We Need Your Help!
On July 16, the California Legislature adjourned for a month . . .
What Can We Do Together to Stop the Wireless Industry’s State Legislative Agenda?
1. Arrange a Zoom meeting with your state Senator and Assembly Member.
During these few weeks, state legislators are in their home districts taking meetings with local constituents. Let us know if you’re interested in setting up a meeting. The office numbers of all CA Senators and Assembly members are at the CA Legislators’ page → here.
In your call, tell them that in addition to you, the constituent, you will have other Telecom experts on the Zoom call: members of Wire California’s experienced lobbying team can join your call, if you wish. Just fill out the details of your meeting by completing the contact form — here — with your home zip code, the names of expected attendees, the date/time of the meeting and the expected length of meeting (usually between 30-60 minutes). The optimum number of participants from your side is 2–3 people. More than that is overkill.
Important: Fill out the form once for each meeting that you set up.
The goal for the meeting with the legislator, the Chief of Staff, or the Legislative Director handling telecom matters is to convince the legislator to VOTE NO or not vote at all (a “soft” NO) on three 2021 CA State Telecom bills, a triple threat:
- SB.556: the “Destroy Local Control & Child Endangerment” Wireless Bill
- AB.537: the “Deemed Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued” Wireless Bill
- SB.378: the “Cheap Micro-Trenching & No Public Access to Fiber” Bill
Our team has years of experience in conducting successful and productive meetings. Please let us know if we join a meeting on your behalf. Just fill out this form.
2. Send an Op-Ed or Letter to your local paper.
Thoughtful and informative letters from local residents are usually welcomed by local papers. We can provide you with writing samples containing the most important points, and you can customize them for your local area and add your personal story. We can also provide the name and email of the editor of your local paper. Please fill out this form, if you desire some assistance.
3. Work with another group, Americans for Responsible Technology, to contribute to their Kids Video campaign.
We’re creating some fun and informative videos for social media, with kids explaining to individual legislators why fiber-optic connections to and through the home are far superior to wireless connections. If you have kids ages 6 to 11, let them know.
They can follow up to send you scripts and instructions for making video clips.
We need to communicate to the California legislators and other influential groups that the wireless industry’s State legislative agenda is all about helping the wireless industry, not doing what’s right for Californians. We substantial evidence fact and law to make convincing arguments. Please help us keep up the fight to protect your rights and ensure a safe telecommunications future for everyone.
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 be Assembly Communications and Conveyance, on July 7. We have to lobby well in advance of this last Committee hearing for SB.556
B. Actions specific for AB.537 (Quirk) . . .
. . . the “Deemed Permit-Approved, Deemed Permit-Issued WTF” Bill
1. Call the Offices of All Senators to Ask them to Vote No on AB.537.
1. Next Committee Hearing will be Senate Energy Utiltiies & Communications Hearing on June 21, 2021.
C. Actions specific for SB.378 (Lena Gonzalez) . . .
. . . the “Cheap Micro-Trenching & No Public Access to Fiber” Bill
2.The Next Committee Hearing for SB.556 will be Assembly Communications and Conveyance, on July 7. We have to lobby well in advance of this last Committee hearing for SB.378
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
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