After a long community fight over the possibility of a dozen cell towers being installed at Beeman Park (also known as the Studio City Recreation Center), AT&T withdrew their application on Wednesday to install the towers.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian’s representative Courtney Hamilton told the Studio City Neighborhood Council on Wednesday night that AT&T officially withdrew their request to install cell towers in the community park.
“This is a huge win for the community, we don’t want this,” Hamilton said, reflecting the community protests.
AT&T wanted to post the antennas on two light posts in the recreation center and promised to offer some monetary help to the center which has had city budget cuts in recent years. Neighbors were concerned that the property values would go down and that it was a danger to the children and elderly using the park because of radiation emitted from the towers.
Experts who came to the neighborhood council meeting from the communications company said that the cell towers pose absolutely no threat to public health.
Neighbor Karen Moskowitz had planned to bring a compelling argument against the cell towers at a Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee meeting on Dec. 4. Lisa Sarkin, the president of the Land Use committee, called for the meeting and soon after, AT&T notified Sarkin through Melinda Gejer, of Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department that they would not pursue their move.
The letter reads:
The Department has received word from AT&T that their application to install cellular equipment at the Studio City Recreation Center is to be withdrawn which would obviate the need to attend the December 4th meeting of the Land Use Committee.
The Park Advisory Board voted against the proposed AT&T cell tower installation at 12621 Rye Street in the San Fernando Valley park. Their community meeting was the most widely attended they had ever seen (there was even police presence). Representatives from the Studio City Resident’s Association, Studio City Neighborhood Council, Councilman Paul Krekorian’s office and AT&T were present as well as nearly 80 residents.
The motion, as read by Board President Bruce Thomas was “to support or not to support the proposed AT&T cell tower project, which is to be placed at Studio City Recreation Center. Final designs and or placing of equipment along with antenna sites and locations along with future revenue from AT&T to be determined at a future date and agreed upon by the PAB and Studio City Park staff. This motion will only give the support of the project provided that the future designs, Studio City Park improvements and the placing of all logistical equipment and buildings.”
In a letter to Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, Moskowitz, who formed the Beeman Park Coalition to protest the cell towers said:
“Studio City Recreation Area is losing its identity and character as a small neighborhood park. There are several things in which we as residents are concerned about, which must be addressed.” She talked about drugs and alcohol after hours, a lack of park rangers responding to concerns, the dog walkers bringing their pets and not picking up, skateboarding and traffic congestion.
Also Moskowitz said, “In my practice, as it happens, I work with a world-renowned expert on EMF Radiation because one of my clients is permanently disabled due to exposure resulting from his work near cell towers; this, despite his having used all necessary and required protective gear.
“Beeman Park Coalition will not stand for a cell tower in our neighborhood park. We have set up a website and encourage you to view it to better understand our opposition. Further, we are putting the City, the Council and the Parks Department on notice that our Coalition will be the watchdog for this small park long after we have successfully put an end to the proposed cell tower project.”
They formed the website: http://stopattcelltowerbeemanpark.com/about.html.