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  • [Calif.] Walnut Creek councilman works to repeal smoking rules, prevent plastic bag ban

    10/31/2013 6:46:46 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 40 replies
    Contra Costa Times | ^ | 10/31/2013 | Elisabeth Nardi
    WALNUT CREEK -- Citing his oath to uphold the Constitution, Councilman Justin Wedel says Walnut Creek voters, not elected leaders, should decide where people can smoke and whether shoppers can choose paper or plastic. Wedel aims to get two initiatives on the June ballot -- one that would repeal a portion of the city's recently adopted secondhand-smoke ordinance and another to prevent a ban on plastic shopping bags in Walnut Creek. "This is not a smoking or plastic bag issue; this is a government-intrusion-into-our-daily-lives issue," said Wedel, elected to his first term in 2012. "I swore an oath to protect...
  • "Awwww ... How Cute!" Baby Orca Spotted with Plastic Trash Bag in Its Mouth

    08/01/2013 8:12:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | August 01, 2013 | Megan Gannon,
    Orca Spotted with Plastic Bag in Mouth Researchers snapped a picture of a baby killer whale in the Pacific Northwest holding a plastic bag in its mouth, just the latest example of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Last month, scientists from the Center for Whale Research monitoring orcas in the Salish Sea say they spotted a calf playing with what at first looked like a small scrap of blubber. When the baby whale dropped the item from its mouth, they realized it was actually a plastic bag.
  • Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

    02/28/2013 1:50:46 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 51 replies ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Casey McNerthney
    When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around. "I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time. But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags [California]

    01/22/2013 10:27:56 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblyman Marc Levine announced today he will revive a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under the proposal, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. For 18 months, retailers could offer paper bags made of recycled materials or reusable plastic bags for customers to bag their milk, eggs and other groceries. Starting in July 2016, grocery retailers could only provide reusable plastic bags, which many stores already offer at a fee. The new proposal, Assembly Bill 158, also leaves room for stores to provide recycled paper bags at...
  • Peninsula cities queue up to vote on plastic bag bans [San Mateo County, Calif.]

    11/28/2012 7:51:06 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Bonnie Eslinger
    [snip] Under the ordinance, stores will be prohibited from offering customers plastic bags for carrying out purchases and will be required to charge a dime per paper bag. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the price of paper bags will go up to 25 cent each. [snip] "Most of the comments I've gotten to date are not only supportive, but they are really enthused about it," said Moura, adding that the only complaint he's heard involves the paper bag charge. County officials are hoping as many of the bans will go into effect as possible by April 22, which is Earth...
  • "Joke" photo of baby with plastic bag over her head leads to mother's arrest

    04/03/2012 2:57:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    DAVIE — A Davie woman was charged with cruelty toward a child and neglect after police say she placed a plastic bag on her 5-month-old daughter's head, laid the child down in a plastic-lined garbage container and photographed her.
  • Surprise! Democrats Call for Plastic Bag Tax

    01/18/2012 9:41:22 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 50 replies · 2+ views
    For Immediate Release Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Surprise! Democrats Call for Plastic Bag Tax -- Bill would add $1 to a grocery bill for every five bags -- Democrats in Virginia are often fixated on the gas tax, but sometimes they do come up with other ideas. Like making it more expensive for you to take home groceries. Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, and Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, have put forward a bill that would charge hard working Virginia families 20 cents every time they bring home a bag from the grocery store. Why? It's not about money, according...
  • CA may impose a $.25 tax per plastic bag

    04/15/2009 6:12:47 AM PDT · by econjack · 35 replies · 1,068+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2009 | Nichola Groom
    California, always seeking to be a trendsetter on environmental policy, is weighing a proposal to charge 25 cents for every paper or plastic bag distributed at grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. The money raised would go into a state fund used to clean up trash and prevent litter related to what the bill calls “single-use” bags. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, says 25 cents a bag is high enough to have a real impact on consumer behavior. The fee would be waived for some low-income Californians.
  • 'If I had a nickel for every bag,' sez Mayor Bloomberg[ Wants Nickel for every plastic bag]

    11/07/2008 8:40:27 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 727+ views
    Daily News ^ | 07 Nov 2008 | ADAM LISBERG
    Morgan Humphries (left) and Robert Urban carry on as usual - shopping with plastic bags. Mayor Bloomberg wants to nickel and dime you at the grocery store - taxing you an extra 5 cents for every plastic bag you take home.The controversial charge could raise at least $16 million for the cash-strapped city while keeping tons of plastic out of landfills, city officials said Thursday - but some outraged shoppers aren't buying it. RELATED: POLS LOOK TO NIX MAYOR'S TAX-GRAB PLAN "Bloomberg is a piece of work," Clemelda Gipson, 39, said outside a D'Agostino grocery store in Chelsea. "Food is...
  • Anti-plastic crusaders stuck holding the bag

    03/09/2008 5:39:21 AM PDT · by Man50D · 11 replies · 539+ views ^ | March 09, 2008
    A lot of environmentalists are learning how George Bush felt after invading Iraq and finding no weapons of mass destruction. Scientists are attacking the global campaign to ban plastic shopping bags, saying the activists' claim that the modern conveniences are responsible for the deaths of 100,000 animals and one million seabirds is based on a "typo" in a 2002 report and there is no scientific evidence showing the bags pose a direct threat to marine mammals. Researchers and marine biologists have told the London Times plastic bags pose, at best, a minimal threat to most marine species, including seals, whales,...
  • TV crime fan jailed for robbery

    08/30/2005 5:40:35 AM PDT · by Cowman · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 30aug05 | Elissa Hunt
    TV crime fan jailed for robbery Elissa Hunt 30aug05 AN overseas student who robbed a convenience store may have been influenced by TV crime shows, a court heard yesterday. Dalvindar Singh, 29, had no criminal convictions before holding up a city shop with a drill bit in February. Singh, who came to Australia from Singapore to study in 2001, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, criminal damage and possessing a drug of dependence. Singh wrapped himself in a black plastic bag and brandished a 15cm drill bit, menacing two employees at the City Convenience Store in La Trobe St. He told...