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Cotati rejects adding Fluoride to City Water System


Cotati rejects adding Fluoride
to City Water System

Tuesday November 12, 2013 Cotati became the first city to follow the 2012-13 Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury's recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, "With respect to fluoridation, the Board of Supervisors make impartial decisions based on the best evidence available, allowing for both pro and con views to be heard."

Kim Caldewey, PA, MPH, of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, made a Powerpoint presentation in support of water fluoridation, supported by testimony from Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Anthony Fernandez. Ms. Caldewey is on the staff of County Health Officer Dr. Lynn Silver Chalfin. The head of Department of Health Services Rita Scardaci, RN, BSN/PHN, was present but did not speak.

The argument against water fluoridation was presented  by Sonoma County Water Coalition co-founder Stephen Fuller-Rowell, and Cotati thyroid specialist Richard Shames, MD. "Additional testimony was provided by the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Sonoma County Water Agency Chris De Gabriel, Santa Rosa dentist Dr. Laura Gaeta-Wilson, Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh, Director of Clean Water Sonoma-Marin, and other members of the public.

After hearing and discussing the many facets of the fluoridation issue, the Cotati City Council voted unanimously to write the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to say that Cotati opposes water fluoridation.

Read the article in the Community Voice:

NOTE: De Gabriel is also the General Manager of the North Marin Water District (NMWD), but adding that would be overkill. He's on the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) TAC because SCWA sells Novato its water.