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CA Dept of Food and Agriculture starts blind guinea pig test over Santa Cruz
by John Thielking
Friday Nov 9th, 2007 10:32 AM
The CA Dept of Food and Agriculture sent me an e-mail at 8AM November 9 to tell me that Checkmate spraying over Santa Cruz had already occurred on Nov 8.
So much for being warned BEFORE the spray starts by the e-mail alert system:

On the evening of November 8 and in the early morning hours of November 9, CDFA applied Light Brown Apple Moth pheromone in Santa Cruz County. Treatment began at 8:01 p.m. and was completed after 4 a.m. The results are as follows:

Zone CASC 1 - 100 percent complete

Zone CASC 2 - 100 percent complete

Zone CASC 3 - 38 percent compete

Zone CASC 4 - 15 percent complete

Zone CASC 5 - 58 percent complete

Zone CASC 6 - 100 percent complete

Please click on the following link for a map with more detail.

Treatment Map of Santa Cruz :

The tentative plan for Friday evening, November 9, is to complete treatment in Santa Cruz County, weather permitting. Then, if time and weather permit, we would move to the Prunedale/Royal Oaks treatment area and then to the North Salinas/Boronda area. We will have additional details later today.

To reply to this message, email LBAM [at]

For more information call the toll-free LBAM Program hotline (1-800-491-1899) and visit the Program's web site.

*********************end of CDFA report**************

I did see a plane making overflights at a low altitude as I was leaving the Western Service Workers office on Mission st at about 9:30PM on Nov 8. I couldn't smell or taste anything at that moment.

I do have a copy of the intake form that WSW uses for their free medical services and I went through the admission process with a client at their office. However, WSW were unwilling to help me directly with screening people who may have health complaints about the Checkmate spray.

If you have experienced symptoms, visit the emergency room or your personal doctor if the symptoms are severe. Emergency rooms have to admit you even if you can't afford to pay. Doctors are required to report illnesses due to pesticide use within 24 hours of seeing the patient with symptoms.

If your symptoms are not severe but still troublesome and you feel you can't afford a doctor visit, then please call me at 408-924-0846 or 408-914-2751 or e-mail me at pagesincolor [at] and I will use your testimony in an effort to round up some doctors who might be willing to at least give you an exam for free.

This free medical exam concept will continue to be explored even if the results from this week's spraying don't pan out since the spraying will probably resume in the Spring and Summer months of 2008.
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Nov 12 Update and what to do nextJohn ThielkingMonday Nov 12th, 2007 9:00 AM
Nov 11 9AM updateJohn ThielkingSunday Nov 11th, 2007 8:41 AM
6PM Nov 10th Update, organizing activity updateJohn ThielkingSaturday Nov 10th, 2007 5:50 PM
1PM Nov 10 UpdateJohn ThielkingSaturday Nov 10th, 2007 1:05 PM
3PM Nov 9 UpdateJohn ThielkingFriday Nov 9th, 2007 5:42 PM
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