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PVE Urges Governor Brown to Veto SB 649

Post Date:09/22/2017 5:32 PM

SB 649 passed in both the Senate and Assembly before the legislative deadline, and is now awaiting review by the Governor to either be vetoed or signed into law.

The deadline for the Governor to take action is October 15th. The City has sent a letter urging the Governor to veto the bill.

SB 649 allows small cell antennas on public pole structures to be as large as six cubic feet, and its associated equipment (i.e. power supply, etc) as large as 21 cubic feet on the pole structure itself. The proposal excludes the following ancillary equipment from all of the size limitations mentioned above:

  • Electric meters and their pedestals;
  • Concealment elements;
  • Demarcation boxes;
  • Grounding equipment;
  • Power transfer switches; and
  • Vertical cable runs. 

Ultimately, SB 649 and its proposed amendments would unnecessarily shut out public input when a better approach would be one that encourages coordination and vision for “small cell” deployment in a way that works best for each city.

Concerned residents may contact the Governor's office and urge opposition to SB 649 and its proposed amendments:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841 
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Click here to complete a form to e-mail the Governor's office

To view the City's SB 649 opposition letter, click here. For more information about SB 649, please click here.

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