NEWS BRIEFS
November 30, 2018
MVCAC Fall Meeting Minutes

The minutes and reports from the November 1, 2018 MVCAC Board of Directors Meeting are available now, click here to login and view.
December Planning Meeting
December 6th - 7th, 2018
Hyatt House Emeryville
5800 Shellmound St
Emeryville, CA 94608

Agenda Packet:  Click here to login and view the Planning Meeting Agenda Packet.

Hotel Information:
The MVCAC room block for this meeting is closed. Please call the hotel to get the best available rate: (510) 601-5880

Click here for more information.
2019 MVCAC Annual Conference
February 3-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Burlingame

Book your hotel room(s) -  click here
Rate is $199

Click here for the full schedule guide  (draft schedule - subject to change)

Click here to register.

More information on the Annual Conference coming soon, stay tuned!
In This Issue

MVCAC Members,

We're writing to relay the unfortunate news that some of your fellow members have lost their homes during the Camp Fire. The good news is, Matt Ball, Manager of Butte County MVCD, Chris Ocegueda, Vector Ecologist/Fish Biologist at Butte County MVCD, and their families are safe in temporary housing and their immediate needs have been met. The bad news is, their homes are total losses.

We want to help Matt, Chris, and any of our other members in any way we can - whether it be through donations of gift cards (cash gift cards (Visa, AMEX, MC types), Bel Air, Raleys, Safeway, Costco, or Amazon, Kohl's, Walmart, Target etc), OR cash/credit card donations can be sent directly to MVCAC who will then disperse them to the members directly. Notes of encouragement will also be relayed.

At this time, we are monitoring to see if we have other members who are affected by this tragedy(along with the Southern California fires) and do ask you to  let us know if you are aware of others .

If you would like to mail in your donations or notes of encouragement please send to:
MVCAC
Attn: Rachel Hickerson Assistant Executive Director
1 Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
 
We have set up online donations through our member portal via the "Donate Online" button below. You are also welcome to call Rachel or Evan at the MVCAC Office with donations over the phone: 916-440-0826. In addition, we have a  donation form  that can be printed and sent to Rachel or Evan.

Thank you to everyone for your support. 

Sincerely, 
The MVCAC Staff

2019 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/3/18
Applications for the 2019 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award will be accepted through Monday, December 3, 2018. 

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. The Reeves New Investigator Award application differs from the MVCAC Call for Papers, if you have an additional speaking topic for the Call for Papers, please follow that application and guidelines.
 
Please click here for more information.
PacVec Second Annual Meeting - Registration and Hotel Accommodations

Dear MVCAC members,
 
The Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases will be holding its annual meeting in Davis on Jan. 23-24. For geographic balance, the meeting alternates annually between UC Davis and UC Riverside. MVCAC districts who are local to the meeting or want to attend at their own expense can send up to 2 people per district and all attendees should register ASAP (before Dec. 7).  With our CDC advisors, UC CoE participants and trainees, training grant recipients, CDPH and representatives from other state health departments in the region served by the CoE, as well as prospective MVCAC representatives, we are up against the room capacity of just under 100 persons, so we need a definite head count of who will attend. 

Click here for a link to the meeting registration. Click here to view a tentative agenda for the meeting. 

Hotel Accommodations:
Blocks of rooms with discounted rates have been reserved at two hotels here in Davis. Both are excellent choices; the Best Western is in the heart of downtown, and the Hyatt Place is closest to the  Putah Creek Lodge meeting site. Below are the booking links along with a brief description of the hotel facilities. Booking early is highly recommended, as the room blocks and discounted rates will expire in early December.
 
- The all suite property is newly renovated, and offers the warm personal experience of a boutique hotel with the ambiance of high end luxury in the heart of Downtown Davis.

Hyatt Place UC Davis- Located adjacent to the UC Davis campus, guests are within walking distance to many campus facilities, including the Mondavi Center.

 
When making reservations through the links, please be sure to book within the dates January 22-25, 2019. If different dates are entered, the link will not function properly.

To make reservations outside of the block dates, please call each hotel property directly.

Cheers,
 
Bill Walton and Chris Barker
CDPH Culex kdr resistance testing program for 2019 - district interest?

To: Local Vector Control Agencies
 
As you may recall, in 2014 CDPH-VBDS initiated a program to test   Culex pipiens  and   Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes for   kdr-mediated pyrethroid resistance. The purpose of the program was to provide resistance profiles of local mosquito populations to help vector control agencies make informed decisions with regard to adulticide selection when needed.  In December 2016, the   Culex kdr  program was discontinued due to the decreasing number of submitted samples.
 
VBDS was recently approached by local vector control agencies inquiring about the potential for reinstating the   Culex kdr testing program. Testing would be fee-based at $10 per mosquito.
 
Please contact me if your agency would be interested in participating in such a program. My contact information is below. Thank you!
 
Sarah A. Billeter, PhD
 
Associate Public Health Biologist
California Department of Public Health
Vector-Borne Disease Section
2151 Convention Center Way, Suite 226
Ontario CA 91764
Office: (909) 937-3443
Fax: (909) 937-3456
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.
NPDES Coalition Report Filed with SWB
 
The 2017 NPDES Coalition Report was filed with the State Water Resources Control Board on behalf of the participating districts. You can access a copy of the report here (or by clicking below). If you have any questions or issues you can contact the MVCAC office.


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
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.


11/26/18: Meghan Markle Skips Zambia Tour With Prince Harry Due To This Risk - International Business Times

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.



11/29/18:  West Nile virus infections could double in the U.S. - The Houston Chronicle

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.
FOR SALE: 2013 ARGO XTI Titan 8x8 

OFFERED FOR SALE : $15,000
 
2013 ARGO XTI Titan 8x8
487.2 Hours              
Comes with 2 new tires and spare parts  
 
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dcmosquito@gmail.com or 775-790-2558

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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.