Council wants T-Mobile to pursue old tower site

first_imgWHITTIER – The City Council wants T-Mobile to continue looking for another site for a proposed cell tower, instead of across the street from East Whittier Middle School. The Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to give the company until Oct. 23 to see if it can reach an agreement with the owner of the Whittier Medical Plaza, 14350 Whittier Blvd. The vote came after a July 24 meeting when the City Council asked T-Mobile to find another site. T-Mobile now wants to install the antenna at the Second Church of Christ Scientist, Whittier, 8723 Catalina Ave. “I just don’t feel I’m ready to give up on the applicant giving a final shot with Whittier Medical Plaza,” Councilwoman Cathy Warner said. So far, the owner of the medical building has refused to sign a lease with T-Mobile. Luke Lucas, regional development manager for T-Mobile, said Wednesday his company will try again. Lucas said he doesn’t know why the owner of the building won’t allow the installation of the tower. Nearby residents and school officials have opposed the cell tower because of health and aesthetics concerns. “They are unsightly and there are unknown dangers you don’t know about,” said Whittier resident Grace Nakamura. “It’s a new technology.” But the council isn’t allowed to consider questions of health, said City Attorney Dick Jones. Councilman Bob Henderson, the lone dissenter, said the city should approve the tower at the church. “While I understand and am sympathetic to all of the neighbors, scientific panels have looked at (the issue) over the decades and they feel there is absolutely no risk,” Henderson said. Councilman Greg Nordbak said he was ready not to give T-Mobile a variance for the tower. The tower would be 60-feet-high in a residential area, but the city has a height restriction of only 35 feet. “They haven’t demonstrated reasons for the variance,” Nordbak said. “What they’re asking is for us to increase coverage so they can market themselves competitively. I don’t see that as my problem.” Henderson said the city already has granted four other variances to towers in residential zones. But those were in parks or greenways, Councilman Joe Vinatieri countered. “This property is unique to that determination,” Vinatieri said. “I’m concerned whether (the church) is the least intrusive site (for a cell tower),” he said. “If we could get something reasonable for the landlord to sign, I think we should work on that.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Irish Cancer Society has confirmed that, even before the event is held, Relay for Life Donegal has topped all the polls.The county has more teams than any previous Irish Relay event, more Candles of Hope pre sold and record amounts of money raised.So how will Relay for Life Donegal monies be spent?  Daffodil Centre – The new Daffodil Centre in Letterkenny General Hospital is scheduled to be opened in the second half of 2012 and will be staffed by a specialist cancer nurse, aided by a team of trained volunteers to provide free, expert support and advice to cancer patients, their families and the general public who have cancer concerns. The Daffodil Centre will also direct people towards other support services provided by the Irish Cancer Society like financial aid, Care to Drive or local support groups.Care to Drive – A free transport service to appointments and treatments in Letterkenny General Hospital for cancer patients. Care to Drive recruits and trains volunteer drivers to bring patients to their appointments and drop them home again afterwards, free of charge. Care to Drive reduces the stress of having to drive yourself to treatment or ask family and friends to help and also reduces the financial burden of cancer on the patients. National Cancer Helpline – Provides free cancer advice and support service to people concerned about cancer. All helpline staff are specialist cancer nurses. Often these helpline nurses can answer questions that the patient would otherwise need to wait for until their next hospital appointment. The Helpline can direct people towards other support services provided such as financial aid, Care to Drive, Daffodil Centre or local support groups.Cancer Research – In 2012 the Irish Cancer Society is investing €3.1m in Cancer Research programs across the country. For example, in the last 2 years 4 new research proposals in Galway (two Research Scholarships and two prostate cancer research projects) have been funded with a total value of over €500,000. Irish Cancer Society research made over 650 important findings in 30 years. Funding top class research in Ireland means Irish patients have access to the latest treatments and breakthroughs wherever those discoveries are made.Nursing Services – Irish Cancer Society’s night nursing team provides palliative and respite care for cancer patients and their families in their own home. In 2011, 85 nights of nursing care was provided by Irish Cancer Society night nurses to cancer patients and their families in their own homes in Donegal.Financial Aid – The Irish Cancer Society’s financial aid program provides a grant to support cancer patients who are experiencing financial hardship due to their diagnosis and treatment. In 2011 the Financial Aid program gave out over €1 million in grants.Cancer Awareness and Health Promotion Materials – 688,266 cancer information booklets and fact sheets were distributed to people concerned about cancer across the country in 2011.Plus much, much more…For more information on these programs and all the other services and supports the Irish Cancer Society provide, including support groups, advocacy and policy change, which are supported by Relay for Life Donegal, please visit or low call 1800 700 800 [email protected] and 27th May 2012 in LYITCelebrate, Remember, Fight Back.DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Relay For Life Donegallast_img read more