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Neighbors Oppose Mount Holyoke Avenue Cell Tower Proposal

Residents started a Facebook group and petition against the proposal by AT&T, which goes before the Pacific Palisades Land Use Committee next month.

A proposed AT&T wooden cellular communications pole for 302 Mount Holyoke Ave. has residents rallying together to stop it from moving forward. A pending permit notice affixed to a pole at the end of the road, adjacent to a park overlooking the coast, states a 45-foot wooden pole with panel antennas is before the California Coastal Commission by AT&T.

The item also made the Land Use Committee's Aug. 2 agenda for discussion, which takes place at 12:40 p.m. at the .

Resident Trevor Neilson represents those opposed to the pole, citing aesthetic, open space and health concerns if it's approved. He created the Facebook Group "Stop AT&T From Putting Cell Towers in Palisades Parks" on Sunday, and by late Monday night, it had 125 members and counting. A petition against the cell tower also circulates the Facebook discussion, calling on City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom for support. It had 46 signatures Monday night.

"AT&T would be wise to drop this idea," Neilson said in an interview Monday at the site. "This is not the place for a 45-foot industrial tower."

Neilson added his growing support includes "some influential" people from Los Angeles, and for the immediate discussion, will be focusing solely on the aesthetic concerns of the proposal.

Chris Spitz, vice chairwoman of the Pacific Palisades Community Council and chairwoman of the Land Use Committee, said Monday that the Aug. 2 meeting is open to the public, but will not be a "town hall" style meeting. She added there will be a representative of AT&T present to answer questions, and a representative of Councilmember Rosendahl's office may also be present, but there will only be roughly 20 minutes or so to discuss the cell tower.

"We're going to gather more information and there will be a discussion," she said.

Reached Monday, Hollie Villegas, wireless department manager for Cable Engineering Services, said the cell tower proposal aims to facilitate a nearby existing cell tower site up the street so there's balance. She noted they are aware of the concerns about the aesthetics.

Steve Dickey July 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
NIMBY ALERT. Its just this kind of thinking that has blocked Highlands residents from using Verizon for years. Hopefully a solution will come that will allow the residents there to use AT&T in case of an emergency..
Paul Glasgall July 24, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Not sure what Mr. Dickey is referring to since the Highlands PPCC rep has been working with Verizon for a mutually beneficial tower solution for all the parties.
Trevor Neilson July 24, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Steve yesterday I stood at the site of the proposed tower and used my AT&T phone to make and receive calls, send emails, and use the web--with a full signal. Presumably I could have also called 911. I think this is more about AT&T wanting to serve drivers on PCH.
John Wilson July 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
There are three considerations here: (a) aesthetics, and (b) health and safety, and (c) possible interference with electrical equipment, computers, wi-fi etc.. I spoke at some length today to Alex Padilla, the analyst at the Coastal Commission. He told me that the only consideration for the Coastal Commission was 'coastal view'. He further told me that city permits would be required for this tower, and that applications for these would be reviewed for 'above ground issues' and for 'below ground issues'. He told me the person who would be reviewing 'above ground issues' for the 36 feet above ground is a gentleman whose first name was Jeffrey (he did not have the last name), whose phone number is 213 482-7467. He did not know who would be reviewing the 'below ground' issues, but he did know there would be a large electrical vault below ground.
AHPR July 30, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Trevor Neilson - our group in Venice Ca just won against ATT to prevent a cell tower in a residential area. We may be able to share some of our strategies with you - you can reach me at at my office at 310 641-2525 or email me at ahuff@ahuffgroup.com

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