Opponents of the state’s plan to spray pesticides against the light brown apple moth gathered at City Hall today to support legislation introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi. Mirkarimi’s bill urges the city attorney to find a legal method to stop the aerial spraying before it commences over San Francisco airspace on August 1.
“The spraying shouldn’t present more harm than good. Read more »
We don't want to drag all this us vs. them stuff up again -- especially since, like, we won -- but something uncanny has occurred. Village Voice Media honcho/bully Mike Lacey has been in some mighty hot water since he chose to use the "n-word" in a speech to a roomful of journalists on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Read more »
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.”
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 »
So Gavin Newsom's torch episode -- which disappointed almost everyone and pissed off a lot of us -- cost the city $600,000 plus. That's at a time when we're laying off city staff by the hundreds and closing critical services.
Six figures to give China a video postcard. Nicely done, Mr. Mayor.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief of Police Heather Fong addressed the city’s decision to change the Olympic Torch route, claiming that it was a spontaneous decision and that there was no pre-planned contingency. Read more »
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 »
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 »