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Cell tower gets OK from commission

Tuesday morning’s earthquake may have had an impact on Wednesday’s decision by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission to approve plans to put a Sprint cellular phone tower on top of a building at 2540 Foothill Blvd.

The decision came despite opposition from several local residents and some employees who work inside the building who showed up at a Wednesday morning public hearing about the proposed tower.

The three-member commission approved the plans after one commissioner reportedly said it took him about one-half hour to get a cellphone signal after the earthquake, C.V. Town Councilwoman Danette Erickson said.

According to statistics provided at the hearing by Sprint engineers, thereis only one cell tower in La Crescenta, one in Tujunga, five in La Cañada, 12 in Glendale, 12 in Pasadena, and 14 in Burbank.

The commissioners told the crowd that showed up to protest the new tower that the commission’s hands are tied concerning a proliferation of towers in the area with no wireless ordinance to insist providers co-locate, Erickson said.

Appeals to the decision must be received by Aug. 13. Appeals should be directed to the Department of Regional Planning, Hall of Records, 13th floor, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Mountain lion attacks, kills beagle

C.V. Sheriff’s Station received a report that a mountain lion had attacked and killed a beagle in the 2100 block of Fairhurst Street. According to the report, around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday a couple watched as a mountain lion “devoured” their 25-pound dog. The mountain lion then disappeared.

The Department of Fish and Game was notified.

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