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May 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A proposal to ban single-use plastic grocery bags in California is dead for the year after it failed to win passage by a deadline in the state Senate on Thursday. It was the third time since 2010 that such a bill has stalled in the Legislature amid heavy lobbying by the plastics industry. The measure by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would have banned the bags from large retailers in 2015 and from smaller stores in 2016. Stores would have been able to sell recyclable paper bags and reusable plastic or cloth grocery bags to customers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Releasing his latest budget plan this week, Gov. Jerry Brown repeated his assurance that the tax hikes voters agreed to last fall were enough, that he won't ask them to dig deeper into their pockets any time soon. "We just got a nice tax," he said. "I think we ought to take a deep breath and show how we are spending it in a wise way before we start looking for more money. " But even before Brown spoke, lawmakers were testing him. They have been forging ahead with proposals to tax Californians more - on every can of soda, cigarette, plastic grocery store bag and bullet.
May 6, 2013 |
What's billed as "the world's first gun made with 3D printer technology" had its BBC premiere Monday with a video demonstrating how, with the exception of one small metal pin, the weapon is wholly constructed of plastic components made with a machine bought on EBay. As L.A. at Home reported in January, 3D printer technology is advancing toward the mass market, for better or for worse. Although our Solidoodle 2 review revealed that some low-cost models are not quite ready for prime time, a surprising number of 3D printers now can be bought for a fraction of the $8,000 reportedly paid for the machinery that created the gun. The 3D-printed gun's maker is Cody Wilson, described by BBC science reporter Rebecca Morelle as a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas.
May 3, 2013 |
Beware of pizza you can chip a tooth on. Four varieties of California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno frozen pizzas have been pulled from grocers' freezers after complaints of plastic fragments in the pies. These aren't bits of plastic wrap but clear, brittle, sharp-edged pieces of plastic, according to the Associated Press. As the Los Angeles Times' Ricardo Lopez reported earlier, it was a voluntary recall by Nestle USA . The products are CPK's crispy thin-crust white pizza and its limited-edition grilled chicken with Cabernet sauce.
May 2, 2013
Re "Slap a fee on carry-out bags," Editorial, April 30 In your editorial about plastic bags, you omitted discussing another way in which those bags are utilized. Those of us who are responsible dog owners use plastic bags to dispose of our pets' droppings, in accordance with local law. I, for one, find plastic grocery bags to be of convenient assistance in being a responsible citizen. Robert G. Brewer Sherman Oaks ALSO: Letters: A 'cranky' Gov. Brown Letters: Getting into and out of Israel Letters: Mexico's hypocrisy on border security
April 30, 2013 |
The most sensible solution to the ocean and stream pollution caused by carry-out plastic bags would be to charge a small fee for them. People will do almost anything to avoid even a tiny levy - tote their own reusable bags, toss their loose groceries into the trunk. Unfortunately, none of the three bills in the Legislature to address the plastic bag problem would work that way. Consumers already pay for carry-out bags; they just don't realize it because the cost is rolled into the price of the goods they buy, creating the illusion that the bags are free.
April 28, 2013 |
The mayhem in Boston the week of April 15 was a reminder of how an American city can be paralyzed by a homemade bomb. The same kinds of improvised explosive devices that menaced U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan can easily be deployed by freelance terrorists or madmen trying to send a message, incite panic or just create a media spectacle. The Tsarnaev brothers were identified because of surveillance videotape, but the FBI might have been able to do it faster if tiny plastic markers had been part of the small-arms propellant packed into the pressure-cooker bombs.
April 22, 2013 |
Two Seattle tour companies have launched Travelers Against Plastic to motivate travelers and tour operators to say "no" to disposable plastic water bottles and choose other methods of ensuring their water is safe to drink. Crooked Trails and Wildland Adventures launched the website, which allows travelers to make a no-plastic-bottle pledge , on March 22. By last week, 136 people and 10 tour operators had signed the pledge....
April 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A drive to ban most stores from handing out single-use plastic bags got an important boost Monday when the California Grocers Assn. announced its support for a bill. The measure by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) would prohibit the bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. Shoppers would be urged to bring their own reusable cloth or plastic bags or would have the option of paying the actual cost of a paper bag, estimated at 10 cents or less.
April 12, 2013 |
California's environmental science agency has added the controversial plastics-softening chemical, bisphenol A, to its official list of chemicals known to cause birth defects. The decision was announced late Thursday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The agency based its finding on a report by "an authoritative body," the National Toxicology Program, that the compound commonly known as BPA "causes reproductive toxicity...at high doses. " Quiz: How well do you remember 2012?