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The choice between paper and plastic won’t be free if the toughest such law in the nation passes in Sacramento. The law would impose a “plastic carryout bag impact fee” of 25 cents a bag at groceries and pharmacies. On Reporter’s Notebook, another heath director quits LA County after just two years in one of the hardest jobs in the health care industry.
Disposable plastic bags are a risk to oceans, lakes, local economies and the quality of life for millions of people. That’s the argument between AB 2829 by LA Assemblyman Mike Davis. The Natural Resource Committee was scheduled to vote today on a bill to charge 25% a bag for shoppers choosing plastic at big grocery stores and pharmacies. The LA County Supervisors support it, and so does the environmental group Heal the Bay.
Dr. Bruce Chernof became LA County’s Director of Health Service just about two years ago. The five Supervisors said they had high hopes he could turn the department around. County-USC hospital was being rebuilt, King-Harbor was threatened with closure, and there weren’t enough resources to care for the uninsured. But Chernof said the challenge was worth it. Last week, he abruptly resigned to head a new private foundation.