Saturday, August 2, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Local leaders look at plastic shopping bag ban

By
From page A5 | March 14, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — Solano County supervisors and mayors heard Thursday about a growing movement to ban plastic, one-use shopping bags and decided to explore the issue.

But they didn’t yet embrace a plastic shopping bag ban and at times smiled or grimaced when they heard details of what’s been done in other communities. Rather, they directed staff to spend 90 days researching what a possible, model law might look like.

The supervisors and mayors met at Solano County Water Agency offices as the Solano County City Coordinating Council. They conduct these periodic meetings to discuss issues of mutual interest.

More than 70 California communities have banned grocery stores and other stores from handing out one-use plastic bags at checkout counters. Many also require stores to charge 5 cents to 25 cents for paper bags. The goal is to encourage shoppers to bring their own, reusable bags.

The state Legislature is considering a similar statewide plastic shopping bag ban.

Proponents of the bans say plastic bags blow easily in the wind. The bags cause litter problems, get into waterways and end up in the ocean, harming sea life.

Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez wondered how city managers would enforce a ban.

“It looks like an administrative nightmare to me,” Sanchez said.

Rio Vista Mayor Norman Richardson said he sees people in his city bringing reusable bags to the market.

“I think it’s a movement that’s growing and an ordinance just might help shove it along,” he said.

Fairfield Mayor Harry Price asked that the chambers of commerce be part of the discussion. He talked of not moving too fast, but not taking a decade, either.

Supervisor Linda Seifert said the plastic bag ban issue is reaching a tipping point. Solano County can use the research done in other communities when looking at the issue itself.

Supervisor Erin Hannigan talked of having a plastic bag ban that would be the same in the county and its seven cities, saying consistency is important. Others said that each city might want to adopt a model law to fit its own needs.

Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy noted the various community plastic ban laws usually require the stores to charge 10 cents or some other amount for paper bags, with the stores keeping the money. He suggested the cities get a portion of that money to pay for monitoring a ban.

“I don’t think the big stores are entitled to the 10 cents and we get nothing,” Hardy said.

The issue is to return at some point to the County City Coordinating Council. Any plastic bag ban would have to be passed by the individual city councils for each city and the Board of Supervisors for rural areas.

Also attending Thursday’s meeting were Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis and Solano County Supervisors Skip Thomson and John Vasquez. Absent were Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson and Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 6 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Don't be fooled.March 14, 2014 - 6:28 am

    Now I understand! Vacaville's mayor let the cat out of the bag. The whole scheme is a means to impose another tax so that the rulers can find more ways to waste our, repeat OUR money.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KMarch 14, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Yup, that is what it is mainly about, MONEY. Yes there is also the litter aspect of it, but mainly money. The store we shop at is fairly responsible about it and so are we, bringing the previous bags back to their recycling container. Winco does that also. I am not sure about anyone else, but maybe that is a start, just require the recycling of them. Many people also use those bags. When we see my Wife's older sister, we give the bunch to her. She likes to use them for cat litter waste. If you also watch the way the checkers bag our groceries (Yes they do that at the Grocery Outlet, even with THE LOWEST PRICES ANYWHERE>>IMO), they do it with speed. Re-usable bags would greatly slow them down. We tried bring a bunch once and it did.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KMarch 14, 2014 - 6:49 am

    LOL>>TYPO ALERT>>>AGAIN, "We TRIED TO BRING>>>"

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • PornacMarch 14, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Banning plastic bags is a liberal plot at population reduction. Bring your gun to the store and demand your god given plastic.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mayor SanchezMarch 14, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Google the ordinances already in place in LA, SF, San Jose, Oakland , Alameda and Contra Costa to get more info on this ban on single use uncompostable plastic bags. Some have exemptions for restaurants etc. The goals are commendable. Fun starts when the details are debated. One is about a charge for paper bag for take out food orders. But there is no charge for paper bag provided for left over food . I quipped," So, I order chicken sandwich 'for here' then take one bite inside Jack in The Box , then ask for paper bag for my 'left over' and there's no charge" I look forward to discussions at council public hearings.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The MisterMarch 14, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Mayor PP Pete, did you know this piece of trivia; the man responsible for bringing the plastic bag ban to SF, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, later went on to become, and still is, the San Francisco County Sheriff WITHOUT meeting the qualifications that you've said candidates for sheriff in California have to meet. I guess they're just not as smart in SF as they are in Solano County.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

County unveils Solano economic diversification study

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

 
Fairfield, Vacaville face off at Solano fair

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Reports close books on Solano DA race spending

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

’4 guys, 4 guns’ case ends with acquittals

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

 
Starbucks card as bribe? Not this time

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

County offers free Hepatitis C testing

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
Commune with your neighbors on National Night Out

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: July 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: July 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Weather for Aug. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

.

US / World

Stars willing to risk opinions on Gaza clash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
In brief lull, Gaza’s displaced survey devastation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Congress backs Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Poll: Public ready to close book on 2 wars

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Last ex-city official sentenced in corruption case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California prisons alter treatment of mentally ill

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Court gives new life to California high-speed rail

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests records

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Report disputes mom’s claim in school altercation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Iran opens first state-run alcohol rehab center

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Remains of Air Algerie crash victims now in Paris

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Ebola moving faster than control efforts

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Perspective needed on Gaza conflict

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

.

Entertainment

.

Sports

Vogelsong stifles Mets in Giants’ 5-1 win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Baseball Notebook: Vanden grads Negron, Aplin making their mark

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Raul Ibanez homers to carry Royals past A’s 1-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Giants RHP Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Expos stop Shockers, stay alive in state tourney

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1

 
Redskins WR Jerry Rice Jr to have shoulder surgery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Spurs sign Tony Parker to extension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Browns’ Gordon meets with NFL on appeal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Woods, Mickelson paired together again in a major

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
George suffers serious leg injury in US exhibition

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Montoya interested in running The Double for Penske

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Nick Watney leads Barracuda Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Anaheim Ducks to retire Selanne’s jersey Jan. 11

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Mudcats still alive in Auburn Classic

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Sergio Garcia shoots 61 to take Firestone lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Goodell defends NFL’s 2-game suspension of Rice

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Packers unveil statue for the Lambeau Leap

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Marco Dawson leads 3M Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

PGA Tour refutes report Johnson suspended

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Blaine Gabbert learning 49ers system

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Jon Lester ready to help lead A’s back to playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Hunter-Reay tops after early Mid-Ohio practices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Larson wins 1st career pole at Pocono Raceway

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Raiders’ Bergstrom adding center to his resume

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Microsoft sues Samsung over halt to royalties

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
HP to pay $32.5M to settle Postal Service dispute

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Allergan sues Valeant, claims fraud in buy attempt

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Obituaries

Marjorie Lee Myrick

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Alice Marion Brown

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Enid Mary Vesci

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
.

Home Seller 08/2/14

Right at Home: cooking up a color-happy kitchen

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

Real estate transactions for Aug. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3