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December 17, 2008

Obama names new Ag. Secretary:
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado to head the Interior Department. The Interior Department is responsible for public land which is about 1/5th of all land in the US.

"Vilsack: Big Agriculture has a man in the White House" Vilsack fondness for science -- the science of biotechnology.
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December 15, 2008

Boycott YouTube December 19th-21st 2008 (Blackout)
Learn more

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December 14, 2008

The Unveiling the City of Santa Cruz Local Control, Pesticide and Chemical Trespass Ordinance. Decemeber 15th at 7 pm, CASS Headquarters, 200 Washington St., Ste. 170, Santa Cruz.
Sign Petition Learn More: peopleagainstchemicaltrespass.org/

Our Safety: Who Decides" 9 min video by Jazz-elle.
Also Showing on Community TV Ch 27 at
10:11 a.m. & 5:11 p.m. on December 14, 15, 16.
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2009 Isolated Population Treatment Areas:
Dublin, California comments due January 12, 2009
Sonoma/Napa, California comments due January 12, 2009
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Write Obama at www.change.gov and request he appoints a good new USDA Director Sample Letter

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December 10, 2008We need your help to staff the ordinance table this Thursday at the Fresh Choice Fundraiser in Capitola between
5:30 and 7:30. For more info contact Ruth at 831-662-1738

USDA seeks "'Supervisory Agriculturalist (LBAM Operations Manager)"' and will pay them 100k to spray people and quarantine farms. The position is located in Watsonville, CA. This is a "New" position and that if you look towards the top on the right hand side of the job description, it indicates "Full Time Permanent.". The government does not create new "Permanent" positions if they are only planning for a few years of Tx.
November 25, 2008

A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF CDFA MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FRAUD. Third Report by professor Glen Chase. October 9, 2008. Report

November 24, 2008

Volker files lawsuit against the EPA

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Do not miss this event!
7:00pm Pesticides and the New World Order - Mitchel Cohenn
Wed, November 26, 7:00pm – 9:30pmWhere
Berkeley, Long Haul Info Shop, 3124 Shattuck Avenue

November 20, 2008
A letter to Congresswoman Speier and a letter to Sam Farr from Roy Upton regardiung six pack toxicity test results, LBAM Liaison Citizens For Health. GO! Roy!

Please write to Congressmember Farr, supporting his efforts for reclassification. Here is a sample letter.

November 18, 2008

"Robert Dowell, CDFA director of the LBAM eradication effort, told the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., that the first shipment of 500,000 sterile larvae are expected to be released early next year within quarantined areas of the state where the LBAM has been trapped."November 14, 2008

"Aerial pesticide spraying put people at risk" - Mike Lynberg

November 10, 2008

Runoff detectives collect samples - The Monterey County Herald

November 8, 2008

Data lacking to link moth spray to health woes Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer Friday,

November 7, 2008

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES IN REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF PESTICIDE REGULATION Notification and Application-Specific Information DPR Regulation No. 08-002

DATE: November 18, 2008 TIME: 5:00 p.m. PLACE: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort Sierra Madre North Room 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, California 93103


November 5, 2008
Tell EPA to Protect Our Food From The Toxic Pesticide Endosulfan

November 4, 2008

The Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) releases this document on the election day of the 44th President of the USA. I guess they were not voting or paying attention to our national election.

Propaganda Report:
DPR Releases Toxicological Review of Chemical Products That May Be Used Against The Light Brown Apple Moth

November 2, 2008

Re-elect Tony Madrigal - The strongest candidate against the spray running Santa Cruz City Council!!


Let's remember just how hard Tony Madrigal fought against the spray:

  • He voted against the spray in every city council meeting that it was on  the agenda. He voted to take legal action against the CDFA. He helped arrange meeting halls for our forums.He arranged the donation of thousands of safety masks for the community. He then set up his own table on Pacific Ave the weekend   before the spray to dispense the masks to the public.He used his position to attract media and was always available speak   the media about the spray.He strategized at every level to help stop the CDFA from proposing to establish independent city-level committees to assisting and participating in grassroots organizing.He went to Sacrament to petition our State reps to take swift and immediate action. He stood in front of Trader Joe's with us on cold winter nights helping to inform the community of CDFS's new spray plan.He helped create the California Coalition of Cities to Stop the Spray which was a super powerful and very successful component to organizing and mobilizing our forces.
  • He just recently he voted to pass a resolution that would overturn state preemption of local pesticide regulations.
This is just a partial list of Madrigal's accomplishments and contributions in helping stop the aerial and ground spraying. This year we will be losing two other council members that took strong positions against the spray, Reilly and Porter will be leaving the council. We need Tony to continue to represent us. Vote for Tony Madrigal for Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008. Tell everyone you know to Vote for Tony Madrigal.

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Oct 29, 2008
What exactly is Suterra doing with all they money they made spraying the good people of the California? Suterra Sale and Purchase Agreement. Read more at juniper-ridge-info.blogspot.com/ backup

Oct 27, 2008

Today Come learn about a PROPOSED SANTA CRUZ CITY ORDINANCE- MONDAY, OCT. 27th - 7pm LIVE OAK GRANGE, 1900 17th Ave. Flyer

Oct 24, 2008
Secrecy Surrounds Suterra Land Sale

Oct 20, 2008

Come learn about a proposed SANTA CRUZ CITY ORDINANCE- MONDAY, OCT. 27th - 7pm LIVE OAK GRANGE, 1900 17th Ave. no charge -- donations accepted. Flyer

New events posted on our calendar. Check it out.

