Pinole City Council Approves Cell Phone Tower: What Do You Think Of The Decision?

Council members reversed last month's rejection of the tower after Verizon Wireless threatened to sue

Pinole City Hall
Pinole City Hall
The Pinole City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday night to reverse itself and approve a 90-foot cell phone tower in a corner of Pinole Valley Park.

The Contra Costa Times reports the vote came shortly before midnight after several residents criticized Verizon Wireless as bullies.

Last month, the council voted 4-1 to reject a 25-year lease for the tower. The agreement provides the city with more than $26,000 a year in revenue.

However, Verizon threatened to sue, saying it had signed a valid lease with city officials six months ago.

Councilman Phil Green and Mayor Debbie Long voted against the lease at both meetings.

Councilman Roy Swearingen voted in favor of the agreement at both meetings.

On Tuesday evening, Councilmen Tim Banuelos and Peter Murray switched their votes from "no" to "yes."

Patch requested interviews with Long, Banuelos and Murray but had not heard back from them as of Wednesday evening.

What do you think of the decision? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Bill August 07, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Your comments actually show how dense and irrational you are and it supplies us all with a good laugh throughout the day. Let's see, cell towers will bath kids in radiation, hilarious and based on JUNK science. There MIGHT be archeological value, stupid because if we lived by what ifs and maybes the houses in the valley word of never been built. If it's the city you're mad at then file a lawsuit instead crying on here like a little baby. If you worry about the children's safety so much, maybe you should move away from power lines and give up your car. More kids die in car accidents than by bathing in cell tower radiation, moronic comment if the year by the way.Anyway thanks for the laughs with your STRAW-MAN argument you have there boy!!!!!!!!
LC August 07, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Thank you Bill for being the voice of reason. I completely agree with your point about property values being more affected by unmaintained yards than a cell phone tower that will be maintained by Verizon. Why do so many people in The Valley not give a flip about their yards? I'm not asking for Better Homes and Gardens, but would it kill someone to cut their grass and pull a few weeds? I regularly walk in the area and it amazes me at how many fronts yards are awful looking. I feel bad for the homeowners who try. It's difficult when your neighbors can't be bothered. The cars speeding down PVR are far more of a danger than the Tower ever will be. Sal doesn't want to hear about that though...
SalthePlumber August 07, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Thank you Bill for being the voice of lunacy. I completely disagree with you, because this is a thread about the cell Tower, not your front yard fantasies. Why dont you stand in the middle of PVR and force the cars to slow down, if thats really your concern...
Matt August 12, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Wow it did finally die down... this thread was hot and heavy there for awhile, thanks Sal and everyone else for raising awareness to this issue. I guess Bill's comment on Sal's yard must've finally got him. Ha ha jk Sal your yard is fine. I know Sal the plumber, he is my neighbor, we live near where this cell tower is proposed. We have a reason to be passionate about this issue. I didn't know good cell reception was something people got so passionate about. Sal lives for this stuff he can go all day!!
SalthePlumber August 12, 2013 at 05:59 PM


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