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Inventory of the Department of Pesticide Regulation Records
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Records of the Executive Office

R195.001, Box 1, folder 1 - Box 6, folder 11

Series 1  Bill Files 1983-1998

Physical Description: 150 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files pertain to legislation of interest to the agency, whether by authoring or sponsoring the bill. Files include analyses, reports, statistics, notes, background, press releases, memoranda, correspondence, and news clippings. Significant topics include: pest control (AB294, AB2635, AB3916, 1983-1984); economic poisons (AB144, AB1211, AB2503, AB3018, AB3910, SB1601, 1983-1984; AB1286, 1987-1988); hazardous materials (AB2185, AB 2187, 1985-1986; SB356, 1989-1990); public records (AB567, 1985-1986); pesticide residue (AB1397, 1985-1986); pesticide exposure in children and fetuses (SB2475, 1987-1988; SB550, 1993-1994; AB278, 1997-1998); air pollution (AB177, AB552, AB924, AB2369, AB2981, 1995-1996); occupational safety and farm laborers (AB318, AB3146, 1991-1992; AB1930, 1993-1994); sewage waste (SB205, 1995-1996); organic food (AB1713, 1993-1994); endangered species (AB426, 1993-1994); and pesticide monitoring (AB417, 1989-1990; SB661, 1997-1998).
1983-1984: AB294-AB3916 (4ff) Box 1/1-4
1983-1984: SB462-SB1792 (1ff) Box 1/5
1985-1986: AB22-AB3128 (6ff) Box 1/6-11
1985-1986: SB269-SB1889 (4ff) Box 1/12-15
1987-1988: AB414-AB4097 (15ff) Box 1/16-30
1987-1988: SB366-SB2475 (5ff) Box 2/1-5
1989-1990: AB311-AB4160 (14ff) Box 2/6-19
1989-1990: SB356-SB2864 (4ff) Box 2/20-23
1991-1992: AB816-AB3650 (7ff) Box 2/24-Box 3/3
1991-1992: SB46-SB1794 (12ff) Box 3/4-15
1993-1994: AB145-AB3787, ACA34, AJR68 (17ff) Box 3/16-Box 4/5
1993-1994: SB106-SB2070 (9ff) Box 4/6-14
1995-1996: AB116-AB3303 (6ff) Box 4/15-20
1995-1996: SB1-SB2062, SB1XXX (11ff) Box 4/21-Box 5/3
1997-1998: AB179-AB2757 (14ff) Box 5/4-17
1997-1998: SB62-SB2119, SJR44 (21ff) Box 5/18-Box 6/11
R195.002, Box 6, folder 12-Box 9, folder 8

Series 2 Director's Subject Files 1997-1998

Physical Description: 84 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Director's Subject Files were created under the administration of Jim Wells and pertain to the many and varied topics of interest to DPR. Files include records such as correspondence, reports, statistics, memoranda, calendars, contracts, speeches, agendas, minutes, and publications. Significant topics include enforcement, the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Methyl Bromide, regulations, scientific review panels, and the University of California, Davis (UCD). Organizations that frequently appear in the records of this series include the Association of American Pesticide Control Officers (AAPCO), the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC), the Watershed Protection Council (WPRC), and the Structural Pest Control Board.
R195.003, Box 9, folder 9 - Box 10, folder 7

Series 3 Director's Technical Files 2003-2004

Physical Description: 37 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Director's Technical Files were created under the administration of acting director Paul Gosselin and then later under Mary-Ann Warmerdam. Files pertain to the many and varied topics of interest to DPR and include correspondence, reports, statistics, memoranda, notes, background, agendas, and minutes. Recurring topics include the County Agricultural Commissioners, the Public Records Act, registration, legislation, and integrated pest management.
R195.004, Box 10, folder 8-Box 12, folder 48

Series 4 Chief Deputy Director's Subject Files 1997-1999

Physical Description: 150 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Deputy's Subject Files were created first under Jean-Marie Peltier and then later under Paul Gosselin. The files pertain to the many and varied topics of interest to DPR and include correspondence, reports, speeches, memoranda, news clippings, background, notes, agendas, minutes, and promotional materials. Significant topics include legislation, birth defects, endangered species, Methidathion, environmental monitoring, the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), the Natural Resources Defense Council, Proposition 65, risk assessment, organization charts, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.
R195.005, Box 13, folders 1-16

Series 5 Chief Deputy Director's Technical Files 2003-2004

Physical Description: 150 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Deputy's Technical Files were created under the administration of Paul Gosselin and pertain to the many and varied topics of interest to DPR. Files include correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, statistics, and press releases. Significant topics include environmental justice, fiscal services, medical toxicology, County Agricultural Commissioners (CAC), West Nile virus, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).
 

