As you know, my campaign is committed to being free of corporate campaign contributions. To illustrate why this matters and how this impacts you, I am providing a specific and concrete example in real time. Over the weekend, the SF Chronicle reported that AT&T donated $1.6 million to candidates last year.
Now AT&T is cashing in.
SB 649 would dramatically change how cell tower are sited in California. Local governments would have little or no input into where these towers are placed or how they impact our community.
AT&T along with other telecommunications corporations, are strongly backing this bill.
According to the California League of Cities https://www.cacities.org/Policy-Advocacy/Hot-Issues/SB-649 , these are not small facilities. In fact, they could be as large as 35 cubic feet, the size of a large refrigerator. If the legislation were to pass, a tower could be dropped in front of your house and you would have absolutely no legal say in the matter. This is not about building the communications infrastructure we need. This is about major corporations running over local concerns for massive profits.
SB 649 is opposed by more than 200 cities, but most observers believe that it will pass, because of the huge amount of money given out by telecommunications corporations. Issues like this that put the power in the hands of corporations who control lawmakers with generous donations, are why I am running a corporate cash free campaign. Refusing money from special interests allows me to represent your interests, not theirs.