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WE NEED YOU AT THE MONDAY DECEMBER 9, 6:30 pm
MALIBU CITY COUNCIL MEETING

STOP THE CITY FROM ALLOWING THE CRUEL POISONING OF OUR WILDLIFE

YOUR VOICE COUNTS – MAKE IT HEARD

URGE THE CITY COUNCIL TO PUT AN END TO THIS:

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We are asking you to:
1) PLEASE MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND –
Monday, December 9 City Council meeting, 6:30 pm at City Hall.
Agenda with Staff Report (click on pdf file for Item 4a) is at December 9 Agenda
YOUR PRESENCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO SHOW THE CITY COUNCIL YOU CARE.
2ALSO, please SEND AN EMAIL supporting a strong poison ban.
THERE IS A SAMPLE EMAIL BELOW.

Rat poison in hard plastic boxes are placed around buildings targeting rodents all over commercial and residential areas.

The rodents then exit and are easy prey for predators who are poisoned in turn, passing it up the food chain all the way to mountain lions. 
 
Dr. Seth Riley, National Park Service and UCLA 
Just about every mountain lion we’ve tested throughout our study has had exposure to these poisons, generally multiple compounds and often at high levels. 
 
Mountain lions are the most visible victim, but 80-90% of all predator species – owls, hawks, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks – are exposed to the poisons when tested. DOGS and other pets are frequent victims.
 

WHY IS MALIBU ALLOWING IT?

 
Los Angeles County banned pesticides/rodent poisons in the white area in 2014.
Malibu is pumping in the poisons from below!
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Malibu staff has BLOCKED THE POISON BAN FOR FIVE YEARS.
 
Here is what others are saying about Malibu’s stance:
 
1) Los Angeles County Counsel
“… my office respectfully disagrees with your {City Attorney Hogin} conclusion that provisions of our Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program (LCP) that regulate regulate pesticide use are “not legally sound.”
2) Coastal Commission

“We also agree with the conclusions of the Los Angeles County Counsel that the certification of the Santa Monica Mountains LCP with policies prohibiting anticoagulant rodenticides was legally proper.”

3) Superior Court Judge Chalfant

“The {Coastal} Commission did not fail to proceed in the manner required by law by certifying the LCP with a ban on pesticides.”
4) National Resources Defense Counsel Senior Attorney
“We have reviewed City Attorney Christi Hogin’s November 18, 2019 memorandum on this issue, and are puzzled by her analysis and disagree with her conclusion to the contrary.”
“Judge Chalfant – one of the best-respected judges in Los Angeles County on matters of land use — rejected the same argument now being advanced by Ms. Hogin.”
5) Office of the Attorney General of the State of California
The Attorney General’s office argued the Superior Court case ruled on by Judge Chalfant. They argued:  “The Commission’s Action Restricting the Use of Pesticides Is Consistent With Its Powers to Regulate Land Use Activities for Compliance with the Coastal Act

 

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Sample email with Addressees and Subject

To: Wagner Jefferson <jwagner@malibucity.org>, Pierson Mikke <mpierson@malibucity.org>, Farrer Karen <kfarrer@malibucity.org>, Mullen Rick <rmullen@malibucity.org>, Peak Skylar <speak@malibucity.org>
CC: CityClerk@malibucity.org

Subject:  Item 4A, December 9: Malibu Local Coastal Program Amendment Prohibiting Pesticides
 
Dear Mayor Farrer and City Councilmembers,
Please help protect the special Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone with a Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA) so that the precious wildlife there can be safe from rat poison and pesticides.
We understand that an LCPA can ban the poisons in Malibu. 
The ban should cover ALL of Malibu as both the poisoned rodents and the victimized wildlife roam extensively throughout.
As you know, 80-90% of predator wildlife – hawks, owls, foxes bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, mountain lions, etc – are exposed to poisons. 
 
Quote from Dr. Seth Riley of the National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains and UCLA:
 
“Just about every mountain lion we’ve tested throughout our study has had exposure to these poisons, generally multiple compounds and often at high levels.”
After habitat loss, pesticides are the greatest cause of the steep decline in the insect population and the flora that pollinators need to survive. There is no doubt pesticide use is connected to insect, pollinator, and bird declines. Pesticides result in widespread water contamination, and if they disappear, entire landscapes will change.
Los Angeles County has protected its portion of the Santa Monica Mountains in October 2014 with a pesticide ban throughout the Coastal Zone north of Malibu. Please do the same for Malibu so that the wildlife in the Santa Monica mountains will be safe.
Please vote for a strong LCP Amendment on December 9.
 

Thank you, 
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Here is our preferred language for the Local Coastal Program Amendment

“The use of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides or any toxic chemical substance that has the potential to significantly degrade biological resources shall be prohibited.

The eradication of invasive plant species or habitat restoration shall consider first the use of non-chemical methods for prevention and management such as physical, mechanical, cultural, and biological controls. Herbicides may be selected only after all other non-chemical methods have been exhausted. Herbicides shall be restricted to the least toxic product and method and, to the maximum extent feasible, shall be biodegradable, derived from natural sources, and used for a limited time.”

Our goal was to make it similar to the existing well established LCP for the unincorporated Los Angeles County Santa Monica Mountains LCP (SMMLCP) passed in October 2014. Here it is for reference, the beginning of clause CO-59 in the Land Use Plan:

CO-58. The use of insecticides, herbicides, anti-coagulant rodenticides, or any toxic chemical substance which has the potential to significantly degrade biological resources in the Santa Monica Mountains, shall be prohibited, except where necessary to protect or enhance the habitat itself  …

Note that it includes all three – insecticides, herbicides, and anticoagulant rodenticides. We believe that the Malibu LCP Amendment should also cover all three. The major modification we propose from the SMMLCP is to change “anti-coagulant rodenticides” to just “rodenticides.”

A new clear trend has manifested since the 2014 language was written – as the anticoagulants have decreased somewhat in use, there is a trend towards using even more dangerous rodenticides such as bromethalin, cholecalciferol, and even strychnine. These poisons are very fast acting and have no antidote! While the anticoagulants do their damage to wildlife from secondary poisoning, these more commonly are poisoned by non-target animals by direct, primary ingestion. All rodenticides need to be banned.