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September 19, 2009

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Thanks for the info, Bill. Anyone who can come out to the September 14 Pacifica City Council meeting and voice their support of this ban would be of great help to the cause. Bill thinks public comment will begin around 8 p.m.

Steve,
I agree that a statewide ban would be ideal, and that may well happen. But it is up to the coastal cities to lead the way.

Kristine,
A plastic bag ban is a lot trickier, and would probably lead to an expensive lawsuit. Our little town can't afford that, so we will have to let larger communities fight that battle for now.

Why don't we ban plastic bags while we are at it? Save some time later down the line, show that we might have hope of being efficient at something.

"I'd rather have the state pass the law than Pacifica"

Pacifica's law and those of other responsible cities and counties can be cited as good examples when we argue for state and national legislation on the subject. Gotta start somewhere.

"...but it's better than waiting for the state to do it for us."

I'd rather have the state pass the law than Pacifica. At least then it might have some impact. Instead, we get another piddly, little law that lets a few people feel good about themselves, with no measurable effect on pollution. It seems like Pacifica's citywide hobby is to figure out ways to add even more burdens to already struggling local mom & pops.

Pacifica businesses must feel like endlessly whacked Piñatas, and it's yet another reason Pacifica's economy is so weak compared to other cities in the Bay Area.

Thanks, Bill! I hope Pacifica will stop putting garbage in the ocean.

A year ago I hoped Pacifica could be ahead of the curve and pass an ordinance then. At this point, the best we can hope for is to be slightly behind the curve, but it's better than waiting for the state to do it for us.

I am a believer in solving problems by conversation where possible. I (and I am sure many others) have convinced business owners to use recyclable packaging. It has been long enough and there are enough talkative environmentalists in this town that I would dare say that every business owner has had a chance to hear about it many times and had time to act upon it. I am guessing that it is now time to insist. Some kind of survivable fine is probably appropriate by now. Change happens.

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