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From the Alameda Sun
Smart Meter Activist Arrested for Blockage
April 3, 2018
by Ekene Ikeme
Alameda police officers arrested an Alameda resident after he allegedly tried blocking the installation of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) new smart meters at an apartment building Thursday, March 29.
Alameda resident Christopher Rabe was arrested at 10:30 a.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) reports. The incident took place at the apartment building on the 2200 block of Pacific Avenue where Rabe, 39, is a tenant.
Workers from Professional Meters, Inc., which AMP hired to conduct the smart electric meter installations, were attempting to install AMP’s new meters at the apartment building. At the residence the workers noticed Rabe was blocking the grid where the meters would be installed. He had also wrapped a chain around his meter.
Even though Rabe opted out of the program, restricting access to the electric meter is against the…
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*This is a letter I wrote to Alameda city manager Jill Keimach*
By now you , the PUB, and CIty Council have seen the videos I sent you of my RF measurements of AMP’s smart meters. These videos prove that smart meters transmit far more than 1,717 times per day, and that RF radiation from the smart meters can and does enter homes.
This in direct contradiction of statements made by AMP GM Nico Procos to the City Council on 12/5/2017. At that meeting, he stated that smart meters transmit 1,717 times a day, and that RF radiation from smart meters does not enter homes. He also took out his smart phone and said “These are much more of a concern than smart meters.”
I was planning to make a video disproving Procos’ statement that smart phones are more of a concern, as they emit far less RF than a single smart meter when in use. The RF radiation from a smart phone is only detectable about 1 foot away, whereas I have detected RF from smart meters over 30 feet away. Also, I have the option of turning my phone off, or putting it in airplane mode, which stops all RF emissions. You cannot turn your smart meters off or put them in airplane mode. They are always on, always emitting a near constant stream of pulsed RF radiation. A bank of 5 or more smart meters emits constantly, 24/7.
However, this seems futile. I have already made videos proving that there’s more to the story, and what response have I got from city officials? Mayor Spencer was the only one who contacted me to discuss my findings. She put the issue on the City Council meeting agenda on 12/5/2017. Nothing came of it. The city attorney reminded the Council that they have no jurisdiction over AMP, and are essentially powerless to do anything.
When I first made Rebecca Irwin of AMP aware of my videos in September, she claimed the RF in my videos was from WiFi, my own cell phone, or some source other than the 21 smart meters I was standing in front of. I made her aware that my RF meter shows the frequency, and it was 900Mhz, the same frequency emitted by smart meters, and not the same as cell phones or WiFi, which emit a higher frequency. I also was not using a cell phone to record the video. She assured me that AMP had an RF meter and were going to do some testing to verify my results. I still have not heard back from her. I have not heard anything from the PUB, City Council, or you Ms. Keimach.
I believe the responsiblity lies on your shoulders. If you have not seen my videos, I urge you to please watch them. Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this? Shouldn’t AMP at least attempt to debunk my claims? Where is the results of their smart meter RF testing? This should be available for the public to see.
Here is the link to my videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu-P_X9K1Umq8_UHzYoxVWA/videos
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
- The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called for a moratorium on smart meters based on the documented health hazards of microwave/radio frequency radiation from smart meters. www.AAEMonline.org
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized radio frequency radiation as a Class 2B potential carcinogen (like lead, DDT and car exhaust).
- So far 57 local governments, mostly in California representing almost 4 million people, have passed ordinances that ban smart meter installations or make them illegal in their jurisdictions.
- After lying to the public and being ordered by an administrative law judge to answer specific questions, Pacific Gas & Electric disclosed the average number of radio frequency pulses from their smart meter were about 14,000 a day and the maximum would be over 190,000 pulses a day.
- Smart meters tie into a “smart grid” that dangerously compromises energy security by making the entire power grid vulnerable to hacking and cyber attacks.
- Those with access to smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
- Smart meters are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private, personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those who are monitored. With analysis of certain smart meter data, unauthorized and distant parties may determine medical conditions, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns, personal information and habits of the occupants.
- AMP has not adequately disclosed their smart meter radio frequency specifications, or the particular recording and transmission capabilities of their smart meters, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
AMP, you are our community utility. You recently published a piece in these very pages praising community involvement in your decision-making. We want a role in this decision. Please provide us with all the facts, and let us as a community choose whether to halt ‘Smart’ Meters altogether — as other counties are doing — or to have an opt-in/opt-out model where those who opt in get a discount, and those who opt out pay the same rates we pay today.
Please place a moratorium on all ‘Smart’ Meters, or at least let us protect our children from the potential dangers of radiation without charging us fees forever to do so.
