For SB.556 our position is VOTE NO
For SB.378 our position remains — Oppose, if not significantly amended.
For some perspective . . .
- 1st CA Senate vote on SB.556 (May, 2021) — For: 31 | Against: 9
- 1st CA Senate vote on SB.649 (June, 2017) — For: 32 | Against: 8
- 2nd CA Senate vote on SB.649 (Aug, 2017) — For: 22 | Against: 18
On May 13, on the CA Senate Floor, Sen. Cabellero said in her comments that there are many Broadband bills (see list below) in the 2021 CA Legislative Session and the legislators should treat the set as a whole and get all of the most important objectives achieved. The most important objective is FTTP via State Public Telecommunications Uilities (SPTUs) which must offer just and reasonable prices per Federal law. Nothing else provides enough teeth to actually solve the Digital Divide.
FTTP = Fiber-Optics to the Premises
FTTP = Freedom to the People
Californians need freedom from the pitfalls Wireless Broadband Tyranny (24/7 Surveillance, Energy-Inefficiency, Fire and Public Safety Hazards, which will cripple our Freedom) The Broadband bills in the 2021 CA Legislative Session do NOT YET ADDRESS these problems. Wireless Broadband is definitely NOT butterflies and magic.
We Need Your Help!
1. Call . . . please GO HERE for CA Senators’ and Assembly Members’ Office contact information.
2. Report . . . please GO HERE to report details of what offices you called today.
3. Remember . . . it’s always a good idea to check the Daily Files
Take Action Today!
A. Actions specific for SB.556 (Dodd) . . .
. . . the “Demolish Local Control & Child Endangerment Wireless” Bill
1. Call the Offices of All Assemblymembers to set a meeting to convince them to Significantly Amend or Vote No on SB.556 — Floor vote expected in mid-July. Please schedule ZOOM MEETINGS with Staffers and/or your Assemblymember and report the date/time here, so we can schedule some experts to help strategize, coach and assist in the meeting.
2. Do the same for the Assemblymembers from your contiguous districts (by recruiting constituents from that district). If there are more amendments to SB.556, the Bill will come back to the Senate for a SECOND SENATE VOTE, after the Assembly vote, so we should seek similar CA Senate meetings.
3. The Next Committee Hearing for SB.556 will most likely be Assembly Local Government, as early as the week of June 7.
B. Actions specific for AB.537 (Quirk) . . .
. . . the “Deemed Permit-Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued WTF” Bill
1. Call the Offices of All Asembly Members to Ask them to Vote No on AB.537 — Floor vote is expected in early June.
2. Next Committee Hearing will be Assembly Appropriations, the week of May 17.
C. Actions specific for SB.378 (Lena Gonzalez) . . .
. . . the “Cheap Micro-Trenching & No Public Access to Fiber” Bill
1. Call the Offices of All Senators to Ask them to Vote No on SB.378, unless SB.378 is significantly amended — Floor vote is expected the week of May 17.
2. Next Committee Hearing, following the Senate vote will most likely be Assembly Local Government, as early as the week of June 7.
D. Telephone to Senators’ and Assembly Members’ Offices
On every weekday for the foreseeable future, we need to set a record for the highest volume of calls ever in the CA Legislature — opposing these three bills:
- SB.556: the “Demolish Local Control & Child Endangerment Wireless” Bill
- AB.537: the “Deemed Permit-Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued WTF” Bill
- SB.378: the “Cheap Micro-Trenching” Bill
Set a goal to make at least ten calls per day every weekday from Apr 20 through Oct 15, 2021 — or until we defeat all three of these bills by votes or vetos.