Oct 17, 2008
Santa Cruz City Council voted to pass the "Resolution urging the State of California to Repeal Preemption of Local Regulation of Pesticides" Read the resoultion

Oct 7, 2008 Call to Action!
The Santa Cruz City Council will consider passing a resolution that would overturn state preemption of local pesticide regulations. Show up at the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers at 3pm on Tuesday, October 14th (809 Center Street, Santa Cruz). The resolution will be on the consent agenda, so it will be considered near the beginning of the meeting. Read the resoultion!
----------------------------------------Glen Chase, a Professor of Systems Management, has released a third report detailing the methodical fraud that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Management perpetrated to attempt to create a bogus emergency eradication program for the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). This third report demonstrates the fraud and deception within the program strategy that CDFA Management used and is continuing to use to qualify for $100's of millions of dollars of emergency taxpayer funds, which were intended for real emergencies. Oct 1, 2008

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday signed a bill into law that will reform the state's process when considering aerial pesticide spray in urban areas.


September 26, 2008"State apple moth appeal dropped" Coast Lines: Sept. 26, 2008---------------------------------September 24, 2008

Breaking 6 pm:
The State has decided not to pursue its appeal of Judge Burdick’s LBAM CEQA judgment in favor of the City and County and, to that end, has dismissed its appeal. Judge Burdick’s ruling therefore will remain in effect and is no longer subject to a possible reversal by the court of appeal.

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Must Attend Event!
Anatomy of a Decision: A Roundtable Discussion about the LBAM for the public to ask questions.
WHO: Jackie Speier, United States Congresswoman, requests open, public discussion of the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) eradication program.
WHEN: Tuesday September 30th at 9:30AM to Noon
WHERE: Samtrans Building, 1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, Auditorium (seats over 60 people)
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September 22, 2008

"Paeony growers to begin spray programme" www.odt.co.nz

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September 18, 2008

Tony Madrigal was there for us, will you be there for him?

Precinct Walk for Tony Madrigal for Santa Cruz City Council: He will begin precinct walking from 10am-2pm this Saturday, September 20 and every Saturday (Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1) until Election Day.
We will meet at our Campaign Headquarters at 501 Mission Street. Please bring your friends and family to come precinct walk to turn out the voters.

Tony Madrigal The strongest Santa Cruz City Councilmember against the lbam aerial spray that is running for City Council in '08.

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September 15, 2008

Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Eradication Program: Formal Petition to Reclassify LBAM As a Non-actionable Pest

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September 11, 2008



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September 8, 2008

One year ago this week the CDFA conducted biochemical experiments on the good people of Monterey County against their will.



"California's under a chemical cloud" Ecologist pg 3

"True Accounts of the LBAM Aerial Spraying" updated
Will be aired on Community Television Channels 27 and 73.
Sept. 8, Monday, 3 p.m. Sept. 9 Tuesday 1pm Sept 13 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20 11:30 p.m. Sept 27 11:30 p.m. Sept. 24 6:58 p.m.
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September 4, 2008


Sam Farr Town Hall Meeting
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Documents Farr has gotten from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

September 3, 2008

CALL to ACTION
Congressman Sam Farr Town Hall Meeting at 6:30pm, Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz.
We need to show up in large numbers and demand that he use his position to help get the LBAM reclassified. Some say that Farr already has plans to do something like that, but any official action or declaration from him along those lines has yet to be seen. We'll believe it when we actually see it. In the past, he has greatly belittled our concerns and has even helped the CDFA spread misinformation about the moth. Actions speak louder than words, and we have yet to see any positive action from him on this issue. Show up in large numbers tomorrow evening and show/tell him how important it is that he take some serious action on this LBAM issue. His next Santa Cruz Town Hall meeting will most likely not happen for another year. Seize this opportunity!!-------------------------------------- September 2, 2008Slow Food Nation Considered, this Wednesday, September 3, 2008, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium, on the UC Berkeley Campus is a good opportunity to address the problems of exclusion and censorship LBAM activists and others experienced at the panel on which Kawamura was speaking "Sterile LBAM Release Plan Draws Criticism from Scientists- Measure deemed "impossible" and pointless; state fires back" Story by Curtis Cartier
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August 29, 2008
"Quarantine Announced: 19-Square-Mile Area of Sonoma, Napa Counties Added to State’s Apple Moth Quarantine" CDFA Press Release Quarantine Zone Map--------------------------------------

August 28, 2008

Protest CDFA Kawamura at Slow Food Nation in San FranciscoWhenFri, Aug 29, 10am – 1pmWhereHerbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue--------------------------------------

August 27, 2008

A property owner terrorized by the CDFA, a California State Government Agency writes:
"My neighbors were notified Friday they were going to get the apple moth twist ties. Our property is completely outside of the 200 meter radius for treatment, and not on their treatment map, but they are here right now with a map that shows our organic garden, all 5 acres of it, is to be treated. Today."

Worry About Twist ties

Print and pass around 2 sided flyer

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August 26, 2008

Sam Farr's Town Hall Meeting Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Vet's Hall in Santa Cruz.
At the Aptos Town Hall meeting, Farr either showed or feigned real ignorance about the impotence of the LBAM. Nevertheless, it became clear that he hasn't paid much attention to expert Dan Harder or anything we have sent him. Therefore, we need to repeat all messages that help to persuade him that the LBAM is a wimp and needs to be reclassified or taken off the list.

