Alameda joins the list
Alameda has joined the growing list of cities opposing the state’s plans to spray us with pheromones in an effort to eradicate the light brown apple moth. The board voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose the aerial spray plans and to support several state bills that could halt the spraying, after a brief public hearing. Councilman Frank Matarrese also directed the city attorney to keep an eye out for any lawsuits the city could join to try to stop the spraying. The vote is symbolic because city officials have no power to stop the state from spraying Alameda. The vote comes just two weeks after California Ag Secretary A.G. Kawamura made his pitch to the council for spraying. Earlier Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed similar resolutions. They join Albany, Berkeley and Richmond in opposing the spray. Tiburon and Larkspur are slated to vote on similar resolutions this week. If the state sprays as planned, Alameda could hear the roar of spray planes as soon as August.