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February 28, 2008


SC City County vs CDFA "LBAM lawsuit hearing delayed"-
"The hearing, originally set for March 6 before Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick, has been postponed until April 24 because of a delay in getting the appropriate paperwork together." BRIAN SEALS - Santa Cruz Sentinel.
(source)

No Spray Rally
Saturday, March 1, 2008 7:30am - 1:00pm
Downtown Monterey at the Monterey Conference Center (Map)

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Visit our YouTube Channel
and watch more videos at
youtube.com/LBAMspray

...and also
watch our Google Videos!!







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Breaking:
SCR 87, INTRODUCED BY Senator Migden
"Light brown apple moth. This measure would request the Department of Food and Agriculture to impose a moratorium on any aerial spraying that may be a part of the department's eradication campaign of the light brown apple moth until the department can demonstrate that the pheromone compound it intends to use is both safe to humans and effective at eradicating the light brown apple moth."

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Feb. 28, 2008 - SC City School Board meeting, SC High School, 6:30 p.m. Go speak during Oral Communication, 3-min slots. Talk about the Town Hall Meeting (fliers available at Greenspace; good to unobtrusively hand them out to the audience).

Feb. 28, 2008 - Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) School Board meeting, 7:00 p.m., at the District Office, 294 Green Valley Rd., between Freedom Blvd. & Hoolihan. Oral communication will be after the student awards. Talk about the Town Hall Meeting, take fliers (from Greenspace). Print Flyers from our data base.

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"Berkeley may file lawsuit in attempt to stop moth spraying"- San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA "The Berkeley City Council has voted to oppose the spraying and told California's secretary of agriculture A. G.. Kawamura on Tuesday that it is considering filing a lawsuit to stop it."

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CEQA Workshop April 5, 2008

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February 27, 2008
Lots of news:

Community Town Hall Meeting in Santa Cruz March 2. -Kid Friendly!


Wandering and Wondering: Feb. 27, 2008 "The state Department of Food and Agriculture, which oversees the spraying, received hundreds of reports from people who said they felt sick after the spraying." -Pacifica Tribune - By John Maybury, Pacifica,CA,USA (source)


"Berkeley may sue over moth spraying" -By Doug Oakley STAFF WRITER Mercury News "Department of Public Health who said he could not be certain there would be no ill health effects from the spraying for the light brown apple moth." (source)


"Starting Monday officials with the California Department of Food and Agricultures will hang a series of red “twist ties” coated with the pheromone in trees along parts of Pescadero and Half Moon Bay" -Coastsider News - San Mateo,CA,USA (source)


"Moth bills would restore balance between public, bureaucracy" THE HERALD'S VIEW The Monterey County Herald- "it is the responsibility of the government to demonstrate that its actions are necessary, appropriate, and do not compromise health or the environment. It is not the responsibility of citizens to demonstrate the reverse." (source)


"Moth spraying likely to harm more than help" Richard Fagerlund,the San Francisco Chronicle - (source)


"Bill package targets light brown apple moth issues" BRIAN SEALS - SENTINEL STAFF WRITER (source)


"Moth spraying to resume, expand" - Written by Press Banner (source)


"Aerial spraying plan has foul odor to some" By Kristin Bender -contracostatimes.com (source)


"Moth-eaten plans" - the San Francisco Chronicle (source)


"Bay Area begins moth eradication Officials' plan faces growing public concern over use of pheromones- Officials' plan faces growing public concern over use of pheromones, By Julia Scott, Inside Bay Area(source)


"Editor - I propose that before conducting their public pesticide experiment on the rest of us and our children that the Agriculture Department heads and the selected pesticide corporate executives spray themselves and their children at a public press conference. Let them prove its safety with their deeds, not their specious promises." - San Francisco Chronicle


"The president requested $330 million to deal with plant pests like the emerald ash borer, the light brown apple moth" - By
ROBERT PEAR, New York Times (source)


"In addition, the 2009 Budget includes increases related to pests and diseases for a number of programs... light brown apple moth," page92

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Santa Cruz City / County vs CDFA trial
is scheduled for April 24th

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February 26, 2008

SC Attorney Meets with CDFA Attorney in the Santa Cruz County Building Department 8, 701 Ocean Street, SC CA Wed Feb 27 8:30am

Community Town Hall Meeting in Santa Cruz March 2.