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August 23, 2008

Calif. Senate OKs checks ahead of aerial spraying
"The California Senate has approved legislation that would require a public health and public health evaluation before the state could order aerial spraying to control agricultural pests....The state would also have to evaluate the public health risks and reveal each ingredient in the pesticide to be sprayed. Friday's 23-12 vote sent the bill back to the Assembly to approve Senate amendments."

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August 22, 2008

Professor Releases Second Report Exposing the Fraud of the CDFA LBAM Eradication Program Press Release / Report by professor Glen Chase

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August 20, 2008

10-SQUARE-MILE AREA TO BE TREATED TODAY -CDFA set to spray for oriental fruit fly. "The treatment area - which includes portions of San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino and Sunnyvale - is roughly bounded by El Camino Real on the north, San Tomas Expressway on the east, Englewood Road on the south and Blaney Avenue on the west....The state's strategy is to use spot applications of an insecticide applied to compact-disc-size patches on street trees and utility poles. Combined with a feeding attractant lure, the male fruit flies are drawn to the application sites, where they die from feeding on the insecticide."

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August 7, 2008

Subject: Notice of a Scoping Meeting for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Program -
San Jose A public scoping meeting will be held to receive agency and public comment on the scope of analysis and PEIR content for the proposed Project in the expanded project area.

Date/time and location:
Monday August 18, 2008 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Isaac Newton Center (first floor)
County Administration Building
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, California 95110
Mail comments to:
Jim Rains, Staff Environmental Scientist, California Department of Food and Agriculture Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, Division 1220 N Street, Room A-316 Sacramento, Ca 95814

Or send emails to: LBAM_PEIR@cdfa.ca.gov

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Organizers [of the Beijing Olympic] have said they have a plan B ready for the opening ceremony, should it rain. It is believed that officials are considering using a technology developed by American scientists that prematurely causes rain.

"China's weather modification program. Their mission: to shoot dust into threatening clouds in advance of the opening ceremony Friday in Beijing... Rain will not be allowed to dampen this Olympic flame. "Aug. 8 opening ceremony, officials have said China was considering deploying experimental technology to try to ensure dry weather and clean air for Friday. "The most recent scientific assessment says there is very, very slim evidence of the success of weather intervention in increasing, decreasing or preventing rain," said Leonard Barrie, co-director of the World Meteorological Organization research department"-------------------------------------- August 5, 2008Action Alert:
Senate committeeis on August 6th
Support AB 977 - Contact members of the CA Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Ask them to support AB 977. Sample letter

Sam Farr Town Hall meetings:
August 11, 6:30 p.m. Irvine Auditorium 499 Pierce St. Monterey
August 18, 6:30 County Administration Building 481 4th St, 1st Floor, Hollister
August 20, 6:30 p.m. Seacliff Inn 7500 Old Dominion Court, Seacliff Room, Aptos
September 4, 6:30 p,m, Veterans Memorial Building 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Demand Reclassification of the LBAM-------------------------------------- August 4, 2008"State Asked to Rescind Report on Spraying Illnesses" "Particle Size Analyzer" of CheckMate LBAM-FLetter to OEHHA addressing OEHHA's bogus health report and distortion of the very real and serious health effects people experienced after the aerial spraying in 2007.

"Particle Pollution Fact Sheet" -American Lung Association

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"Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Eradication Program Public Perspectives" - Roy Upton LBAM Liaison Citizens For Health
Powerpoint Presentation

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August 3, 2008

"Batman can’t beat apple moth absurdity: Legislators must save us from The Joker By Dick AndreKPFA (Berkeley 94.1) coverage to the LBAM issue on 8/05/08 download

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July 30, 2008

USDA Environmental Assessments Comments Due:Vallejo- revised eradication comments due 8/1/08]Pescadero - Revised (August Treatment) comments due 8/8/08 Half Moon Bay - (August Treatment) comments due 8/8/08Novato, - comments due 08/22/08

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July 27, 2008

Action Alert:

Support AB 977 - Contact members of the CA Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Ask them to support AB 977. Sample letterSenate committee this
August 6th

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July 23, 2008

Impeachment Hearings will be heard this Friday. Tell your congressmember to suport Dennis Kucinich this Friday and demand the media covers the hearings!

July 21, 2008"
Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Program
" -CDFA Public Scoping Meetings Two additional public meetings (in addition to the four meetings held February 20-28, 2008) will be held to receive agency and public comment on the scope of analysis and PEIR content for the proposed Project in the expanded project area. Dates/time and locations1: Sacramento: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm California Department of Food and Agriculture 1220 N Street (Auditorium) Sacramento, CA 95814Los Angeles: Monday, August 4, 2008 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Hall 5800 Fulton Avenue Valley Glen, CA 91401

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July 18, 2008

Non-violent Civil Disobedience Training against the Light Brown Apple Moth Trapping & Eradication Program Saturday, July 19th, 2008, 10am-5:30pm 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita), in Berkele

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TUNE IN TO SEE DEBBIE FRIEDMAN, CO-FOUNDER OF MOTHERS OF MARIN AGAINST THE SPRAY, ON NBC11's BAY AREA VISTA ON SUNDAY, July 20th at 10:00 a.m.

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July 15, 2008 CDFA LBAM ERADICATION PROGRAM REPORTED TO BE A FRAUD Press Release / Report by professor Glen ChaseJuly 13, 2008CASS Outreach Team will meet tomorrow evening, Monday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at CASS headquarters, 200 Washington St., Ste. 170., Santa Cruz, CA

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July 10, 2008

Can We Say 'No' to Pesticide Twist Ties? Watch and learn:
July 10, 2008Vallejo, California - revised eradication boundary [comments should be received no later than August 1, 2008] USDA

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July 9, 2008

"Sterile plans -State decides to fight moths with moths after spraying program criticized" - SARAH PHELAN "The first one, the public didn't like," said University of California, Davis entomology professor James Carey.

"The second is a complete waste of money. They can't eradicate these things, but [it] lets CDFA throw more public money down the rat hole.""Exotic Policy Must Change" - Cal Farmer, Len Richardson"Mating race with light brown apple moth questioned" Julia Scott - MediaNews Santa Cruz SentinelBILL NUMBER: AB 977 Read text / Read Bill History


"An act to repeal Section 11501.1 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to pest control, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.""Massive bee deaths can be on the rise act now" from The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), UC Santa Cruz

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July 3, 2008CDFA wants to continue with the 'eradication' twist tie plan for the 2 Sonoma neighborhoods. *Please come and lend your support to the Sonoma residents. * The public has the opportunity for 2-3 minutes comment time. You are all welcome to attend. DATE: July 8th, 2008 TIME: 9:00am -?

LOCATION: Supervisors Chambers Sonoma County Administration Bldg. 575 Administration Dr. Room 102A Santa Rosa
Write letters to the Board of Supervisors at: bos@sonoma-county.org

If you have any questions, please call: Yannick A. Phillips in Sonoma
707-933-0312 or e-mail, yphillips@comcast.net BEFORE July 6th.
Learn more about twist ties

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July 2, 2008"San Mateo County quarantine area expanded for light brown apple moths""State issues new San Mateo light brown apple moth quarantine boundary lines"

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July 1, 2008

California Penal Code Sections 374.3-375
"TITLE 10. OF CRIMES AGAINST THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY"
California Penal Code.
More on Laws Violated by the LBAM Eradication Program

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June 29, 2008

Faced with mounting public opposition, the state Department of Food and Agriculture no longer plans aerial spraying of a synthetic pheromone over populated areas to control the light brown apple moth. - Written by Press Banner (be sure to read the comment on the article by Lawrence)

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June 28, 2008A Skirmish Won, the Campaign Goes On - Foster Gamble

June 26, 2008

CDFA Questions and Answers: Updated Action Plan to Eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth June 19, 2008 -Sterile Insect Technique (SIT)Ag Organization Supports New CDFA Strategy to Control LBAMState Drops Plan For Bay Area Moth Spraying-Anna Werner Oakland Town Meeting 6/23/08

Watch all parts - Thanks EON!

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June 25, 2008

"Aftermoth: A Legacy of Pain and Ethical Considerations About Spraying Untested Chemicals on Californians" - by Mike Lynberg

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June 24, 2008"Aerial sprays are so 20th century" A.G. Kawamura Monday, June 23, 2008
"Spray foes fear future tactics" By DAWN WITHERS • The Salinas Californian • June 23, 2008 -" The first batch of sterilized moths - bred and raised in a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Albany - will be released in 2009, with releases continuing through 2011 and peaking at 20 million moths per day."

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June 23, 2008

EAST BAY COMMUNITY TOWN HALL TO STOP THE SPRAY
Monday, June 23, 2008, 7:00 pm -9:00 pm, Lakeside Park Garden Center at Lake Merritt 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA. 94610 Learn about the new plan released flyer


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June 20, 2008"

Late Wednesday, the state filed appeals to the Santa Cruz and Monterey county court rulings requiring officials to finish an environmental review before any spraying could take place."CDFA Notice of Appeal . The CDFA is trying to avoid the court ruling, which requires them to complete an Environmental Impact Report- EIR before they release toxins in to our environment. Wonder why they did not announce their Notice of Appeal when they had the press conference stating they will not aerial spray over cities.

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June 19, 2008

3:20pm BREAKING:
State stops aerial pesticide
spraying over neighborhoods

"In a victory for thousands of Northern California residents, state officials today announced they will no longer aerially spray urban areas with pesticide to fight the invasive light brown apple moth. ...Instead, planes will spray the pesticide CheckMate LBAM-F over agricultural or undeveloped areas only" (areas not accessible by roads). All ground applications will go on as planned but will now include a sterile moth release most likely an aerial release. (updated 4:40pm)

Partial Audio of CDFA's press conference with Ag Kawamura (right click save as)
LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH STERILE INSECT RELEASE - CDFA NOTIFICATION OF GOVERNOR'S CABINET LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH STERILE INSECT RELEASE - GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S LETTER TO SECRETARY KAWAMURA American Lung Association of California Statement On Light Brown Apple Moth Aerial Spraying- June, 2008 Sam Farr Press release "Aerial pheromone application over urban areas off the table"

Vegan Reader comments

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2: 55 BREAKING:Stay posted we will get the info to you asap!
"It appears that spraying over urban areas is now off the table," Huffman said. "It's a sterile moth and the state thought it was two to three years away as an option, but they have been able to ramp it up," said Huffman, D-San Rafael." 2: 45 BREAKING:
USDA and the CDFA will be discussing a major scientific breakthrough in the program," said Steve Lyle, spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. "It will be of great significance to the project."12: 45 BREAKING:
CDFA is having a press conference today at 3pm to discuss changes to their LBAM eradication program.