As many Alamedans know, AMP has been implementing their smart meter program in residential neighborhoods across Alameda this year. What most Alamedans do not know, however, is the hidden potential for danger these RF radiation emitting devices have. There is current evidence of a link between cancer and RF radiation, even a $25 million study by the US government proves there is in fact, a link. This was study was done by the National Toxicology Program and reported by the Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets. ( https://www.wsj.com/articles/cellphone-cancer-link-found-in-government-study-1464324146 )
I asked Rebecca Irwin of AMP how many times per day do the new smart meters transmit data. She told me that they only transmit 3 times a day, for a total of 87 seconds. So three bursts that last approximatley 29 seconds each. I told her that was funny, because I have a hand held RF meter that measures RF radiation, and I have stood in front of one of these smart meters and was getting short microbursts lasting less than one second, between 6 and 12 per MINUTE. I also tested banks of multiple meters and what I discovered was shocking. Standing in front of a bank of 5 smart meters, my meter was picking up pulsed microbursts of RF radiation faster than 2 per second, about as fast as my meter can count. This bank is constantly emitting a steady, continuous stream of pulsed microwave radiation, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. I made a video and sent it to AMP.
Others who have been analyzing these readings estimate at a minimum, smart meters transmit over 9,000 times per day, and up to a maximum of 190,000. That is just for a single meter. For a bank of multiple meters, just multiply the number of meters times 9,000 for a minimum estimate. Visit stopsmartmeters.org for the studies showing this.
The apartment building I live in has 13 analog meters that are on the outside of my children’s shared bedroom wall. If AMP gets their way, my children will be subjected to a constant stream of pulsed RF radiation 24/7. This would be like having your bed right next to a cell phone tower, or an array of microwave ovens always on. I do not allow my children wireless devices because of the risks, I certainly do not want this in our home!
They say we can ‘opt-out’ for $125 and $10 a month. But what about the 12 other meters on my kid’s wall? This is extortion and discrimination, and is not fair to people who live in multi-unit buildings.
Rebecca Irwin saw my video, and when I asked for her response, she said, “We have an RF meter here and we’re planning to go out in the field to do some testing.” This was last week, and I’m still waiting to hear the results of this testing. I think all Alamedans have a right to know about this testing and the results of it.
I urge all concerned citizens to purchase an RF meter online, and conduct your own testing. Or contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a free RF test of your smart meter and other RF emitting devices. I also urge those concerned to attend the next Public Utilites Board meeting, Monday October 16, 7pm, at City Hall. You get 3 minutes to speak. I plan to talk about how the opt out disadvantages people in multi-unit dwellings, and I will ask for if at least one resident wants to opt out at an apartment building, then the whole bank is analog for no fee.
Three times a day is very different from 9,000-190,000 times a day. If the smart meters were only emitting 3 times a day, they would be a lot safer, but then there are still privacy, overcharging, and fire concerns. We need to enact a moratorium like 57 local governments (including Santa Cruz County, Marin County, and the city of Berkeley) have already done in California. To stop implementation of this new technology, and conduct further testing to make sure it is 100% safe before subjecting the public to it.
More information has been released about the times and locations of the fires that were set last Sunday, so I’ve decided to update the timeline.
12:56 a.m. – 1336 Regent St. – A trash bin blaze that crews quickly extinguished.
1:41 a.m. – 1188 Regent St. – Someone set the back of a two-story home ablaze, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.
————————————————————————————————- Statements from co-workers says Stephen Petersen left Rooster’s Roadhouse, 1700 Clement Ave., between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. ————————————————————————————————-
2:21 a.m. – 1016 Walnut St. – Firefighters responded to a residential and vehicle fire that spread to another residence. The fire caused $300,000 in damage, including damage to a neighboring home, and it took until about 3:14 a.m. for firefighters to get it under control.
2:30 a.m. – 2103 San Jose Ave. – Fire fighters respond to a detached garage fire. Petersen was arrested here, according to court documents filed by Alameda police Officer Michael Tangataevaha.
There are two conflicting reports of the time and location of Stephen Petersen’s arrest. The first reports stated that was arrested at 2:43 a.m. in front of his apartment, 2xxx Alameda Ave. Later reports state his arrest as 2:30 a.m. at 2103 San Jose Ave.
3:37 a.m. – 2260 Encinal Ave. – Firefighters responded to a garbage can fire.
4:11 a.m. – 1617 Park St. – Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire where five businesses and multiple vehicles were found burning. The fire caused $2.6 million in damage. The police report states that Andrew Gutierrez was arrested at 4:11 a.m. at 1617 Park.
4:38 a.m. – 2326 Times Way – Firefighters responded to a garbage fire behind a business.
——————————————————————————————-There now also appears to be conflicting reports of suspect Andrew Gutierrez’s arrest. On the Alameda Police Department’s Daily Log for Sep. 28, it states that Gutierrez was arrested at 4:11 a.m. at 1617 Park. A recent news article states that, “Gutierrez was arrested nearby in the 1500 block of Oak Street just before 5 a.m., Alameda police Officer Brian Clark wrote in a probable cause statement.” ——————————————————————————————-