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February 23, 2008


EIR Comments Deadline:
They must be received by the close of business on Thursday, March 20, 2008
,
regarding the CFDA's Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The Form to submit comments / questions.


Mail to:
Jim Rains, California Department of Food and Agriculture Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, 1220 N St., Room A-316, Sacramento, CA 95814
.
Send emails to jrains@cdfa.ca.gov
IMPORTANT: Please send a copy of your submission to eir@lbamspray.com

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Sam Farr hardly addresses the LBAM issue in a Good Time Article "You Make The Call"
"I'm sorry Mr. Farr but this just isn't strong enough." - D.S.
Is Sam Farr Pro Spray?

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USDA Emergency Programs Manual see page 91
"Sociopolitical opposition prevents emergency action.
The plant pest is reclassified, so that it is no longer an actionable pest."

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Attend: The Berkeley Town Hall Meeting

Panel of Experts Discuss LBAM
When: Sun Feb 24, 5-7pm
Where: 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA (MAP)
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar,
between Spruce and Arch, Berkeley, CA
FLYER

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Other event on Sunday as well . Please check our Calendar


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February 22, 2008

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymembers John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley/Oakland), Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced a 4-bill legislative package to address the eradication effort for the Light Brown Apple Moth
and other invasive species. In addition, Assemblymember Laird released draft language for a joint resolution to be introduced next week.

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Santa Cruz City Resolution NS-27,783 Passed 02/12/2008


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Twist-Tie Treatments Scheduled -"The treatments are scheduled to begin February 19 in San Rafael and on February 25 in San Mateo County. Residents in these areas will receive notices by mail detailing the treatment schedule and inviting them to upcoming informational open houses to discuss the program."
Please let us know if they have started in your area.


Twist- Tie


CDFA 2007 Report to Legislature, and 2007 map.

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Public comments for Environmental Impact Report
in Santa Cruz on Feb 21, 2008:
Audio: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11


A Paper Pest:



Real Costs of LBAM Spray:

(Download file)


Santa Cruz County Supervisor Neil Coonerty:



A doctor's concern:



Last night's Panel at the EIR:



Robert (Bob) Dowel,l
CDFA's light brown apple moth program director.

Jim Rains, CDFA Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, 1220 N St., Room A-316, Sacramento, CA 95814


Ms. Sue Hootkins (bio) and her company, ENTRIX
has been hired by CDFA to do the EIR.

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February 21, 2008

What to expect at the EIR scoping meeting.

IMPORTANT EVENT:
CDFA
Scoping and public comments for Environmental Impact Report (EIR) - Thursday, Feb 21, 6pm to 8pm -611 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA More info

Title 14. California Code of Regulations Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act - CEQA Article 7. EIR Process /
Dates and Deadlines see our CEQA page

Feb. 21, 11:45am- 4:30 CDFA Enviro Advisory Task Force Meeting in Monterey, CA Agenda

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February 20, 2008

CDFA
Scoping and public comments for Environmental Impact Report - EIR
Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monterey Peninsula College Lecture, Forum 103, 980 Fremont Street Monterey, CA 93940 Title 14. California Code of Regulations Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act - CEQA Article 7. EIR Process / Dates and Deadlines see our CEQA page


KRON News at 5pm today. Listen February 20, 2008

Flyer
- GROUND PESTICIDE TREATMENT COMING IN MARCH, 2008 FACT SHEET

Listen to Forum discusses the proposal with advocates and critics. Host: Michael Krasny Guests: A.G. Kawamura, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Jane Kay, environment writer for the San Francisco Chronicle John Connell, director of Plant Health and Test Prevention Services for the California Department of Food and Agriculture Paul Schramski, state director of Pesticide Watch, a statewide public health and environmental group

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February 19, 2008

"SF Senator Calls For Suspension Of Apple Moth Spray"-NBC11.com - San Jose (backup)


Status Conference of the City and County CEQA lawsuit against CDFA:
Wednesday, Feb 27th 8:30 AM Department 8 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz CA

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February 18, 2008

Many events to attend this week please visit our calendar.

