By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, July, 2010
Several different communities were engaged in opposing proposed cell towers in Starland last month. After months of meetings, Clearwire LLC has formally applied to place a new cell phone tower on Northeast Fremont Street at 37th Avenue, near the Wilshire Market. In a change of plans, they plan to place an accompanying equipment cabinet not on the market’s property, but in an underground vault. Respect PDX, an ad hoc group that has organized to oppose the facility, has hired a land-use attorney to aid them in this endeavor. Clearwire also proposes to put a new tower, and underground equipment vault, on Northeast Stanton Street at 23rd Avenue. The Irvington Community Association last month approved a letter opposing the facilities, and calling on the Obama Administration in Washington to reconsider current regulations regarding them. (Federal law currently forbids local municipalities from challenging the siting of cell towers based on health concerns.) Meanwhile, the Kerns Neighborhood Association scored a victory when city planner Sheila Frugoli denied the Singular Company permission to place a new antenna on the roof of the Dresden Apartments on East Burnside Street at 26th Avenue. The reason was that the roof already contains 25 such devices and their combined radiation output exceeds permissible limits so close to residences. Singular is appealing.