SEPTEMBER 2001 NEWS RELEASES

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AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2001, #018-01/02

15,000 to 17,000 Pets Put to Death Annually
September 17 to 28
Proclaimed San Joaquin County Spay & Neuter Days

(Stockton, CA) - Today marks the start of San Joaquin County Spay and Neuter Days, the first event of its kind in San Joaquin County. In 1999, over 17,000 pets were euthanized in animal shelters throughout San Joaquin County. In an effort to educate the public and reduce this needless destruction, the County of San Joaquin and the cities of Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy have joined together for the first time in a county-wide partnership to reduce the overpopulation of pets in our county by encouraging the spaying and neutering of pets. Of the 8,903 cats brought into public shelters in 1999, only 1,441 were adopted by owners; 7,181 cats and 9,888 dogs were killed. The net cost to county taxpayers for handling these pets was over $1.6 million.


From September 17 through September 28, county residents can receive a $25.00 coupon to reduce the cost of spaying and neutering. These coupons are available through specified veterinary offices throughout the county (see list that follows). Pet owners need to contact a specified veterinary office within the two-week period, but have until the end of October to use certificates. Voucher quantities are limited.


This new partnership marks the start of a continued effort to decrease and prevent pet overpopulation and the death of unwanted pets in our county. The use of vouchers to reduce the cost of spaying and neutering is not new, but the use of these vouchers for some agencies is new and using them for all pets is new. The cost to the pet owner will be reduced even more with the use of a voucher.


This effort is a result of a research report contracted for by the county in an effort to determine how to best address the problem of shelter overcrowding and inadequate county facilities. The report recommended a number of possible options, including aggressive pet education and spay and neuter programs. The report also stated that "if the status quo continues, an increase in the animal population similar to the projected human population increase should be anticipated" and projects the impounded pet population to increase to 34,469 in 2020.


The report stated that in 1999, about 17,000 dogs and cats were killed in animal shelters located throughout the county. In 1999, a little over 23,000 "live animals were brought into the six different public animal shelters in San Joaquin County, but only 6,101 were redeemed or adopted." This means that 7 out of 10 live animals handled in these shelters were killed.


Spaying and neutering is the only humane and good solution to preventing the death of these pets. By reducing the pet population, there will be fewer unwanted pets and a reduction in the need to kill unwanted pets. Studies and reports show that providing education and low cost spaying can reduce the number of pets killed each year. It makes sense to spay and neuter: It's the only solution!


VETERINARY OFFICES AND AGENCIES PARTICIPATING IN THE LOW-COST SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY VOUCHER PROGRAM

o City of Escalon
Animal Control 838-7093

o City of Lathrop
Animal Control 858-2860

o City of Lodi
Animal Control 333-6741
Arbor Pet Hospital 334-4257
Harris Veterinary Hospital 368-8256
Lodi Veterinary Hospital 368-5166
Cherokee Veterinary Hospital 368-5382
Oakwood Veterinary Hospital 333-7010
Lodi Spay & Neuter Clinic 334-1819
San Joaquin Veterinary 369-0231
Lockeford Veterinary Group 333-1331
Mokelumne Veterinary Hospital 368-5922

o City of Manteca
Animal Control 239-8480
Animal Clinic 239-4607
Community Pet Clinic 239-7983
Hardin Animal Hospital 464-4521

o City of Ripon
Animal Control 599-2102
Ripon Veterinary Hospital 599-6153

o City of Stockton
Animal Control 937-8274
Bear Creek Vet 951-8911
Sierra Veterinary Clinic 477-4841
California Dog & Cat Hospital 465-5726
Geisert Animal Hospital 464-8379
Village Veterinary Hospital 951-5180
American Veterinary Hospital 473-8387
Stockton Spay & Neuter Clinic 478-9225
Rosemarie Pet Hospital 957-8387
Pet Clinic 463-1234
Venetian Vet Hospital 477-3926
Animal Clinic 477-4853
Fremont Vet Clinic 465-7291

o City of Tracy
Animal Control 831-4364
Old River Veterinary Hospital 835-5166
Tracy Veterinary Clinic 835-0626
Tracy Spay & Neuter Clinic 839-8389
Dr. Thomas Ross 836-0796

o Unincorporated Areas of County
Animal Control 468-3345

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2001, #017-01/02
Contact: Marcus Freeman
209-468-9986
County Equal Employment Opportunity Office

COUNTY HOLDS EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
LUNCHEON AND HOSTS MAYOR AS SPEAKER

(Stockton, CA) - The San Joaquin County Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee is holding its 4th Annual Equal Employment Opportunity Luncheon for county employees. The purpose of the event is to celebrate diversity in the workplace and create an opportunity for county employees and the Board of Supervisors to acknowledge diversity within our community. This year's theme is "Strength Through Diversity."


