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By Britney Barnes | January 2, 2013
The New Year rang in a new law in Laguna Beach that requires shoppers to bring their own bags, or pay for ones. Walking into Pavilions off North Coast Drive, a large sign explaining the situation faced both doors along with a rack of reusable bags. "It's the least we could do," said Nancy Bernstein as she unloaded her groceries into her car on Wednesday. "Whatever we can do, whatever people can do to keep the environment clean. " The City Council unanimously approved the Disposable Bag Reduction Ordinance, which went into effect on Tuesday forcing shoppers to bring reusable bags or pay 10 cents for a recycled paper carryout bag. The council approved the ordinance in February — the first city in Orange County to do so — as a way to reduce the environmental impacts related to single-use plastic and paper bags.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 9, 2012
Laguna Beach retail customers need to begin collecting reusable shopping bags to prepare for a ban on single-use, carry-out plastic bags and a fee of 10 cents per paper bag starting Jan. 1, 2013. The City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that will ban retail establishments from packing merchandise in recyclable plastic bags that environmentalists contend are damaging to the environment and its denizens. "One World One Ocean is a multimedia campaign ... with the goal of restoring the ocean," said Barbara MacGillivray in support of the ordinance.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2011
Single-use plastic bags were put on the endangered list Tuesday, earning applause from environmentalists. The City Council voted unanimously, with overwhelming support from the audience, to direct staff to get to work on an ordinance banning the bags in Laguna. The ordinance will be modeled on one passed in Manhattan Beach, which the California Supreme Court ruled complied with the state Environmental Quality Act. "I encourage the council to move forward on this," said Max Iles, sporting a Ban the Bag T-shirt.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 28, 2009
City environmental watchdogs have come up with a proposal to ban plastic bags in Laguna and put a surcharge on paper bags for some retailers — but not just yet. The Environmental Committee adopted a recommendation Monday that the city join with other communities that support the creation of a statewide Master Environmental Assessment that would greatly reduce the cost of separate impact reports the courts have required for similar ordinances...
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By Charlotte Masarik | August 15, 2008
I am pleased to read that we may soon be reaching a decision on whether to continue the use of single-use plastic carrier bags in Laguna Beach. We can ban them entirely or charge 20 cents more or less per plastic bag, as Seattle voted to do. I would like to thank the Environmental Committee for its work on this, and I look forward to its forthcoming proposal. The plastic bags often wind up as litter in the waves. They look like jellyfish and are mistakenly eaten by sea turtles, birds and other marine life.
NEWS
By David Hansen | January 2, 2013
An out-of-state visitor stands in line at a Laguna Beach supermarket, and the female checker asks him, "paper bag for 10 cents or did you bring your own?" The man looks dumbfounded and shoots a look across to the young male bagger, as if wanting some slack. The checker kindly explains the situation, saying that the city has banned plastic bags. "I'm so glad I moved out of this state," the man huffs, tucking his groceries under his arm as he leaves. "We are too," the bagger whispers with a grin as the man gets out of earshot.
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | September 9, 2010
Paper or plastic? You see the dilemma, some don't. The Plastic Bag Ban Bill, AB 1998, failed passage last week in the State Senate on a 14-21 vote. A ban that was designed to end the distribution of 19 billion plastic bags annually at retail outlets leaves us instead with a growing environmental problem that is extremely costly for local authorities, which are required to clean up plastic litter. Whatever side of this issue you may be on, it's helpful to know the facts: "Last year, more than 70,000 single-use plastic bags were found on California beaches by volunteers in one day," says Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation.
NEWS
May 6, 2005
Barbara Diamond Faced with the possibility of $10,000-a-day fines, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to take actions to meet the state mandate for diverting waste from landfills. The city has fallen behind on the state's 50% diversion requirement and has until the end of this year to catch up. Failure could lead to the hefty fines or forced implementation of state-dictated programs that have little consideration for local conditions.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Businesses asked not to use Styrofoam Ocean Laguna Foundation, a nonprofit Laguna Beach organization, and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce are launching a program to encourage Laguna restaurants and hotels to use "sea-safe" packaging -- including cups and to-go containers to help promote ocean water quality and marine habitat protection. Restaurants and hotels are being asked to help keep the beaches and coves clean and safe by not using containers and materials known to be detrimental to the marine environment, especially Styrofoam and plastics.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
Laguna man arrested on drug charges A Laguna Beach man was arrested on the suspicion of possessing drugs with the intention to sell, in the home where he lived with his 8-year-old son, police said. Police went to the home of Renzo Gamboa at 2:12 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of Del Mar Drive to investigate evidence that Gamboa's car had been involved in another, unrelated crime, said Sgt. Darin Lenyi. Officers smelled marijuana in the house, and when they did a search they found cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana, Lenyi said.
