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West L.A. Planning Board Denies AT&T Plans for Cell Towers on Washington Boulevard

AT&T's plans for a cell tower atop the Best Western Plus at 737 W. Washington Blvd. is denied on appeal by the West Los Angeles Planning Commission and the Venice Neighborhood Council imposes a one-year moratorium on new cell towers.

A proposal by AT&T to install a cell tower on the roof of a hotel on Washington Boulevard was denied earlier this week and the Venice Neighborhood Council in a related action imposed a one-year moratorium on new wireless antennas.

The Venice Neighborhood Council in October voted against the proposal for a wireless antenna array to be installed atop the Best Western Plus at 737 W. Washington Blvd., but the proposal was approved by the city's Planning Department. An appeal was lodged and the West Los Angeles Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 3-0 to support the appeal and deny the cell tower.

Jim Murez, a longtime member of the neighborhood council's Land Use and Planning Committee, outlined to the West L.A. Planning Commission on Wednesday why the cell tower should be denied. He pointed out that the 37-foot tall tower was taller than the height allowed under the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan.

More than 500 people had signed a petition opposing the installation of the wireless antennas. The Venice Neighborhood Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously in support of the appeal.

In a related move, the neighborhood council voted 10-3 with one abstention Tuesday in support of a cell tower and antenna policy for Venice that would place a one-year moratorium on new cell towers to allow cell companies and the community to work together on guidelines.

One of the policy considerations calls for antennas to be placed on public property, where possible, with proceeds from the lease going into a trust for community improvements. Another consideration was turning the cell towers into public art projects so they could double as art displays and telecommunication stations.

Chuck Mason June 23, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Of the 500 signers, how many carry an iPhone in their hand, wherever they go? Oh, right; they dumped AT&T for Verizon. "I got my signal; you?"
Jimmie Dimmick June 27, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Typical old crotchety grumpy nonsense. 50 years from now people will look back on these stupid and short sighted no votes and laugh. I hope everyone who was against this drops and cracks their phone while trying to play words with friends with no signal.
Chuck Mason June 27, 2012 at 09:57 PM
......or watch "Laurence of Arabia" in their palm while standing in line at DMV.
catman June 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Here's my take on this. The yuppies in Venice love to complain. If they put that cell tower there we'd all have good cellphone reception instead of the spotty reception we have now. And if we had good cellphone reception then the complainers wouldn't be able to complain about their cell phone service anymore. So of course they're opposed to it.
S P September 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
How could anyone want to sleep under RF radiation from a cell tower? Is no one looking after the HEALTH of the people? ...and no, it is not more important to play Angry Birds than it is to live a long healthy life!

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