Local lawmakers doing wrong
The story of Angelenos interaction with our natural world is not always a downward spiral. River over the past two decades is a testament to civic imagination, intergovernmental cooperation and resilience by a fresh water ecosystem. to kill the state bill banning single use plastic bags is so appalling. County, can still be found blowing along the riverbanks and caked on rocks and saplings along the waterway.
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The vote by these lawmakers flies in the face of policies of the city and county they represent. These policies are anchored in science about the long term hazards of single use bags and evidence that bans work. County where the 2010 ban took effect, reliance on single use bags has fallen by more than 90 percent. That alone could translate into 2 billion fewer discarded bags littering the local landscape each year, from Californians estimated yearly consumption of 14 That millions of fewer plastic bags, which do not biodegrade, cluttering the river and its wildlife and billions fewer plastic globs and particles will sweep into the ocean, where fish and other creatures ingest them, crippling life cycles and creeping into our own food chain.
As an Eastsider myself, I take the vote by this trio to kill the state ban as an insult. down to the estua Pandora Bracelet ry of the river near Long Beach.
Their votes are also a profile in cravenness, in a part of our county where the Bell corruption scandal echoes loudly. At the time of the vote, both Lara and DeLeon, who is angling to become Senate president, justified their vote as protecting jobs in several local plants that manufacture single use grocery bags. Calderon has said little about his vote, given his engulfment in an FBI investigation about corruption in his office. DeLeon also received a sub Pandora Bracelet poena to testify before the grand jury.
Each of these three also has close ties to a former Eastside lawmaker, Fabian Nu who is a partner in a public affairs firm hired by plastic bag makers to squ Pandora Bracelet elch the state bill. DeLeon is Nu childhood friend and benefited from Nu vigorous backing to become a lawmaker. Lara worked for Nu for two years before taking Pandora Bracelet a job with DeLeon and winning a seat himself.
DeLeon, Lara and Calderon are also among state lawmakers to receive generous campaign contributions from Hilex Poly, the South Carolina company that is the largest source of single use bags in the country.