News Briefs | June 9, 2021
Governor grants Cal Cities’ request for continued Brown Act flexibility
In an effort to provide local governments adequate time to prepare for in-person public meetings while remaining in compliance with the Brown Act, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Executive Order N-29-20 will remain in effect after the June 15 reopening plan. 

Upcoming MVCAC Meetings
Summer Meeting
July 15th via zoom
Login info is behind the member login here.
Fall Meeting
October 26-28, Hilton Costa Mesa
*planning in person meeting

Hotel Booking Information:
RATE: $181
BOOKING CUT-OFF: SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
PARKING: $18 SELF

Zoom login info is behind the member login here.

Register:
Click here to register online.
Please click here to register via mail/fax.
SIT information and Oxitec update
We wanted to let you know that there is a new Sterile Insect Techniques page on the MVCAC website that has a factsheet with information about Wolbachia, irradiation, and self-limiting mosquitoes. We will be adding additional resources for you to use in your education and outreach about the need for innovative mosquito control methods.
 
On the member resources section of the website you can find information about Oxitec’s Friendly™ Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and the company’s efforts to initiate pilot projects in California and Nevada. There is a slide deck, factsheet, and FAQ with information about Oxitec’s technology and the federal and state approval processes/timelines as well as a memo that has a sample outreach template if districts receive questions. Oxitec is holding two information sessions for MVCAC members to learn more and ask questions – the zoom links are on the member resources section of the MVCAC website.
 
  • Oxitec presentation and Q&A about California and Nevada pilot projects – Friday, June 11 at 8:30am
  • Communications discussion and Q&A with Chad Huff, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District’s Public Education & Information Officer – Monday, June 14 at 9am
 
Oxitec is planning to put out a press release shortly announcing that they are seeking approval to bring their technology to California and Southern Nevada so that MVCDs can assess the efficacy and control potential of their technology. Please check out the Oxitec materials on the MVCAC website and join the presentations to learn more and ask questions. In the meantime, if you have questions please contact Lisa Yarbrough at lyarbrough@ka-pow.com or Ed Manning at emanning@ka-pow.com.
MVCAC Corporate Member
Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues
It's that time of year again! Please fill out and email or fax back this year's MVCAC Fiscal Status Report Form for your district's MVCAC dues to be calculated.

Dues for Corporate Members are due on July 1st of each year for the fiscal year ending June 30th of the following year. Unpaid dues will be considered late on September 1st. After September 1st, a late notice will be sent which will include a $50 late payment fee. Corporate members that do not pay their dues and late fee by October 31st will be dropped from the membership rolls.

Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting MVCAC!
From AMCA: We need you! National Mosquito Control Awareness Week Video Project
The 2021 National Mosquito Control Awareness Week will take place June 20th – 26th.
In addition to a social media toolkit that we’ll be providing to those who need them, we are also putting together a video to connect us across the country.
 
The “Pass the Repellent” video will feature individual clips from various Districts that are edited together to appear as if we are passing repellent to each other. If you are interested in participating, please see the attached document. The document provides information and guidance to help you with the video, as well as links for submission. 
 
Submissions are due by EOD Friday, June 11th.

Lastly, if you are interested in participating, please let AMCA know so they can reserve your spot.
2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21
Applications for the 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award will be accepted through Monday, October 4, 2021. The William C. Reeves New Investigator Award, memorializing Dr. William C. Reeves, who was a renowned University of California entomologist, is sponsored by the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC). The award is presented to the best scientific paper submitted and presented at the annual MVCAC conference.
 
Please click here for more information.
New CEU Process
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Please note: Going forward all CEU sheets need to be submitted directly to CDPH. That email address is:
 
  • Submissions need to still be in the electronic excel spreadsheet
  • Please allow 30 days to process
  • Please try to consolidate the sheets as best as possible
AMCA Research Fund Request for Pre-Proposals Now Open!
REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS
THE DEADLINE FOR 2022 PRE-PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, 2 JULY 2021.

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Research Fund invites new pre-proposals for research on mosquito control and related topics for funding for calendar year 2022. 

AMCA® is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes.

The AMCA Research Fund is devoted to funding research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control and ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites.
2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting - On Demand Now Available!
The MVCAC 2021 Annual Conference is now ready for on demand viewing. It will continue to be available until July 31, 2021. For those who were already registered, they will use the same link to access the talks as they did for the “live” program along with their email and login information they set up then:
 
 
Anything that was not featured on a zoom platform provided by MVCAC will be available for continued viewing and CEU credits. They are shown as a “launch webinar” in the system.
 
As the person watches and completes at least 90% of viewing of the webinar, it will be compiled and ADDED to their credits they have already earned. This is not a problem on the back side of things, as I can run a report for new units vs old units so they are correctly uploaded, but we CANNOT show a certificate with a difference in live vs on demand. Please let your staff know this as well, so it eases any questions.  
 
No need to submit anything to MVCAC saying its complete, reports will be run weekly and submitted to CDPH for inputting.
 
If you have staff that were not registered and you would like to do so, please use the link below:
 
The same price is in place for the in demand portion for anyone you add on. From there the staff member will receive confirmation information so anyone new may be added to the portal. 
 
