Public nuisances like cell phone towers and medical marijuana cooperatives seem to pop up everywhere around us on a daily basis.
In both cases, the problem is caused by the failure to do its basic job of providing rational standards for regulation and control. In both cases, you can actually do something about the problems in coming days.
Monday is the deadline for signing the petition to support the repeal or modification of the Telecommunication Act of 1996 that gives the right to put up cell phone towers just about anywhere, stripping communities of just about all their rights in this as in many other regards.
Barbara Kohn, president of the Pacific Palisades Residents Association, is urging leaders of Neighborhood Councils, homeowner groups and other concerned citizens to sign the petitions to get the law change. You can go to Cloutnow.org to sign the petition to support giving local control to local communities.
“I have been working with representatives from Glendale,
Pasadena, Hancock Park, Windsor Hills re the proliferation of cell
towers in residential neighborhoods and have requested our elected
representatives to join in by submitting comments to the FCC on this
effort to repeal/modify the Telecommunication Act of 1996 — to include
health and environmental impacts when considering placement and
construction of the equipment and to authorize local governments
permitting power,” she writes in an email to me.
LA County Supervisors, the LAUSD board, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and state Sen. Fran Pavley are among those who have supported this effort to allow local control of cell towers.
California voters led the nation in deciding to defy federal law and allow for medical marijuana cooperatives and in most places both DEA and local authorities have looked the other way to the quasi-legalization of pot.
Progressive cities like San Francisco set down clear standards about their operations and have kept them under control with less than half a dozen cooperatives in a city with a pothead reputation.
LA, in contrast, now has 600 with drug dealers and profiteers moving in on the turf of the several dozen legitimate cooperatives so that marijuana is all but legal in the city if you’ve got a hundred bucks for a prescription for your anxiety — which may be the best argument for fully legalizing and heavily taxing pot.
Several hundred pot shops have opened in the six months since the issue actually came before the City Council as many neighborhoods are seeing marijuana cooperatives opening up all around them.
That has sparked an outcry in many neighborhoods and forced the heads of our city government to actually schedule a council committee hearing on Tuesday before Ed Reyes’ Planning and Land Use Committee where it was stalled back in January.
Mayoral pals Jose Huizar and law-and-order Jack Weiss are also members of the committee.
There are classic examples of situations where government has just not done the job it’s supposed to do of protecting the health and welfare of our communities.