Ward 5 Communications
Letter to Richard Fimbres. May 14 2021
To: City Council Member Richard Fimbres (Ward 5):
From: Tucson/Pima County Residents and Business Owners
Re: Follow up: Tucsonans' Wireless Telecom Facilities Ordinance
May 14, 2021
Dear City Council Member Richard Fimbres,
On behalf of a rapidly expanding list of residents and entrepreneurs across Tucson and Pima County, we urge you to put the Tucsonans’ Wireless Telecom Facilities Ordinance (TWTFO) on the public agenda for discussion and vote as soon as possible. Your constituents have been awaiting your feedback since the TWTFO was sent on March 24.
The TWTFO was drafted by well-informed local residents and vetted by leading experts in public safety, microwave technology, and telecom law. We emphasize that the TWTFO will not only put Tucson in compliance with state and federal telecom law, but further take full advantage of these same laws by better protecting and preserving public safety, privacy and property values, which you took an oath of office to honor and protect.
If there is any question regarding the legality of any of the proposed amendments, renowned telecom attorney Andrew Campanelli has graciously offered a free consult with the City of Tucson. Mr. Campanelli has tried >7000 cases against the wireless industry (winning >80%) and has been working with cities across the country to draft strong ordinances that much better protect the public, while complying with existing laws.
We kindly ask for your response to the following questions:
1) Are you ready to solve the city's wireless/small cell problems by collaborating directly with your well-informed and networked constituents? We are ready to help.
2) Will you help facilitate scheduling the free consult with Andrew Campanelli (see above)?
3) Will you please meet with a few of us for 15 – 30 min. (in-person or virtual) to discuss the TWTFO and answer questions before putting it on the agenda for public discussion?
We look forward to your responses as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, May 18 at 5pm.
Sincerely, Russell S. Witte, Ph.D.
Tucson Resident (Ward 2) and Business Owner