcharging.” This is the kind of state/corporate control we can do without.

  3. rob says:

    The residents of Santa Cruz who are against this are currently surfing the net on their wireless networks all while speaking on their cell phones. Even if they didn’t have a wireless network their neighbor does. Just a excuse not to get more accurate meters installed on their house

  4. rattlebone says:

    rob: You are somewhat accurate, but it is their choice as to how they want their brains toasted! They have a right to refuse SmartMeters!

  5. RobertWilliams says:

    MUST-SEE 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:

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