Thank you all for your patience as we got this piece up and running. 
 
As always, do not hesitate if you have any questions at mvcac@mvcac.org.
Earn Credit and Access Certificate(s)
Each session has its own viewer for Credit tracking purposes. To gain credit for each session, you must watch at least 90% of the session.
 
For the Symposia sessions ONLY: you will ALSO need to complete the touchpoint quiz which will pop up as a dialogue box during the Symposia sessions while watching the session.
 
The Overall session evaluation and the Code of Conduct Affidavit can be found in the Certificate Tab and is required to access the Overall Certificate which will show how many credits you received for each session you complete.
To receive your CEU certificate, you will need to complete the overall evaluation, acknowledge the Code of Conduct, and all touch points for each symposium for the full conference and then you will be awarded your certificate of completion.  Access to the content and Overall evaluation will be available until July 1, 2021. Please make sure to complete all session and your overall evaluation by or before July 1, 2021.
For the Ethics Certificate you will need to be manually marked complete so access to this certificate should be available shortly after the conference ends. (this is complete and the Ethics Certificate is now on the portal as well)
MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information
MVCAC All Hands Call: Third Tuesday of every month at 9am
The MVCAC is now holding monthly statewide Zoom meetings to engage, inform and support our members. Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9am for an Association update and discussions on topics of importance including legislative and regulatory matters, outreach efforts, committee projects, continuing education updates, and COVID-related activities.
 
If you have a topic you would like to discuss, please email mvcac@mvcac.org with “Monthly Meeting Topic” in the subject line.

PR Committee: Second Thursday of every month at 2pm
The MVCAC PR Committee is now holding monthly Zoom meetings to exchange information, provide updates on subcommittee progress and to support each other as communications professionals. 

VVBD Committee: First Tuesday of every month at 8am
Committee members are not required to make every meeting, but are required to check in prior to any meeting they cannot attend. 
If you are interested in being on the VVBD email list please email Mir Bear-Johnson (mirbearjohnson@deltavcd.com). The email list is notified of the meetings.

Laboratory Technologies Committee: Fourth Wednesday of every month from 2pm – 3pm

MVCAC New Professionals Virtual Lounge: Second Tuesday once a quarter from 11am – 12pm
This is a networking hour for vector control professionals with less than 5 years of industry experience.
Click here for more information and upcoming topics.

Next meeting topic:
Fall Lounge
Sept 14 – Bring it back to the Aedes
  • What are some gaps of information you need?
  • What’s your favorite Aedes species?
  • How does your prior experience guide you on where you are now as a new professional?
  • Invite Vector & Vectorborne Disease Committee chair/members
  • Invite PR Committee

All meeting zoom login information is behind the member login, please click the button below to access it.
Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us
MVCAC is looking for member districts to share with us their post COVID exposure methods and logistics. Please email the methods you have in place to mvcac@mvcac.org and we will add them to the COVID-19 page on the MVCAC website.

Thank you!
MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19
MVCAC will be assembling and posting some information and templates of what some Districts have created and shared as they manage their operations. Items like sample document for field staff to carry in addition to their ID to validate status/purpose and actions related to seasonal hires. It will be posted as it becomes available to a new members-only page on the MVCAC website.

Click the button below to login and view.
Delta Vector Control District (District) is proud to announce the opening of its most innovative facility to date, the Alburn Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is named after the District’s previous General Manager Michael Alburn and marks the end of a three-year building project. The project included the renovation of the District’s existing 699 square foot, semi-covered, outdoor mosquitofish facility and resulted in a new 925 square foot indoor mosquitofish facility with space for two new offices.  
Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight
Does your agency have a success story, a staff member you would like to publicly recognize, or an innovation by your agency that you would like to highlight? "Agency Spotlight" on the MVCAC website is one way to share your story! Each submission which meets the specified criteria will be reviewed and posted on the MVCAC website on the Agency Spotlight page and highlighted on the homepage in the rotating feature box. Each story will remain posted for 1-2 months before being moved to a publicly archived page. 

Interested? Click here to fill out an application!

Applications can be submitted to the MVCAC office at mvcac@mvcac.org
HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into
District Managers - Please upload your HR resources and information into this Google Drive along with using it for your own district.

Click here to access the Google Drive.
News Headlines
MVCAC News Briefs - Giant Asian Hornets
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media. The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Giant Asian Hornets.

CSDA Giant Asian Hornets Video: 

 
MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media. The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Zika.





MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media. The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.


6/7/2021: West Nile virus found in dead crow in South Pasadena - South Pasadena Patch

Do you have important news to share about your district or mosquito and vector issues? 
If you would like your news to be included in the MVCAC News Briefs, please send press releases and/or links to relevant news articles to mvcac@mvcac.org
MVCAC Jobs Board
Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Jobs Board at www.mvcac.org
 
Have a Job or RFP to post to MVCAC.org? 
Requests to post job listings (no more than 500 words in length) should be submitted to the webmaster at mvcac@mvcac.org.
MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
Note: MVCAC does not endorse the products below, but we do support our Sustaining Members

Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.