Project Design

 

The City of Los Angeles approved for a 51’-5” clock tower to be constructed at the parking lot of Casa del Mexicano at 529 Euclid Ave, 2900 Calle Pedro Infante and 2901 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA, to meet this demand.

In response to community concerns raised to Verizon in late August 2019 regarding its fully approved and permitted unmanned telecommunications facility (approved in April 2017) located at the historic Casa del Mexicano, Verizon presented to the community a project redesign on March 7, 2020 that will preserve the existing East Los Angeles Community Center Garden footprint and avoid its removal. Verizon also proposed numerous improvements to the Community Garden that will be developed around the existing cultivations. These improvements such as installing new raised, wooden planting beds, installing a new decorative wrought iron entry gate and fence all around the garden, new irrigation system, work tables, etc. will further enhance the functionality of the garden. 

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Project Timeline

 

  • October 28, 2014 – Project submitted to City for zoning approval.

 

  • January 28, 2015 – Los Angeles City Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Board Meeting. This proposal was for a Verizon palm tree. The community, including Mynor Godoy (Community Seat 8) and Rita Rodriguez (Area 2 Officer), approved the design and project.

 

  • August 25, 2015 – Public Hearing – (East Los Angeles) Associate Zoning Administrator. An issue was raised regarding the proposed original design of the project (monopole disguised as a faux-palm tree). The hearing was attended by approximately 20 community members and a representative of the Council District.  The Associate Zoning Administrator placed the comments under advisement.

 

  • April 4, 2017 – In response, Verizon redesigned the proposed project to new clock tower design and Zoning Administrator issued Approval – Conditional Use Permit ZA-2014-4034(CUW).

 

  • April 8, 2019 – Building Permit received.

 

  • June 27, 2019 – ELACC (East LA Community Corporation) held a community meeting, with Boyle Heights Residents & Gardeners (BHRG), where concerns were raised about health & safety, and a request was made for a Town Hall meeting with Verizon.

 

  • August 23, 2019 – ELACC posted on their website that, due to construction, the garden would be up-rooted. 

 

  • September 27, 2019 – In response, Verizon redesigned the project to address the garden concern. Verizon provided the redesign to ELACC to post on their website. 

 

  • October 25, 2019 – Verizon met with ELACC’s President to present the garden redesign and worked with ELACC to hold community meeting at ELACC’s offices.

 

  • March 7, 2020 – Boyle Height Neighborhood Council (BHNC) hosted a Community Meeting where Verizon presented the garden redesign to community and brought a Radio Frequency (“RF”) expert to answer community questions regarding RF health & safety.

 

  • April 8, 2020 – Verizon commenced construction.

 

Communication with Community

 

In addition to emails and telephone call responses, Verizon shared the following written communication to and from the Boyle Heights Community:  

 

Verizon Letter to We Are The Evidence – April 2020 (English)  

 

Verizon Letter to the Residents of Boyle Heights – May 2020 (English)  

 

 

For additional  information on this project, please contact Verizon via email at VerizonSoCal@verizonwireless.com, or via text or telephone at 949-514-4368.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ

 

Why is Verizon Wireless proposing a faux clock tower at Casa del Mexicano?

The increased use of smart phones, tablets, health monitors and other wireless devices in every-day life relies on the Verizon Wireless network. The telecommunications facility disguised as a faux clock tower will add capacity and improve coverage in Boyle Heights. Verizon is deploying its telecommunications facility to provide new and enhanced wireless services to the community, which will enable improved communications for everyday life, business, educational and remote learning options, emergency services (fire and ambulance), and telemedicine options, the importance of all of which has been highlighted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

Is there any benefit to me from this telecommunications facility if I am not a Verizon Wireless customer?

Yes. You will benefit if you contact a Verizon Wireless customer or if a Verizon Wireless customer calls you. Most importantly, the emergency backup generator will provide continuous, reliable Verizon Wireless Service, in the event of a power outage, where other phone services fail. Without improvements to the network, lives could be at stake.

What will be constructed?

Verizon Wireless will build a telecommunications facility disguised as a 51’-5” clock tower to be constructed at the parking lot of Casa del Mexicano at 529 Euclid Ave, 2900 Calle Pedro Infante and 2901 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Are approvals required by the City of Los Angeles?

Yes. Wireless facilities in the City of Los Angeles are permitted by the City. During the permitting and approval process, the City of Los Angeles reviewed and considered objections to the project, including those made by members of the community.  The City approved the project, finding that “[t]he project will enhance the built environment in the surrounding neighborhood or will perform a function or provide a service that is essential or beneficial to the community, city or region.”

Are wireless facilities safe?

Concerning Radio Frequency (“RF”) safety, please be assured that Verizon’s telecommunications equipment and networks comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radiofrequency (RF) safety standards.  The FCC developed these standards in consultation with numerous other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  The standards have wide safety margins and are designed to protect everyone, including children.  The FCC adopted the standards after examining the RF research that scientists in the US and around the world have conducted for decades.  The research continues to this day, and agencies continue to monitor it.  Based on that research, federal agencies have concluded that equipment and networks that comply with the safety standards pose no known health risks.  In December 2019, the FCC, after a lengthy proceeding, affirmed these safety standards and concluded that these standards continue to be appropriate.  The decision was unanimous and bipartisan. 

You can obtain further information about the safety of RF emissions from wireless network equipment and devices on the FCC’s website, which you can access via this link: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html. Moreover, because Verizon takes matters relating to RF safety very seriously: (i) Verizon has a comprehensive compliance program designed to ensure adherence to the RF safety standards set by the federal government; and (ii) caused a recognized and published expert on RF safety to attend the March 7, 2020 community meeting in order to provide the community with the opportunity to ask RF safety questions. Please note that RF exposure levels resulting from Verizon’s equipment are well within the FCC’s safety limits.

 

Radio Frequency ("RF") Additional Resources

 

For more information on Radio Frequency safety, please also check out: wirelesshealthfacts.com

Please click here for Facts about Radio Frequency Energy (English).

For more information from CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) regarding Radio Frequency health and safety (English),  please click here.

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