Southern California environment news and trends

LA closer to considering single-use bag ban

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A Los Angeles City Council meeting this week moved ahead with the recommendation that all single-use plastic and paper bags be eliminated from the city’s supermarkets and food stores.

As reported by the L.A. Times, the council’s Energy and Environment Committee proposed an environmental review on such a ban as well as an ordinance that would establish it. If the ban were to be approved, stores would have a six-month “warning” period where plastic bags would have to be phased out. Once the ban would theoretically kick in, stores would have to charge 10 cents per paper bag used in any given transaction. Six months after that, paper bags would be eliminated as well, requiring all shoppers to bolster their tote bag collection.

“People will adjust,” said Councilman Dennis Zine to the L.A. Times. “They’ll adapt… and learn to take it with them,” he added in regards to reusable bags.

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Buscaino elected to LA Council with help of DWP's powerful union

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Los Angeles City Council Building

Independent committees spent more than half a million dollars toward helping Joe Buscaino take his city council seat. As Frank Stoltze points out this morning, Buscaino joins the growing ranks of city council members with close ties to the LAPD. (Actually being a sergeant counts.) 

It's worth remembering that Buscaino is closely connected to the DWP's union too. The Local 18 Water and Power Defense League Committee is the driving force behind Working Californians to Support Buscaino for City Council 2012. They poured in almost 190,000 of the 511,000 dollars "independently" spent in this election. And they were registered with the state in December by Brian D'Arcy. 

Buscaino, taking Janice Hahn's old seat, fashions himself a political outsider. "Folks were thirsting for a political outsider," he told the LA Weekly. "I'm hoping this campaign will inspire others and show that someone from the community can be successful in an election."

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