Our readers write: October 14, 2021 issue


Rancho Bernardo Club Should Reject Cell Tower Proposal

A proposed cell phone tower on the RB Swim & Tennis Club property was a topic of discussion during a virtual meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board Development Review Committee on September 14.

In 2019, AT&T presented a similar proposal to the Seven Oaks Community. The Seven Oaks board of directors has appointed a committee to study the matter. The resulting report cited only highly reputable academic, public health, and government organizations around the world. These included, but not limited to, the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Cancer Society, the Journal of Occupational Environmental Health, the Study of Biology and of Electromagnetic Medicine, Israel’s Universal Hospital, a 10-year study conducted in Germany and at the American Academy. of Pediatrics.

After several weeks of research, the committee recommended not to enter into such an agreement with AT&T due to three main potential negative impacts on the residents of Rancho Bernardo: 1) health risks, 2) possible negative impact on the value of properties and 3) poor aesthetics.

The Seven Oaks study concluded that there is no scientific consensus that the radio waves emitted by cell phone towers are safe. Although the monthly payments are attractive, the Seven Oaks board of directors voted unanimously against entering into such a deal.

As the RB Swim & Tennis Club is now considering a similar proposal, I urge its members to remain alert to the same three dilemmas cited above and reject AT&T’s proposal.

June Smith
Rancho bernardo

Poway must adjust its water billing rates

In his letter to the editor in the Oct. 7 issue, Chris Cruse was upset by the increased bi-monthly fixed charges for residential water and sewer customers. I’m not happy with the bimonthly fixed fee increase either, but for a completely different reason.

The Town of Poway maintains an imperfect tariff structure, in which only 35% of the total annual fixed costs of approximately $ 16 million are recovered in the bi-monthly fixed service charges of water meters. The remaining $ 10.4 million is then bundled into a tiered pricing structure.

Non-volumetric fixed costs should be recovered through a fixed charge. Trying to recoup fixed costs through a variable charge is a poor design of tariffs, as evidenced several years ago when Poway imposed a surtax on variable goods because water use had been significantly reduced due to Drought. The basic principles of tariff design include: 1) customers must pay the costs they impose on the network, 2) recover fixed costs through fixed charges, and 3) recover variable costs through variable charges. Intra-class subsidies arise if these principles are violated.

I’m sure Ms Cruse wouldn’t agree with me, but the bi-monthly water meter service charges would have to be increased – over time, but at a reasonably substantial rate – to reflect full recovery of fixed charges. . In addition, commodity tariffs should be eliminated and all water users should be charged the cost of replacing water to the city.

Jack russ
Poway

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