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City of Ojai Bans Plastic Bags
This week in bag ban news the idyllic hamlet of Ojai is on course to become the first city in Ventura County to ban single use plastic bags.
Ventura County is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Ojai is situated in a valley fifteen miles inland from the coast. Ojai’s surrounding mountains drain into the Ventura River and the river eventually drains into the ocean taking with it whatever it collects on its natural way out to sea.
Storm drains throughout Ventura County are marked with “Don’t Dump! Drains to Ocean” to remind citizens to be mindful of their potentially harmful daily activities. The Ojai City Council decided to ban carryout plastic bags before anymore can catch the wind or a wave out to the ocean.
Single use plastic bags will no longer be available at retail establishments but can be given out at restaurants. There will also be a ten cent charge for paper bags that stores will keep to cover the cost of providing recyclede bags and monitoring how many bags they are selling. The city council hopes the fee will deter people from relying on the stores for bags and encourage them to start bringing their own. The ban does not apply to bags used in the produce and meat aisle of grocery stores.
The ordinance will go into effect on July 1st and stores who do not comply will face “escalating series of penalties.”
Terry Starr of Starr Market in Ojai, a known for its carpeted floors, submitted a letter against the ordinance. He expressed concern about the overall sanitary condition of bags brought into their store and the inconvenience it would cause customers to have to wait for their resulting number of bags to be totaled at the end of the transaction.
Other concerns voiced on the Ojai Valley News blog were: how will the ban affect tourism and how will low and fixed-income families or individuals pay for re-usable bags or the ten cent fee? Tourism is not expected to take a hit from the ban and hopefully the Ojai community known for its peace, love and happiness vibe can come together to reach a solution for people on low or fixed incomes. Waiving the fee? Handing out free bags donated by a store or organization?
Other California communities with bag bans in the works are: San Francisco, Dana Point and Carpinteria among several others. Has anyone heard anything about the Los Angeles City Council‘s efforts to get a bag ban on their books?
1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.
1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.
2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.