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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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Nowhere85grad May 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
This carpetbagger does not care about the jobs that will be lost, health that will be in danger or anything dealing with free commerce. He is another in a long line of government control from the top leaders that get elected to the LA City Council. Dude!! How about closing the budget gap with the committee you "lead?!?" Let's really cut back on city positions. As evidenced by this vote, you don't care about jobs!!! Or is it because of the unions that have you bought and purchased?!?!
Lightnapper May 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Really want to make some history? How about enforcing the LAMC "no overnight camping in vehicles" on Strathern St. between Belliare Ave. and the 170 freeway, and on Saticoy St. just east of Coldwater Canyon Blvd. Perhaps, cite people for dumping their garbage and debris upon the street and sidewalks, especially the managers of the apartments who toss out belongings when people move without paying the rent. How about actually requiring business licenses for all those unlicensed cart venders who are partially responsible for all the discarded corn cobs and other supplemental cart food trash lying around on the street before making it's way to the ocean? Or maybe fine the recycle thieves who are openly stealing from the city's coffers? I know-- you could require the impounding of traffic scofflows' vehicles when they have no license, or are DUI. Maybe those 52 weekend yard sales a year could be considered an actual business enterprise and taxed appropriately? Now those would be a useful things to work on as "quality of life" issues and also raise funds for the "cash-strapped" city. Oh yeah, the city doesn't work that way. Just charge a dime for a paper bag, and all will be right with the city.
AJ May 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
This times a million. LA deserves its terrible unemployment with regulations like these. Disgusting.
FrancesM. Anthony May 24, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Since when is Tokyo part of America or part of Los Angeles coastline??????? Council member get your facts straight.
FrancesM. Anthony May 24, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Since when is Tokyo part of America or part of Los Angeles coastline??????? Council member get your facts straight.
Tom Paige May 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
More from the Nanny State. Pretty soon, they'll be telling you where to go, how to go and how to clean up after going to the toilet. The plastic bag "issue" would easily be resolved if people took personal responsibility and clean-up after themselves. Maybe this boob should have introduced a resolution calling for individuals to be responsible for their own actions.
Scott Killeen May 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Wrong! “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.” Next year I will expect millions of dollars in saved money from what is stated above. I will expect proof! Millions of dollars....it will NEVER EVER happen. Parks, ambulance service, youth programs etc will never get more money from banning plastic bags!
N. C. May 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM
lightnapper: OMG. ARE YOU MY TWIN? ITS LIKE YOU ARE IN MY HEAD... PERFECTLY SAID!!!! ................AND I TOTALLY AGREE.....but you already know that...
Daniel May 24, 2012 at 02:12 PM
When are we going to have enough of the city council doing what ever they please. They must be held accountable. Get them out of office. Again government getting involved where they do not belong. How dare they tell us how to carry home our groceries, when so many are unemployed in this city and are struggling to even buy groceries. Only makes more business leave LA.causing us to lose even more tax money. So many more important issues the city council should be considering then what and how I carry my groceries home. What's next city council? Voice your opinion with your vote - GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
Michael May 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I'm all for it-- but only if it includes plastic bags filled with marijuana you can purchase from any one of 11 (by my last count) Studio City dispensaries. Aren't there bigger fish to fry? What are we doing?
Daniel May 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Since when are plastic bags you bring home from the stores "single use" ?
BJ Killeen May 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Why stop there? Ban produce bags, plastic utensils, Styrofoam cups and containers, newspapers, and everything else irresponsible people throw in the street! Let's just carry everything in our bare hands. Let's just go straight back to the 1900s. Forget progress and spending money on more important things like public safety. Could our city council be any more useless and blind to the real problems of this city??
Diana May 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Not being one of those who litter our streets with the bags, but reuse them - we have 3 dogs, so guess what they get used for, I am ticked off I will actually have to buy plastic bags. Fine people who leave their trash bins out all week - now that's littering!
Once again another example of focusing on the small stuff to distract from the important issues. If the city council is so concered about tourist dollars than how about concerning yourself with crime and the release of so called 'non-violent' felons? How about trashing the idea of raising parking tickets to $78.00? Another new gem is where the parking meters now reset themselves to zero minutes even when the prior car had time left in the meter. Isn't that also theft? I also agree, plastic bags are not 'single'use for most of us and here is the last kicker: When we use our own cloth bags we are told to wash them after each marketing trip because they carry bacteria, i.e.,juice that leaks from chicken, meat, etc. Do you recommed our bringing empty plastic bags to put inside our environmentally safe bags now? Oh, I forgot, we won't have any to bring
dokrand May 24, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I support the Ban!!! For those who complain about the Nanny State...I suggest you live in any society with no rules or regulations. Do you guys stop at red lights? Do you drive on the right side of the street, do expect clean water to come out of your tap. Do you expect the plane you fly to be safe becasue of government regulation? This type of list can go on and on I suspect most of you see the need for these types of rules and regulations of the Nanny State. In terms of the ban...95 percent of plastic bags end up in land fill. Do you nay-sayers truly believe there is unlimited landfill around Los Angeles? The bags are made of oil...Do you truly believe there is unlimited oil. Recycling consumes lots of energy to remake the bags. Is the this the best use of a limited resource? I get it you don't like to be told what to do. But we live in a society that hopefuly works for the good the many. It is not just about ME ME ME! Is bringing a bag to the store really such a horrible thing?
Skraeling May 24, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The only jobs this "industry" loses locally are the clean up workers and sanitation workers, and others who will now be able to focus on other messes left by the inconsiderate and lazy. This is a good thing for Los Angeles and California....To blame this on "unions" is to demonstrate a total ignorance of reality and a DEPENDENCE upon Talk Radio....please, move to Texas...
Skraeling May 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
In agree to a point. The bag ban is a start, now we need to focus on just the issue you describe. Commercial vehicles abusing the law to park their vehicles on residential streets, or the mobile homes doing the same. Electing the same people over and over is part of the problem and seeing Wendy Gruel and Yaroslavsky and others whose entire careers depend upon cronyism and moving to other public funded jobs is mind boggling...the city is "cash strapped" because of giveways, corruption, and finally, gigantic pensions that the apathetic public only complains about but won't take the time to vote..
Skraeling May 24, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Nice thought..personal responsibility...just when has that worked in America in the past 200 years? Please, be specific and try to avoid racism...
Skraeling May 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
BINGO!
Skraeling May 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
For those of you who complain about this, I can only relate to a personal experience I had last year, while on a vacation/business trip to Germany. I had to take a taxi everywhere because of the distance and purpose, and I got to know the driver, a Muslim immigrant who had lived in Germany for 35 years and became a citizen. When he asked how I liked and WHAT I liked about Germany, the first thing I said was how clean it was. He looked at me like I had two heads, and said, "of course it is clean. Our children live here!"....In that moment, I saw the great gap between America and the rest of the civilized world. We live for profit and exploit everything to that end, there is no thought to the future of our children....and so it goes..
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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