S.C. Edison still intends to install Smart Meters on every home in Ojai next spring, despite the facts that Smart Meters will not work in Ojai because of the mountains, unless they raise the frequency level so high above the legal levels that the radiation will be unsafe for humans and animals, not to mention likely killing all the bees we need for our lovely orange and avocado orchards to survive.Unsafe levels of radiation means it can kill you and your children and pets with cancer!
And these Smart Meters will have collection stations on random houses (and that may be your house), where the amount of radiation will be roughly equivalent to having a cell tower on your house. And you will have no right to refuse if you want electricity.Studies have shown the incidence of cancer and deaths from cancer are very much higher for those who live near cell towers or within 50 miles of nuclear power plants. And who will pay for that health care? And have there been environmental impact studies done on the health hazards of all of this harmful and potentially deadly radiation prior to installing these meters on our so-called private property?
Our federal government, which already has a huge debt, is planning to spend about $5 billion to install these so-called Smart Meters, while citizens go without needed health care and pensions and SSI is being cut.And who is going to pay for it?We, the taxpayers and clients of Edison, will pay. Now I understand that our federal government has plans for the Gas Company and the water companies to install Smart Meters as well. And who will pay?
And any old wiring will not support the Smart Meters and can cause your house to burn down. Ojai is full of old houses with old wiring, which gives the town character and charm. And many people on low or fixed incomes cannot afford to pay to have their homes rewired.
I have yet to hear any good reason why we need these Smart Meters and many reasons why they are extremely hazardous and a waste of money.
I suggest that we the people of Ojai Valley take steps while we still can to protect the health of our Shangri-La and to ensure that Ojai remains a Smart Meter Free Zone. I hope that the Ojai Valley Defense Fund may undertake to organize this project. And until the temporary so-called Patriot Act is revoked and our constitutional rights restored, the only way to stop Smart Meters is in the courts.Ojai citizens discovered that last year when our state broke into and entered private properties all over Meiners Oaks and parts of Mira Monte and sprayed pesticides on our organic orchards and gardens and yards to kill a few gypsy moths found miles away,despite citizens’ refusals and protests, and we were powerless to stop that invasion to protect our property and organic gardens and trampling of our constitutional right to privacy and to be secure in our persons and homes.
It’s only your’s and your families’ lives and health! To request our City Council to take action to protect us from the dangers of Smart Meters, come to Little House on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
L.S. Leiterman is a concerned citizen of the Ojai Valley.