NEWS BRIEFS
May 15 , 2020
MVCAC Office Modified Operations
Due to COVID-19 concerns and the declaration by California with mandatory shelter in place, the AMG office and your MVCAC staff are working modified schedules remotely from home.   We are mostly able to operate business as usual, with some functions being more modified than others.   Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any items needed.
CEQA Resources

The MVCAC Regulatory Affairs Committee has created a Google Spreadsheet to provide MVCAC member agencies with resources on CEQA.  Filling out this spreadsheet will allow members to know what each other had filed and who was the responsible person at the agency to answer questions.

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.

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In This Issue
CalSurv webinars for MVCAC members

The CalSurv Gateway is an important resource for MVCAC members that provides tools for real-time data collection, visualization, and analysis for vector-borne diseases. As we enter the height of mosquito season, we have developed the attached fact sheet which gives an overview of platform's different features and describes how the interface was recently leveraged to provide a web app for visualization of COVID-19 data.
 
In addition, the CalSurv development team at UC Davis will be holding four webinars between now and early June to provide an interactive overview of the platform's functions and share information about how to best input and curate your agency's data. 
 
Please share the attached fact sheet and webinar opportunities with your staff and encourage them to participate. A brief indication of the target audience is given for each webinar, but these are not meant to be exclusive in any way. Everyone is welcome for all of the sessions. A recorded version of these sessions will be available afterward for those who cannot attend live.
 
CalSurv Gateway Webinar Series - use the same link for all webinars
(join using the meeting link above for both video and audio)
Meeting ID: 820 0442 8815
 
CalSurv Gateway Advanced Skills for Surveillance Data Analysts
Date/Time: Thursday, May 21 (10:00-11:30)
Target audience: Data analysts (e.g., lab supervisors, vector ecologists)
Material to be covered: 
* Online calculators for decision-making
* Geospatial capabilities (geocoding and spatial features)
* Data management (defining site groups, arthropod worksheets and reports)
* Bulk data import/export
 
Using the Visual Gateway for Custom Data Visualization
Date/Time: Thursday, May 28 (10:00-11:30)
Target audience: Data analysts (e.g., lab supervisors, vector ecologists, control supervisors)
Material to be covered:
* Licensing, costs, and how it works
* How to connect to the server
* The Tableau interface & user-generated dashboards
* Integrating external data
* Can I use other BI software?
 
CalSurv Gateway: Documenting Control Operations
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 2 (10:00-11:30)
Target audience: Control operations personnel
Material to be covered:
* Initial Configuration
* Defining Sources
* Recording Pesticide Applications
* Pesticide Use Reporting

Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion

We will be continuing the Tuesday COVID Zoom calls. Updated login information is below, please use this beginning with tomorrow's call.
 
MVCAC Organization is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
 
Topic: Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion
Time: Apr 28, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 981 828 657
Password: 020005
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Virtual Special Districts Legislative Days

MVCAC  Announces 2020 Special Districts Legislative Days Has Gone Virtual
 
The 2020 Special Districts Legislative Days has gone virtual, and  MVCAC  is a proud partner.
 
Attendees will have even more access to important information using this new format with no travel or hotel costs.
 
Here's what's included:
April 16 - May 29
Access to an exclusive 2020 Virtual Special Districts Legislative Days online community
 
Monday, May 18 - Friday, May 22
Access to three on-demand Policy Expert Webinars
  • Prudently and Proactively Managing Pension Liabilities in Today's Volatile Environment
  • 2021: When Redistricting and the California Voter Rights Act (CVRA) Collide
  • Navigating Legal Attacks, Legislative Shifts, and Public Protests on Prop 218 Rates and Fees 
Tuesday, May 19
LIVE Legislative Briefing - will also be made available on-demand for a limited time        
 
Visit   legislativedays.csda.net  to learn more and to register today.
MVCAC Summer Board Meeting

SAVE-THE-DATE

The MVCAC Summer Board Meeting will take place on July 7 th  at 9:00 AM via conference call. 
Governor's Executive Order on Brown Act
Yesterday, Governor Newsom adopted a new Executive Order (#N-29-20) concerning the suspension of certain portions of the Brown Act. It is available here . It supersedes the Brown Act suspension-related provisions of the Governor's March 12, 2020 order. Significantly, the new order:
 
  • Authorizes governing board meetings entirely via teleconference and making meetings accessible telephonically to members of the public seeking to listen to the meeting or address the board. The regular meeting agenda or special meeting notice must notify the public about the conference call number and other information about how to call in to the meeting. If the board plans a closed session at the meeting, you should provide a separate call-in number for the closed session to avoid the risk of a member of the public calling in to the closed session. 
  • No longer requires a physical meeting location for the public to be able to attend.
  • Waives the Brown Act requirements about providing notice of each teleconference location, posting notice at each teleconference location, making each teleconference location accessible to the public, and participation from teleconference locations within the jurisdiction. 
  • Imposes a new (and somewhat vague) requirement that the agency "(i) Implement a procedure for receiving and swiftly resolving requests for reasonable modification or accommodation from individuals with disabilities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and resolving any doubt whatsoever in favor of accessibility; and (ii) Advertise that procedure each time notice is given...." To comply with this requirement, I recommend that any regular meeting agenda or special meeting notice include "If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance or accommodation to participate in this teleconference meeting, please call or text [insert name and cell phone no. of appropriate staff person] or email [insert name and email address of appropriate staff person]."
  • Requires continued compliance with the 72-hour (for regular meeting agendas) and 24-hour (for special meeting notices) notice and posting requirements. 
  • Provides that the Brown Act suspension continues in effect during the period that state or local public health officials recommend social distancing.
Update From Legal Counsel on New Laws Affecting Special Districts
PDF Available for Mosquito Identification Key

Identification of the Mosquitoes of California by Richard P. Meyer and Stephen L. Durso is available for download at no cost after logging in to the MVCAC web site.  Because this key lacks Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the sections that contain those species in Regional Guide to the Common Mosquitoes of California by Richard Meyer is appended to the PDF.  The entire PDF is key word searchable so that the diagnostic characteristics of each species can be found easily.  MVCAC thanks Richard Meyer for providing a pristine copy of Identification of the Mosquitoes of California that was scanned to produce the PDF.  Please follow this link to access the key: https://www.mvcac.org/resources/member-publications/
Southern California isn't known for its large wetland areas, but within the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District boundaries we have a very large riparian area known as the Prado Basin. This basin is managed by the Orange County Water District and is made up of several duck hunting clubs and flood planes for Inland Empire region.

In 2016, Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control decided to create a specialized team that would supervise the control of mosquitoes in these wetland areas.  The original wetland crew was supervised by Vector Control Technicians Tim Shellow and Eric Ballejos. The team's first task was to troubleshoot applications in hard to access parts of the wetlands and develop a more efficient way to treat these areas. The goal was to get a product shot out as far as possible over the cat tails and bulrush.

Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight

D oes 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.
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.
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.

5/14/2020:  What's 'bugging' your dog? Let's take a look - Chico Enterprise-Record




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
Jobs

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