Citing health concerns from wireless electromagnetic frequencies, Carpinterians in the Shepherd Mesa neighborhood gathered more than 75 signatures to prevent a cluster of cell phone transmission towers from popping up near their homes. After Black Dot Wireless – a broker for Cingular Wireless – approached Carpinteria Valley Water District Boardmembers with an offer to locate antennas at the Shepherd Mesa Storage Site, the Ashworth and Law families presented a petition to the district. Water District Manager Charles Hamilton also recommended that the governing board reject the offer, and the board ultimately agreed, with a 4-0 vote to give “no further consideration” to installing wireless communication equipment there during its tenure. However, neighbor Joan Ashworth said that the Shepherd Mesa community wants the city to ensure this policy for the future by writing it into law.

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