Comments of Mayor Robert S. Lieber, City of Albany for Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Informational Hearing on Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Strategy in the San Francisco Bay Area February 14, 2008

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"In addition, the 2009 Budget includes increases related to pests and diseases for a number of programs... light brown apple moth," page92

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Listen to how little our US Congress Rep. Sam Farr knows about the LBAM issue. The audio clip is from the Telephone Town Hall on February 13. the clip was edited so only the LBAM comments will be heard. Is Sam Farr Pro Spray?. Santa Cruz Office, Contact Sam Farr, 701 Ocean Street, Room 318, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-429-1976. February 26th is Sam Farr's next Telephone Town Hall Sign up to ask a question.

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Santa Cruz County School Board Meeting Dates, and info
Feb 19 Live Oak Dist. Office (7:30pm)
984-1 Bostwick Ln
Call re: speaking 475-6333
lodo.santacruz.k12.ca.us
Marilyn Garret is the contact person for outreach to the school board meetings 688-4603

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February 17, 2008

"Growth and Survival of Monarch Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Danaidae) After Exposure to Permethrin Barrier Treatments" K. S. OBERHAUSER, S. J. BRINDA, S. WEAVER, R. D. MOON, S. A. MANWEILER, AND N. READ

"The creepy origin of the word bug" Richard Fagerlund San Francisco Chronicle "Aren't the pesticides used in homes safe for pets? " NO!


FLYER- BERKELEY TOWNHALL MEETING, Sunday, 24 February, 5 - 7 p.m. at The Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley CA. Map


"Wide spread aerial spraying may cause irreparable harm to non-target species including humans..." report by Lancelot Houston


"State plans Bay Area pesticide spraying" Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer

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Scoping and public comments for Environmental Impact Report - EIR

Title 14. California Code of Regulations Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act - CEQA Article 7. EIR Process
Dates and Deadlines see our CEQA page


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EAST BAY PESTICIDE ALERT / DON’T SPRAY CALIFORNIA PRESENTS: Who’s Afraid of the Light Brown Apple Moth? Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 1:30-3:30pm Flyer & Map

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February 15, 2008

Watch: The Thursday, February 14, 2008 Marin Hearing with Assemblymember Jared Huffman, On Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Strategy (listen to backup)

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"State will do environmental review on LBAM"- BRIAN SEALS - SENTINEL staff writer (backup)

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"Pesticide spraying plan sparks outcry" - Brad Breithaupt, Marin Independent Journal

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Non Native Wasp Release Map -
1 million wasps per square mile will be release starting Spring 2008 in areas that there have more than 50 LBAM found. So Downtown Santa Cruz will have about 30 million non native wasps released.

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February 14, 2008

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has scheduled public meetings to receive agency and public comments on the scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Light Brown Apple Moth Eradication Program. The schedule of scoping meetings is as follows:

Monterey Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Forum 103 980 Fremont Street Monterey , CA 93940
Santa Cruz Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. University Inn & Conference Center Sierra & Dawn Room 611 Ocean Street Santa Cruz , CA 95060
San Francisco Monday, February 25, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. San Francisco County Fair Building Auditorium Golden Gate Park 9th Avenue & Lincoln Way San Francisco , CA 94122
Oakland Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Ellis M Harris State Building Auditorium 1515 Clay St . Oakland , CA 94612

The deadline for written comments is March 20, 2008

Mail to: Jim Rains, California Department of Food and Agriculture Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, 1220 N St., Room A-316, Sacramento, CA 95814

Title 14. California Code of Regulations Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act Article 7. EIR Process Scoping and public comments.

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"CDFA Hiding Evidence from Courts" -Helping Our Peninsula's Environment (HOPE) Carmel, California. In a media release issued today David Dilworth added "In my 20 years of CEQA experience, this is the first time I've ever heard of an agency withholding evidence for a CEQA case, literally all of the evidence [is being withheld]." Helping Our Peninsula's Environment (HOPE) Court Date is March 7, 2008

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Governor Schwarzenegger Backed Immoral Sex Pheromone Spraying Continues... by Rami Nagel "Did you know that each aerial application of Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F costs approximately $3.5 million and that $3 million is paid directly to the manufacturer Suterra, LLC of Bend, Oregon?"

