May 08, 2008

Upcoming Events to Stop the Spray

Thurs, May 8 (tonight!): Town Hall Meeting
  • Time
    7:00 pm
  • Location
    San Francisco: Hall of Flowers/County Fair Bldg. in GG Park (9th & Lincoln)
  • Description
    A panel of etymology experts and several SF Supervisors will discuss the issues and take public comments.
  • Additional Info

Sat, May 10: Family March
  • Time
    9:30 am: Gather at SW end of Corte Madera Town Center mall (Charles Schwab storefront)
    10:00 am: March to Town Park soccer field for rally
  • Location
    Corte Madera: gather at Town Center mall, rally at Town Park soccer field
  • Description
    Moms, families and concerned community members rally against the spray. Organizers are requesting attendees bring signs and umbrellas in protest.
  • Additional Info

Sun, May 14: Community Forum Meeting
  • Time
    7:00-9:00 pm
  • Location
    Berkeley: Cafe Leila, 1740 San Pablo Ave.
  • Description
    Local panelists will discuss the health impacts of the spray and action steps.
  • Additional info
    Google Calendar event

Sun, May 25: Draw the Line Benefit Concert

  • Time
    5:00 pm
  • Location
    Monterey: Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St.
  • Description
    Silent auction and benefit concert featuring Rhythm and Rouge, Red Beans and Rice, and others.
  • Additional info
    Golden Gate Theater

Sat, May 31: Huge Stop the Spray March

  • Time
    9:00 am: Gathering and rally
    12:00 pm: March across Golden Gate Bridge
  • Location
    San Francisco: Rally at Golden Gate Park (exact location TBA), march across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Description
    Rally and march.
  • Additional info

Every Monday: CASS Outreach Meeting
  • Time
    6:30-8:00 pm
  • Location
    Santa Cruz: 200 Washington St.
  • Description
    Outreach, alliance- and leadership-building with the California Alliance to Stop the Spray.
  • Additional info

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April 18, 2008

Open Letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger

This was my letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger; feel free to adapt it when contacting your local politicians.

Dear Mr. Governor,

I am writing as yet another concerned citizen and small business owner who is vehemently opposed to the CDFA's plans to conduct aerial pesticide spraying over a large portion of your State's residential population. While I certainly support measures to protect California's essential vegetation, it is untenable to sacrifice human health and safety for such unproven methodology. I believe the State has a responsibility to cancel its aerial pesticide spraying plans for the following reasons:

1. Widespread aerial pesticide spraying as a means of successfully controlling the light brown apple moth is experimental and unproven, and in fact not recommended by relevant scientists and ag researchers.

See: Integrated Pest Management Practices for the LBAM in New Zealand: Implications for California
See: IPM Task Force Chair Nan Wishner's testimony in front of the California Assembly Ag Committee
See: California Certified Organic Farmers Oppose the Spray

2. Widespread aerial pesticide spraying as a means of successfully controlling the light brown apple moth has not been proven safe for humans, and has in fact already caused detrimental health effects in the public.

See: CheckMate MSDS
See: HOPE Executive Summary of 643 Health Complaints

3. Widespread aerial pesticide spraying is detrimental to the reputation and economic health of the State of California, and has already caused damage.

See: Tourism, Real Estate Brace for Impact
See: Pesticide Maker Owned by Political Donor
See: Berkeley May Sue Over Moth Spraying

4. Widespread citizen opposition to aerial pesticide spraying continues to grow, and the voices of those who will be sprayed deserve to be heard.

See: California Certified Organic Farmers, Stop the Spray,, California Alliance to Stop the Spray, Stop the Spray Marin, Play Not Spray, Don't Spray California

Governor Schwarzenegger, given that the State cannot prove the safety of the spray, and that many in the scientific and agricultural community oppose it, and that the citizens who will be sprayed oppose it, how can you justify proceeding with such plans?

