Cindy Sage Challenges the “Smart” in LADWP’s “Smart” Grid

LADWP project manager guarantees “smart” meters are optional!

Last week at a Woodland Hills City Council meeting, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) presented information about their Smart Meter deployment plans, while environmental consultant Cindy Sage, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, presented information warning of the deployment risks.

Marcelo Di Paolo, manager of the LADWP Smart Grid project said they received a $60 million dollar federal grant and that the research institutes of USC, UCLA and Cal Tech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) doubled the project funding for a total of $120 million dollars.  Hmmm… what does a Jet Propulsion Lab have to do with smart meters?Hmmmmmm.....

Di Paolo stated this is a demonstration project and would be in three areas around UCLA, USC, and Chatsworth.  LADWP is planning to deploy 52,000 Itron smart meters.  Hmmm, 52,000 meters is a demonstration project?

He also said the meters only transmit 3 times a day!  Hmmm….Haven’t we heard that before?  PG&E used to say their meters only transmitted 6 times a day. Then they admitted up to 190,000 times a day, per meter.

Di Paolo also said that the project is “purely a volunteer optional program” and that the community can “pick and actually choose whether or not to participate.”

In stark contrast to Di Paolo’s optimism was Cindy Sage who warned about the evidence for health problems from the  pulsed radiation Smart Meters emit.  She stated,  “Those wireless impacts are biologically very similar to the impacts you would have from a cell tower.”  She wisely urged them to learn from the mistakes the Investor Owned Utilities have made.  She asks, “Is this a smart business model, to provide a device for energy conservation…if there are going to be unintended consequences in terms of health impacts for people?”

Di Paolo said the deployment would start in a couple weeks, but two LADWP customers  said they already had Smart Meters on their home, that they were sick from the exposure and that when they complained, LADWP refused to remove it!

Meanwhile, although the manager claims LADWP sent out letters stating at the bottom of the letter that participation was voluntary, nowhere in the Smart Grid L.A. Letter  does it say the meters are optional. At the end of the meeting Di Paolo guaranteed the meters were optional and provided his direct line for people to call: 213-367-1388.

PastedGraphic-1-9Deploying Smart Meters at a time when multitudes of people worldwide are complaining about the health and safety impacts is beyond super dumb, and reckless endangerment of innocent lives.  Our children are the most vulnerable.  Chronic exposure to pulsed radiation is harming everyone’s health.

Thanks to Ecological Options Network for providing the videos of the event. Here’s Part 2 of the meeting:

10 thoughts on “Cindy Sage Challenges the “Smart” in LADWP’s “Smart” Grid”

  1. I listened to EON’s video. I did not hear Marcelo di Paolo claim that the meters only transmit 3 times a day. If he did, perhaps someone can cite the minute reading in the video.
    What I did hear him say is that these meters “communicate” less than 2 minutes a day, which technically may be correct. Each of the frequent high-intensity pulses lasts barely milliseconds, so it’s conceivable that the total duration of transmission may in fact be less than 2 minutes a day. The problem lies not in the duration of the pulses, but in their damaging impact. If a rifle is fired, the bullet travels for way less than 2 minutes, but if it’s aimed at someone, the consequences can spoil the whole day. To extend the metaphor, these meters aren’t rifles, they’re machine guns.
    I was a little surprised the question never came up whether fees would accompany the opt-out lauded by di Paolo. LADWP is where Liz Barris supposedly got them to agree to a no-fee opt out, but apparently this case is limited to her, and none of the terms of the agreement is in writing or available for public scrutiny.

  2. The gentleman in the video “explains” that he uses a cell phone 3-5 hours a day. Obviously, he has massive brain damage already, as he’s unable to discern scientific fact from a personal delusion. Smart Meters are NOT more accurate than analog, and most are proving to be defective in design. Many pick up spurious frequencies from the grid or other wireless devices, and fail to accurately report usage. This gentleman should know that, so either he’s misinformed or he’s lying.
    Aside from being delusional or a bald-faced liar, he refuses to mention that these meters cause significant illness in humans, pets, wildlife, and pretty much any other living creatures. This is a population control scam, and it’s being slammed down people’s throats. He’s lying.

  3. Don’t these meters operate in the same frequency as our 900Mhz Analog phones?
    If these things are really dangerous then Cell Phones must be lethal.
    People really need to understand the science behind something before accusing something as being dangerous.

  4. Hello Marco and interested readers: The science has been known for over 50 years, and the evidence is now overwhelming. You used the correct term: “lethal”. Here is just one of over 100,000 pages of documents detailing the issue. >

    [Richard S.] Cesaro, [deputy director for advanced sensors at the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency] helped run the classified [1960s] Project Pandora, in which monkeys were exposed to a ‘synthetic Moscow signal’ in a laboratory at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. …Cesaro, in an interview prior to his death two years ago, contended that “in our experiments we did some remarkable things. And there was no question in my mind that you can get into the brain with microwaves.”

    “…demonstrated that very small amounts of electromagnetic radiation could appreciably alter the functions of living cells”

    “…pathological effects close to those induced by highly toxic substances could be produced by electromagnetic radiation even at very low power”

    Notice the “top secret” markings? It’s hardly any secret if you pay attention to the results.

  5. Cellphones been around over 20 years. We put them right against our brain. By now, we should have had thousands if not millions of dead cellphone users.

    Smart meters are mainly outside people’s homes and transmit few times a day. Do we really want to believe they will harm us more than what we eat and drink?

  6. The LADWP smart meter representative said they would be done installing the meters by “the end of this summer.” He meant the summer of 2013. Well, they are still installing smart meters now in the test areas and it’s March 2014. Anybody know why it has taken months longer than planned?

  7. LADWP representative Marcelo Di Paolo says that the Itron meter will transmit signals only 3 times a day. They later he says it will communicate for 20 seconds. Why would it take 20 seconds to transmit the usage information if it was only being done 3 times a day? Seems like it could be done in a lot less time.

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