Re "Ban it! From bags to butts, California bills would nix range of products" (March 30): It's not at all surprising that Ron Fong, CEO of the California Grocers Association would say "Let's go ahead and do a statewide ban that is uniform for everybody." While he may say SB 270 makes sense from a public policy standpoint, this ban is about profit. SB 270 would ban plastic retail bags, as we know them, and allow for grocery stores to charge consumers for plastic bags that are five times thicker, as well as paper bags. All of those bags' fees, go straight back to the corporate grocers that Fong represents. This isn't public policy, it's profit policy. Senator Padilla is either too naive to see this or up to his neck in this blatant cash grab. Either way, hopefully Padilla wakes up, because the State Senate can not afford another story about the questionable ethics of one of its members.
-- Pam Chelioti, Carmichael