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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED:
Please fax the members of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee immediately and ask that the $2 million in SB 1067 for "support staffing and logistical support for the Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Program" be stricken from the budget. NOTE that faxes are the most reliable and effective way to contact legislators. Sample letter/ Fax   (Phone & fax numbers)

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News:
"Lawmakers Question USDA About Moth Spraying" Anna Werner "Another lawmaker speaks out on spraying" -Genevieve Bookwalter - Sentinel staff writer

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June 18, 2008Action Alert:


7pm 6/18 Water Board District Meeting for San Mateo-2400 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica. LBAM is on the agenda. They need to hear about the redtide, bird die-off, and water contamination. San Mateo is home to Crystal Springs Water reservoir. More info contact Sharon Luehs, 650.355.7107 SharonLuehs@comcast.net News:
Sonoma Valley eradication plans halted pending review of impact on endangered species

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June 17, 2008Breaking:


State Moves Closer To Banning Moth Spraying
The state Senate’s Agriculture Committee Tuesday approved Senator Migden’s resolution, SCR 87, a ban on spraying for the light brown apple moth statewide. The committee passed the proposal on a 4-0 vote.

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Senator Migden’s resolution, SCR 87, will be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee

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CDFA is concerned about the fairy shrimp so they will be postponing twist tie application in parts of Sonoma that are close to the creek. THE CDFA TOLD US THIS WAS SAFE FOR THE EVNIRONMENT AND HUMANS. SO THEY ADMIT TWIST TIES ARE UNSAFE FOR SOME LIVING THINGS!


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Senator Migden’s resolution, SCR 87, will be heard in the Sen

ate Agriculture Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17th, 9:30 a.m. in Room 113 of the Capitol, Sacramento.
Marin Car Pool: Carpools will leave from Greenbrae Commuter lot, on the right just before you get on to the freeway going south from Sir Francis Drake. (time: 7am for 7:30 departure. Show up and be prepared to share rides. If you can not go please contact the Senate Agriculture Committee

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ACTION ALERT: 7pm 6/18 Water Board District Meeting for San Mateo-2400 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica. LBAM is on the agenda. They need to hear about the redtide, bird die-off, and water contamination. San Mateo is home to Crystal Springs Water reservoir. More info contact Sharon Luehs, 650.355.7107 SharonLuehs@comcast.net

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Twist Ties going up in Sonoma had been postponed. For more info and how to help stop this unneeded program in Sonoma contact Yannick: yannick@addem.org (707) 337.6739


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June 15, 2008Pages you may not have seen:New Zealand ConnectionGround ApplicationsSPLAT vs. Traditional Pheromone Dispensers

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June 13, 2008

CDFA gestapo ag inspectors close down Lumbermans Nursery on 6/12/08 due to the LBAM

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June 12, 2008

Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers AFT Local 2030 passed Resolution"State vows to ensure moth spraying is safe" -Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment WriterCapitola City Council will be considering the adoption of the previously developed resolution this Thursday, June 12, 7 pm. 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola, CAWeapons of Moth Destruction will show on Thursday, June 12, in San Francisco More info

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June 11, 2008

"Experts Say Apple Moth Spraying May Be About Trade" - Anna Werner


CDFA is seeking your input "What is your vision for California agriculture by 2030?""The Ag Vision will give California agriculture the opportunity to design its own future through 2030--this will not be a document to gather dust, but an action plan to secure the viability of this industry for today and years to come"Weapons of Moth Destruction will premiere on Wednesday June 11, at 6:30 pm More info

Portions of Zip codes 95130, 95008, 95032 and 95070 will be the site of Wednesday's three-square-mile area being fogged for west nile virus. More info

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June 10, 2008

Capitola City Council will be considering the adoption of the previously developed resolution this Thursday, June 12, 7 pm. 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola, CAWeed Control Tools: Chemical Focus Wednesday, June 11, 6:00-9:30 pm Student Center, Sir Francis Drake H.S. 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo

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June 9, 2008

"Reedley Says OK to Aerial Spray Plan for Bay Area" -Reedley Councilmember Scott Brockett told the Planet Thursday. “...We need to be able to protect one another’s interests". Read Reedley resolution.

Where the heck is Reedley, oh yeah outside the spray zone!Let the Reedley City Council know how you feel; Mayor Soleno rsoleno@reedley.com, Councilmember Betancourt abetancourt@reedley.com, Councilmember Fast mfast@reedley.com, Councilmember Rapada srapada@reedley.com, Councilmember Brockett sbrockett@reedley.com -"We need to be able to protect one another’s interests".

Reedley City Counci1717 9th Street Reedley, CA 93654 (559) 637-4200 ext. 212

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June 8, 2008

Do Nanoparticles in Food Pose a Health Risk? By David Biello Nanotechnology in Food & Agriculture: OUT OF THE LABORATORY AND ON TO OUR PLATES -"...reducing the particle size of existing chemical emulsions to the nanoscale, or are encapsulating active ingredients in nanocapsules designed to break open in certain conditions, for example in response to sunlight, heat or the alkaline conditions in an insect’s stomach." [or human stomach?]