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The California Nevada Regional Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club "Policy on Aerial Spraying Designed to Eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth" (Backup) http://www.sierraclubcalifornia.org/toxics.html

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February 1
4, 2 pm in San Rafael, CA - Assemblymember Jared Huffman will hold an informational hearing of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee regarding the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s proposed strategy to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Location: 3501 Civic Center Dr San Rafael, CA
MAP

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LBAM Community Discussion Panel, Marin March 3, 2008
100 Corte Madera Town Ctr, Corte Madera, CA
Flyer

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February 13, 2008

CONFIRMED! - In 2008, the CDFA will aerial spray yet another brand "new" pesticide on the people and onto the environment.

CDFA Press Release

"Aerial treatments are expected to begin June 1 in the infested areas of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, with subsequent aerial treatments expected to begin August 1 in San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Tiburon and Belvedere. The treatments in these areas are designed to be reapplied at 30- to 90-day intervals while the moths are active. " - CDFA and USDA Spray Plans.
"The wasps would be released in Spring 2008 and would be used in conjunction with aerial treatments – most likely in San Francisco, Santa Cruz County, and on the Monterey Peninsula."
CDFA and USDA Spray Plans. / CDFA Press Release

1 million wasps per square miles will be release starting Spring 2008 in areas that there have more than 50 LBAM found.

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February 12, 2008


Breaking News:
Santa Cruz City Council Passed the Resolution opposing aerial spraying. Councilmember Lynn Robinson made a point of saying she opposed the resolution, but chose not to pull it from the consent agenda, so it passed.

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The Santa Cruz City Council will consider a resolution opposing aerial spraying Tuesday, February 12th, shortly after 3:00 PM in the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers. Santa Cruz City Council will consider a resolution based on the resolution passed unanimously by the Albany City Council on Jan. 22, 2008.
The resolution opposes aerial spraying and delineates a long list of concerns about such spraying. See the Santa Cruz City Council Agenda Report using this link: The text of the full resolution.

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February 11, 2008

"HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY "STOP THE SPRAY" Leading Statewide Environmental Groups Call on the California Department of Food and Agriculture to Stop Aerial Pesticide Spraying for Apple Moth. Environmental Group's Press Release / Letter to Secretary A.G. Kawamura


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February 9, 2008

"War on apple moths moves to S.F., San Mateo counties" Beth Winegarner, The Examiner
"This month, crews plan to paint San Francisco light-posts with a combination of [synthetic] pheromone and permethrin, an insecticide that kills the insects."


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Light Brown Apple Moth Informational Meeting in San Francisco:
Get Informed, Get Active!
Monday, February 11, 7:30pm

The Women’s Building,
3543 18th Street, #8, Room A, San Francisco, CA Map
Speakers:
John Russo, CASS/StoptheSpray.org
Paul Schramski, CASS/Pesticide Watch Education Fund
Caroline Cox, Center for Environmental Health
Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange


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February 4, 2008

To help with tabling please contact: elizabeth@cassonline.org
  
City Council Member Tony Madrigal (above) and
City Council Member Ed Porter (below) helps to get the word out about the aerial spraying.



 
Dedicated Volunteers

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Watch "You Will Be Sprayed Again"
Thanks Waxfoot videos for documenting the event! This aerial crime will be televised! Comcast 25/Charter 71 Sat 9th 11:30 pm Sunday 10 6pm-

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The following is the preliminary schedule for airtimes of the
Dr. Doris Rapp Rio event.
1 hour 44 minutes
Comcast 25/Charter 71
2/11 @ 12:30 pm
2/14 @ 9:00 pm
2/17 @ 7:00 pm
2/19 @ 6:00 pm

"US Herbicides Exact High Toll on Indigenous Populations" By Thomas D. Williams t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Please call Senator Boxer's office TODAY, Monday or Tuesday. Her staffers in SF will be meeting with the CDFA some time this week to get their story. Jennifer Tang is the main staffer who will attend the meeting. Boxer will not. Jennifer's direct line - 415-403-0129.
415-403-0100 - main office
Senator Barbara Boxer
1700 Montgomery St. #240
San Francisco, CA 94111
http://www.barbaraboxer.com/home



"State officials step up battle against invasive apple moth" ANG Newspapers

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February 2, 2008

$74.5 Million Earmarked To Aerial Spray Parts of San Francisco Bay Area- By Rami

This is a video of our first rally on 10 /27/ 2007! Part 1.  Thanks Waxfoot videos for documenting the event! This aerial crime will be televised!