You can call every CA Senator and Assembly member listed here → https://wirecalifornia.org/ca-legislators/ — regardless if they are on the target Committees or are your representatives
We will keep a call-counter up to date here → https://wirecalifornia.org/calls
Please report who you called on what bill and what the response was on this form every day that you call — https://wirecalifornia.org/contact/
E. What is Really Going On . . .
We are experiencing an on-going opportunistic, willfully-blind shredding of our constitutional rights in the utter lack of due process in the delibrerations of many bills in the CA Legislature in 2021. Instead of simply allowing similar levels of participation that we secured back in 2017 to oppose SB.649 — 30-45 minutes each for Proponents and Opponents of the bills — the “rules” adopted for the 2021 Senate and Assembly Committee hearings are a farce:
1. For EACH BILL in a CA Legislature Committee Hearing in 2021:
- Only up to 15 minutes of presentation by the Proponents of the bill (two 2-3 minute presentations and a series of 10-second “me-to” statements to fill out the remaining 9-11 minutes.
- Only up to 15 minutes of presentation by the Opponents of the bill (two 2-3 minute presentations and a series of 10-second “me-to” statements to fill out the remaining 9-11 minutes — and this time is being routinely cut short, so far .
These rules are effectively blocking the public from being able to effectively participate as stakeholders in bills that will forever demolish local control over the placement, construction and modification of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) of any size or any “G” in our counties, cities, towns and residential neighborhoods. The evidence from April/May 2021 proves there is a move afoot to cut the public out and shred our rights to address our grievances face-to-face to our State Government.
2. The solution is simple: Allow CA Citizens to participate fully via Zoom Software
F. Other Bills We Are Researching . . . Will You Please Help?
Please complete some reading/analysis of the following bills and submit that work to us here.
2021 CA Worst Telecom Bills
- SB-556 ~ the “Demolish Local Control & Child Endangerment Wireless” Bill
- AB-537 ~ the “Deemed Permit-Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued WTF” Bill
- SB-378 ~ the “Cheap Micro-Trenching & No Public Access to Fiber” Bill
- AB-955 ~ the “Encroachment Permit 60-Day Shot Clock” Bill
More 2021 CA Broadband Bills
- SB-4 (Gonzalez) ~ Communications: California Advanced Services Fund: deaf and disabled telecommunications program: surcharges
- SB-22 (Glazer) ~ Education finance: school facilities: Public Preschool, K–12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2022
- SB-28 (Caballero) ~ Rural Broadband and Digital Infrastructure Video Competition Reform Act of 2021
- SB-371 (Caballero) ~ Health information technology
- SB-429 (Bradford) ~ Public utilities: women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises: microgrids
- SB-696 (Allen) ~ Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: public financing authority: membership and powers
- SB-732 (Bates) ~ Communications: broadband
- SB-740 (Borgeas) ~ Communications: California Advanced Services Fund
- SB-743 (Bradford) ~ Housing developments: broadband adoption: grant program
- AB-14 (Aguiar-Curry) ~ Communications: broadband services: California Advanced Services Fund
- AB-34 (Muratsuchi) ~ Broadband for All Act of 2022
- AB-41 (Wood) ~ Broadband infrastructure deployment
- AB-75 (O’Donnell) ~ Education finance: school facilities: Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2022
- AB-464 (Mullin) ~ Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts: allowable facilities and projects
- AB-537 (Quirk) ~ Communications: wireless telecommunications and broadband facilities
- AB-762 (Lee) ~ Hazardous emissions and substances: schoolsites: private and charter schools
- AB-1060 (Rodriguez) ~ Governor’s Office of Emergency Services: California Alert
- AB-1128 (Ramos) ~ Communications: California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee Fund program
- AB-1166 (Grayson) ~ Communications: wireless telecommunications facilities
- AB-1176 (Eduardo Garcia) ~ Communications: universal broadband service: California Connect Fund
- AB-1349 (Mathis) ~ California Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Adoption Account
- AB-1425 (Gipson) ~ California Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Public Housing Account
- AB-1426 (Mathis) ~ California Advanced Services Fund
- AB-1483 (Patterson) ~ California Broadband Council: duties
- AB-1500 (Eduardo Garcia & Mullin) ~ Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2022
- AB-1557 (Santiago) ~ Communications: utility pole attachments
- AB-1560 (Daly) ~ Distance learning: pupil access: computing devices and broadband internet service