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