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Foes of Plastic Bag Ban Want to Stop the 'Bag Police,' Releases Dramatic Video
On the heels of a cute mockumentary in support of state legislation that would ban single-use plastic and other types of bags in most California stores, opponents have released their own advertisement.
The American Chemistry Council is framing the bill as a "billion dollar hidden grocery tax" that will eliminate manufacturing jobs in the state, where, by the way, there are 2.3 million unemployed people.
AB 1998, which is currently in the State Senate, is authored by Assemblymember Julia Brownley of Santa Monica and sponsored by Heal the Bay. Her intention is to stop the proliferation of plastic bags which end up in the ocean. They also don't break down in standard landfills, she says.
The Chemistry Council, which has also launched StopTheBagPolice.com, says the in-store recycling program is working, but Brownley cites the program only sees 5% of bags brought back. Under her bill, those in need a bag at grocery store would have to pay at least 5-cents for one that is at least made of 40% recycled content.
In May, the Council said reusable bags pose a health risk to consumers because most don't throw them in the washing machine. To that, one LAist commenter scoffed, "What's next, t-shirt industry recommends single-use clothing for optimum health?"
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.