Kpfa Radio Show

Street Flyer

Dow AgrChemical... Pests at the Price of Human Suffering

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February 1, 2008


Want to see the spray planes?

Donald Davidson Perspective Radio Show with Dr. Blaylock and Dr Biles
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3



Roy Upton on Health Matters 12-13-07 Listen


"What Would Larry, Moe and Curly Do?" Metro Santa Cruz


The ground spray will contain Permethrin:
Listed as Group C--Possible Human Carcinogen


Permethrin Listed as a reproductive toxin “Reproductive Hazards of the Workplace” by Linda M. Frazier, MD, MPH & Marvin L. Hage, MD)

Permethrin Human Health Rankings

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January 30, 2008

Dr. Rama Khalsa, County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, ignores CASS's first letter and second letter regarding health concerns of aerial spray.

Mailing Address: County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency 1080 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | Phone: 831 454 4000 Fax: 831 454 4770



Why will she not respond to us?
Phone: 831 454 4313 Fax: 831 454 5048
email:   rama.khalsa@health.co.santa-cruz.ca.us



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January 29, 2008

TOTAL AREA TO BE SPRAYED BY AIR- 693.8 sq. mi.


CDFA 2008 Aerial Spray Zone Map


Printable Local Petition calling for an end to ALL aerial spraying.

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January 28, 2008

The County Board of Supervisors is tomorrow considering lifting the ban on the spraying of pesticides on our roadways. SC Board Meeting agenda. The plan under consideration.

Lifting the ban on spraying our roadways with pesticides will further put at risk our fragile environment. This action may seriously compound the health conditions of those are ready suffering as a result of the aerial pesticide spraying in 2007. The spraying our roadways with pesticides may create an unforeseen crisis as the roadway pesticides mixes with the CDFA's new untested pesticides. Furthermore the use of roadways pesticides could negate CDFA's release of millions of Trichogramma wasps, which feeds on LBAM. Email the Board your thoughts.
Or call them at 454-2200.


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January 26, 2008

"MARKETING OF MOTH SPRAYING "
"California Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle confirmed on Friday that a contract for almost $500,000 has been signed with public relations powerhouse Porter Novelli."
-By JULIA REYNOLDS Herald Staff Writer

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January 25, 2008

CDFA 2008 Aerial Spray Zone
is SO MUCH LARGER than last year! Monterey map


BACILLUS THURINGIENSIS (B.T.)

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January 24, 2008

"CONNER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $75 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH ERADICATION"

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Outreach Tools

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January 23, 2008
"Albany Stands Up Against Spray,..."
"The council passed a strongly worded resolution opposing CDFA plans for aerial spraying to eradicate the light brown apple moth (LBAM)." - By Judith Scherr, The Berkeley Daily Planet.

CASS Press Release in response to CDFA's new aerial spray plan.


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January 22, 2008 -Breaking News 4:48pm
CDFA Recommits to 2008 Aerial Spraying!!


New Start Date for Aerial Spraying Late Spring or Early Summer
Read Press Release 1/22/08

Paul Schramski's Analysis of CDFA's Press Release, Paul Schramski is the State Director Pesticide Watch

New CDFA FACT SHEET for 2008 LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH PROGRAM

New CDFA Potential Questions & Answers: 2008 Light Brown Apple Moth Program

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Thank You! Santa Cruz Comic News page 59:



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CALL to ACTION
Tonight 1Hope.org is having a "Rally for Safe Air - CCOF get on Board."
Rally at the Gates to 800 Asilomar
5:00 pm
Bring Signs! map
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are on the wrong side of the Aerial Pesticide Spraying of our cities issue. CCOF officially SUPPORTs spraying us !!!
Tonight CCOF is holding a their annual meeting in PACIFIC GROVE at ASILOMAR.
A representative from CDFA will be speaking tonight to CCOF.

