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La Mesa resident Susan Brinchman says she has felt the consequences from having a smart meter on the other side of her bedroom wall. The meters send and collect data from surrounding meters using radio-frequency waves. And according to San Diego Gas and Electric, the energy emitted from the meters are "far below" federal guidelines, on par with devices such as baby monitors and cell phones. Brinchman, however, disagrees.

Shortly after an SDG&E technician came to her house in May 2010, Brinchman says she began to experience constant, low-grade headaches, and her ears began ringing. Six months later, doctors found a spot, later identified as skin cancer, on the side of her face. She blames all of it on the electromagnetic frequencies emitted from the meters.

"I sent a doctor's letter to San Diego Gas and Electric and called them about my health issues and they said there was no way that they would remove it," says Brinchman. "[SDG&E] actually said that my doctor was wrong."

Since then, Brinchman started up the non-profit Center for Electrosmog Prevention, to provide information on the dangers of smart meters. She would like to inform SDG&E's 1.4 million customers of the dangers of smart meters and eventually convince the state's Public Utilities Commission to allow customers to opt out of the smart-meter program.

That's what happened last March in Northern California after customers of Pacific Gas and Electric convinced the Public Utilities Commission to provide opt-out options for customers. Since then, 46 municipalities and 9 counties across California have banned the use of smart meters for both health and privacy issues.

On September 14, Brinchman will attend a California Public Utilities Commission workshop in San Francisco, where commissioners will consider requiring SDG&E to allow customers to opt-out of the program.

April Bolduc, spokesperson for SDG&E, says the utility company will attend the hearing and comply with the board's decision. However, Bolduc says the utility company has received less than a hundred complaints regarding the meters.

"We've had about 20 complaints for health reasons and about 60 that haven't provided any reason. We've installed smart meters for all of our residential customers. In relation to the amount of smart meters that we've installed, I think the percentage of customers that have complained comes out to .001 percent."

For find out more on the smart meter program go to www.electrosmogprevention.org or www.sdge.com/smartmeter/.

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RobertW Aug. 30, 2011 @ 6:43 p.m.

CUSTOMER UTILITY BILLS INCREASE AFTER SMART METERS INSTALLED.

Skyrocketing Utility Bills after installation TV News Video (3 minutes) http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video

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RobertW Aug. 30, 2011 @ 6:45 p.m.

SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

A. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION on May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List, along with DDT and Lead. http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

B. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH months ago (Feb 2011) found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

C. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed (1) Human Cell Damage (2) DNA Chain Breaks (3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters. http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

D. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and these scientists also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks and now the Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability of damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices. TV Video (3 minutes) http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382

So shouldn’t MANDATORY installation of Wireless smart meters on people's homes STOP?

Because Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion, that is a different issue.

  1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES. Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes). http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

  2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes). http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

  3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS. 2-page Press Release: http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

  4. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION BURST PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling into and through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home. Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDx...

Note: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using instruments other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people’s homes for a very short time.

But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can inflict, even if the tests were done with the pistol.

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Equalizer Aug. 31, 2011 @ 9:44 a.m.

The PUC should provide an opt-out option for SDGE customers, as it has for PGE smart-meter customers.

Not that the tiny radio emissions are going to fry anyone's brains, but for the few people that actually believe they could, then the resulting physiological stress they may suffer IS real.

The main reason PUC should provide an opt-out is RELIABILITY. Those smart meters have been shown to fail from just a software update by SDGEs own testing program.

They are extremely vulnerable to neighborhood lightning strikes, and would likely need replacing after one, whereas the old magnetic standard meters would just keep on turning when the power circuit was restored. Equal.

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deever Aug. 31, 2011 @ 5:36 p.m.

The .oo1% spoken of would be about the % of informed customers. Let the utility advertise the public & environmental health dangers, and watch the % climb...

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Susan B Sept. 3, 2011 @ 12:51 p.m.

TO GIVE THE PUBLIC AN IDEA OF HOW THE SDG&E SMART METER COMPLAINT NUMBERS ARE CONSTANTLY SHIFTING IN A SHORT TIME FRAME (FROM 100 TO 400 TO 2600+), THEIR EXPERIMENTATION ON THE PUBLIC, AND THEIR LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY IN RESPONDING TO MEDICAL CONCERNS, WE NEED ONLY LOOK AT THEIR OWN DOCUMENT:

(from SDG&E SM-TAP presentation, Jan. 2011, PART ONE)

Total Smart Meter Related Complaints –2,641 -.15% rate Current Status of Refusal Refusals as of January 12, 2011 •240 Total Smart Meter Refusals •By Reasons for Refusal –208Not Specific, Access, Politics, –32Medical –35Work in Progress (Potential Refusals) •13 Customers Requesting Removal of Smart Meters •Process to address refusals is on hold due to pending legislation and/or regulatory action.

