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Caltrans officials: Spraying was a mistake, won't happen again

Original post made on Mar 19, 2016

Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus on Friday (March 18) acknowledged that a worker recently mistakenly broadcast-sprayed herbicides in the area off Highway 84 near La Honda soon after the agency had promised to do only spot spraying there this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 18, 2016, 6:11 PM

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Posted by concerned resident
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Mar 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Was this really a "whoops" our employees took off with the broadcast sprayer unbeknownst to management? And "whoops" they didn't know other workers should be in protective gear as per the label? And "whoops" we didn't know here was rain in the forecast? Or was it more of a "whoops" we didn't think we'd get caught? Regardless, it hardly inspires confidence.

Bravo to the residents who discovered and documented it. But really, we shouldn't have to work so hard to protect ourselves from governmental agencies, should we?


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Posted by Pam
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Mar 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

There is no excuse for this "mistake," and I have little faith that it won't happen again. Who is going to hold Cal Trans responsible? This is all the more reason to make broadcast spraying illegal in San Mateo County. And it should be done now, so there are no more toxic mistakes.


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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

pogo is a registered user.

Had a private company spread poisons, after being pilloried in the press and held in contempt by every environmental governmental body (I can only imagine the legislative hearings...), the company's management would have been charged, handcuffed, jailed and arraigned.

But when a government employee does it, a "sorry, it won't happen again" seems to be perfectly acceptable.

Go figure.


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Posted by local resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm


It looks like Caltrans has switched from broadcast spraying from a truck to broadcast spraying by hand. Is this the version of "spot spraying" that they promised? Perhaps it was an unintentional mistake, but it does not help improve their already tarnished reputation for untrustworthiness and exclusion of public concerns -- which is worrisome for a public agency paid for by everyone's taxes.


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Posted by Betsy Aida
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Impeach caltrans! LOL ;) Seriously, their words have zero meaning and their track record, lacking any transparency and accountability, is the white elephant hiding behind a cup sized vase. caltrans we can see exactly what's going on and you are not fooling anyone!


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