If the State intends to use unproven and experimental techniques to control an agricultural pest, the State must hold the burden of proof that their techniques are safe for humans. Given that the State cannot support its claims of safety, it can only appear that California intends to treat its citizens as medical guinea pigs. Not only is this unacceptable to the citizens of California, but as public opposition continues to grow and capture the nation's attention, it will be unacceptable to the citizens of the United States as a whole.

Thank you for your sincere consideration of these matters.

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April 17, 2008

Find Your Local Legislators

A lot of folks have been asking about who they should contact. Good question. You've got a lot of options, but the following contact methods are presented here in their most effective order:
  1. Personalized letter
  2. Phone call
  3. Fax
  4. Email
  5. Form letter/postcard
Eventually, I'll be posting boilerplate language you can use as a base for your own communications. For now, though, I'm sure you have a few thoughts of your own you'd like to share! Just remember: be nice and stick to the facts (here's some great advice about contacting politicians).

Your Senators (Federal):

  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    112 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510
    P: (202) 224-3553 / F: (415) 403-0100 / email
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510
    (202) 224-3841 / F: (559) 485-7430 / email

Your Representatives (Federal - not sure who to contact? Search here):
Baca, Joe, California, 43rd
Becerra, Xavier, California, 31st
Berman, Howard, California, 28th
Bilbray, Brian P., California, 50th
Bono, Mary, California, 45th
Calvert, Ken, California, 44th
Campbell, John, California, 48th
Capps, Lois, California, 23rd
Cardoza, Dennis, California, 18th
Costa, Jim, California, 20th
Davis, Susan, California, 53rd
Doolittle, John, California, 4th
Dreier, David, California, 26th
Eshoo, Anna G., California, 14th
Farr, Sam, California, 17th
Filner, Bob, California, 51st
Gallegly, Elton, California, 24th
Harman, Jane, California, 36th
Herger, Wally, California, 2nd
Honda, Mike, California, 15th
Hunter, Duncan, California, 52nd
Issa,Darrell, California, 49th
Lee, Barbara, California, 9th
Lewis, Jerry, California, 41st
Lofgren, Zoe, California, 16th
Lungren, Daniel E., California, 3rd
Matsui, Doris O., California, 5th
McCarthy, Kevin, California, 22nd
McKeon, Buck, California, 25th
McNerney, Jerry, California, 11th
Miller, Gary, California, 42nd
Miller, George, California, 7th
Napolitano, Grace, California, 38th
Nunes, Devin, California, 21st
Pelosi, Nancy, California, 8th
Radanovich, George P., California, 19th
Richardson, Laura, California, 37th
Rohrabacher, Dana, California, 46th
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, California, 34th
Royce, Ed, California, 40th
Sanchez, Linda, California, 39th
Sanchez, Loretta, California, 47th
Schiff, Adam, California, 29th
Sherman, Brad, California, 27th
Solis, Hilda, California, 32nd
Speier, Jackie, California, 12th
Stark, Fortney Pete, California, 13th
Tauscher, Ellen, California, 10th
Thompson, Mike, California, 1st
Waters, Maxine, California, 35th
Watson, Diane E., California, 33rd
Waxman, Henry, California, 30th
Woolsey, Lynn, California, 6th

