A 75 Foot Fake Tree in Your Backyard?

Cell antennas fake treesImagine looking out your bedroom window on a fake 75 foot cellular tower with 9 antennas disguised to be a “faux-tree”.   That’s what the Board of Governors of the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club in Palo Alto wants their neighbors to deal with as they try to solve the club’s financial issues.

This is the “neighborhood” club – built by Joseph Eichler to serve the post-modern community that he built with the passion of someone who understands architectural integrity and neighborhood spirit.  This is a neighborhood with spectacular late 50’s homes – all architecturally significant and designed by some of the leading contemporary design architects.

Joseph Eichler, the developer who brought contemporary architecture and architecturally significant homes to the area would be mortified.

The Eichler Swim and Tennis Club is the neighborhood club – enjoyed by families who had purchased Eichler homes in Palo Alto.

Now, in 2010, the Board of Governors would rather get lease money for a 75 foot cell tower to be placed on the swim club property rather than consider 1) increasing their membership or 2) asking current members to pay a slight dues increase of  $67 a year in dues. That’s about $5.50 a month.

No longer does the club serve the best interests of the community but creates an eye sore in the neighborhood and impacts neighbors.  It’s trading the good relationship they’ve had for 52 years with the nearby neighbors for a projected additional revenue of just $67 per member per year.

Tell the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club Board of Governors to stop this project now.   Figure out other ways to get money.  Don’t put up a fake tree, cell tower in our neighborhood.

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2 Responses to A 75 Foot Fake Tree in Your Backyard?

  1. Anne & Amitabh says:

    We just received the letter and are shocked that how low people can get for money.

    We moved into this beautiful neighborhood last year and if we had known about this upcoming tower being built, we would have never chosen to live here.

    Our kids will be going to Palo Verde in few years and we are totally against this proposal to build the tower so close to the school.

    Please let us know what else we can do from our side to prevent this tower from being built so close to our house and the elementary school.


    Anne & Amitabh

  2. Concerned Palo Verde Elementary Parent says:

    As a parent of a child that attends Palo Verde Elementary School, I strongly oppose the planned construction of a new cell tower on the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club property. Constructing a cell tower in the vicinity of the school (only 600 feet from the school, which is approximately 183 meters) creates a significant health risk for Palo Verde students and faculty, as various studies have shown below. Below are summaries of studies that show adverse health effects from cell phone towers:

    1. Santini et al. found significant health problems in people living within 300 meters of a cell phone base station or tower. The recommendation was made from the study that cell phone base stations should not be placed closer than 300 meters to populated areas. Pathol Biol (Paris) 2002; 50: 369-373.

    2. A Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research study entitled, “Effects of Global Communications System Radio-Frequency Fields On Well Being and Cognitive Function of Human Subjects With and Without Subjective Complaints” found significant effects on well being including headaches, muscle fatigue, pain, and dizziness from tower emissions well below the “safety” level.

    3. Gerd, Enrique, Manuel, Ceferino and Claludio conducted a Spanish study called “The Microwave Syndrome” and found adverse health effects from those living near two cell phone base stations. The health effects included fatigue, a tendency toward depression, sleeping disorders, difficulty in concentration and cardiovascular problems.

    4. From an Israeli study published in the International Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 2004, Wolf and Wolf reported a fourfold increase in the incidence of cancer in people living within 350 meters of a cell phone tower as compared to the Israeli general population. They also reported a tenfold increase specifically among women.

    5. In the Naila Study from Germany, November 2004, five medical doctors collaborated to assess the risk to people living near a cell phone tower. The retrospective study was taken from patient case histories between 1994 and 2004 from those who had lived during the past ten years at a distance up to 400 meters from the tower site. The results showed that the proportion of newly developed cancer cases was significantly higher in those patients living within the 400-meter distance and that the patients became ill on average eight years earlier. In the years 1999 to 2004, after five years of operation of the transmitting tower, the relative risk of getting cancer had trebled for residents of the area in the proximity of the installation compared to the inhabitants of Naila outside the area.

    6. An Austrian Study released in May 2005, showed that radiation from a cell phone tower at a distance of 80 meters causes significant changes of the electrical currents in the brains of test subjects. All test subjects indicated they felt unwell during the radiation and some reported being seriously ill. According to the scientists doing the study, this is the first worldwide proof of significant changes of the electrical currents in the brain, as measured by EEG, by a cell phone base station at a distance of 80 meters. Subjects reported symptoms such as buzzing in the head, tinnitus, palpitations of the heart, lightheadedness, anxiety, shortness of breath, nervousness, agitation, headache, heat sensation and depression. According to scientists this is the first proof that electrical circuits in the brain are significantly affected by a cell phone tower. The distance in this study was a mere 80 meters.

    Further evidence shows that the effects of radiation from cell towers are much more dangerous for children, as it penetrates the head of a child much easier than that of an adult, due to the thinner and softer bones in the head of child. Given these dangers, I do not support plans for constructing a cell tower near Palo Verde Elementary – this is unacceptable, and we are strongly opposed it, as are many other Palo Verde parents and residents in the vicinity. If you’re a concerned resident or parent of a student at Palo Verde Elementary, here are actions you can take to oppose this tower:

    1. Contact the City of Palo Alto planner, Russ Reich, who is handling the proposal and voice your opposition (best to have in writing):
    Russ Reich
    250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, 94303.

    2. Contact the following Palo Alto City Mayor and Council members and voice your opposition, cc Russ Reich listed above (again, best to have in writing):

    Palo Alto City Council

    Individual City Council Members:
    Pat Burt (Mayor)
    1249 Harriet Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (650) 388-8639

    Sid Espinosa (Vice Mayor)
    1130 Parkinson St.
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (650) 617-3100 ext. 3619

    Gail A. Price (Council Member)
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (650) 856-6260

    Karen Holman (Council Member)
    725 Homer Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (650) 444-4017

    Larry Klein (Council Member)
    872 Seale Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
    (650) 323-0780 (h)
    (650) 330-4744 (o)

    Greg Scharff (Council Member)
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (650) 868-9303

    Nancy Shepherd (Council Member)
    1556 Madrono Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 326-6452

    Yiaway Yeh (Council Member)
    250 Hamilton Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (650) 380-8003

    4. Contact Robert Golton of Palo Alto Unified School District (he is the co-Chief Business Official) and voice your opposition (best to have in writing).

    Robert Golton

    5. Contact the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club board and tell them to stop this project! totheboard@eichlerclub.com

    6. Spread the word! We need to let all Palo Verde parents (few are even aware of this project) and residents near the Eichler Swim and Tennis club know about this proposed cell tower. Urge them to voice their opposition to the individuals above.

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