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[GreenYes] URGENT: Ask Governor to Veto AB2449 - DON'T LET OUR LOCAL RIGHTS BE TAKEN AWAY


Apologies for Cross-Postings

ASK THE GOVERNOR TO VETO AB2449. It is important to let the Governor
know the environmentally community and recyclers do not support
AB2449, particularly its pre-emption of local government authority to
impose any fee, ban, levy, or restrictions on plastic bags.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633
To send an Email, go to: http://www.govmail.ca.gov

>Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 21:15:38 -0700
>From: "Mark Murray" <murray@no.address>
>
>AB 2449 passed off the Assembly Floor on a 62-2 vote earlier this
>evening. It now goes to the Governor.
>
>Mark Murray, Executive Director
>Californians Against Waste
>916-443-5422
><www.cawrecycles.htm>www.cawrecycles.org
>
>
>----------
>From: Stephanie Barger [ mailto:stephanie.barger@no.address]
>Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 11:22 AM
>Subject: URGENT - CAPP ADVISORY/ZW - Local rights being taken away
>plastic bags
>Importance: High
>
>We just received some disturbing news regarding AB2449 - Plastic Bag
>Recycling...
>
>As I have discussed before, we have been working with Heal the Bay
>and the Jewish Coalition on the Environment to strengthen (give
>teeth) AB2449. It has taken a turn for the worse. They have just
>added language which basically prohibits any local county, city,
>township from imposing any fee, ban, levy, restrictions on plastic bags.
>
>I spoke at length with Garciela with Assemblyman Levine's office
>this morning...
>
>Why we oppose it:
>
>1) the opening paragraph suggests that there will be some type of
>recycled content in the plastic bags comparing it to the trash bag
>bill. Yet this is just about collecting bags
>
>2) most stores already do this and more. This requires plastic
>carryout bags yet most stores collect carryout, dry cleaning,
>produce, newspapers, etc.
>
>3) there is no requirement for the plastic bags to be made out of
>recycled content
>
>4) there is no requirement for the store to reduce their plastic
>bag usage as was done in San Francisco
>
>5) there is no requirement to provide incentives for people who use
>reusable bags or any requirement that so many consumers use reusable bags
>
>6) there is no money for enforcement, education, etc
>
>7) the "store" requirement is for very large stores and doesn't
>even use CIWMB definition for stores which is based on revenues,
>etc. including more stores (we would like to include malls, 7-11,
>99cent stores, etc)
>
>8) it states that the manufacturer has to develop educational
>materials and make available to the store yet it doesn't make the
>store put up the materials
>
>9) no education of clerks, managers and other staff on the harms of
>plastic, bag packing, benefits economically and environmentally on
>using reusable bags
>
>We have only been successful with our smoke free beaches,
>anti-polystyrene, zero waste, etc by letting the local cities and
>counties develop grassroots movements and ordinances which work for them.
>
>The County of Orange is in the process of smoke free beaches and
>parks and have drafted their anti-polystyrene ordinance. It has
>taken a while but it is happening and most importantly people are
>educated and understand the bigger picture.
>
>DON'T LET OUR LOCAL RIGHTS BE TAKEN AWAY - Please call Levine's
>office at your earliest convenience either on behalf of your own
>organization or on behalf of CAPP.
>
>Stephanie Barger, Executive Director
><mailto:stephanie.barger@no.address>stephanie.barger@no.address
>Earth Resource Foundation
>230 E. 17th St #208
>Costa Mesa, CA 92627
><http://www.earthresource.org/>www.earthresource.org
>949-645-5163
>
>Help support Earth Resource Foundation's youth programs and
>campaigns for: smoke free beaches, plastic reduction and promotion
>of electric cars and renewable energies

Gary Liss & Associates
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
www.garyliss.com

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