Los Angeles City Council

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The Los Angeles City Council

for being so out of touch

In the midst of the worst economic times since the Great Depression, here is what the Los Angeles City Council is spending time and taxpayer dollars on ...

From the Los Angeles Times September 07, 2011|By Kate Linthicum ...

"Plastic and paper bag ban proposed for Los Angeles

Los Angeles councilman's proposal would allow grocery stores to give away or sell only reusable tote bags, or risk a fine.

Paper or plastic? For shoppers in Los Angeles, the choice may soon be neither.

Hoping to reduce the billions of grocery bags circulating throughout the city, an L.A. councilman Tuesday called for a sweeping ban on single-use paper and plastic bags.

By including paper bags in the ban, the proposal goes beyond similar measures taken recently by other California cities and counties. Although L.A. County, Santa Monica and other municipalities have banned plastic bags in recent years, most have allowed stores to sell paper ones for a small fee.

"With paper bags, you're still generating litter," said Councilman Paul Koretz, who introduced the motion proposing the ban. "We're taking the next step."

Environmentalists celebrated the news and said they hoped that it would push Sacramento lawmakers to enact a statewide ban."

Banning plastic and paper bags. Brilliant. Just what L.A. residents and taxpayers need. With the unemployment rate currently at 12.5% (September 2011) and the worst real estate market since the Great Depression the Los Angeles City Council is playing around with banning plastic and paper bags. People in L.A. need jobs, not reusable shopping bags!

Congratulations to the Los Angeles City Council. This week, for your stupid proposed legislation, and for making the banning of plastic and paper bags more important than creating jobs, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt award.