Guardian Cell-Phone Antennas Approved; Opponents Vow Appeal

Foes Assert Project is Un-American, Will Hurt Children…

The San Francisco Planning Commission today unanimously approved San Francisco Bay Guardian Publisher Bruce Brugmann's application to rent the rooftop of his newspaper offices to T-Mobile for cellular antennas over the opposition of dozens of his neighbors.

The approval came despite staunch opposition to the project from multiple members of the public, who successfully lobbied to have it removed from the commission's “consent agenda” — which is typically reserved for routine, uncontroversial projects — so they could voice their dissent in a full hearing. After the commission's vote, neighborhood activists said they would appeal the decision.

“I ask you to help protect our children,” Leslie de Taillandier, who fears for the safety of her 11-year-old in a city replete with cell-phone towers, told commissioners. “Please, do not give the permit to allow another cellular antenna on top of the Bay Guardian.” Other protesters included Bayview-Hunters Point mainstay Espanola Jackson and anti-cellular activist-about-town Sudi Scull, who

wears a special hat to protect herself from electromagnetic radiation.

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