A large pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, Calif. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
A large pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, Calif. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. JOSH MORGAN AP
A large pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, Calif. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. JOSH MORGAN AP
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Dan Walters' column appears 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. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee