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Council slates closed session Thursday to discuss AT&T suit

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A special meeting of the Sonoma City Council on Thursday will give city leaders a chance to discuss, in closed session, a lawsuit brought against the city by AT&T.

The suit has been anticipated since December, when council members rejected a cellphone tower the company wanted on Fourth Street East.

At the time, city staff pointed to a clause from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 stating that “No state or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions” so long as they comply with federal safety standards.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of Sonoma City Hall in the Plaza.