Thursday, May 17, parents of children attending Bret Harte Elementary School and Luther Burbank Middle School held a press conference to protest the construction of a 2000 watt T-Mobile cell phone antenna in their residence-only (R1) neighborhood.
The facility would be built on the roof of the Little White Chapel at 1711 North Avon Street, just 528 feet from Bret Harte Elementary School and 1,056 feet from Luther Burbank Middle School.
Residents claim the EMR Policy Institute recommends a safe “buffer zone” of 1,500 feet between wireless telecommunications facilities and nearby schools. They content that installing an antenna so close to schools means the approximately 1,700 children who attend Bret Harte and Luther Burbank will be exposed to constant electromagnetic radiation.
Long-term radiation exposure has been linked to an increased risk of brain tumors, leukemia, suppressed immune function, and adverse cognitive functioning. Children are at greatest risk due to their thinner skulls and rapid rate of growth.