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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…

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…


  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 …


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 …

Live Oak, California -  A proposed pay cut for Central firefighters has been delayed to August as contract negotiations continue, labor leaders said this week.

In May, the Central Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted to cut its firefighters' base pay 7 percent starting in July and require firefighters to pay back 7 percent of their base salary for the past 12 months. The decision came with a caveat: If Central Fire and its labor union could negotiate a new contract by mid-July, there would be no pay cut or retroactive pay cut.

Anthony Cefaloni, president of IAFF Local 3605, said Tuesday that the pay cut has been extended until Aug. 13 as contract talks continue.

"While nothing has been formally approved I would say we are cautiously optimistic…

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