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"Light Brown Apple Moth Spraying Schedule Halted for Now. Number of Residents Complaining of Health Problems Sharply Rises" By Linda Fridy The Mid-County Post
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CASS Wish List -
Please Help Equip Our New Office

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"LBAM, YOU'RE DEAD" is a set of photos is based on the controversy over the aerial spraying. The showing will be in the Blue Room at Caffe Pergolesi, 418 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, from February 2 to 28. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the photos will go to help stop this aerial spray operation.
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January 21, 2008

"Albany Leads Opposition to Aerial Spraying in Alameda County" By Judith Scherr (source)
"The state will make a presentation at the Albany City Council meeting this Tuesday. Also on the Albany agenda is a resolution by Mayor Robert Lieber, opposing aerial spraying of the moth. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. at 1000 San Pablo Ave." The agenda for the meeting

Albany Resolution no. 08-4

Below is a posting from
StoptheSpray.org:
If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to support the resolution and Albany's leadership in opposing the spraying, you can write the Mayor, Robert S. Lieber, and Councilmembers at: cityhall@albanyca.org. This is the first resolution against the spraying to be introduced by a local government agency in the SF Bay Area. We hope it will be a model for other local governments to follow. Thanks StoptheSpray.org
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John Laird is currently considering a legislative proposal to end aerial spray without consent. He has been reviewing this proposal since November 27th, and a deadline on January 25th to submit his
proposal to legislative counsel. You must take action!!

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Santa Cruz Public Health Advisory issued 10/30/07
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The following counties are designated as quarantined areas in the State of California; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano.


January 15, 2008

Many thanks to The Connection for their relentless coverage of aerial spray operations!
"Stop the Spray . January Update 2008" page 19- www.theConnect.com
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This is a short video showing the difference in Australia's control
costs as opposed to their actual crop loss caused by LBAM.
The CDFA reports that over 600 million dollars in damages could
result here from LBAM if they don't conduct their aerial spray
operations. They say they've come to that conclusion by
evaluating Australia's costs. Watch the video to see those costs.


January 14, 2008



On October 16, 2007 Jim Warren with the USDA told the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors and the rest of the community not to worry because the number of microcapsules / microspheres per square foot would be an average of 33. However, Duane Schnabel, primary biologist for the CDFA, collected and analyzed the collection cards from the October, 2007 spraying in Monterey and found that in spray zones, there were cards that had 809 microcapsules / microspheres per square foot.
We cannot trust their assurances of safety and estimated exposure levels!

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Today four reps from CASS met for approximately an hour and a half with an aide to Barbara Boxer regarding the federal issues involved in the spraying. The staffer is looking into their concerns and the group will follow up to make sure they get responses.

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Notes from CDFA EATF meeting on 01/08/08

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January 12, 2008
"The Sick List " Metro Santa Cruz/ Nuz (source) "Namkung also says that with 11 more counties scheduled for spraying next spring, the issue has become a regional one."(source)

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"Santa Cruz council, legislators meet talk moth, state budget, UCSC" -SHANNA MCCORD SENTINEL STAFF WRITER (source)

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Listen to Dr Rapp at the Rio Theater on 01/10/2008 part 1/ part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6

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January 11, 2008 9:20 pm update:

Today's Action was a Huge Sucess~
The motion passed by a unanimous vote of the City Council!!
Aerial Spraying Motion: Sponsor or support legislation that grants and confers the power to declare a State emergency requiring aerial spraying of any chemical exclusively to the Governor of the State of California, and that in doing so, require that the Governor must make certain minimum mandatory findings. Read the entire update!

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"Pheromone opponents bring in celebrity medical expert" BY: DAVID CARKHUFF, register-pajaronian.com

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HOPE's website went down again yesterday for 24 hours and their ISP (Pacific Coast Wireless) had no idea when their computers will be back up. To access a complete (and continually updated) backup of HOPE's website use -- www.InspiringLandscapes.com/hope/

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January 11, 2008

01/11/08 Friday 3pm SC City Council meets with State Senator Joe Simitian and Assemblymember John Laird to discuss legislative priorities for 2008. Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Bring signs!

