Sarah Phelan

Where in the world is Carmen Policy?

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Where in the world is Carmen Policy?

That's what Prop. F supporters are wondering amid the deafening silence that has followed their invite to Lennar consultant and former 49ers president Policy to debate POWER community organizer Alicia Schwartz on Saturday, May 31, in the Bayview.

Back in February 2008, Policy made headlines when he was hired by Lennar executive Kofi Bonner to head what has since become the $3 million Prop. G campaign. Read more »

“Fuck Lennar!”

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I’ve witnessed my share of political rallies, but Prop. Read more »

Erin Brockovich hits Lennar in South Carolina

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Seems that Erin Brockovich is testing levels of methane and hazardous chemicals at a Lennar housing complex in South Carolina. The EPA previously tested the site and claimed all was well, but Brockovich is challenging those results. Read more »

Lennar drops another million on June election

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They say money talks. So what does Lennar's latest campaign expenditures tell you?

One day after our latest article about Lennar’s plans to takeover the Bayview came out, the developer’s most recent campaign filings show that between March 18 and April 19, Lennar Homes spent another million dollars to influence the Battle for the Bayview.

To date, this an out-of-state developer has spent a total of $2.23 million to defeat Prop. Read more »

Moth Bills, Moth Balls

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The Assembly Agriculture Committee passed two pieces of legislation today authored by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and related to the Light Brown Apple Moth controversy.

“We need to back up and walk through each outstanding issue in a science-based, clear way using neutral third party experts," said Laird, who has been dealing with the LBAM furor since last summer, and has one of the best website's in terms of tracking the progression of arguments and lawsuits related to the moth.

So, just what will Laird's leg Read more »

TIny Moths, Giant Misinformation campaigns

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Just when you think there couldn't be more to be said on the moths, a new flurry of arguments crops up.

Two competing pieces out today, both using science to support the pro and cons of aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth.

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In a piece called "Moths and Misinformation", A.G. Read more »

Q: Will the Spray Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

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A. Not if you keep looking at porn.

Yesterday’s, er, news that men (sex, sex, sex, money, money, sports) take greater risks after viewing porn, got me wondering what will happen to the stock market when the feds start spraying female moth pheromones.

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Will the market go soft? Will everyone, drag queens included, start dressing as giant female moths? Read more »

Moth Spin continues

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Tiny moth, giant flap, aerial spraying of female pheromones begins soon.
"Everyone agrees, public should “rely on sound science” and shut the door on false information.”
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So states a recent California Department of Food and Agriculture press release, as the state seeks to allay public outcry in face of an impending deadline to begin aerial spray for the Light Brown Apple Moth.

The press release quotes California Association of Professional Sci Read more »

Migden pushes back against state's "can't confirm" LBAM related health claims

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State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco/North Bay) released the following statement in response to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) study that was unable to find a link between aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth and 650 reports of adverse health affects after last fall’s spraying in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties:

“OEHHA says that it was unable to confirm a link between spraying and adverse health effects because most health complaints did not contain enough information to determine the cause of symptoms. Read more »

Can't we just de-list the moth, already?

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Congressmember Sam Farr (D-Carmel) wants to know how and when the Light Brown Apple Moth was blacklisted--and whether it's possible to declassify it.

“If we don’t even know why the moth is listed as a dangerous pest, it’s impossible to determine how far we must go to control it or whether the current emergency eradication tactics are justified," said Farr today, after he asked
USDA Under Secretary Knight to explain how and when the moth was originally “blacklisted” and whether a pest with that label has ever been recategorized. Read more »