Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Diana Diamond, Mercury News - Lockstep March to Ban Plastic Bags

The above article is titled: Lockstep march to ban plastic bags by Diana Diamond, on Mercury News 2/6/13
She is a columnist with Daily News. Her email is: diana@dianadiamond.com

I can’t agree more with Diana Diamond. This is what our brains are for – to think, to seek information and to understand. This is why our eyes for – to see what is and is not out there. We are not to follow blindly just because “everybody” says so. Who is "everybody"?
So many city councils in SF Peninsula have blindly adopted the plastic bag bans and bag fees.  They have brought great detriment to their business communities and residents. I sure can’t help to not shop for food and basic necessities. But when it come to discretionary spending, I just shut my wallet and don’t even wander into the stores. A council member wrote to me that I should be able “to plan to shop better in future.” Really? Do you plan when to have sex? Do you bring your recycle bag to bag away your fancy clothes? What is the fun of it? If it is no fun, why do I spend my precious money so that the city can get a share of the sales tax? So I asked people to boycott shopping at towns and cities that have adopted the ban. Shopping used to be my most favorite past-time. I was so turned off that it no longer is.

I am disappointed by the City Councils and Board of Supervisors for following blindly, for fueling these eco-fads, just to gain some easy political scores. Just when you think that "Oh. Well. 10c is 10c." Do you know that effective 10/1/13, S.F. will impose the same law on all restaurant take-out food? Can you imaging bringing your recycle bag to bag away your take-out food? And effective 7/1/2014, this 10c will go up to 25c.

You can read the ordinance here:

S.F. Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos were so proud that S.F. will have the most extensive ban that covers restaurants effective 10/1/13. They even called for a statewide ban. Too bad they don't own a business or restaurant. Now David Campos is now running for CA Assembly office. Can we put him in State office? And if it is such a great law, why are non-profits and governmental agencies exempted? They should be the first ones that jump on the bandwagon. It is injustice so blatantly practiced with no repercussion. Less government is what we need. We need to put more business-friendly leaders in city and state offices.

Real scientists vow to the unbiased principle. Real scientists do not advocate and will not become activists. Those who advocates -- are not real scientists.

According the the website above, on the week of 8/19/13, El Cerrito is set to vote on the plastic bag ban and bag fee. Help me write to the council members to vote No.

City Council of El Cerrito:

Los Gatos has recently adopted the ban. Stopthebagban.com is now driving a referendum to force the city to retract it. They need to turn in 10% voters signatures by 10/7/13. Please spread the words. Sign the petition on their website now.

We can not afford to let the greenies dominate the media outlet. We must talk back. Even though it feels like a drop of water into the big ocean, keep faith that the ripple will spread. There are many other cities and states that need our help.

Stay away from the coastal cities and SF Peninsula. Spend your vacation in inland gold countries and north instead. Say good bye to Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Monterey, all the cities in the Peninsula which include San Jose, Palo Alto and L.A. Say Hello to Emeryville, Nevada City / Grass Valley, Murphy, Sausalito, Sonoma and Petaluma. All these are charming towns. Humboldt and Calaveras are beautiful with giant redwood trees. While you switch plan, do write to the city councils (Google “city council of xxx city”) why you are not going there – for you want to support other cities that have better senses. They deserved your money.
The above link; California Against Waste provides good updates on the progress of ban and fees in cities throughout California.

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