Stop residential cell towers on the Coastside


By on Sun, September 5, 2010

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We’ve lived in El Granada 26 years. It was through a friend of a neighbor’s that we learned AT&T and Coast County Water District (CCWD) are planning to build a 65 foot cell tower in the middle of an El Granada residential neighborhood (R-1 zone) that is approximately within ½ mile of the Post Office, El Granada Elementary School, Wilkinson School, Picasso Preschool and many of our homes and businesses.

Cell radiation has been cited to cover a range of 2.3 miles.  How will the parents of the children taking them to elementary school or day care feel about having their children in that range? 

One of our neighbors will be 30 feet away from it. Others will be affected. The tower will be visible from almost every room of our house. Another neighbor’s deck views it, 24/7/ 365. There are many other homes that will be able to view the tower.  What will that do to the value of their property? 

Implying these towers “look like trees” is ludicrous.  They are 3 feet to 5 feet diameter poles, 65 plus feet tall with antennae protruding, looking like dead twigs.  That’s just appearance.

How is it the Coastside County Water District clearly posted just a few months ago that the trees on that lot were being either removed or trimmed, and yet the notice of this cell tower gets buried in the HMB Review notices?  We plan on joining many of our neighbors at the Coastside County Water District’s next board meeting on September 14 to see if the water company will reconsider its decision to allow AT&T to build a new cell tower in residential El Granada.  We are not against cell towers, but they do not belong in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Many in the neighborhood have joined a group called EGNAG (El Granada Neighborhood Action Group).  For more information, and to sign our petition to stop this cell tower, please go to our web site at:

Robert D. Kline
El Granada