Spraying Pesticides in Public/Common Areas? We want to know!

Spraying Pesticides in Public/Common Areas? We want to know!

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Non Toxic Rancho Santa Margarita started this petition to SAMLARC and

SAMLARC tells us that they "work closely with its Landscape Consultant and Landscape Maintenance vendors  to determine the manner in which the removal of unwanted vegetation occurs and ensure that they are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.  Utilizing that philosophy, there is not a set materials list or schedule being used in the parks. The Maintenance vendor must provide SAMLARC a minimum of fifteen days notice on all spray requests, which allows us to time to evaluate need, scheduling, and impact on park use."

If pesticides are being sprayed at our community parks and playgrounds, and SAMLARC has notice of at least 15 days, shouldn’t there be a policy to alert residents about the presence of chemicals at the parks where they are taking their children and dogs? Why aren’t there any signs or notices warning park goers that pesticides have been recently applied? Applicators are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), yet they allow pregnant mothers, children (birthday parties and entire sports teams) and dogs to enter an affected area without knowledge or protection.

I believe that dues-paying residents are entitled to know when chemicals are being used in public and common areas.

To the RSM City Council (Brad McGirr, Jerry Holloway, Tony Beall, Anne Figueroa, and Carol Gamble), I would ask that you hold SAMLARC and landscapers accountable to provide notice and warning to residents of all pesticide spray activity. If you are going to poison our parks and playgrounds, we need to know!

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