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NEWS
February 19, 2013
This is a response to Jim Mouradick's letter connecting plastic bag bans increased death from food poisoning (see below). I was intrigued by the data to support this claim. I did a little research and was surprised when I saw a very similar letter on a blog written by a Steven Hayward. As to the study, I found this rebuttal to the Klick and Wright study, from Dr. Tomas Aragon, San Francisco health officer. These are just three points from all they found. Pretty interesting food for thought from Aragon: 1. "The Klick and Wright study is classified as an ecological study; that is, if factor A (reusable bags)
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February 15, 2013
Editor's note: The Coastline Pilot learned after publication that portions of this letter previously appeared on a website, powerlineblog.com, . The letter writer said he collaborated on the piece with another writer, who sent it to various blogs. I was talking to some of my "environmentally correct" friends recently about the new research from George Mason's Josh Wright and Penn State's Jonathan Klick on the adverse health trade-offs of plastic bag bans. Wright and Klick have performed the simple task of comparing before-and-after rates for food-borne illness in counties that enacted plastic bag bans and adjacent counties that didn't.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 2, 2013
If you're shopping in Laguna Beach, don't expect to hear a grocery clerk ask you if you'd like a paper or plastic bag -- that second option is now illegal. Laguna Beach is the first city in Orange County to enact a plastic bag ban and joins a host of others such as Pasadena and Long Beach in prohibiting single-use plastic bags in store checkout lines. Los Angeles is in the process of phasing out plastic bags. As of Jan. 1, most retail stores in the beach city of about 22,000 are prohibited from providing customers with single-use plastic bags.
NEWS
By David Hansen | January 2, 2013
An out-of-state visitor stands in line at a Laguna Beach supermarket, and the female checker asks him, "paper bag for 10 cents or did you bring your own?" The man looks dumbfounded and shoots a look across to the young male bagger, as if wanting some slack. The checker kindly explains the situation, saying that the city has banned plastic bags. "I'm so glad I moved out of this state," the man huffs, tucking his groceries under his arm as he leaves. "We are too," the bagger whispers with a grin as the man gets out of earshot.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | January 2, 2013
The New Year rang in a new law in Laguna Beach that requires shoppers to bring their own bags, or pay for ones. Walking into Pavilions off North Coast Drive, a large sign explaining the situation faced both doors along with a rack of reusable bags. "It's the least we could do," said Nancy Bernstein as she unloaded her groceries into her car on Wednesday. "Whatever we can do, whatever people can do to keep the environment clean. " The City Council unanimously approved the Disposable Bag Reduction Ordinance, which went into effect on Tuesday forcing shoppers to bring reusable bags or pay 10 cents for a recycled paper carryout bag. The council approved the ordinance in February — the first city in Orange County to do so — as a way to reduce the environmental impacts related to single-use plastic and paper bags.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 9, 2012
Laguna Beach retail customers need to begin collecting reusable shopping bags to prepare for a ban on single-use, carry-out plastic bags and a fee of 10 cents per paper bag starting Jan. 1, 2013. The City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that will ban retail establishments from packing merchandise in recyclable plastic bags that environmentalists contend are damaging to the environment and its denizens. "One World One Ocean is a multimedia campaign ... with the goal of restoring the ocean," said Barbara MacGillivray in support of the ordinance.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2011
Single-use plastic bags were put on the endangered list Tuesday, earning applause from environmentalists. The City Council voted unanimously, with overwhelming support from the audience, to direct staff to get to work on an ordinance banning the bags in Laguna. The ordinance will be modeled on one passed in Manhattan Beach, which the California Supreme Court ruled complied with the state Environmental Quality Act. "I encourage the council to move forward on this," said Max Iles, sporting a Ban the Bag T-shirt.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 25, 2011
The crowds keep on coming at the Festival of Arts. Two events last weekend brought in a record number of visitors - a fashion show and a meet and greet with "Criminal Minds" cast members. The upcoming Acura Celebrity Event on Saturday, hosted by singer-songwriter Richard Marx, is also expected to lure plenty of visitors to the festival, which ends its season Wednesday. * Re(f)use to Runway The popular Festival Runway Fashion show, in its third year, drew its biggest crowd ever Saturday.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
Almost two years ago, the city's Environmental Committee proposed a ban on plastic bags in Laguna — and now some action may finally be seen. The city's Water Quality Department has begun the process of creating an ordinance, pending a California Supreme Court ruling on whether Manhattan Beach's ban on the bags required an environmental impact report. The court recently ruled that Manhattan Beach's declaration of no adverse or at least fixable impacts was sufficient to comply with California Environmental Quality Act, which had been challenged by Save the Plastic Bag Coalition.
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | September 9, 2010
Paper or plastic? You see the dilemma, some don't. The Plastic Bag Ban Bill, AB 1998, failed passage last week in the State Senate on a 14-21 vote. A ban that was designed to end the distribution of 19 billion plastic bags annually at retail outlets leaves us instead with a growing environmental problem that is extremely costly for local authorities, which are required to clean up plastic litter. Whatever side of this issue you may be on, it's helpful to know the facts: "Last year, more than 70,000 single-use plastic bags were found on California beaches by volunteers in one day," says Angela Howe, Surfrider Foundation.
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