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City to say no to spray?

Submitted by on 1, April 14, 2008 – 7:16 amNo Comment

Looks like Alameda may officially join the list of cities voicing their opposition to aerial spraying to eradicate the light brown apple moth. The City Council is slated to talk about passing a resolution to oppose the spraying at their regular meeting Tuesday night. State ag chief A.G. Kawamura made his case for spraying at the last meeting, but the council seemed none too convinced that the spraying is necessary or safe. The state is planning to spray pheromones to disrupt the moths’ mating cycle over the entire Island, for five years, starting as soon as August. The city can’t stop them. But they can make their feelings known. Albany, Berkeley and Richmond have already said they oppose this.

Meanwhile, it’s going to be Light Brown Apple Moth Week in Sacramento this week, with seven LBAM-inspired bills headed for committee hearings set to consider a resolution to oppose the spraying. First up is San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno’s proposal to require state officials to generate an environmental impact report before spraying urban areas to get rid of the moth, which will be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources committee at 1:30 p.m. today in Room 447 of the State Capitol.

On Tuesday, San Francisco state Senator Carole Migden’s proposed moratorium on spraying heads to the Senate Agriculture Committee. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in Room 113.

And on Wednesday, the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on five bills, including one from Alameda rep Sandre Swanson that would require a two-thirds majority of voters to okay spraying and another from Berkeley legislator Loni Hancock that would all but take away the state agriculture department’s power to spray urban areas. That hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202 of the State Capitol. Folks from Pesticide Watch are planning a press conference and a day of lobbying Wednesday to support the bills being heard; more info is available here.

If you can’t attend the Assembly hearings, you can listen in here; Senate hearings are here.

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