Monthly Parents for a Safer Environment Steering Committee Meeting
February 8, 2017
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January 14th, 2017 Community Training Webinar Part I, 11:00am - 2pm (pacific standard time)
PART II will be announced for Feb or March (sign up)
Learn the basic ABC's of getting toxic pesticides out of your school districts and local parks:
Chip Osborne, Natural Turf Workshop
[Link to Agenda]
March 2, 2017 - 8 a.m. - noon
Acalanes Adult Education Center
1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek CA (Map)
Application is being submitted for CA DPR CE Units
$50 - registered and paid by February 16.
$75 - registered and paid Feb. 17 to 28.
$100 - March 1 or 2
Please note early bird and group discounts!
* This workshop is designed for management and staff responsible for parks, schools, HOA's and other facilities with significant turf areas.
* Chip will condense his 8 hr workshop to 4 hours
* The full workshop usually costs $400 but Chip & PASE are subsidizing the registration fees.
* Register and pay by February 16 for the best early bird savings.
* 20% Discounts for additional attendees from the same public agency (First pays full price, but rest get discount if registered/paid at the same time. $50 first + $40 for 2nd, etc. )
* See Osborne Organic's website for additional information.
Soil Not Oil Conference
August 6th, 2016
Adopting Smarter Pest Control Workshop - evidence on toxicity of commonly used pesticides at schools & parks; commonly misused toxicology concepts promoting pesticides; successful alternatives and policies; evaluating the pesticide use reports using simple databases and presenting on tables and graphs for simplicity.
December 21, 2015
UC Berkeley, Cloyne Court
You are welcome to attend a presentation on the most commonly used pesticides and least toxic alternatives
2600 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA
Lafayette Community Gardens
Least Toxic Alternatives for Home & Garden Pests w/ Complimentary Samples of Alternative, Safer Products
May 1, 2016
3932 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
Across from the Lafayette Reservoir
San Francisco Green Festival Expo
November 11-13, 2016
(Sustainability & Innovation Stage)
Workshop for Community Members to Succeed in Curtailing Pesticides at Municipalities & Schools, presented by Susan JunFish, Director
We will have a booth on November 11, 12, and 13th. Come meet us and find out how we can work with you to help wean your local schools and parks from pesticides.
Presentation at Rossmoor
7-8PM: December 14, 2015 at the Park, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Commission meeting to show support for stopping the hazardous pesticide spraying where the public, pets, wildlife and environment are being exposed!
Please join Walnut Creek residents and those who use its facilities at the City of Walnut Creek PROS Commission meeting to let the city staff and elected officials know that you support the 7 resolutions for protecting the community.
See the Petition for City of W.C. to Adopt the 7 Resolutions to Protect Public Health & the Environment (click here)
Misleading the Commission and the Public
Note Walnut Creek City Staff underplaying toxicity of 2,4-D used on playing fields and other pesticides used by comparing to sawdust that is listed as a carcinogen. Yes, we believe that people should not be exposed to sawdust because small particulates damage lungs over time.
Covering their Tracks - No Transparency
Note that the City of Walnut Creek refused to allow Parents for a Safer Environment's name noted on the Meeting Agenda and insisted that we are on the agenda under "Staff Presentation."
Lying to the Community - No Accountability
Mike Vickers, IPM Manager, confirmed in writing that staff would present for 15 and no longer than 20 mins and then PASE would present for 15 mins. In reality, two staff presented for 50 mins.
Misusing Terms to Deceive - They need to be held accountable
PASE was provided 15 mins to present and much of that time had to be used to clarify to the Commissioners that it is not helpful to try and play down the toxicity of pesticides by implying that a product as inert as sawdust is listed as a Prop 65 chemical known to cause cancer. Sawdust is listed because it is an occupational & respiratory carcinogen due to particulate size. Categorization of another material for whatever reason on the list is not relevant to the fact that Prop 65 listed pesticides being applied in parks where children, pets and others are likely exposed need to be taken seriously instead of mocked as staff attempted.
Note Commissioner Weston's misuse of Acute and Chronic Toxicity Concepts toward the end of the meeting, comparing LD50 values of table salt to pesticides, saying that salt is more toxic than pesticides being used. LD50 is the lethal dose in which 50% of test animals die. We are concerned about chronic toxicity Mr. Weston, small exposures over a longer period of time that triggers illnesses like cancer, reproductive and developmental disease. How did Mr. Weston learn to use the LD50 concept incorrectly?
Damage Continues by Notorious CC County staff
Why did Mr. Weston bee-line directly to the Contra Costa County IPM Coordinator, Tanya Drlik, and her companion, Ted Shappas, who pandered to the Commissioners about his expertise in IPM during the Public Comment Period? Dr. Shappas proudly referenced his PhD but forgot to mention that he worked over 25 years for the pesticide industry and that Contra Costa County Internal Operations Committee rejected his application to sit on the IPM Advisory Committee due to conflict of Interest.
Shameless Pesticide Industry Retiree
Ted Shappas congratulated the staff for doing such a great job in IPM. How about the 2,4-D that was being applied on playing fields? We wonder if Dr Shappas was able to secure a consulting contract with the City of Walnut Creek after his performance?
Regardless of the PROS Commission voting to do NOTHING, the City began putting up posts for signage in the event they apply pesticides.
City Reportedly Stopped Using 2,4-D and Began Posting
In addition, Mike Vickers admitted grudgingly at a follow-up meeting on January 5, with PASE and the Mayor Haskew and former Mayor Simmons, that they do not use 2,4-D and this started in December (after the PROS meeting). He would not admit that he ever used 2,4-D although the pesticide use reports show he has instructed staff to apply Speed-Zone containing 2,4-D among other toxic ingredients onto all the baseball fields and numerous parks while he supervised park maintenance over the past years.
We Expect a Plan to Replace the Risky Pest Management
We expect Mike Vickers and the City of Walnut Creek to do better than just stop using 2,4-D but provide a plan for replacing the other high toxicity pesticides being used where children, pets, and wildlife can be exposed and replace them with least toxic methods that other municipalities of all sizes and finances are using successfully. We expect a revised written plan that will hold the staff accountable and transparent for what they do.