As a a leader in my region, I am writing to make you aware of a state regulatory matter with potentially far-reaching ramifications to our community.
Specifically, the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (CDPR) is considering imposing dramatic and unnecessary restrictions on termite and other fumigations to kill pests in homes and apartments. I have heard from a wide range of residents, businesses and advocacy groups that are voicing concern about how CDPR’s proposal could compromise public health and seriously disrupt our local real estate market.
It is my understanding that California already has the world’s most stringent regulations in this area and that there is no new scientific evidence or public health issue that warrants any change to the current process. In fact, the current process already has safety provisions built in.
People throughout our community would be hit hard by these new restrictions:
- More than 70 percent of all fumigation companies in Southern California are owned and operated by Latino families
- Nearly 85 percent of all fumigation workers are Latino
- Fumigation workers make more than $15 per hour
- Fumigation is a requirement for government-backed home mortgages – more red tape will be more costly and hurt our real estate economy
- Working families will be forced to spend more money they don’t have to leave their homes or apartments for longer periods of time
- Fumigation kills wood boring insects and keeps structures strong and able to withstand earthquakes. Reducing incentives to maintain dwellings could lead to greater loss of life and property when the Southland is hit by the next big earthquake
- Fumigation also kills bed bugs, cockroaches and rats, which spread disease – especially in low-income communities
These are just some of the complaints I am hearing, so I wanted to make you aware of what is taking place at CDPR. On behalf our community, I would appreciate your review of this matter and ask for your support in requesting CDPR to refrain from imposing any new regulations that are not grounded in science or public health but will only hurt our residents and businesses.