In the public right-of-way one block from an LA county site it was denied two years ago, T-Mobile recently installed a 52 ft. cell tower within LA city limits.
Windsor Hills residents in the unincorporated county area said they received no notice of any kind. Zoning investigator Andre Parvenu told a resident who inquired that the city of Los Angeles was not notified and issued no permits. Parvenue said the installation also exceeded height limits and violated other zoning restrictions.
Resident Sheila Smith is organizing a group to oppose this and a related string of T-Mobile sites in nearby county public rights-of-way. “If you are in a wheelchair, you can’t turn the corner at Angeles Vista and Slauson,” said Smith. “You have to go out in the street!”
Smith said that when crews showed up to start the installation, locals assumed the project had something to do with street drainage. “We feel we are a neighborhood under siege,” she said. “There are installations that have gone up near homes for several blocks.”
A similar T-Mobile installation along the public right-of-way in Sherman Oaks outraged citizens there who are still fighting to have it removed. Instead of working with the city and residents to find acceptable sites, T-Mobile is resorting to imposing equipment in the public right-of-way as allowed by current California Public Utilities Commission rules.