There’s been a lot of friction in the Mission and neighboring areas recently with the proposed addition of cell phone antennas.
On the one side, are those people who are worried about the damage that cell antennas do to the skyline and other aesthetics of the neighborhood. Similarly opposed to the cell phone antennas are people — many parents among them — who are worried about the health effects of cell phone antennas. Although there are no studies proving negative health effects from cell phone antennas, there is still a lot of anxiety in the community.
On the other side of this argument about new cell phone antennas are people who don’t care about the aesthetics or the putative health risks, they just want to be able to make and receive calls.
So what are the facts about the proposed antennas? In July, the city approved the installation of an aggregating antenna on Bernal Hill and five new antennas around the Mission District:
1485 Bayshore (Bayshore Ave. and Silver Avenue)
70 Charter Oaks (near the S&C Ford off Bayshore)
528 Valencia (Valencia and 16th)
5226 Mission (in Excelsior)
375 Alabama (17th and Alabama)
Groups who oppose the new antennas filed appeals with the city Board of Supervisors, and the installation has been suspended pending a hearing sometime in the fall.
If you would like to make your voice heard on this topic, contact the city supervisor for your district. You can also contact Diego Sanchez in the San Francisco Planning Department at (415) 575-9082.