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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Smart Meter Protest in SF Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM

A December 2010 protest against SmartMeter installation in West Marin

Despite its status as a tech hub where virtually every square inch of land is within range of a wireless Internet signal, San Francisco has proved hospitable over the years to people with all manner of fears about radiation from gadgets such as cell phones, radio towers -- and, in the latest object of righteous Luddite rage, SmartMeters.

A SmartMeter, for those of you who don't know, is a wireless device for measuring the use of gas and electricity. If you'd like to know more -- like, much, much more -- you can head to tomorrow's meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission, where folks opposed to PG&E's roll-out of these meters will be gathering to speak their minds.

Stop Smart Meters!, a Scotts Valley-based organization agitating against the machines, has sent out a broadcast urging its adherents to attend. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at 505 Van Ness.

Things could get (sort of) interesting with the appearance of new Commissioner Mike Florio, formerly head of pro-consumer group The Utility Reform Network (TURN). Florio hasn't shied away from calling out PG&E in the past; watch for how he responds to the demands of the anti-meter crowd.

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