Laguna council seeks to address residents’ concerns as it considers new 5G-related rules

The Laguna Beach City Council is seeking to address concerns from residents regarding 5G technology before moving forward with municipal code amendments aimed at bringing the city into compliance with a 2018 mandate from the Federal Communications Commission. Image credit: Laguna Times

During a nearly three-hour hearing on possible municipal code amendments aimed at bringing Laguna Beach into compliance with federal rules, residents made one thing clear to the City Council — they don’t want 5G in their town.

Council members heard that message loud and clear and directed city staff Tuesday to examine and address residents’ concerns, which included possible issues with noise, mandatory testing, warning signs, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

Councilwoman Sue Kempf said her primary concern was fire safety and that she felt the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s categorization of much of the city as a very high fire hazard severity zone could help control deployment of cell towers.

Mayor Bob Whalen said the city also should push as “aggressively as we can to require maximum spacing and minimum number of deployments.”

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