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Susan B Sept. 3, 2011 @ 12:52 p.m.

PART TWO:

Customer Opt-Out Possible Options •Wired –Electric Meter Only –Phone line –Ethernet –Power line Carrier •Manual Meter Read –Register read –Monthly or less frequent –IR port read –Interval data •Meter Relocation

Customer Opt-Out Option Issues: •Incremental costs –Wired –High up front and ongoing costs –Manual –High ongoing cost •No wired solution for gas •Loss of benefits –Outage notification, remote connect, energy information feedback, for the manual option. •Does not address RF issues for multi-unit buildings or ambient concerns

•Customer privacy is a priority issue that SDG&E is working with the industry and regulators •SB 1476 became law 01-01-2011 (PUC sec. 8380) –Utilities shall not share consumption data without customer consent –Utilities shall not sell consumption data –Utilities must use “reasonable security procedures & practices” to protect customer consumption data

•Ensure Smart Meter lessons learned are incorporated in Smart Grid Deployment Plan

Mass Deployment Update Progress –February 2010 –500K Installations Complete –June 2010 –1MM Endpoints Installed –October 2010 –1.5MM Endpoints Installed –December 31, 2010 –1.9MM Endpoints Installed –January 7th, 2011 –Total 1,858,00 endpoints •Electric –1,120,000 •Gas -738,000 –Current Installation Rate –6,000+ per day –Vendor return to Utility rate –1.89% –Planned 2.15 mm Installs -1st quarter of 20112 ---------------------------------------------- (end) Commentary by SB: Note the main concern is money and finding out lessons learned (experimentation). The rapid deployment of a brand new, radical technology in a mesh network that covers the entire SDG&E territory, without health or safety testing (in response to money being released by fed gov't to pay for the smart meters/smart grid, via Recovery Act). When people who are harmed do contact them and want help, SDG&E consistently refuses to take any action to help. They consistently refuse to remove the meters, even with a doctor's request. Heartless conduct and inexcusable. SDG&E NEEDS a MAJOR REDO ON CUSTOMER SERVICE.

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Susan B Sept. 3, 2011 @ 12:59 p.m.

The following media articles have been published locally in many Patches (multiple):

Living Nightmare: How SDG&E Smart Meter Led to Headaches, Hearing Loss http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/living-nightmare-how-sdge-smart-meters-led-to-my-headaches-sleeping-ills-hearing-loss

Smart Meter Nightmare #2: San Diego man sick from bank of smart meters http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-2-san-diego-man-sick-from-bank-of-meters

Smart Meter Nightmare #3: East County Woman and Pet Sick, Begging for Help http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-3-east-county-woman-and-pet-sick-begging-for-help#c

Message for SDG&E: Allow Opt-outs from Smart Meters http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/tell-sdge-allow-opt-outs-from-smart-meters-remove-all-wireless

How to Opt-Out of Take Action: How to Opt Out of Radiation-Emitting Smart Meters http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/take-action-how-to-opt-out-of-radiation-emitting-smart-meters

Open Letter to the La Mesa City Council: Tell SDG&E to Stop the Smart Meters http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/an-open-letter-to-the-la-mesa-city-council-stop-the-smart-meters

If you think you may have had health issues following installation of your smart meters, post these here, file complaints (see how in How to Take Action article above), or write CEP at director@electrosmogprevention.org. Most commonly reported rf radiation symptoms: headaches, nausea, allergic-like reactions, sleeping difficulties (only getting a few hours a night, waking up at same time), heart palpitations, etc.

NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER, AND THE PUBLIC SHOULD NOT BE EXPOSED TO RISK. SHAME ON SDG&E. OFFER AN IMMEDIATE OPT-OUT AND DUMP THE WIRELESS. IT IS DANGEROUS!

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steve333 Sept. 6, 2011 @ 7:41 p.m.

These Meters are a danger to everyone. I find it interesting that under the Obama administration Monsanto GMOs have been approved in greater numbers than under any other President, Obama has planted Monsanto hacks all over his administration, and these wireless 'Smart' Meters have been installed without any health reviews or public input at all. Obama is a disgrace. As for these Meters, they are putting our grid under a threat of a security hack, they are able to monitor everything we do, and the pulsed EMFs they send off are making all of us sick. Those like me and others here have early warning systems built in, others will get ill and never know why. This is a disaster

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