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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