LA County Bans Plastic Bags

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California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported a statewide ban on plastic bags, but it was killed in the state legislature. This week Los Angeles County enacted a ban of its own. It applies to about one million people that don’t live in incorporated cities—and it will cover about 1000 stores and pharmacies. The vote on the Board of Supervisors was three to one, and Zev Yaroslavsky was in the majority.



  • Zev Yaroslavsky - former member of LA City Council and LA Board of Supervisors; author of “Zev’s Los Angeles: From Boyle Heights to the Halls of Power” - @ZevYaroslavsky
  • Tim Shestek - Senior Director of State Affairs for the American Chemistry Council
  • Matthew Dodson - Director, Local Government Relations for the California Grocers Association
  • Giles Slade - Freelance historian of culture and technology, based in Vancouver. Author of the book, Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America


Warren Olney