Yesenia Olague, one of the parents against the tower, said the hope is to be able to have an attorney represent them on the issue.
"We're at $1,600," Olague said. "Our goal is $4,000 for a retainer fee."
The Diocese of San Bernardino recently agreed to let Verizon build the 45-foot-high tower near the school and church at 12676 Foothill Blvd.
While parents have voiced concern over the potential for tower radiation to harm developing children, Diocese spokesman John Andrews said the tower would emit radiation far below levels permitted by the government, and a recent decision to move the tower from an approved location next to a meeting hall at the school was in part an effort to defuse community opposition to the project.
An application for a conditional use permit for the tower is expected soon from Verizon, city planner Tabe Van der Zwaag said.
After the city receives the application, a Planning Commission hearing would be held to consider the matter.
Normally, permits for cell towers can be reviewed by the planning manager under the city's new development code that was updated last year, but, because the issue is considered contentious, the Planning Commission will hear the matter.
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