Records of the Worker Health and Safety Branch

R195.006, Box 13, folder 17

Series 1  Health and Safety Briefs 1988-1994

Physical Description: 1 file folder

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by brief number.

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the Health and Safety Briefs date from the Department of Food and Agriculture, Worker Health and Safety Branch, but continue through and after the creation of the Department of Pesticide Regulation. Numbered HSB-001 to HSB-024, these briefs report analysis of specific chemical products or classifications of chemicals. Briefs include implications on health and safety of both workers and consumers. Common recurring topics include chemical exposure, worker safety, and the Labor Code.
 

Records of Pesticide Enforcement - Licensing

R195.007, Box 13, folders 18-31

Series 1  Examinations 1950-1989

Physical Description: 14 file folders

Access Information

This series contains five files which are restricted under the California Public Records Act, Government Code section 6254 (g) (examinations for state employment).

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

This series primarily contains exams and corresponding answer keys to the following state licensing tests: Certification of Commercial Applicators, Pest Control Adviser, Pest Control Operator, Pilot, and Pilot's Apprentice. Not all exams include answer keys; multiple booklets for the same exam are sometimes present. Other types of records, such as correspondence and reports, are primarily found in the file titled "General." Topics of exams include weeds, orchards, rodents, aquatic, institutional, ornamental gardens, and pesticide dealers.
R197.008, Box 13, folders 32-40

Series 2  Agricultural Pest Control Advisory Committee Files 1972-1973 1987

Physical Description: 9 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date.

Scope and Content Note

The Agricultural Pest Control Advisory Committee was created by Chapter 1276 (Statutes of 1971) which also established the licensing program for agricultural pest control advisers. The Committee was to advise the Director of the Department of Agriculture on all matters concerning the education, examination, and qualifications of agricultural pest control advisers. Subcommittees included: Qualifications, Examinations, Training, and Continuing Education.
The series comprises nine meeting files, eight of which are dated 1972-1973; the final file is from 1987. The files include correspondence, reports, minutes, agendas, notes, and news clippings. Topics of interest include license renewal, specialization, dosage, property rights, accreditation, endangered species, and groundwater.
R197.009, Box 14, folders 1-8

Series 3 Pesticide Regulation Education Program (PREP) Files 1995-1998

Physical Description: 8 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

Chapter 139 (Statutes of 1994) allotted the funding for DPR to contract with the University of California, Davis (UCD) to develop an educational program for senior personnel of pesticide regulatory programs throughout the United States. This was an expansion of similar training courses conducted by ICD between 1990 and 1994. The goals of PREP included: to develop, enhance, and strengthen state and regional capabilities to regulate pesticides; enforce those regulations; prevent pollution; and improve cooperation between regulatory agencies. The objectives included: assess training needs, design training and format curriculum, implement the program, and continue development of national educational program.
The PREP Files contain correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes, federal grant applications, and interagency agreements. The series includes the various documentation associated with administering the Program.
R197.010, Box 14, folders 9-25

Series 4 Medfly Files 1980-1985

Physical Description: 17 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The sudden invasion of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Medfly) in Northern California during the early 1980s was considered to be a dire threat to California's economy, which is largely dependent on agricultural crops. The Medfly, originating in West Africa and about the size of a house fly, lays eggs on or inside of host plants, preventing the plant's fruit from ripening or otherwise damaging the plant. While stone fruits such as peaches are the most susceptible to the Medfly, the insect can use many other types of plants as hosts including categories like citrus, nut, and ornamentals. It was estimated that more than 2.5 million of acres of crops worth $4 billion were threatened by this insect. Because the Medfly had the potential to spread quickly, the State of California decided to act swiftly and decisively in the areas already affected by spraying pesticides on the crops, either directly or via aerial spraying.
The Medfly Files contain correspondence, reports, statistics, notes, background, memoranda, testimony, newsletters, brochures, and meetings agendas. Significant topics include congressional briefings, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and pilots/aerial spraying. The bulk of the series regards litigation. One example is that of individuals suing the State of California due to health problems associated with the aerial spraying of pesticides; another example is the State of Texas suing California due to trade discrepancies of consumable produce.