2 women arrested at SmartMeter protest in Rohnert Park

Two women protesting in Rohnert Park Tuesday morning against PG&E's installation of SmartMeters were arrested by police after they blocked a truck.

Deborah Tavares, 61, of Sebastopol and Ilona Gallo, 59, of Novato were arrested at about 8:15 a.m. outside of a State Farm Drive business.

"The two had refused to move from the driveway entrance and chose to be arrested instead of moving like the others," said Lt. Pat Strauss.

The women were in a group of about 15 people from EMF Safety Network, a Sebastopol-based group that has been vocal against the meters.

The group Tuesday morning was outside Wellington Energy, which contracts with PG&E to install the new meters.

Wellington is based in Pittsburgh and has been working out of the Rohnert Park office for its Sonoma County contract.

Lt. Strauss said the women were blocking a big rig from pulling into the business and it was causing traffic problems.

"It was quite a hazard," he said.

The two women were arrested on suspicion of refusing lawful orders of a police officer, a misdemeanor. They were handcuffed and taken to Sonoma County Jail and booked on the charge.

In late December, two Marin County women were arrested at a similar protest in West Marin.

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