No issue has angered voters in Long Beach more than the newly enacted ban on plastic bags. I voted against it on many grounds -- particularly we have no business imposing a tax not approved by the voters and it was not clear what stores it would impact.
Now that it is getting ready to be implemented, I posted the documents and I am posting the ordinance for your review. And guess what, I asked if Walmart, Target and Kmart were on the list and was told by City management that they were not exempt --- despite the council being told by the author of the bill that these stores and the types of bags they use would be exempt.
How embarrassing that now council is scrambling to delay the implementation because someone finally read what the ordinance does.
I am going to make a motion to repeal the ban and the tax.
So read the ordinance below and contact the City Council and tell them to repeal the ban and the tax entirely.
Plastic Bag Ordinance
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
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