In response to Arnold York’s article “The Politics of Hysteria” and the lack of disclosure of toxicity at our school – in addition, Roui Israel’s “Letter to the Editor – Smear Campaigns are Unacceptable” of the Malibu Times:
These toxins might not bring an immediate danger Arnold, they slowly erode our (children’s) health and so wreak havoc on our quality of life, depending on our own unique genetic strengths and weaknesses. In children, toxicity affects brain development. Forty-eight truckloads of dirt was lifted and trucked away because it had an unacceptable range of PCB’s while my daughter was in summer school studying chemistry in a nearby room. I was never informed. Yet, I have never been hysterical about this. Instead I have decided to take action and run for office to bring a new level of integrity and values to the table (valuing that parents and teachers have a right to know the level of toxicity in our schools). We need to be informed, the use of toxic chemicals needs to be posted and the Healthy Schools Act needs to be enforced. I am this new possibility in Malibu.
This conversation brings awareness of not only the toxicity in our schools, but also of all our consumptive habits that trash our planet. I hope this conversation is a game changer. Malibu is a highly visible community and that we in Malibu can begin choosing solutions and products with a more sustainable footprint (see “Story of Stuff”). Better yet, as Annie Leonard says, as citizens, not shoppers, working together, we hold the key to developing this new economy as we put policies and business practices in place. Our local economy can support safe products, healthy people and so a healthy planet.
Malibu’s Mission Statement in our General Plan states to preserve our natural resources, including our wildlife. As the founder of our Malibu Agricultural Society, with an award from Senator Fran Pavley for our work in ending the use of rodenticides in and around our Santa Monica Mountains, I have lead a society that has been pragmatic in looking for solutions to our challenges in Malibu. (Rodenticides are anticoagulants that are poisoning 80-90% of our wildlife higher in the rodent food chain.) Our community brought awareness of rodenticides to the table this past year. This year our city passed a resolution against the use of rodenticides citywide. Many cities neighboring the Santa Monica Mountains have followed suit. Best of all, California just banned Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides for consumer use! Note: we still have a long way to go educating consumers so that the use by licensed operators don’t increase, and SMMUSD is still using rodenticides at our Malibu Schools. Yet, this is an example of how Malibu citizens can be change agents in making this a better planet for everyone. Our Malibu Vision and Mission Statement on the first page of our General Plan support this! I am this new possibility for Malibu, and I hope to earn your vote when you go to the polls April 8.
(Note: In response to Roui Israel’s claim that Laura Rosenthal has worked to restrict dangerous pesticides, it think it is important to note that it was partly because Laura spoke out for the use of these rodenticides on the MHS fields that galvanized us to take action against the use of rodenticides and propose a resolution against its use in the city of Malibu.)
Thank you, June Louks