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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

'Get the Cell Out' Demonstration this morning

Early this morning, we joined our fellow neighbors and business owners in a 'Get the Cell Out' protest and press conference opposing the 52 foot T-Mobile Cell Tower being installed in an R1 residential neighborhood without resident approval.

Our neighborhood group, "Get the Cell Out!" has been involved in a contentious battle with T-Mobile and its construction company regarding this cell tower.   Twice the LAPD and Department of Street Works were summoned when the group accused T-Mobile of trespassing on a homeowner's property and running a highly unsafe jobsite, including open, 20 foot deep trenches that children could easily fall into.   The LA City Bureau of Contract Administration was also contacted to help assist control an unsafe jobsite, but very little was done.

Residents are most angry with the lack of support of their City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who has been noticeably absent and whose office has not made any visible efforts to support residents or use his authority to stop the project. 

Sherman Oaks residents first contacted Paul Krekoran's office immediately upon learning about the Cell Tower construction on November 1st, sharing both concerns regarding the lack of proper notification and the dangerous jobsite conditions.  However, the response issued by Pat Davenport, Field Deputy to the Council District 2 Office, was that little could be done as the office is overwhelmed due to lack of staff support.

KTLA News Coverage this morning:,0,5928657.story