Dozens of Neighbors Speak Out Against Bay Guardian Cellular Antennas

Dozens of Potrero Hill residents are lending their voices to a campaign opposing efforts by the owners of the San Francisco Bay Guardian to erect cell-phone antennas atop the newspaper's offices at 135 Mississippi Street

The newspaper's neighbors tell SF Weekly that they have collected as many as 50 signatures on a petition opposing the project, in which Guardian Publisher Bruce Brugmann hopes to lease out space on the building's roof to T-Mobile for a cluster of cellular antenna panels. The petition urges the San Francisco Planning Commission — scheduled to vote on the application from Brugmann and T-Mobile on Thursday — to reject the plan, asserting that the antennas are unnecessary and should be sited in a less residential area.

The neighbors say they are also concerned about what they view as the secrecy surrounding the project. Yvonne Gavre, who is helping spearhead the drive to gather signatures, did not learn about the upcoming commission meeting until late Friday afternoon, after Village Voice Media Executive Editor Michael Lacey mailed a letter to the Guardian's neighbors and other city residents informing them of the proposal and meeting. (Village Voice Media is the parent company of SF Weekly.) “Everybody we spoke to was very upset,” Gavre said. “They didn't know about it.”

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