Plastic single-use bags are carried past the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on Aug. 12, 2014. Gov Jerry Brown signed SB270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, which imposes the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bag.
Plastic single-use bags are carried past the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on Aug. 12, 2014. Gov Jerry Brown signed SB270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, which imposes the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bag. Rich Pedroncelli AP
Plastic single-use bags are carried past the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. on Aug. 12, 2014. Gov Jerry Brown signed SB270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, which imposes the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bag. Rich Pedroncelli AP
Dan Walters

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November 23, 2014 04:01 PM

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Dan Walters’ column appeared in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984 he moved to The Sacramento Bee, where his column ran until 2017.