Deal on plastic bag ban stinks

Published: Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014 - 10:03 am

Re "Management, labor agree on plastic bag ban" (Viewpoints, March 5): Just when I thought the limits of Sacramento's ethical problems couldn't be stretched any further, Sen. Alex Padilla comes along and proves me wrong.

Lauded as a major environmental protection bill, SB 270 seeks to address a problem that isn't there. Plastic bags account for just 0.4 percent of the nation's municipal solid waste stream and traditionally less than 1 percent of litter. The environmental angle is just a cover for what SB 270: a fleecing of the public.

Padilla has engineered a deal that will put millions of dollars into the pockets of corporate grocers. And, now, a major union has bought into a bill that goes against their core belief: protecting jobs. We know what the grocers are getting out of it, but this must be a sweet deal for the union, too.

The jig is up and this deal stinks.

-- Yianni Lilakopoulos, Sacramento

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