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Bay Area CDFA "Scoping" Meetings Soliciting Public Comment on Aerial Spraying
by repost
Tuesday Feb 19th, 2008 8:19 PM
The CDFA will be holding "scoping" meetings to hear public comments regarding their Environmental Impact Review (EIR) process. Please be aware that the spraying is not dependent on completion of such a review, because they have declared a "State of Emergency", which gives them the right to overrule other regulations, such as local pesticide ordinances, private property laws, and health, safety, and environmental protection.
You can demonstrate your concerns at the following meetings, which the CDFA is expected to attend. More meetings, organized by the CDFA, various city and county officials, and grassroots activists, in various communities are being added all the time. Please keep updated by checking out the calendar at http://www.lbamspray.com/calendar.htm

If you haven't done so already, please scroll down to the links on the bottom of this mail to sign the petition opposed to aerial spraying, and vote in the polls.

CDFA "scoping" meetings:

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

Oral and written comments will be accepted. The deadline for written comments is March 20, 2008.

They may be sent to:

Jim Rains, Staff Environmental Scientist
CA Department of Food and Agriculture
Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services
1220 N Street, Room A-316
Sacramento, CA 95814

To prepare for talking with the CDFA, and to hear from grassroots opposition to the pesticide program:

San Leandro
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
Zocalo Coffeehouse
645 Bancroft Ave @ Dutton, San Leandro
*(scent-free please)
http://www.eastbaypesticidealert.org/

Have you signed the petition against the spraying?

http://www.stopthespray.org/

Voted in the poll in the Marin Independent Journal?

http://www.marinij.com/marin/ci_8257611

And the one on About.com?

http://sanfrancisco.about.com/b/2008/02/16/aerial-spraying-over-san-francisco-bay-area.htm

Comments  (Hide Comments)

I'm not sure why a post with meetings throughout the Bay Area is only posted in Santa Cruz and not on Indybay. I might be mistaken but it seems like now, aerial spraying posts are not being posted on Indybay in the local section, which is where the SF, Oakland and Berkeley news is supposed to be.
The post looks to me like it's got a bunch of different regional categories on it. Unfortunately to prevent spamming, we only let you choose one topic and one region when you post. If you think you would like to see more topics/regions on a particular post please email the editorial collective.
by reader
Thursday Feb 21st, 2008 12:41 PM
Thanks for the summary post.

It's a lot of info to try to organize, but I think this is one of those unique situations where rich, poor, old, young, are brought together in common cause out of fear of physical harm to themselves and their children, and what can grow out of this is as yet unknown in terms of the networking, bringing new people into awareness of how those in power will steamroll their rights at the first opportunity, etc. It's a non-political issue in a way, but is a personal issue, so is unusual in terms of who gets activated by it. The rich get asthma too, and businesses will lose if the community has to "clear out" to avoid being sprayed.