"Three leading “Nano Metro” centers—San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland (map) —are in California, the state emerging as the domestic frontrunner in nanotechnology competition."

US map of nano centers

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June 7, 2008

"Aerial spray opponents send alerts to doctors-Stop the Spray Marin is sending out what it calls a "health hazard" alert packet - a 20-page document - to Marin physicians to warn of potential health effects from planned aerial spraying to eradicate the light brown apple moth." -Mark Prado

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June 6, 2008

"Reedley Says OK to Aerial Spray Plan for Bay Area" -Reedley Councilmember Scott Brockett told the Planet Thursday. “...We need to be able to protect one another’s interests". Read Reedley resolution. Where the heck is Reedley, oh yeah outside the spray zone!Let the Reedley City Council know how you feel; Mayor Soleno rsoleno@reedley.com, Councilmember Betancourt abetancourt@reedley.com, Councilmember Fast mfast@reedley.com, Councilmember Rapada srapada@reedley.com, Councilmember Brockett sbrockett@reedley.com -"We need to be able to protect one another’s interests". Reedley City Counci1717 9th Street Reedley, CA 93654 (559) 637-4200 ext. 212

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USDA FAQ May 2008

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Assemblymember Huffman’s Bill, AB 2765 on pesticide disclosure and public hearings Senate Ag committee: Do pass, and re-refer to Com. on E.Q. Re-referredLeno's Light Brown Apple Moth Bill Requiring an EIR Prior to Any Spraying Approved by Assembly AB 2760 will provide the public with critical information on the safety of pesticides before they can be used. It now moves on to the Senate for consideration. 5/30/08 -Forbes

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"WEAPONS OF MOTH DESTRUCTION"a political documentary by Laura Vitale. Showing
Wednesday June 11 at 6:30 pm in Monterey and Thursday June 12 at 7:15 pm at the Roxie Theater, SF. More info

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Beginning June 16, state agricultural employees will be putting pheremone-infused twist ties to fences and trees in a 200-meter area in Sonoma Valley where the two moths were found.

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June 5, 2008

ssemblymember Huffman’s Bill, AB 2765 on pesticide disclosure and public hearings will be in the Senate Ag Committee today. It does not stop the spray, but does give us more information.
If you support the bill, please contact members of the committee, especially Senator Abel Maldonado (Chair) / Senator Denise Ducheny (Vice Chair) Senator Jeff Denham / Senator Dean Florez / Senator Sheila Kuehl A Controversy Coming to a Neighborhood Near You - Sierra ClubNanotechnology - Dangers come in small particles
Nanotechnology Bill HR5940;
Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food
More on Nanotechnology
Tell the FDA to stop ignoring the health and environmental dangers posed by nanotech

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June 4, 2008
"California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Outreach Program Pits Farmers against Urban Residents in Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Controversy" - Pesticide Watch

Read letter to the Gov. Calling out the CDFA for Outreach Program that Pits Farmers against Urban ResidentsLight Brown Apple Moth “LBAM” Fear Mongering in NevadaCalifornia Moth Specimens: Browse by County

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June 3, 2008

Sonoma Twist Tie Update -Learn More About Twist Ties"Light Brown Apple Moth in California: Quarantine, Management, and Potential Impacts" - "LBAM is found throughout Australia but it does not survive well at high temperatures and is a more serious pest in cooler areas with mild summers. The pest performs best under cool conditions (mean annual temperature of approximately 56ºF) with moderate rainfall (approximately 29 inches) and moderate-high relative humidity (approximately 70%). Hot, dry conditions may reduce populations significantly."

June 3, 2008 Election


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Contact - Pro-Spray Legislators Jean Fuller/Berryhill/LaMalfa Assemblymember Jean Fuller [sits on Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees] 4900 California Ave. St. 100-B Bakersfield, CA 93309 Ph: 661-395-2995 fax: 661-395-3883
Assemblymember Fuller, State Capitol, Rm 3098 Sacramento, CA 95814, phone: 916-319-2032, fax: 916-319-2132

Assemblymember Tom Berryhill (Rancher and Orchards owner in Modesto] St. Capitol, Room 4116, PO Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0025; phone: 916-319-2025; fax: 916-319-2125;

Assemblymember Doug LaMalfa (Rice Farmer in Redding) 2865 Churn Creek Rd., St. B, Redding CA 96002; phone 530-223-6300 Or, St. Capitol, PO 94284, Rm 4164, Sacramento, CA 94249-0002; phone: 916-319-2002;
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June 2, 2008

Today the CDFA will hold a public information meeting on Monday, June 2,
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Flowery Elementary School, 17600 Sonoma Highway.

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA have authored resolutions against the spray and are participating in lawsuits against it.Stop the Spray Marin is hosting "Stop the Spray Live" concert. 2330 Marinship Way,
from 1-6pm on June 8: Featured Artists will include Bob Weir, and special surprise guests."Scientists Speak Out Against Calif. Moth Spraying" -DAVIS (CBS 5) Anna Werner Three senior entomology at UC Davis have expressed their concerns about the eradicate plan. Read the letter they sent on May 28, 2008 to the USDA.

Read Testimony of Derrell Chambers a retired USDA scientist and expert on "pheromones".

