Memorial Day thoughts for the CPUC

On May 21 Ken Herrmann went to the California Public Utilities Commission and spoke to the CPUC Commissioners during public comments. Here’s his comments on Memorial Day, civil rights and liberties, and smart meters.

“This coming weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember those that have lost their lives in war. The last time I stood here was between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.

Through these three holidays together we give thanks for what we have as individuals and as a Nation, and give thanks to those that have given part, or all, of their lives for what we as Americans believe in.

The laws and Constitutions of this Nation are what best describe American ideals and what generations of Americans have sworn to support and defend, against all enemies foreign and domestic.
The Fourth Amendment of our Constitution states that “The RIGHT of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,”

The Fourteenth Amendment strengthens this Right to Privacy by stating “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”

And yet, and without argument, the “smart” meter, and system, has been designed and forcibly installed for the specific purpose of invading lawful property and privacies – by intruding behind the curtained windows and locked doors – of the homes and businesses of Citizens of these United States to discover exactly how, when, and why, consumer citizens use utility resources.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, section 1252, provided, first, for the introduction of a time-based rate schedule, and then the installation of a time-based (“smart”) meter to enable customers to receive such a rate, both on a consumer request basis. As such the new metering system was designated as an OPT-IN program.

After ten years state utilities have never offered or provided a time based rate schedule, there is none.

State utilities in collusion with the CPUC have instead, and without individual consumer request, installed millions of “smart” meters and have instituted a punitive system of fees and threats of utility disconnections, the “opt-out” program, to demand Citizen compliance. This path and program meets the definition of Extortion in the United States Code Title 18, section 1951.

The “smart” system, as installed, is contrary to United States policy, general and Constitutional Law and any support for it is a violation of the Oath of Public Service to “support and defend our Constitutions against all enemies foreign and domestic”.

We memorialize those that have given their all for our Nation, yet the Privacy invasions, National Security and Health issues imposed by the “smart” system are a hard slap to every one of their faces.

The choice is simple: either abolish the “smart” meter system, or, denounce millions of Americans for their support and defense of the Principles and Freedoms of our Nation.

The only ethical and lawful answer to the “smart” system is… NO.

I pray that you all have a safe and non-hypocritical Memorial Day.”

Berkeley passes cell phone ordinance!

Not on your body, not in your pants!

Photo credit: Environmental Health TrustThe City of Berkeley passed a “right to know” ordinance on Tuesday.  Cell phones sold in Berkeley will come with a safety warning:

To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.

Photo credit to Environmental Health Trust.  For more info and updates go to:

International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology

NEW YORK–Today 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide.

“ICNIRP guidelines set exposure standards for high-intensity, short-term, tissue-heating thresholds. These do not protect us from the low-intensity, chronic exposures common today. Scientists signing the Appeal request that the UN and member nations protect the global human population and wildlife from EMF exposures.”

The International EMF Scientist Appeal” asks the Secretary General and UN affiliated bodies to encourage precautionary measures, to limit EMF exposures, and to educate the public about health risks, particularly to children and pregnant women.

The Appeal highlights WHO’s conflicting positions about EMF risk. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Radiofrequency radiation as a Group 2B “Possible Carcinogen” in 2011, and Extremely Low Frequency fields in 2001. Nonetheless, WHO continues to ignore its own agency’s recommendations and favors guidelines recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines, developed by a self-selected group of industry insiders, have long been criticized as non-protective.

The Appeal calls on the UN to strengthen its advisories on EMF risk for humans and to assess the potential impact on wildlife and other living organisms under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme, in line with the science demonstrating risk, thereby resolving this inconsistency.

Martin Blank, PhD, of Columbia University, says, “International exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields must be strengthened to reflect the reality of their impact on our bodies, especially on our DNA. The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. We must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines.”

Joel Moskowitz, PhD, of University of California, Berkeley, says, “ICNIRP guidelines set exposure standards for high-intensity, short-term, tissue-heating thresholds. These do not protect us from the low-intensity, chronic exposures common today. Scientists signing the Appeal request that the UN and member nations protect the global human population and wildlife from EMF exposures.”

International EMF Scientist Appeal:

PG&E to beam RF waves at Sebastopol?

In 2011, Brian Cherry, PG&E’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, wrote to the CPUC’s Executive Director Paul Clanon, CPUC attorney Frank Lindh, and CPUC Interim Director of Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD), Michelle Cooke:

Just a reminder, we are the first to propose a solar generator in space that will beam RF waves down to a receptor site and convert it to DC current. We have changed our receptor site from the Mojave desert to Sebastopol.”

What do you think? Is this a threat, a display of contempt, a joke?

Here’s the entire email thread.

They are commenting on the risks of space weather.  Note Clanon’s comments also.  At the time the CPSD was investigating PG&E for spying on our groups.  After researching the 65K emails between PG&E and the CPUC I believe the CPUC knew about the spying and engaged in the cover up by settling with PG&E.

Overview of PG&E/CPUC emails on smart meters

SMARTtower100PG&E deployed over nine million utility “smart meters” on homes and businesses in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) supported the multi-billion dollar deployment despite lawsuits and complaints about overcharges, privacy and security risks, fires and explosions, and health problems from the electromagnetic radiation (RF) smart meters emit.

The CPUC is responsible for regulating the utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service. Instead, they partnered with PG&E and marketing companies on a smart meter propaganda campaign. CPUC President Michael Peevey intentionally delayed the legal process for years so PG&E could complete their deployment, despite knowing smart meters were overcharging and harming customers.

Thousands of emails between PG&E and the CPUC made public this year, illustrate their collusion and corruption. Together they concocted a punitive pay to opt out program, and ignored substantive complaints. The CPUC must address these issues by holding safety hearings, and restoring analog meters without coercive fees.


Dozens of smart meters explode from power surge

According to CBS, KCRA, and other news media, dozens of smart meters exploded and caught fire after an electrical surge cut power to about 5800 homes near Stockton CA.  A dump truck crashed into several power poles causing extensive damage.  More than 700 customers were still without power.

CBS News reports, “A power surge left thousands without power for most of the day in Stockton after smart meters on their homes exploded on Monday.”  “Neighbors in the South Stockton area described it as a large pop, a bomb going off, and strong enough to shake a house.”

The Stockton Record reported fire Capt. Bryan Carr described the scene as “unreal” when his engine pulled onto Fairbury Lane, a residential street in southeast Stockton.

“In some cases, meters were literally blown off the panels. People described it as hearing a whirring sound like the meter was speeding up, then like an explosion. Some of the meters weren’t blown off, but they were fried and the glass was gone,” Carr said.

According to Carr there was no pattern to the damage.  There would be three houses with damaged meters, then one or two in a row that were intact. He estimated there were up 50-60 homes with significant damages.