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A new hurdle for L.A. County emergency-radio effort: cell tower fears
A new hurdle for L.A. County emergency-radio effort: cell tower fears

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, local governments began talking about a new emergency communications plan that would connect every cop and firefighter in Los Angeles County on one system. But to the dismay of many, the radio network is still not a reality. For the last six years, officials have weathered delays caused by technological hurdles, contracting issues and shifting requirements from the federal government. As a Sept. 30 deadline looms for completing a major part of the work, new issues are threatening to undermine the effort. Groups of firefighters and residents are planning to pack Tuesday's L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting to protest the placement of giant...

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