"A Comprehensive Section on the Controversy Surrounding a Plan to Spray Pesticides to Fight the Light Brown Apple Moth" - CBS 5

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June 1 , 2008

"Moth Spraying Opponents March On Golden Gate Bridge" Foxreno.com

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WALK March Images - May 31, 2008


"Moth Spraying Opponents March On Golden Gate Bridge" Foxreno.com

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WALK March Images -
May 31, 2008

We asked people why they were at the
march and here is what they said:


Dr. Haiden talks about the toxic spray.

Read her report

"The Light Brown Apple Moth Aerial Spray Campaign: The Health Hazards of Particles, Toxins, Inflammatory Cascades and Genomic Predisposition" - Dr. Ann M. Haiden, D.O,






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May 30, 2008

"State to discuss moth plan"
in Sonoma.
An estimated 250 bright red twist ties in trees and bushes over every acre of the 15-mile quarantine zone.

The CDFA will hold a public information meeting in Monday, June 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Flowery Elementary School, 17600 Sonoma Highway.


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May 29, 2008

"The Light Brown Apple Moth Aerial Spray Campaign: The Health Hazards of Particles, Toxins, Inflammatory Cascades and Genomic Predisposition" - Dr. Ann M. Haiden, D.O, Read Report

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May 28, 2008
We can get the info to you, but it is with your help that we are able to get this info to the masses!

Is the CDFA above the law? Two courts ruled that the CDFA violated the law and that they must complete a full Environmental Impact Report- EIR before aerial spraying. Why are they still planning to spray on Aug 17?

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May 27, 2008

"10 Reasons to Oppose the LBAM Aerial Spray" - From Ingrid Taylar

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May 25, 2008

Draw the Line Benefit Concert
When: Sun, May 25, 5pm – 11pm
Where: 417 Alvarado Street Monterey, CA

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May 24, 2008

How many changes can you spot in the 5/2008 version compared to the 02/2008
version? CDFA Spray Plans 02/2008  CDFA Spray Plans 05/2008
Map of Aerial Spray Zones 02/2008     Map of Aerial Spray Zones 05/2008

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May 23, 2008
"The light brown apple month... is a major threat to California agriculture, state Sen. Abel Maldonado" Is this guy totally out of the loop? Maybe we need to educate him.

Attend the SF Board of Education Meeting: Support Resolution The San Francisco Board of Education is considering a resolution opposing aerial spraying at the last meeting before the summer. Tuesday May 27 at 6p.m.at Irving G. Breyer Board Meeting Room,
555 Franklin St, 1st Floor, San Francisco.


Exotic moth policy must change

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May 22, 2008

Breaking 10:40pm:
Capitola City Council votes to create a resolution gainst the LBAM spray program.

Big Santa Cruz Forest Fire!
1400 evacuated 12 homes distroyed. 3000 acers already burned and up to 10,000 more acers could burn over night!
A state of emergency has been declared. Track the Fire at http://www.ksbw.com/index.html


May 22 4-6 pm, 701 Ocean St, Rm.318A. 425-0401.
Senator Simitian is having an Open House and Ice Cream Social today, at his S.Cruz district office.


CALL TO ACTION: May 22, 7 pm Capitola City Council, 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola, CA. All Capitola City Residents and Workers: Capitola City Council i s holding a public hearing on the LBAM.



Capitola City Council LBAM Information Packet


Santa Cruz City / County Court Case Admin Record

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May 21, 2008

USDA EA Public Comment Period is Due NOW!
Demand "they go beyond their inadequate EA/FONSI process, and do a full EIR, along with a full independent review of the entire program with special considerations for each special climate/ condition county.

San Jose to be sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki - BT [comments should be received no later than May 23, 2008]
Sonoma to be sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk) and/or LBAM-specific pheromone (treatment alternative). [comments should be received no later than May 30, 2008]
Pescadero California Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk) and/or LBAM-specific pheromone (treatment alternative)(June Treatment) [comment should be received no later than June 20, 2008]

Osama El-Lissy Director, USDA APHIS Emergency Management, 4700 River Rd. Unit 134 Riverdale, MD 20737. Phone 301 734-5459
EMAIL:
Osama.A.El-Lissy@aphis.usda.gov

AND Send a copy to:
Ed Schafer, Secretary of Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, DC 20250 email: AgSec@usda.gov

AND Send a copy to: eir@lbamspray.com

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USDA Aerial Application Manual

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May 20, 2008

Center for Plant Health Science and Technology CPHST Lab, Mission, Texas Lab "Developed a DNA-based method to identify immature LBAM in California "
Location: Edinburg, TX Phone: (956) 580-7301 Fax: (956) 580-7300 Contact: Paul Parker

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"Why the Schwarzenegger Administration is Wrong About Spraying Californians With Toxic Chemicals" By Robert Lieber, RN, Mayor City of Albany

"The Homeland Security Branch consists of three senior analysts tasked with coordinating and overseeing APHIS’"

Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism

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The USDA is looking for a new biochemical pesticide maker.
The Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Services plans on soliciting for and planning on awarding multiple indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contracts for light brown apple moth pheromone lures.
These four pages below make up a solicitation for bids to manufacture a new LBAM lure. These sheets include all the requirements, including the chemical make up of the lure. The first one is the original request, followed by three amendments. It was originally posted May 2, 2008 and the extended dead lline for bids is May 28, 2008.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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May 19, 2008

CALL TO ACTION: All Capitola City Residents and Workers
May 22, 7 pm Capitola City Council is holding a public hearing on the LBAM. The staff report.

