Jay Beeber on L.A.'s Foolish Ban on Plastic Bags


There's a crisis in Los Angeles. Is it the city's projected $250 million budget deficit? The city's $10 billion shortfall in pension obligations? Its crumbling infrastructure? A public school dropout rate approaching 50 percent? No, writes Jay Beeber, the City of Angels is facing catastrophe in the form of grocery bags. So great is the menace that the City Council is poised to impose on the good people of Los Angeles the country's strictest grocery bag ban, prohibiting the distribution of both plastic and paper bags. Yet as Beeber explains, not only will the proposal provide no environmental benefits, it will deepen the city's economic depression.