PV council accepts the inevitable on cell phone tower Portola Valley, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm
It may be a faux tree, it may be a tasteful pole, it may even be an objet d'art, but a 50- to 55-foot cell phone tower will rise at the corner of Peak Lane and Golden Oak Drive in Portola Valley, on the same parcel that houses a 750-gallon water tank owned by the California Water Company.
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Posted by Gene, a resident of the Portola Valley: Westridge neighborhood, on Oct 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm
No...having attended the meeting last night, T-Mobile is in the minority in terms of providing cell coverage for PV residents. This decision has nothing to do with forcing residents to accept any service other than the one they choose. There was a discrepancy in terms of whether there were "significant" gaps in coverage and the Council was derelict in not postponing a decision and seeking further facts and corroboration. The Council "wussed out" on this one. Apparently T-Mobile's "threats" carried some weight and scared the Council.
Posted by Ge, a resident of the Portola Valley: Westridge neighborhood, on Oct 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm
It was just pointed out to me that the Council had only 150 days to make a decision and they were beyond that time on an extension. Unfortunately it looks like timing was an issue that required a response. My apologies to the Council for not taking that fact into consideration. However, there is never enough time to make the wrong decision and T-Mobile's threatening and "bully-style" behaviour/demeanor should have prompted the Council to be more pro-active and responsive to the general community's concerns.