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Saturday, July 09, 2011 

Hey, Santa Barbara....BAN THE BAG!

After months of back-and-forth discussions, Santa Barbara City Council is set to again take up the issue of single-use plastic bags. It's time to let our voices be heard!

As you know, local governments throughout California, other states and even other countries have placed bans and/or taxes on single-use plastic bags due to their environmental impact. Will Santa Barbara finally join the game? This is UP TO US!!!

Options for City Council include a) Mandating that local stores implement a 'Where's Your Bag' campaign, b) Placing a voter approved tax on bags, and c) an outright ban. 

Join the Community Environmental Council, SB ChannelKeeper, Surfrider, Save the Mermaids and others to make sure that ONE of these options is selected!

Though we can't be certain of the exact time this issue will be heard, the item is scheduled as #18 which should be around 3pm. You can follow the hearing online at http://www.santabarbaraca.​gov/CAP/ to gauge the exact timing.

City staff's report on the issue can be found at: http://www.santabarbaraca.​gov/CAP/MG94184/AS94188/AS​94203/AS94209/AI98906/DO98​951/DO_98951.pdf

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