Where the plastic bag ban started

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Even Gov. Schwarzenegger is now supporting a ban on plastic bags in California, saying the measure, which narrowly failed in the state Senate last session, is a top environmental priority. But let's remember:

While Debra Saunders is making fun of those wacky supervisors in San Francisco who try all these crazy things, it was Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, who pushed the first ban on plastic bags, and the San Francisco supervisors who approved it.

Of course, when the rest of the country starts to realize that pushing high-fat, high-calorie foods to kids by hawking plastic toys is a bad public policy idea, Saunders will be making fun of something else.

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DC actually taxed them, .5 cents a bag. Ireland banned them long ago as well. So stop asking like Mirkarimi is some giant genius - because this is not exactly a new idea.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Nov. 29, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

The ban on plastic bags does seem like a good idea, but why do they allow smaller size stores to keep on using them. It looks like the board of supervisors got the bag ban about 1/2 done.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 29, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

Ireland banned them 11 years ago, or taxed them at Euro 0.05.

So what did copy cat Mirkarimi do?

Except get his ass kicked by his fellow progressives when he ran for board president in Jan 2009 (and he wants to be mayor??????????)

Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by Guest on Nov. 29, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

"Of course, when the rest of the country starts to realize that pushing high-fat, high-calorie foods to kids by hawking plastic toys is a bad public policy idea, Saunders will be making fun of something else."

You have no control over your own children?

Posted by matlock on Nov. 29, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

This law will, simply, make the everyday life of every parent (who wants to feed their kid wholesome, healthy foods) much easier -- and improve the public health of minors, which is a key role of the government.

It's about helping parents have the choice of what to feed their kids instead of battle against millions of dollars of slick advertising.

And, Matt-- to answer your question, no parent has 'control over' their own children. Children are human beings - just like adults - and they make decisions on their own (influenced by outside factors like advertising). You can try to reason and fight and just say 'no' and in the end claim authority as the parent, but you still have no more 'control' over them.

Posted by mcas on Nov. 30, 2010 @ 10:36 am

1984

Posted by Guest on Nov. 30, 2010 @ 10:51 am

I have a friend who's ten year old kid has never seen the inside of McDonalds.

I don't think that kid has a job at ten so I am inclined to think that the parent has control over where and what he eats.

Remember when the right and left got together to get rid of porn back in the 80's? That worked out for you Dworkin/Fallwell liberals doing it all for the children. This is more of the same.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 30, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

First ban in the United States.......

Posted by Guest on Nov. 30, 2010 @ 1:55 pm