California These days: California These days: ‘Secret Science’ in the Salinas Valley?
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The Salinas Valley is known as the &ldquoSalad Bowl of the Globe,&rdquo so it&rsquos no surprise that there are a lot of pesticides utilized in California farm nation. We lately paid a visit to the Chamacos project, run by the University of California, Berkeley, which for practically two decades has been studying the effects of pesticides on the youngsters of Salinas-location farm workers. (Chamacos is Spanish for &ldquochildren.&rdquo)
This was the backdrop we chose for a story on the Trump administration&rsquos war on what it calls &ldquosecret science&rdquo at the Environmental Protection Agency. At the urging of agrochemical firms, the administration has proposed forcing research like the Chamacos project to make public data about its study participants in order to continue to be considered by regulators.
Former E.P.A. officials and academics view the move as a breach of privacy safeguards and said the proposal echoed what the tobacco sector when tried to do in thwarting science that highlighted the dangers of smoking. The industry, which keeps much of its own study secret, says it is a genuine effort to boost transparency.
Research like Chamacos &mdash element of a field known as epidemiology &mdash examine disease trends in individuals. They are often complicated, because they require adjusting for the a lot of different chemical compounds and pollutants men and women are exposed to. It was only below the Obama administration that the E.P.A. started to a lot more seriously incorporate epidemiology alongside lab tests of how pesticides influence rats and other animals.
California has a $47-billion-a-year agricultural sector producing agricultural goods worth nearly twice as a lot as any other state. Some 209 million pounds of pesticides were utilized in the state in 2016.
In Salinas, about an hour&rsquos drive south of San Jose, some of the largest employers are massive scale farms. But it&rsquos a mix of rural and urban, and there&rsquos so much cropland that it runs appropriate into schoolyards and neighborhoods, underscoring the need to have to study the human effect of industrial chemical compounds.
Earlier this year, a new California regulation barred spraying close to schools or day-care centers, or during school hours.
&ldquoWe were asking for a mile buffer zone, they gave us a quarter of a mile,&rdquo said José Camacho, who once worked the fields in Salinas but now functions for the Chamacos project.
&ldquoIt&rsquos not adequate,&rdquo he added, &ldquobut it&rsquos a great start.&rdquo
California On the internet
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&bull Senator John McCain died on Saturday at 81. Here is our obituary and links to a lot more coverage. [The New York Occasions]
&bull The playwright Neil Simon died on Sunday at 91. [The New York Occasions]
&bull Tesla isn&rsquot going private following all, Elon Musk announced. [The New York Times]
&bull We take you inside the startling reversal. [The New York Instances]
&bull In a Could memo to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis implored him to create a national technique for artificial intelligence. Will Silicon Valley assist? [The New York Instances]
&bull Technologies firms are aggressively lobbying officials in the Trump administration for a privacy law that would overrule a single passed in California. Among other factors, the California law gives people the proper to know what data the tech firms are collecting about them. [The New York Instances]
&bull Newly proposed legislation would enable California utilities to sell bonds and pass on charges to their consumers to aid pay the debts they rack up when their gear starts wildfires. [The Connected Press]
&bull Facing heavy criticism for &ldquothrottling&rdquo firefighters&rsquo gear, Verizon has lifted its data-speed restrictions on all emergency personnel responding to wildfires. [The Sacramento Bee]
&bull In a very first for California, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entered a courtroom and arrested an immigrant. [The Fresno Bee]
&bull A 16-year-old boy is dead following a shooting close to a higher school in Fairfield, Calif. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
&bull A YouTube star identified as McSkillet was the incorrect-way driver who slammed his McLaren into oncoming visitors in San Diego. The crash killed the driver, a mother and her 12-year-old daughter. [BuzzFeed News]
&bull San Jose&rsquos independent police auditor has resigned following a monthslong campaign by the police union to oust him. [The Mercury News]
&bull Our reporters did a deep dive into Representative Duncan Hunter. He lived dual lives in Alpine, Calif., and Washington. [The New York Occasions]
&bull In an editorial, Mr. Hunter&rsquos hometown newspaper has called for him to resign. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
&bull An investigation of policing in Fresno shows the lasting legacy of discrimination against the city&rsquos black residents. [The Atlantic]
&bull How do you save The Healdsburg Tribune and other Sonoma County newspapers? Sell stock to its readers. [The New York Occasions]
&bull A judge has ordered organizers of what was formerly the Salt Lake Comic Con to pay almost $four million to San Diego Comic-Con for trademark infringement. [The Salt Lake Tribune]
&bull The chef David Nayfeld has returned residence to the Bay Region right after years at Eleven Madison Park and time in Europe. His restaurant is named Che Fico, Italian slang for &ldquothat&rsquos so cool!&rdquo [The New York Times]
&bull A California cult unwittingly designed one of the nation&rsquos excellent wineries &mdash and then lost it. Right here&rsquos the haunting story. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
&bull Why Roy Choi&rsquos LocoL failed, according to locals: &ldquoInstead of tacos they had foldies. We don&rsquot know what a foldy is. We don&rsquot consume foldies around right here. We consume tacos.&rdquo [LAist]
&bull Last week, we told you that surfing was named California&rsquos official sport. But should it truly be skateboarding? [The San Francisco Chronicle]
&bull Tom Clark, a prolific and empathetic lyric poet who also wrote verse about baseball &mdash specifically the Oakland A&rsquos &mdash has died. [The New York Instances]
Coming Up This Week
&bull Weird Al Yankovic will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.
&bull Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, will pay a visit to the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., on Tuesday.
&bull David and Louise Turpin are due in court for an arraignment on Friday. They face 39 counts like torture, perjury and false imprisonment for allegedly holding their 13 kids captive in their Perris, Calif., home.
And Ultimately …
It was about six a.m. on Friday, and simply because of a deadly crash, commuters on the 105 Freeway have been stuck. Isabel Larios, a food truck operator, was among the stranded, and as The Los Angeles Occasions reported, she wanted to make herself some coffee.
As it turned out, lots of other drivers wanted coffee &mdash and breakfast &mdash too.
So Ms. Larios obliged, selling dozens of coffees and most of the eggs from her meals truck although parked on the automobile-jammed freeway.
&ldquoI by no means believed something like this would occur,&rdquo she told the newspaper.
And but, the scene was perfectly L.A.
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California These days is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.
Published at Mon, 27 Aug 2018 13:02:17 +0000