Mayor, City of Stockton, Gary Podesto was selected as this year's keynote speaker due to his interest in the subject of diversity and his reputation as a speaker on the topic. Podesto was first elected as the Mayor of Stockton in 1997. He has served on many committees and boards in the community, including the Su Salud Health Fair and the Boys and Girls Club.

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PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2001, #016-01/02
Contact: Denise Thomas
Public Works Department
209-468-2179

17th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEANUP DAY
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY PROMOTES LOCAL COASTAL CLEANUP

(Stockton, CA) - San Joaquin County and the local community have joined together, along with hundreds of thousands of participants worldwide, to clean up our county waterways as part of Coastal Cleanup Day 2001. Each September, the nation celebrates "National Pollution Prevention Week" (NPPW) to make businesses and citizens more aware of opportunities to prevent pollution. The San Joaquin County Coastal Cleanup Day has been held annually since 1998 as part of National Pollution Prevention Week. The week's activities are intended to make businesses and citizens more aware of opportunities to prevent pollution.

Locally last year, volunteers collectively gave 1,600 hours of their time to collect 10,000 pounds of trash and 2,000 pounds of recyclables. Local organizations donated $1,500 toward the effort through in-kind contributions of food, trash bags and other items. Nationwide, over 43,000 Coastal Cleanup volunteers collected 730,000 pounds of trash and recyclables, including 228,000 cigarette butts from California shorelines.

WHEN: On Saturday, September 15, a crew of about 500 volunteers and county staff will clean up portions of six San Joaquin County waterways in the city of Stockton. From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., six teams will converge on parts of the Calaveras River, the Stockton Deep Water Channel, Mosher Slough, Mormon Slough, the San Joaquin River, and Walker Slough.

WHERE:

- Calaveras River: At UOP between Pacific Ave. and I-5.
- Stockton Deep Water Channel: Levee along Fremont Ave at I-5 Ramp.
- Mosher Slough: Don Ave. off of Hammer Ln. at Sandman Park.
- Mormon Slough: Between Hwy. 99 and Sinclair Ave., primarily at Oro Ave. Bridge.
- San Joaquin River: Take Brookside to the levee road on the right just before
Buckley Cove.
- Walker Slough: I-5 south to Downing Ave., exit left or right. Manthey Rd. to the
east and Turnpike Rd. to the west of the I-5 bridge.

PARTICIPANTS: San Joaquin County Public Works, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, San Joaquin County Community Development Revitalization Department, CalTrans District 10, Stockton Parks and Recreation Department, California Youth Authority, New Directions Volunteers, the University of the Pacific, Bear Creek High School, Franklin High School, Edison High School, Stagg High School, Julia Morgan Alternative High School, Stockton Sailing Club, DeltaKeeper, the Port of Stockton, Corn Products, Delta Container, Stockton Scavenger, HDR Engineering, Bagel Express, and Home Depot.

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OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2001, #015-01/02
Contact: Connie Cassinetto (209) 468-3417

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY REACTS TO EAST COAST EMERGENCY

(Stockton, CA) -The San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services is on standby and monitoring the terrorist situation in the eastern part of our country. At this time, San Joaquin County is not activating its Emergency Operations Center and the County and the Superior Courts are operating as they would normally.


The Stockton Metropolitan Airport tower has been closed by the FAA. The only allowable flights are those having to do with public safety or fire fighting safety. All other aircraft are prohibited from flying into or out of the airport.


The San Joaquin County Courthouse is operating under heightened security under the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, the entity that provides normal courthouse security.


The County Office of Emergency Services is in contact with the State Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento and will continue to communicate with the office throughout the day.

PUBLIC INFORMATION CONTACT NUMBER:
COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES, 468-3962 (GENERAL INFORMATION)

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AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2001, #014-01/02
Contact: Vicki Helmar, Asst. Agricultural Commissioner
Jim Allan, Deputy Commissioner
(209) 468-3300

 

AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE CONDUCTS GWSS YARD SURVEY PROGRAM

(Stockton, CA) - The march against the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter continues in San Joaquin County as the Agricultural Commissioner's Office steps up its residential yard survey program. San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner Scott Hudson said that the office will continue to conduct its residential yard survey program through September and October. The office expects to conduct a yard survey of about 3,000 homes throughout the county. "We understand these inspections can be an inconvenience," said Hudson, "and we appreciate the cooperation county residents have shown our staff as we remain vigilant against the threat this insect carries." The residential yard survey program is one part of an overall inspection approach to ensuring that the county remains free of the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter.

