Re "Ban it! From bags to butts, California bills would nix range of products" (March 30): Sen. Alex Padilla's SB 270 isn't a ban, it's a carefully orchestrated attempt to enrich special interests. A few years ago, this bill was going nowhere fast, then the California Grocers Association signed on, the United Food and Commercial Workers became believers and senators Kevin de Leon and Ricardo Lara flip-flopped, becoming passionate supporters. CGA got on board because any fees charged for the thicker plastic bags protected under SB 270 and paper bags go straight back to them as a new revenue source and UFCW must see the clear financial opportunity for its members. So what do Padilla, de Leon and Lara get out of it? Whatever it is, it must be good. The bottom line is that things never seem to be what we think they are when it comes to our esteemed legislators.
-- Mike Vasiliou, Carmichael