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State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide 

After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities

Sacramento, CA  After more than a decade of review, state officials released new rules today that health and farmworker advocates say are insufficient to protect children and vulnerable communities from Dow Chemical Company's brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. Despite a promising announcement[K1]  yesterday by U.S. EPA, it could be years before federal regulators make newly proposed restrictions on the chemical a reality, leaving California children in harm's way.

As a result, advocates continue to press for swif…

Thousands of people pour into Santa Cruz every July 4th, coming down the Ocean Street Corridor, and providing a wonderful opportunity to do outreach about the real meanings of Freedom, Equality, Justice, Democracy, Nonviolence, and NO MORE WAR!  

Please join the Peace and Justice Community* of Santa Cruz for a good ol'fashioned Peace and Justice Rally!

10:00am - Noon at "The Corner"

(Ocean and Water Streets)

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 

It is easy, it is fun, and you can come for just as long as you want!  What do you want to be Free From, or Free To do? Bring your own homemade signs, flags, or banners,  and extras will also be provided!  LARGE LETTERING that is easily seen by the passersby works best!

Peace and Justice for Everyo…

JULY 31st is the deadline for public comments on Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) policy regarding pesticide use near schools.  We are half-way to our local goal of 100 letters.

If you haven't already, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR LETTER ASAP, calling (at least) for one-mile pesticide-free buffer zones around schools (This is the local priority of the Safe Strawberry Monterey Bay Working Group).

Email brian.leahy@cdpr.ca.govgeorge.farnsworth@cdpr.ca.gov (and please blind copy me - mark@pesticidereform.org - on your letters, too!): Sample email-..

Dear Director Leahy and Chief of Enforcement Farnsworth:

Protect California schoolchildren from the health threats of hazardous pesticides.  I urge you to implement a 1-mile pesticide-free buffer zone around all sc…

JULY 31st is the deadline for public comments on Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) policy regarding pesticide use near schools.  We are half-way to our local goal of 100 letters.

If you haven't already, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR LETTER ASAP, calling (at least) for one-mile pesticide-free buffer zones around schools (This is the local priority of the Safe Strawberry Monterey Bay Working Group).

Email brian.leahy@cdpr.ca.govgeorge.farnsworth@cdpr.ca.gov (and please blind copy me - mark@pesticidereform.org - on your letters, too!): Sample email-..

Dear Director Leahy and Chief of Enforcement Farnsworth:

Protect California schoolchildren from the health threats of hazardous pesticides.  I urge you to implement a 1-mile pesticide-free buffer zone around all sc…

Join the Santa Cruz Democratic Central Committee for the most fun event of the year!

 
     

      5:30 P.M.
      Thursday, August 6th

      The Galleria, 740 Front Street

 Due to space limitations, the first 50 RSVP's are in the door.

RSVP to Leslie, 335.4765 or to coastldy@aol.com

         

           Meeting convened 6:35: Gail Jack, President 

              22 members attended

1)    Introductions

2)    Guest, Bruce Holloway: presented a proposal to allow tenants to vote on the SLVWD rate increases: Bruce reported that due to water conservation; rates are going up in water districts. At this time, there is no voting on rate increases, only protests allowed. 50% of users must submit a protest in order to stop it.  Bruce believes that tenants should be able to participate in the process of voting on any new rate increases.  In the past, when tenants tried to speak, they were told…

We welcome proposals for actions/projects  by any PDC  member or by a representative of another organization asking our collaboration.  Due two weeks  (Aug. 1)  before retreat  and screened by Executive committee.  Those accepted will be presented to the membership present at the retreat by the chair or member of the project team.

Criteria used by members to judge and prioritize proposals will be that the proposed action/project will: 

  • Address a critical and timely  issue
  • Have an actual impact on the issue
  •  Is feasible given PDC resources of people-power and treasury
  • Will benefit the PDC by raising the PDC's visibility in the community and attracting membership

Proposals will be presented to the membership present orally and in pr…

Goal:  To have maximum impact on the initiatives reaching the 2016 ballot.

Description of Project:  a PDC committee would be formed to start tracking initiatives that have been approved for signature collection, collecting signatures for those supported by the PDC membership, and educating re those we oppose.

Rationale/Impact:  we need to start now to promote and collect signatures for ballot measures we approve of, and actively oppose objectionable proposed initiatives to keep them off the 2016 ballot. If we don't start now, we can't influence what's actually on the ballot.

Work entailed: 

1.      Form committee of 3-5 people (including reps from other Dem clubs and like-minded organizations) that meets regularly in person or by email to…

Please Join Us at the Collateral Damage Statue for A Coming Together

70 years ago, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

Today, in a time of increasing tensions between the U.S., its NATO allies, and Russia, there are nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons, 94% held by the U.S. and Russia. The two sides are brandishing nuclear weapons on the borders of the Ukraine, posing an intolerable threat to humanity and the global environment.

On Sunday, August 2nd, starting at 6 pm, we will hold a Coming Together next to this Statue at the Town Clock Park in downtown Santa Cruz to say: No to Nuclear Weapons, No to War!

We will begin the evening with a brushing, waxing and buffing of the Collateral Damage Statue. Starting at 6:30, Aileen Vance, Gai…


Time to set our game plan.

Join your fellow PDCers for lively discussion and pain-free decision making re next year's club actions and campaigns.

When:   1:00-5:00pm  Saturday, August 15

Where:   Paul Elerick's home, 1960 Jennifer Drive, Aptos

What:    We'll have drinks and munchies, schmooze with friends and hear proposals for actions, discuss each, and prioritize to come up with a game plan for 2015-16 and preparing for the 2016 elections.

More information: PDC@calcentral.com

Submit a proposal for action?  see "Submit a Proposal" below or email nabbey@cruzio.com

Sacramento, Calif - This Friday, officials at the California Department of Regulation will wrap up the initial phase of public input on new efforts to protect schoolchildren from nearby use of hazardous agricultural pesticides. After a series of public workshops across the state, the agency will now begin drafting new rules.

With schools set to open in the coming weeks, affected communities and health professionals are calling for strong protections for California schoolchildren.

"Teachers, parents and their communities have spoken out," said Francisco Rodriguez, a special education teacher and leader of the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers. "It's time to protect our children and eliminate the use of outdated and hazardous pesticides that can harm their bodies and bra…

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