In May, the office began conducting the residential yard survey program in areas that had new subdivisions. These areas are considered to be the most likely areas to host the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter as developers provide landscaping for new homes and residents purchase plants to put in their new yards. Most often, the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter has "hitch-hiked" into San Joaquin County on shipments of plants from growing areas in Southern California. For this reason, new subdivisions have been identified statewide as a priority to inspect for the insect. The Agricultural Commissioner's staff has completed the new subdivision surveys of Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, and Linden and is moving into the newly developed areas of Manteca, Lathrop, Escalon, and Ripon.


Residences in established neighborhood areas are next on the agricultural commissioner's list to be surveyed as part of the residential yard survey program. The office determines the areas to be surveyed based on state protocol and standards. Neighborhoods near retail and/or commercial nursery areas and neighborhoods that have a high number of likely host plants are targeted for inspection. The established neighborhood surveys will begin mid-September and again will include the cities of Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Lathrop, Ripon, and Escalon and the unincorporated area of Linden.


For both the new subdivision and established neighborhood surveys, a resident must be home and must give the inspectors permission to enter the yard. All inspectors carry official county identification cards and use care in inspecting the premises. Inspectors work in teams of two or three and use "sweep nets" to flush insects from foliage.


Glassy-winged Sharpshooters spread the bacterium (Xylella fastidiosa) that causes Pierce's Disease (PD), a disease that has no effective treatment and is a threat to the county's wine grape crops. Xylella causes almond leaf scorch, alfalfa dwarf, oleander leaf scorch, and citrus variegated chlorosis. The bacterium blocks the movement of water within the plant system, eventually killing the plant. Sharpshooters become contaminated with the disease while feeding on infected plants. They consume many times their body weight in fluids daily and must visit many plants to satisfy their nutritional requirements. The insect feeds on a wide variety of ornamental crops and crop plants, over 100 in all, including wine grapes. The majority of these plants, such as citrus trees, act as a host only and are not infected with disease. Sharpshooters generally feed on stems rather than leaves and can leave plants with a whitewashed appearance.

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PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2001, #013-01/02
Contact: Alison Hudson
(209) 468-3066

COUNTY JOINS FORCES TO PROMOTE POLLUTION PREVENTION

(Stockton, CA) - "Imagine You Can!" That's the message from coordinators of National Pollution Prevention Week (NP2W), September 17-23. Across the nation, local governments, state and federal agencies, businesses, and others are teaming up to hold events during "P2 Week" that celebrate and promote the benefits of pollution prevention. The goal of P2 Week is to make pollution prevention a more popular option with industry and the public. San Joaquin County is actively promoting this week through a number of events that involve the community and provide education on pollution prevention.

Ron Addington, Chairman of the local Targeted Opportunities to Prevent Pollution in San Joaquin County (TOPPS), a local consortium of business and industry and a sponsor of NP2W said, "P2 is a proactive, cost-saving approach to managing emissions, discharges and wastestreams. When industries substitute the use of less polluting industrial processes, the result is greater efficiency while protecting the environment. The public can practice P2 in a variety of ways-using less toxic products in the garden, grasscycling and composting, and trying alternative cleaning methods at home. Purchasing an electric mower and carpooling to work-all these efforts will help improve the quality of the local environment."

Local organizers are achieving the P2 Week goal by holding workshops, "clean" shop tours, distributing P2 fact sheets, posters, airing public service announcements, and by other media outreach. An assortment of P2 Week activities, including a landscape gardening workshop and a household hazardous waste collection event, are being sponsored by the Department of Public Works.

NP2W is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, Cal/EPA, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Integrated Waste Management Board, and a Consortium of Pollution Prevention Committees throughout the nation. Locally, NP2W is sponsored by TOPPS and the San Joaquin County Department of Public Works and numerous other agencies and organizations

The San Joaquin County Department of Public Works P2 Week calendar follows.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS P2 WEEK CALENDAR

September 11
: The Landscape Management Outreach Partnership (LMOP) will hold a workshop for landscape gardeners on Best Management Practices for Landscapes, Lawns (Tuesday).

September 13 ­16: Educational booths featuring Solid Waste Best Management Practices will be at the Lodi Grape Festival, September 13 -16, 2001 (Thursday-Sunday).

September 15: The County Stormwater Program is sponsoring a Coastal Clean-Up Day (Saturday).

September 15: A Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) event open to all County residents will be held in Ripon and Escalon (Saturday).

September 20: The Stormwater Program will have volunteer crews conducting storm drain stenciling in neighborhoods (Thursday).

September 22: KWIN Radio will air a remote broadcast from the Tracy Disposal Buy-Back Center promoting the California Redemption Value Program (CRV) and the expanded "bottle bill" (Saturday).

The County Solid Waste Division will kick-off the Bilgepad Distribution and Collection Program for boaters at five county marinas during NP2W 01.

The Sherwood Mall Electronic Sign will feature the Stormwater motto, "Only Rain Down the Drain"; and the Stormdrain motto, "No Dumping Flows To Delta."

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