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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