ALERT/Cingular Wireless Hearing
- From: Bennett Kayser
Date: Fri Sep 27, 2002 10:03:03 AM US/Pacific
To: EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com, Mar Vista Neighborhood
Council , Glassell Park Neighborhood Council , Arroyo Seco
Cc: Cindy Miscikowski Subject:
Fwd: ALERT/Cingular Wireless Hearing
We need a City policy that sets limits and standards for cellular
towers. Carriers (Cingular, AT&T, etc) should be required to share
towers to reduce the number of towers in LA -- especially in and
around residential areas. Towers should not be allowed in in Historic
Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZ). Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski
has been our champion in trying to make sense of the cellular system.
Let her office know that we support her efforts.
Subj: [nelalist] EagleRockCingular Wireless Hearing 10.1.02
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 10:07:51 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: "Joanne Turner" <am161@...> (by way of Chris
Sent from the Internet (Details)
TO THOSE LIVING ON THE EAST SIDE OF EAGLE ROCK, AND OTHER CONCERNED
Cingular Wireless is proposing to install a cellular antenna array on
the Southern California Edison property located just east of Figueroa
Street, north of La Loma. Anyone concerned about this proposal should
attend and be heard.
Cingular has filed an application for a zoning variance, which would
allow them to build 12 cellular antennas and one microwave dish that
would all be mounted about midway up one of the existing electrical
towers on the property located at 951 W. La Loma, across from the
The hearing is scheduled for:
Tues., Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Office of Zoning Administration
200 N. Spring St., Room 1020
LA, CA 90012
RE: Application ZA 2002-2969
Below is TERA's letter in opposition to this proposal:
Mr. Robert Janovici
Chief Zoning Administrator
Office of Zoning Administration
200 North Spring St., 7th. Floor
Los Angeles CA 90012
Re: ZA 2002-2969 (CU)
Dear Mr. Janovici:
The Land Use Committee of The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), a
concerned citizens group with over 1,000 members within the impacted
neighborhood of the above application, has been asked to review and
comment upon the pending application for an additional cellular
antenna array to be located close to the corner of Colorado Blvd and
We believe that there are several reasons to deny this application.
1. There Are Material Misstatements Within the Conditional Use Permit
"Additional findings pursuant to Ordinance 174132:
The answer to question 4 states "The radio frequency Engineers at
Cingular Wireless have surveyed the area and have determined it was
necessary to locate their wireless telecommunications facility within
close proximity to the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Figueroa
Street, which is an undeveloped area with no surrounding commercial
In the immediate vicinity of the proposed tower there exists a
Standard gasoline station, a Sav-on Drug store (under construction,
due to complete in the next 30-60 days), a US Post office (a large
regional facility with several hundred employees) and an office
building. Within 200 feet of the intersection there are other office
buildings and a Mc Donald's restaurant. Immediately to the East of
the proposed site, less than 200 feet away from the proposed antenna
array and at eye-level with the array, are more than 10 residences.
This area is heavily urbanized, at the intersection of two primary
commuter thoroughfares and is a major connection for over a dozen bus
lines. It is hardly an undeveloped area!
This statement constitutes a misrepresentation of the character of
the area and misleads the reader into believing that there will be
little impact on the area.
2. Unnecessary Creation of New Facilities.
There are two other telecommunications towers within 400 yards radius
of this proposed site.
There is no proof of a sufficient gap in service, other than the
inference of the application. There is no statement in the
application that an "effort in good faith" to co-locate on either of
these two existing sites was actually made or evidence that such an
effort was denied by the other users of the existing sites.
3. Adverse Impact on Properties or Improvements in the Surrounding
The application misstates the existing condition and surroundings of
the site. The site has an inadequately secured perimeter fence that
invites intrusion. The proposed new structure on the site (10 x 16
feet, that is unattended) is likely to be the object of tagging , and
by extension, lead to tagging in other parts of the commercial
neighborhood. Any tag on this structure will be immediately visible
to auto traffic and bus commuters.
Statements in the application regarding landscaping of the site are
indicated as "NA".
A tagging watch or hotline, landscaping of the building and fence,
fence repairs and improved security for the site could have and
should have been addressed in the application but were not.
We believe that the application completely fails to address the
easily extrapolated future of the site in an effort to limit
Cingular's and Southern California Edison's obligations to the
neighborhood; indeed, the application ignores the very existence of
the surrounding neighborhood.
4. Tower Dumping Ground.
The approval of this additional application creates three locations
that could allow additional "co-location" with their original
equipment with little local control, and could easily set additional
precedence for several more SCE tower antenna farms on adjacent
towers. This type of proliferation is unacceptable to the notion of
good zoning, local control and determination.
While this accumulation is by its nature incremental, it already has
had substantial negative effects on the property values of the
surrounding businesses and residential properties that will escalate
as conditions worsen due to the incremental accumulation of these
types of towers.
This application is the fourth attempt (three have been carried out
to date) to scar this small neighborhood, without one act of
amelioration to the effected property owners and users by the
organizations that are given license (and profits) by Zoning
Administration approval of these types of towers.
For these reasons we recommend denial of this application.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Joanne Turner, President
The Eagle Rock Association
To voice your opinion to the zoning administrator, please contact the
following, and please don't forget to include the application (ZA)
RE: Application ZA 2002-2969CU
Office of Zoning Administration
200 N. Spring Street 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Please see the information attached, and copy any correspondence to
Eagle Rock resident Jessica Wethington at jessicadw@....
Joanne Turner <artburn@...>
President, The Eagle Rock Association (TERA)