City of Tustin Caves to Legal Pressure and Allows Cell Tower Application
See post below for details



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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

City Council Approves Cell Tower Unanimously

In a 5-0 vote last night the Tustin City Council approved the application for T-Mobile's cell tower installation in Cedar Grove Park.  T-Mobile is free to begin construction on the site as soon as the city grants it a license - which could be within 30 days.  Officers from ATS (the "independent consultant" hired to concoct the city's Wireless Master Plan) and T-Mobile representatives were enthusiastically congratulating each other in the lobby of the council chambers after the meeting.  And why not?  ATS stands to profit handsomely from this installation, and any others on city property, since they will contractually receive a significant portion of the revenue generated by the site.

This action marks the end of our over two year effort to block this cell tower installation.  In, addition, it opens the park up to additional wireless carriers.  Now that the city has allowed one carrier in the park they cannot lawfully deny others.  They have set a precedent that has implications for years to come.  We may have to rename this park to Cellular Grove Park in the near future.

All of this in spite of the fact that the cellular installation at the OC Fire Authority, just 400 yards away, can house up to 5 carriers.  The stupidity boggles the mind.

I would ask any Tustin resident reading this blog to reflect on these issues the next time you go to the polls.  Ask yourself if the person you are about to vote for really has your best interest in mind, or if they are more concerned with cozying up to big business interests and selling city assets off to the highest bidder.

Watch out Citrus Ranch Park.  You're next...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

City of Tustin settles out of court and allows cell tower in Cedar Grove Park

Just yesterday we learned that our city leaders agreed to settle T-Mobile's lawsuit out of court and AGREED TO ALLOW THE INSTALLATION OF CELL TOWERS IN CEDAR GROVE PARK.

This is a complete reversal of the 3-2 decision of the City Council last fall to deny T-Mobiles application and allows T-Mobile to proceed immediately with licensing and eventual construction of the towers.

This is very disappointing.  In spite of the overwhelming opposition to the towers displayed by the community, and in total disregard of the democratic process, our city's leaders have basically given away our pristine community park to commercial interests.

I would HIGHLY encourage everyone to e-mail the City Council members to express your outrage and grave disappointment over the decision.  I will continue to provide updates as I receive them.

John Nielsen:
Becky Gomez:
Al Murray:
Jerry Amante:

Update regarding the cell tower at Orange County Fire Authority – the project is on track. Equipment has been ordered and licenses, etc. have been pulled. Estimated construction start date is July 2012. The tower will accommodate up to 5 carriers. Cedar grove will accommodate one carrier – T-Mobile.