House of Representatives phonebook
Search for your Rep

Your Governor (State):
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (please spell his name right!) (R-CA)
    State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814
    P: 916-445-2841 / F: 916-558-3160 / email
Your Assembly Members (State - or search by zip code):
Adams, Anthony
(916) 319-2059
Aghazarian, Greg
(916) 319-2026
Anderson, Joel
(916) 319-2077
Arambula, Juan
(916) 319-2031
Bass, Karen
(916) 319-2047
Beall, Jim Jr.
(916) 319-2024
Benoit, John J.
(916) 319-2064
Berg, Patty
(916) 319-2001
Berryhill, Tom
(916) 319-2025
Blakeslee, Sam
(916) 319-2033
Brownley, Julia
(916) 319-2041
Caballero, Anna M.
(916) 319-2028
Calderon, Charles M.
(916) 319-2058
Carter, Wilmer Amina
(916) 319-2062
Cook, Paul
(916) 319-2065
Coto, Joe
(916) 319-2023
Davis, Mike
(916) 319-2048
De La Torre, Hector
(916) 319-2050
de Leon, Kevin
(916) 319-2045
DeVore, Chuck
(916) 319-2070
DeSaulnier, Mark
11 th
(916) 319-2011
Duvall, Michael D.
(916) 319-2072
Dymally, Mervyn M.
(916) 319-2052
Emmerson, Bill
(916) 319-2063
Eng, Mike
(916) 319-2049
Evans, Noreen
(916) 319-2007
Feuer, Mike
(916) 319-2042
Fuentes, Felipe
(916) 319-2039
Fuller, Jean
(916) 319-2032
Furutani, Warren T.
(916) 319-2055
Gaines, Ted
(916) 319-2004
Galgiani, Cathleen
(916) 319-2017
Garcia, Bonnie
(916) 319-2080
Garrick, Martin
(916) 319-2074
Hancock, Loni
(916) 319-2014
Hayashi, Mary
(916) 319-2018
Hernandez, Edward P.
(916) 319-2057
Horton, Shirley
(916) 319-2078
Houston, Guy S.
(916) 319-2015
Huff, Bob
(916) 319-2060
Huffman, Jared
(916) 319-2006
Jeffries, Kevin
(916) 319-2066
Jones, Dave
(916) 319-2009
Karnette, Betty
(916) 319-2054
Keene, Rick
(916) 319-2003
Krekorian, Paul
(916) 319-2043
La Malfa, Doug
(916) 319-2002
Laird, John
(916) 319-2027
Leno, Mark
13 th
(916) 319-2013
Levine, Lloyd E.
(916) 319-2040
Lieber, Sally J.
(916) 319-2022
Lieu, Ted W.
(916) 319-2053
Ma, Fiona
12 th
(916) 319-2012
Maze, Bill
(916) 319-2034
Mendoza, Tony
(916) 319-2056
Mullin, Gene
(916) 319-2019
Nakanishi, Alan
(916) 319-2010
Nava, Pedro
(916) 319-2035
Niello, Roger
(916) 319-2005
Núñez, Fabian
(916) 319-2046
Parra, Nicole
(916) 319-2030
Plescia, George A.
(916) 319-2075
Portantino, Anthony J.
(916) 319-2044
Price, Curren D. Jr.
(916) 319-2051
Runner, Sharon
(916) 319-2036
Ruskin, Ira
(916) 319-2021
Salas, Mary
(916) 319-2079
Saldaña, Lori
(916) 319-2076
Silva, Jim
(916) 319-2067
Smyth, Cameron
(916) 319-2038
Solorio, Jose
(916) 319-2069
Soto, Nell
(916) 319-2061
Spitzer, Todd
(916) 319-2071
Strickland, Audra
(916) 319-2037
Swanson, Sandre R.
(916) 319-2016
Torrico, Alberto
(916) 319-2020
Tran, Van
(916) 319-2068
Villines, Michael N.
(916) 319-2029
Walters, Mimi
916) 319-2073
Wolk, Lois
(916) 319-2008

Your Local City Government:

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Ten Simple Things You Can Do To Help

Join the tens of thousands of other residents who refuse to be sprayed! You don't have to become an activist, and you don't have to give up your valuable time. Just pick and choose from the following easy steps, and make your voice heard.
  1. Sign the petition to stop the spray.
  2. Learn the facts about their plans.
  3. Write an email to Gov. Schwarzenegger, who currently supports the spray.
  4. Write an email to Sen. Migden, who's filed legislation to delay the spray.
  5. Send an email to everyone you know telling them about the spray (or linking to this blog post).
  6. Write a letter to your legislators voicing your opinion.
  7. Attend the meetings on 4/15 and 4/16 to add your voice.
  8. Flyer your block, neighborhood or town to inform your community.
  9. Send out a MySpace, FaceBook or other social networking bulletin about this.
  10. Blog about the spray, or simply link to this post.