How about one of these in your neighborhood?

The Ninth Circuit today asked the California Supreme Court to tell it whether the hideousness of wireless transmission towers and the like authorizes a Golden State municipality to deny a wireless carrier’s application to put those ugly things in a public right of way.  The court actually phrased its question like this:

Do California Public Utilities Code sections 7901 and 7901.1 permit public entities to regulate placement of telephone equipment in public rights of way on aesthetic grounds?

Sprint PCS Assets, LLC v. City of Palos Verdes Estates, No. 05-56106 (9th Cir. May 8, 2007). 

Blawgletter likes our version better.

We sympathize with the citizens of Palos Verdes Estates.  Lots of wireless towers do indeed offend even crude ideals of visual beauty.  We hope the California Supremes say "yes".

Barry Barnett

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