You can watch the Supervisors here (Item 7). A Mercury News report is here. We have been following this issue for years in San Jose, Morgan Hill and elsewhere in addition to the County level, and are glad to see it succeed. Below are CGF's latest letter to the Supervisors and video testimony by CGF Advocate Julie Hutcheson. Next up is to get the remaining cities in our area and elsewhere to move forward.
Dear President Cortese and Board of Supervisors:
The Committee for Green Foothills proudly supports the staff recommendation to enact a ban on single use takeout bags (Item 7 on tomorrow's agenda), noting that staff's proposed ban includes certain exceptions such as the use of recycled-content paper bags sold at a small fee, exceptions for certain items and for the economically disadvantaged.
Similar actions have been taken by cities in Santa Clara County, most notably San Jose with approximately half of the County population. Staff's proposal would bring the vast majority of the geographic area of the County in rough conformity on takeout bags, and constitutes a significant step forward in protecting resources and in protecting our streams, protecting San Francisco and Monterey Bays, and the Pacific Ocean from this destructive and unnecessary pollution.
We are happy to answer any questions and urge you to pass the takeout bag ban ordinance per staff's recommendation.
Committee for Green Foothills
and video (speakers were only allowed one minute):