What is it about these ICLEI cities that they feel led to tell people how to live their lives? We have Mayor Bloomberg from the ICLEI city of New York who wants to ban large sugary soda drinks to protect people from themselves and now we have the ICLEI city of Los Angeles to tell its residents no more plastic bags!
Los Angeles on Tuesday became the largest city in the nation to move toward a ban on plastic grocery bags, with the City Council barring them in supermarkets, convenience stores and any big retailer that sells groceries.
Nearly three weeks after a similar measure was defeated in the California Legislature, the City Council voted 11-1 to prohibit the so-called “single use” plastic bags in pharmacies, food markets and any large store — including Target and Wal-Mart — that has a grocery section.
Councilman Paul Koretz described the ban as one of several environmental initiatives that have been embraced by the city, including a clean-truck program at the Port of Los Angeles and a push to build new rail lines. “Today we’re taking another big step forward,” he said.
The LA Times reported that when this bill passes, about 25% of the residents in the Golden State will be under laws banning plastic bags. And they think it is a success. I am shocked that eleven councilpersons voted for this monstrosity. No wonder businesses want to leave California.
But beware: This is Agenda 21 mentality in action. Major Bloomberg wants to require residents to take food trash and compost it.
“By recycling food waste, we can cut down on the total amount of trash we send to landfills and put it to better use as compost for community gardens or even energy,” said Caswell Holloway, deputy mayor for operations. “This is an innovative program that’s already seen success in homes on Staten Island and our public schools, and we’re excited to expand it to more New Yorkers.”
San Francisco and Seattle already require food composting. This Agenda 21/ICLEI mentality is authoritarian and demeaning. The next time some apologist for ICLEI says its just a little non-binding fuzzball (apologies to Rush Limbaugh) tell them about the food composting law. Or the plastic bag ban. Maybe you’ll like your 500 liters of water every month or your air conditioner controlled via your smart meter!
And one more thing: If you want a paper bag, you have to pay 10 cents for each one. The poor in LA ought to love that!
This commercial in the big game from a few years ago is becoming more startlingly true every day. Better stop ICLEI and Agenda 21 in your community today!