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"Author and toxic chemical specialist trains doctors, nurses"
"Steve Lyle, a spokesman with the state Department of Food and Agriculture, said an announcement would be made soon, possibly next week." (about future spraying)-TOM RAGAN SENTINEL STAFF WRITER (source)

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January 10, 2008

Tonight Thursday Dr Rapp MD author of Your Toxic World: A Wake-up Call speaking at the Rio Theater 7-9PM Dr Rapp books will be avaiable for purchase. Admission free donations accepted. 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz map

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"Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.
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"In one approach, researchers funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are inserting computer chips into moth pupae -- the intermediate stage between a caterpillar and a flying adult -- and hatching them into healthy "cyborg moths." - By Rick Weiss Washington Post Staff Writer (source)

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January 9, 2008

The trip to Sacramentso was great! 17 packages of 205 pages of health complaints and analysis with recommendations were hand delivered to our public servants by citizens/their employers spanning the Central Cost, Central Valley, and representing the world our common goal to
STOP AERIAL SPRAYING!
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"Calif. residents say moth spray dangerous" - United Press International (source)

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Stop The Spray! t-shirt  

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January 5, 2008

1. A Review of 643 Documented Complaints of Adverse Reactions Following the CDFA’s Aerial Spraying of two Pesticides based on Pheromones over Densely Populated Neighborhoods in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in September, October and November 2007 By Mike Lynberg and HOPE.org

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF COMPLAINTS and RECOMMENDATIONS    (10 pages)
  a. APPENDIX
643 Documented Complaints (192 pages)

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CASS Letter To Dr. Khalsa  /  Full document including Appendix

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Google News reports over 25 different posting of the Health Complaints 01/04/08!

Google News page 1  / Google News page 2   /Google News page 3

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"Group alleges hundreds got sick after moth spraying" by Shanna McCord Sentinel staff writer (source)

"Godzilla versus Mothra - How monumental estimates of a tiny invasive moth's economic and environmental impacts are threatening San Francisco with aerial spraying" By Sarah Phelan for The SF Guardian (source) -" USDA public affairs specialist Larry Hawkins says "Since LBAM has been found in San Francisco proper and in the East Bay, these areas are likely to be treated in 2008,"

"Moth spray complaints detailed in report Collection to be sent to state legislators" By JULIA REYNOLDS Herald Salinas Bureau (source)

"Moth spraying leads to health complaints" By DAWN WITHERS The Salinas Californian (source)

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January 4, 2008

The Press Conference was a big success!
The passion of the community is unstoppable even in near gale winds, power outages, heavy rain and road closures about 50-75 concerned citizens showed up with about 8 reporters. It was a great turnout! - Thank You!

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New health reports:  
1. A Review of 643 Documented Complaints of Adverse Reactions Following the CDFA’s Aerial Spraying of two Pesticides based on Pheromones over Densely Populated Neighborhoods in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in September, October and November 2007 By Mike Lynberg
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF COMPLAINTS and RECOMMENDATIONS    
  a. APPENDIX

2. CASS Letter To Dr. Khalsa  /  Full document including Appendix
















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January 3, 2008
CALL TO ACTION

Date: Friday, January 4, 2008
Time: 1pm
Location: Santa Cruz City Hall, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Rain or Shine!

California Alliance to Stop the Spray (CASS) is holding a press conference to release two important new health reports.

New health reports:
1.Cass Health Letter To Dr. Khalsa
   
2. Mike Lynberg Health Report
   a. APPENDIX

Available at the press conference to answer questions will be CASS representative Roy Upton and author of the "Public Health Report" and Santa Cruz City Council Members Tony Madrigal and Ed Porter. CASS will also have available copies of the HOPE new health report and the CASS Public Health Report. Read more click here

These 2 new health reports are so important that CASS will be hand delivering these reports to The Capitol in Sacramento Tuesday morning. Meet 6:20 AM at 317 Potrero St (corner of River St) Please Park on Potrero St - not in parking lot. Return to Central Coast 4:30 +/-. To reserve a seat in the van Contact Sebastian

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"Thousands Exposed to Poison by Government's Aerial Spraying" -by: Rami Nagel (source)

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January 2, 2008

"2007 Newsmaker of the Year: Moth had county atwitter" by TOM RAGAN Sentinel staff writer



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