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RAGLM Board > Alerts > Suspicious State Vehicle in our Area
5/10/2013 3:54:45 PM
State Truck Voice Mail ConfirmationReply: Nathan
        Thank you for being brave and going up and asking this person why they are in our neighborhood. Who needs government, we were able to get an answer before they were. I called a bunch of departments and finally got pushed on to fleet services. They called back today and confirmed what Paula found out and what Steve mentioned. Thank you both for being pro-active on this. We need to watch as they did not spray up on the plateau last time they did their aerial spraying of poison. Looks like they will now try to justify spraying us all. So much for organic farming.

I had these traps put on my other home as well without notice, however this one they can not get on my property so they did not put any traps on them. I watch my trees and know I do not have any issues but what do I know.

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5/10/2013 2:01:26 PM
Pest Detection/Emergency Projects (PDEP)Reply: SteveS

Their website:



Pest Detection/Emergency Projects (PDEP)

The primary responsibilities of the Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch (PD/EP) are the early detection and prompt eradication of serious agricultural pests from California. This is accomplished through the operation of a statewide detection trapping program, special detection surveys, and the maintenance of emergency projects response teams. The Branch administers the statewide detection trapping program through trapping contracts with 46 county departments of agriculture. State personnel conduct trapping in Orange, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Riverside, Santa Clara, Marin, Mendocino, Yolo, and Yuba Counties. Functionally, Branch activities may be divided into the following four components: Managerial, Operations Center, Pest Detection, and Emergency Projects.

The primary objectives of the statewide pest detection system are to find insect pests before they infest one square mile and plant diseases before they exceed one-half of a square mile.

Insects targeted for detection by the statewide network of traps include exotic fruit flies (particularly species of Bactrocera, Dacus, Ceratitis, and Anastrepha), Japanese beetle, light brown apple moth, khapra beetle, gypsy moth, European corn borer, and European pine shoot moth

5/10/2013 1:54:41 PM
Public Relations FailReply: SteveS

Thank you Paula for the info.

This morning I noticed a green bug trap wired to a tree on my property.


I researched it a bit and found the CDFA Insect Trapping Guide.



Public Relations:

1. Maintain a good public image in appearance and conduct.

2. Make proper contacts with the homeowner before trap placement.

3. Be considerate of people and their property.

4. Display courteous driving habits.

Public Relations:

All employees should have a good concept of public relations, and understand the importance of public support for the program.


  Unfortunately they failed at public relations. They made no attempt to contact us prior or after placing the trap on our property. We received no notice, flyer or anything letting us know what this was or what they were doing. It could be that the workers tasked with this job are just overburdened, but I still believe they should make an attempt to inform the public somehow. At least post a flyer of information at the locations of their traps.

I do love that this community is on top of things happening in our area.

If you’ve found a trap on your property, you can find information regarding it in the link posted above.

5/10/2013 11:15:47 AM
State VehicleReply: JB
Thanks Paula
            Don't know why that couldn't have been cleared up on day one!  :)

5/10/2013 10:09:00 AM
Reference State VehicleReply: Paula Vice
We saw the same truck which is moving around in the area yesterday.
It is the California department of food and agriculture.
We went up to see what he was doing and he talked with us and explained what he was doing.  He was placing these green traps in certain locations. They are for the Gypsy Moth and the Japanese Beetle.  He was there to put up a trap. We gave him permission to place one on my mother in laws place. They don't want them everywhere, just certain locations.
He also gave us fliers on them and when I get a chance this evening I will turn them into a pdf and sent it out for everyone to see. 
5/9/2013 4:37:10 PM
State VehicleReply: JB
It is obvious that the majority of the work will be on us residents to gather as much information as possible.  
The more people take notes, pics, videos, ask questions, complain or inquire to local authorities about this persons behavior (not typical)  maybe the law enforcement will be able to get direct answers as to where this license plate matches up with any govt. agency (if it does at all).   Question is: will they share that information with us , if and when it is obtained?

5/9/2013 4:20:29 PM
State Truck UpdateReply: Nathan
Well I guess with all things Government, it only gets weirder.

So I contacted the State and basically got pushed off, see post below:
Agent 13:
How are you today?
Agent 13:
Fine thanl your.
I was hoping you could tell me what is going on in my neighborhood. One of your trucks has been spotted up here lately and we are just curious. Plate# 881348
Are you doing some sort of surveying for the SRA?
Agent 13:
Why would this truck be driving around, taking notes and when asked what he is doing, just take off without answering? This is unincorporated County area.
I have contacted the County as well as the Sheriff's office and am awaiting an answer from them but thought I would go straight to the source. Hoping you could help me.
Are you still there?
Agent 13:
Just curious. Do you know?
Agent 13:
No, I have no idea if those truck are state or not.
It has the CA State seal right on it. He was wearing a uniform and I have video and photos. Is there someone who can answer this for me? I guess I could contact my Congressman but again was hoping you could offer an answer more easily.
Agent 13:
We have over 250 state department, unless you can tell what department that these truck are from I wouldn't be able to assist you.
Is there someone who can. I realize you have way too many departments but this simply is not going to make me go away. I guess I have to do a license plate look up first then contact you with the owners name etc. I was sure hoping you could be of more help. I assume you could tell me which dept. with the plate number.
Agent 13:
Since you have no idea which State or County, City then of course I will not be able to assist you!. Have a wonderfull day.
Agent 13:
Chat Session Ended, Goodbye. (5010)

Then I contacted a local dept. While they have no trucks that match that description 'off the top of her head', she will look into it further and let me know what department they are from. I will keep you posted as I learn more. I wonder what tax or regulation they are cooking up for our area next.
5/9/2013 3:40:02 PM
State truckReply: SteveS

Made it seem top secret.

If you see him, simply approach him and politely ask what business the
State is conducting up here.

I will if I see him.

5/9/2013 3:05:42 PM
State VehicleReply: JB
Is it common that the vehicle would have a state seal w/o a dept. on it?

Has there been an attempt to contact any state agency to confirm it's canvasing the area?  Clear shot of the lic. plate number ...they should be able to track it quite easily with that information (or be able to see if it is NOT one of their legitimate govt. vehicles) 

5/9/2013 2:44:20 PM
Suspicious state VehicleReply: Rosemarie Silva de Torres
This truck was park in front of my house yesterday for 40 mins.  I litterly when up to that person asked him what was he doing and if he was looking for anyone. He said I am just writing  a few things I asked him again about my house? He said no then I told him well why are park in front of my house and by the way if you have not notice there aren't any other homes on this street.(I am on Snakebite trail)  He said I am sorry and took off. I also saw again today riding around the back on El Nido rd.....
5/9/2013 12:35:19 PM
Suspicious State Vehicle in our AreaPost: Nathan
Just wanted to make you all aware that a CA State truck is roaming our neighborhoods. I have yet to find out why as the County knows nothing so I have let the Sheriff know. It could be nothing but they went up and down my streets twice in 15 minutes going about 2 miles an hour looking at properties, stopping at times. Very unusual to see this up here, just thought I would report it.

Not sure if it is the State doing something or someone who works for them looking to rob neighbors etc. so I thought I would just make you all aware.

I took some pictures, just keep your eyes out, I will let you know if I find out anything more.

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