Parents of children who attend two schools located near the Little White Chapel held a news conference on Thursday calling on the Burbank City Council to block the installation of a wireless telecommunication facility inside the church because of the dangers they say radio emissions pose to the public.
The public pressure came as the Burbank City Council prepares to hear three appeals on Tuesday to a Planning Board decision to approve the T-Mobile equipment.
Julie Fisher, whose 6-year-old attends Bret Hart Elementary, said her house is only 600 feet from the planned wireless equipment and feels that allowing the installation takes away her rights as a parent.
“[My son] probably plays with my cellphone a bit too much,” Fisher said. “But it's my choice. I tell him when he's allowed to turn it on and when to turn it off…The cellphone tower will be on all the time.”
The wireless equipment would be about 530 feet from Bret Harte Elementary and about 1,055 feet from Luther Burbank Middle School, said Roy Wiegand, who lives across the street from the church.