Family with Young Children Forced to Live in the Cold and Dark for Refusing a LADWP Smart Meter

Stop Smart Meters – by onthelevelblog

LOS ANGELES- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has terminated electricity to the family of a middle school teacher, her husband, and their six children for refusing to have a smart meter on their home, which they say caused their family serious health problems.  The family has been living without power for six weeks now, in the heart of LA.

In July 2012, LADWP installed a smart meter on Derek and Anura Lawson’s home without notice or consent, part of a smart meter pilot program. Other houses in the neighborhood still have their analog meters.

That same month their four youngest children started to have serious health problems. The mother, Anura Lawson writes they had fevers “out of nowhere”“as high as 105”, and they “began to have problems controlling their bodily fluids, our five year old began peeing and pooping herself, our four year began to display the same problems…” Anura also struggled with migraines, insomnia, concentration problems and other health symptoms.

The family requested LADWP restore the analog meter. LADWP then gave them what they said was an analog meter, but the health symptoms persisted. The family objected. According to Anura, LADWP ridiculed them. She says, “When I called customer service, “Jennifer” laughed at me, telling me they would not remove the meter.”

When an agent of LADWP met with the family he said, “This isn’t one of those ‘SmartMeters’ that have been making all those people sick. These are RF meters. Totally different.” He talked about how safe radio was and that it had been used for years. Meanwhile the children’s health problems persisted.

Clearly something had to be done.

In January 2013, after repeated, unfulfilled requests to LADWP for help, the family restored a true analog meter obtained from Jerry Day. The mother wrote that after the analog meter was restored the children’s symptoms “diminished greatly, they no longer get high fevers, or suffer from loss of their bodily function.”

Two weeks later, LADWP disconnected their electricity. Anura saw the workers scale a neighbor’s wall, climb the power pole in their backyard and literally cut the wire to their home. Since February 11th the Lawsons have been living without electricity, without heat, without use of their appliances and without lights.

Joshua Hart, director of Stop Smart Meters! says, “Pilot programs are supposed to be a test to see how a new system operates. When problems crop up, you don’t punish customers for reporting them- you fix the problem.”

The family has been using candles and battery powered lanterns to see at night. They are cooking on a camping stove outdoors, and keeping their food cold in ice chests. The family says the incident has been extremely stressful.

This incident echoes other bullying incidents around the country, where people have been cut off after having had their smart meters removed due to health issues.

Sandi Maurer, director of the EMF Safety Network states, “Federal law states customers should be offered smart meters, not be forced to have them on their homes. LADWP is exceeding its authority by mandating these devices.”

Jerry Day, a video producer on the forefront of empowering customers to stand up for their constitutional rights states, “This is inexcusable. This is not responsible power company management. This is senseless abuse of utility customers.”

We agree. The Lawsons need their power switched on and an analog utility meter restored on their home. NOW.

In contrast to this situation, Liz Barris of the People’s Initiative Foundation today reports LADWP has removed a smart meter from a property in Hollywood Hills. She says it took two weeks of wrangling with them until a senior manager Vincent Zabukovec agreed to the switch (who can by the way be reached at 213-367-2725 if you are a LADWP customer who wants to “opt out” as well) . Here’s Liz’s video of the meter swap:

8 thoughts on “Family with Young Children Forced to Live in the Cold and Dark for Refusing a LADWP Smart Meter

  1. Our house was built in the 40’s and a Smart Meter won’t fit on our electrical power box. The Arizona Power Service put a notice on our door that they were going to shut our power off the next day if we didn’t get a hold of them immediately to talk to them about having a contractor change out our electrical box to put on a smart meter. We just told them we don’t have any money to change out all of that, and we can’t get a home loan either. Then I talked to my meter reader a Patriot who listens to AJ everyday on XM in the company truck. He said they have opt-out program but won’t tell you. He said just keep putting it off, and putting it off, but, make sure that you keep paying the bill and don’t get it shut off because they will try to make you do the power box upgrade to get it turned back on. Haven’t heard from them in 3 years. That’s why I love AZ.

    1. Yea Smilardog, them power companies are sneaky aren`t they. They have meters that they call turtles that the electric companies install;edhere where I am from about 5 yr.s ago. They sound like they are just like those smart meters. They replaced those turtles for free though.

  2. Besides the health problems Smart Meters cause, there’s also the issue of privacy.

    Then CIA Director David Petraeus addressed a meeting of In-Q-Tel in March 2012 during which he “mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

    All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

    “Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”

    Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices “change our notions of secrecy” and prompt a rethink of “our notions of identity and secrecy.” All of which is true — if convenient for a CIA director.” (end of quote)
    The information gathered from these “devices” will be transmitted by your Smart Meter. This will be global – not just in the USA. In my opinion, this is the real reason Petraeus was removed from his position as DCI. He said too much in public, so they “honey trapped” him with Paula Broadwell.

    Make no mistake; the Smart Meter is the link between your home and the Global Awareness (Spy) Grid. Got a new flat-screen TV in your bedroom? Get rid of it. Unless, of course, you want the boys in Langley, Foggy Bottom and Quantico to have their jollies …. at your expense.
    Read the entire article at:

  3. One of the presentations at ConspiracyCon 2012 was on Smart Meters. These things have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Another obvious facet of the NWO’s depopulation agenda.

    I have a friend whose wife suffers from debilitating migraines. After returning from the convention, I was at his house the following weekend, and asked him to show me where his meter was located. Sure enough, it was a Smart Meter, and it was on the wall outside his bedroom.

    Right above the bed.

  4. The Smart Meter is a microwave transmitter, and there is abundant evidence to be found by googling “Microwave towers + cancer clusters” regarding their harmful effects.

    Shortly after CIA Director Petraeus’ disclosure, the UK paper Daily Mail featured it in an article. The UK Government then made Smart Meter installation voluntary. Needless to say, this was NOT mentioned in the MSM or local newspapers.

    I’m currently fighting with my utility company over this issue. When I mentioned the UK situation, they tried telling me I’d got my facts wrong. They came by last week to try again. I still have my analogue meter – and legal counsel.

  5. You can limit some of its effect by wrapping it with Aluminum foil………Yeah yeah I know …tin-foil time.

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