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Paul Krekorian on Bag Ban: 'We Made History'

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian responds to plastic bag ban.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the city’s Budget and Finance Committee, released the following statement today after Los Angeles moved a step closer to banning single-use carryout plastic bags:

“Throughout the history of Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean has been part of our heart and soul. The ocean and our beaches are a foundation of our economy and the reason why people come from all over the world to visit our city. We have always depended on the ocean and now the ocean is depending on us.

“Today, we made history by becoming the largest city in America to ban the plastic bags that are contaminating our ocean and beaches, killing marine life from Santa Monica to Tokyo, and blighting our communities throughout the our city.

“The taxpayers of Los Angeles spend millions of dollars every year cleaning up plastic bag litter – that’s money that is better spent on our parks, ambulance service, youth programs, economic development and other essential services. We can’t afford to delay action any longer.” 

Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles' Second Council District, which includes the east San Fernando Valley and the foothills. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook.

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Scott Killeen May 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I just blew chunks! Thanks the almighty Jack, you should be in world politics....
Scott Killeen May 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM
FYI Jack.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_the_United_States
Laura May 24, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Sad, but true. Government is not perfect but sometimes regulations are actually good for society. There, I said it. I must be a communist.
Nowhere85grad May 24, 2012 at 09:59 PM
What about the jobs lost at the Huntington Park company that makes plastic bags? The reusable bags (the ones that are not washed) are made in China. Those are the jobs lost that Mr. Carpetbagger does not care about.
JW Healy May 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Hey, City Council...how about doing something that resembles anything??!! Stop messing with the insignificant.

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