City of Tustin Caves to Legal Pressure and Allows Cell Tower Application
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T-Mobile and the City of Tustin planned to erect a 65 foot cell phone tower at the back end of the park near the gate to Peters Canyon Elementary school. The proposal received approval from the Tustin Zoning Commission despite vigorous opposition at the public meeting on Wednesday, October 20th. Due in large part to additional opposition raised by local residents in the days following this meeting, and at the request of Tustin City Council Member Doug Davert, the Zoning Commission decision was vacated on October 27th, and a public hearing before the Planning Commission was set for December 14, 2010, to allow for additional public input.

T-Mobile has redesigned the proposed installation to look like 3, 45' tall flag poles located in the parking area of the park. While this is a better design, it will only accommodate their equipment and, if another carrier wants to place an installation in the park additional towers must be built.


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Our Position

We are not opposed to the use of cell phones and wireless technology, and acknowledge that cell phone coverage in the Peters Canyon area of Tustin Ranch is sub-standard. However, we feel that Cedar Grove Park is no place for a cell tower due to its historic significance, scenic beauty, and close proximity to Peters Canyon Elementary and Pioneer Middle Schools. We also feel that a tower at this location will have a negative impact on property values of homes nearby. Once it is done, it cannot be undone.

Desired Goal

Our goal is to convince the Planning Commission, Tustin City Council, and T-Mobile to consider alternate sites for a cell tower to serve the needs of the Peters Canyon area that will have less negative impact on the neighboring communities.

Many cities around Southern California are in battles with their city officials and T-Mobile, or other cell service providers, due to the proliferation of cell towers in residential neighborhoods. Often the first notice residents have of a tower going up is when the construction crews arrive to start breaking ground. We advocate greater transparency in the selection process of these sites and inclusion of the local residents in the final approval to assure that the best possible site is selected and the negative impacts to the community are minimized.

An alternate location for a cell installation exists just 400 yards from Cedar Grove Park at the Orange County Fire Authority complex on Jamboree Road. Two cell towers have been approved for construction there and Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have already agreed to place their equipment at this facility. We feel T-Mobile should do the same.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

City Hall Rally a Success!

About seventy people showed up for the rally at Tustin City Hall today, many of them children with their parents.  In addition, several members of the zoning commission and other public officials were in attendance.  Our point seems to be gaining some ground with the city - but we have a long way to go.

In addition to the speeches given by various members of our committee, several members of the No on Q campaign from Huntington Beach came down and shared some of the experiences they have had in their fight with T-Mobile.  Their main message: STAY VIGILANT!

The City put out the following press release:


The Tustin Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 7:00 PM on a proposed cell tower and related facilities on a site in Cedar Grove Park.  This public hearing will consider design review hearing 09-33 for the project as proposed by T-Mobile and will take place  in the City Council Chambers at 300 Centennial  Way.

The City's Zoning Administrator initially approved this application after a public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.  However, Zoning Administrator Elizabeth Binsack vacated her decision on October 27, 2010, in order to allow the matter to be heard by the Planning Commission directly, without the matter having to be appealed.  This decision was made based on the level of community interest in the issue.

So mark your calendars for December 14th!  We need to have a huge turnout for this meeting to show the City that we will not back down on this issue.  An alternate location must be found for this tower!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



There will be a public rally at Tustin City Hall at
3:30pm on Thursday, October 28th
to protest the proposed installation of the T-Mobile cell tower in
Cedar Grove Park.

Bring as many people as you can! 

We must continue to let the city council know how serious
we are about opposing this tower.

Those of you who would like to make a statement, please prepare something in advance.

There will be media covering this event.


PS.  Please do not park at any of the shopping centers across the street from city hall. 
Use public parking on the street or in the library or city hall lots.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Earlier today we received the following email from City Councilmember Doug Davert Offering to appeal the Zoning Commission's decision to install a cell tower in Cedar Grove Park.  We are following up with the city to confirm this.

This action will preclude us from having to submit the $1500 filing fee to the city.  So for now, please hold any further donations until we determine what steps to take next.

The fight is not over, the planning commission still needs to rule on the appeal and then the City Council will have the final say - so we must keep the pressure on.

We are considering a rally at city hall on Thursday at 3:30PM to show the city the strength of the opposition to this tower.

Please email back and let us know if you would be interested in participating in this rally.

Thanks to all of you who emailed and called City Hall!  They seem to have heard our message!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Doug Davert-Tustin <>
Date: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM
Subject: Appeal of Zonig Administrator Action
Cc: "Biggs, David" <>

A member of the City Council can appeal an item without incurring fees.  I will appeal this item so that you do not need to come up with the fees.  This is an important issue.  I have been an advocate for improved cell phone service in your area and have been working with the applicant for years to come up with a plan.  I was not aware of any opposition to the plan, and the City Council needs to hear your concerns.
By copy of this e-mail to our City Manager, David Biggs, I am formally requesting that the action of the Zoning Administrator be appealed. 
Thank you for your time and input.
Doug Davert
Member, Tustin City Council

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Volunteers begin canvassing neighborhoods to get the word out.

Volunteers began distributing flyers and knocking on doors Saturday in the neighborhoods adjacent to Cedar Grove Park in an effort to make people aware of the proposed cell tower.

Continued efforts are planned throughout the weekend.  If you, or someone you know, would like to help please send us an email with your contact info to

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cedar Grove Citizens Committee meets to discuss fundraising

The Committee to Save Cedar Grove Park met this evening at the El Dorado pool to discuss a plan of action regarding next Friday's deadline for filing the appeal.  Various tasks, including creating a flyer, canvassing neighborhoods for donations, and drafting the appeal were delegated to the members.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cedar Grove Park is in Danger!


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