Local Resident Unloads on Lodi City Council

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One resident in Lodi, CA offered the first pushback to 5G plans that have yet to materialize. Wireless technology opponents led by Alex Aliferis, attended a recent Lodi City Council meeting to complain about the possible incursion of 5G, reports the Lodi-New Sentinel. The stated intent of the meeting was to discuss an ordinance that would address public right-of-way construction, safety concerns, and historic and aesthetic concerns that could be impacted by cell towers. 

Opponents took the opportunity to take a proactive stance against 5G development. “Wireless phones, laptops, iPads, smart meters, emit harmful wireless radiation to your brain and body,” said Aliferis. “It’s far worse for kids, babies, pregnant women and the elderly. Who should decide how we integrate new technologies into our community, especially technologies that may be hazardous? Should it be the telecoms, whose primary responsibility is to shareholders? That’s what we’re hearing from right now. Or should it be our local elected officials, who know our communities, and their primary responsibilities are the health, safety and security and well-being of its citizens.”

Magellan Advisors VP of Digital Innovation, Joy Wolf, who was asked by Lodi to act as a consultant, observed that they are often met with strong reactions from those who do not understand 5G. “The city of Sacramento put a committee together made up of community members, including physicians, and hired a medical expert familiar with the physics of EMI,” said Wolf. “The recommendation from that medical professional were, that as long as FCC standards were being adhered to, there would not be any public harm. People have heard stories, they have beliefs, and then there’s disputable fact based on people’s beliefs. You have to go with either hiring an expert or believe what the experts are telling you, or have told other city councils.”

The City Council heard additional feedback on the need to notify residents who live near future 5G deployment sites. Regulations already in place require that notices are sent out to those within 500 feet of a new 5G facility, attendees were reminded. A concern about better connections and security measures was also received from council Shak Khan, who said that the transmission of medical information represents a threat to public health if that information is not protected from hackers.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council voted 4-0 to continue discussions. “This is the introduction,” said Vice Mayor Mark Chandler. “This is the open process for your public input. And so, to Mr. Khan’s suggestion, we don’t need to reschedule this. It’s going to come back, and when it goes up for adoption, maybe the modifications that you suggest are going to be incorporated into our actions.” 

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