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May 18, 2008

Ag Kawamura, donated $21,200 to the Elect Schwarzenegger Campaign

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May 16, 2008

"Congresswoman Barbara Lee Asks for Freeze of Apple Moth Aerial Spray" - www.veganreader.com (backup)

"Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) has sent a strongly worded letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calling for a halt to aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM ) in California until comprehensive health and environmental evaluations are done. "

Read the Letter by Congresswoman Barbara Lee

LBAM Checkmate Spray, Agent Orange and Women’s Health

On May 22, the Capitola City Council is having a public hearing on the LBAM eradication project. At the hearing, the City Council will receive public comment and they will give staff direction. It will be important for Capitola residents to comment because one member of the City Council indicated that Capitola residents don't care about the LBAM eradication program. He said he has heard nothing from his consituents on the issue.

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May 15, 2008

Laws Violated by the LBAM Eradication Program

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May 14, 2008

Resolutions Passed by Cities, Counties, and Unions.

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George Gomez CDFA Undersecretary
who signed the orders for the CDFA's LBAM Program.

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May 13, 2008

"Judge halts moth spray in Monterey County" by SF Gate
A Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that the state must halt pheromone spraying for the invasive light brown apple moth until an environmental report is complete.

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May 12, 2008


Sat., May 17, from 3-4:30 p.m., there is a meeting of the SC County Farm Bureau and alumni of Leadership Santa Cruz. Possibly the CDFA will be there, too. Topic is "Challenges of the LBAM." It's in the Ag History Museum upstairs classroom, County Fairgrounds, Watsonville. We should have a presence outside, with our signs. Please self-start and self-organize,

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May 11, 2008

Movie Night: True Accounts of the LBAM Spraying
Berkeley Fellowship of Universal Unitarians Hall, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley, CA 94709

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May 10, 2008

Pictures from the SF Town Hall Meeting on May 8, 2008

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council - MBCLC unanimously passed a "Resolution opposing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture's attempt to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth via aerial and ground spraying" Way to go Eric & MBCLC !

Today MOM's MARCH Please Attend!

Listen to Foster Gamble on the Joanie Greggains KOG 810 am 05/10/08, download

Editor of California Farmer Nixes USDA's Plan on LBAM

"Pelosi jumps into apple moth fight with questions for Schwarzenegger" By Mark Prado. Read Pelosi's Letter

"Sonoma council puts up 'no-spray' sign" THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sonoma City Council members voted 4-1 Wednesday to pass a resolution opposing aerial spraying to eradicate the light brown apple moth.

Watch Dr James Carey "10 Myths of LBAM" download
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May 9, 2008

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WALK TO STOP THE LBAM SPRAY PROGRAM - SAT. MAY 31ST 2008. Gather at 9am, Off the Bridge By 12 noon More info

"Pelosi jumps into apple moth fight with questions for Schwarzenegger" By Mark Prado. Read Pelosi's Letter

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May 8, 2008

Breaking News 10:29 am Court adjourned Monterey Judge will review the case and make a decision later.

"Scientists Question Safety Of Apple Moth Pesticide" CBS 5 - San Francisco, CA,USA, May 7 2008
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May 7, 2008

Breaking News 8:39 pm:

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC) passed a resolution opposing the CDFA's plan to apply chemicals in our communities.



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Last Day to file a claim against the CDFA for the Aerial Spray Damages as a result of the 2007 aerial spray in Santa Cruz is Thursday 05/08/08. Claims may be sent by email to: lbam@cdfa.ca.gov

Please view the CDFA claim form and be sure to include all the requested information so that your claim does not get dismissed. Please send a copy of your claim to: contact@californiaalliancetostopthespray.org
CDFA Claim Form

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You can also

File State of California Claim Form for Losses

(Diffferent From CDFA Claim Form)

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"Marin real estate agents oppose moth spraying" Jim Staats, Marin Independent

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May 6, 2008


News:
"Apple moth quarantine around Sonoma" Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
"Steve Lyle said he expects spraying to begin the day the moratorium is lifted" 8/17/08

Testimony of Derrell L. Chambers on Bill Number 87 – “Relative to the Light Brown Apple Moth”. April 28, 2008

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May 5, 2008

CASS Press Release. CASS Economic Team Report:
"Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) - ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS
" by Foster Gamble


Today CDFA LBAM Enviromental Advisory Task Force Meeting Agenda & location
CDFA LBAM EATF Updated Members List


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May 3, 2008

Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) 101 by Jeff Rosendale

Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Eradication Program: Potential Effects on Pollinators and Implications for California Agriculture by: Roy Upton LBAM Liaison Citizens For Health Soquel, CA; Daniel Harder PhD Department of Evolutionary Biology University of California Santa Cruz, CA; Thomas Dadant Santa Cruz, CA 5/3/08

Pesticide poisoning and suggested therapies. -www.safegoodspub.com

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May 2, 2008


"Apple moth issue merits science-based review" BY: JOHN LAIRD , Register Pajaronian

"Apple Moth Pesticide Tests May Not Go Far Enough" by Anna Werner, CBS Broadcasting

5/05/08 CDFA LBAM Enviromental Advisory Task Force Meeting Agenda & location
CDFA LBAM EATF Updated Members List

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May 1, 2008
USDA APHIS HELP WANTED:
"Light Brown Apple Moth Program Director Job in SACRAMENTO, CA"

Salary Range: 82,522.00 - 126,768.00 USD per year



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