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Help us reach our goal of sending 400 letters demanding better protections for schoolchildren from the health harms of hazardous pesticide exposure!

Please, copy this letter, add a personal message, and send it to dpr16004@cdpr.ca.gov. and brian.leahy@cdpr.ca.gov.  with  a BCC to  lucia@pesticidereform.org .

Dear Director Leahy and Coordinator Irokawa-Otani:

Children across California, particularly Latino students, are at risk of acute and long-term health harms because they attend school in close proximity to hazardous pesticide applications.

Part-time, 1/4-mile buffer zones simply cannot protect students from dangerous pesticide exposure.

Health-harming pesticides drift up to weeks after application, and scientific studies have found that children's health has been …


  Peoples Democratic Club Minutes

   Thursday 10-20-16

Meeting opened at 6:34 by President Gail Jack

First speaker: Mark Weller on Pesticide Dangers in relation to proximity to schools. He explained that efforts to stop the  threat posed by spraying fields that are close to children in school has been stonewalled by Big Ag with the help of policies that are not in the best interests of those in harms way. . . even though it is a  fact that children breathe IN twice the amount of air as adults. And as we know?these issues go all the way back to Rachel Carson and the UFW who worked so hard to ban DDT.

Current buffer zones for the spraying ( 500' in Monterey County and 200' in Santa Cruz) are still inadequate due to the "drift" of …

Downtown Metro Project --still in planning stage; will have 100 affordable units.

Habitat is building 1 house with an ADU on Frederick St.

Water St. Project --  still in development phase; developer negotiating with Encompass re their property and State Farm owner re his property.  Will be coming before the Council on  March 22 for approval of additional funding and April 26 for approval of an Action Plan.  Builder's held public meetings with neighbors - next public meeting to be determined.

414 Jessie Street planned for 31 units, 100% affordable, maybe some units for veterans and probably 14 units for psychologically disabled who already live on property..  Has been a slow process.  HOME funds have been allocated.Mid-Pen is developing.

555  Paci…

California regulators ignore risks, allow for increased use of Dow's cancer-causing strawberry pesticide

Sacramento, CA - Months after unveiling an analysis of the risks associated with the cancer-causing fumigant pesticide 1,3-dichloropropene, banned by the same agency decades prior, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) today announced new rules ( http://cdpr.ca.gov/docs/whs/1_3_d.htm)  that would allow even more of the pesticide to be used in strawberry fields, almond orchards, carrot fields, vineyards and other crops across the state. The announcement comes just days after the department issued new draft rules (www.panna.org/press-release/new-rules-fall-short-protecting-schoolchildren-pesticide-exposure-latino-kids-mostthat fail to sufficiently protect schoolchildr…

By John Leopold

After years of conflict about which part of the transportation network would be built, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has developed a measure to strengthen and expand our transportation network for everyone. The RTC has worked to develop a Transportation Improvement Plan (TRIP) to get Santa Cruz County moving. They have placed a measure on the ballot this November for the community to support this plan.

The TRIP looks at the critical elements of our transportation system and seeks to make major progress in all areas. The plan works to repair our local roads and improve safety for students by making its largest investment in our local road system.  Loss of the gas tax revenue has blown a multi-million dollar hole in our loc…

by  Rick Longinotti, chair

We support many of the projects and programs in the tax measure. But we can't agree to burden county residents with a 30­year, $100 million debt for a discredited strategy of widening Highway 1 for auxiliary lanes. Widening Highway 1 won't work to reduce congestion1, according to the Draft Environmental Impact Report published by Caltrans last year. A wider highway will result in more cars on the highway2. That means more cars on our roadways?and more emissions. The Caltrans report predicts continued "breakdown" of traffic flow on Highway 1 following expansion.3 This prediction is consistent with study after study that shows congestion relief following highway expansion is short­lived at best.4

Over the course of several months, CFST att…

by Steve Pleich

Santa Cruz County voters will decide in November on a half-cent sales tax that would fund local transportation improvements. Recent approval by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors was the last step in a two-year process to place the measure on the ballot, the measure having been previously approved by the city councils of Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Capitola. If approved by two-thirds of voters, the half-cent sales tax would be effective in 2017 and expire in 30 years. However, it would increase sales taxes by only a quarter-cent over current levels because a previously approved quarter cent sales tax expires in December.

Titled the "Safety, Pothole Repair, Traffic Relief, Transit Improvement Measure," it is expected to raise $500 million. The funds w…

by Don Lane

Per a tentative arrangement made last year, I'm planning a dinner with five friends.  As our dinner  approaches, we have an interesting dilemma.

  • Sam likes tofu, never eats dessert, and dislikes trendy food
  • Tony is vegetarian and has an aversion to meat.
  • Maria eats just about anything and doesn't eat much of any one thing.
  • Julia likes a balance but she insists on having some meat at dinner.
  • Chris has bad teeth and only eats softer foods.
  • I like to try trendy dishes. I generally avoid meat.
I'm hoping for a peaceful meal together but also heard a suggestion that we dine separately to avoid conflict over dietary preferences.  This second alternative seemed unsatisfactory in that we often are able to help support each other when we dine together.  Also…
Goal of project:  To design and implement a Rent Stabilization Program for the tenants in the City of Santa Cruz.

How would this PDC partnership be accomplished?

The PDC will establish a working group to include, but not be limited to, PDC members, to formulate a rent stabilization program.  Recruitment will reach out to other tenants' advocates to join the working group.

What Impact could be expected?
Some form of rent stabilization agreed on by diverse members of the Santa Cruz community and implemented by the City Council would establish a limit on the escalation of some rents.  It would help to alleviate the lack of affordable rental housing available to low and middle income families, affording more opportunities to current residents to continue to live in …

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