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April 25, 2013
The use of store-provided plastic bags and paper bags gives us a level of insulation from the germs and bacteria of others. Just imagine the dirtiest person you know putting his/her reusable bags on the floor of their house. There the bags are languishing on the floor, picking up the dirt from who knows where they have been or walked through. The next step is when they take those bags to the store for their groceries. Now, they are on the grocery counter where your bags will soon be put to receive your groceries.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
It is time for La Cañada Flintridge to join our surrounding communities and move to reusable bags. We should do this not only for environmental reasons, but for cost savings, as well. Los Angeles County made the move more than two years ago. Glendale's ordinance went into effect July 1; the city of L.A. passed its ordinance in June and will implement it in January. Thirty percent of California and two-thirds of our county are now covered with ordinances banning plastic carryout bags.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council misses the point of the plea to ban plastic bags . The objective of banning plastic bags is to contribute our small part toward reducing the nearly infinite supply of bags that continually contaminates the environment. And no reduction of any supply can come about until the demand for a product is profoundly changed. According to the website reuseit.com, the U.S. uses 100 billion bags per year, stimulating an annual production of 4 million tons of bags while consuming 27 million barrels of oil in the process.
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By Carol Cormaci | May 8, 2013
It had been some time since we'd visited the Target store near Vroman's in Pasadena, so after a casual dinner the other night here at Magpie's, my husband and I ventured across the Arroyo in hunt of some bargains. Some might not call that a date night, but coming home carrying treasures like my new Mossimo ballet flats (only $12!) is the best kind of aphrodisiac known to this woman. Our arms were quite literally filled because we forgot to take any cloth grocery bags into the store with us, and because it is located in Pasadena, this particular Target does not package purchased items in plastic bags anymore.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | November 25, 2010
Despite a recent vote by L.A. County Supervisors to prohibit the use of disposable plastic shopping bags in unincorporated areas such as La Crescenta, officials in La Cañada Flintridge aren't in any hurry to follow with regulations of their own. "I haven't heard a peep from anybody in town in terms of desire to enact such an ordinance," said Mayor Donald Voss, echoing others at City Hall who say a similar government action doesn't currently appear...
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 18, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members were once again divided this week on whether to study a ban on plastic bags . Residents from La Cañada and nearby cities on Monday night urged council members to look into the issue, despite being turned down at previous meetings over the summer. Mayor Laura Olhasso urged council members to reconsider. “If you don't like recycled bags, then you can pay a dime and use a paper bag,” she said. “It's not like you don't have any choices.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
In response to an article by Tiffany Kelly, “ Council ponders plastic bag ban ,” April 18, I would like to see a ban extended to La Cañada Flintridge. The issue of plastic bags involves more than litter. Plastics are not biodegradable once they end up in landfills or the marine ecosystem. Almost every bit of plastic ever made still exists. Plastic bags kill sea animals that become entangled with them or mistake them for food. Plastic bags that enter our marine environment eventually change into small fragments, which in some areas of the ocean outweigh plankton by more than 40 times.
NEWS
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
There's no flap about plastic bags in La Cañada Flintridge. Despite bans in Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles and unincorporated cities of Los Angeles County, plastic bags remain legal here.  However, as of Jan. 1, some Ralphs grocery stores, including the store at 521 Foothill Blvd., ended the practice of offering the controversial bags, instead giving shoppers paper bags. Some customers complained the store was charging 10 cents apiece for paper bags, a policy not in line with Ralphs stores in communities that don't have ordinances against plastic bags.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | April 17, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members are divided on whether to ban single-use plastic bags in the city. Several residents from La Cañada and neighboring communities showed up at Monday's meeting to ask officials to consider a proposal that would limit bags handed out to customers in grocery and convenience stores. They said such a law would save money for the city, as well as Los Angeles County, and would also protect wildlife, who sometimes mistake the bags for food. "I think that folks in this town would be receptive to this," said Lloyd Komesar, a La Cañada resident.
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NEWS
January 15, 2014
The next meeting of the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will feature speaker Peter Dreier addressing the topic, “Is a New Progressive Movement Around the Corner?” The gathering will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the La Cañada home of Ellen and Anthony Portantino. Dreier is an urban policy analyst, author, and professor of politics at Occidental College. Also speaking at the meeting will be Patrick Gomez, entering the race for L.A. County Sheriff, and Ellen Portantino, who recently won an award for increasing PTA membership.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
There's no flap about plastic bags in La Cañada Flintridge. Despite bans in Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles and unincorporated cities of Los Angeles County, plastic bags remain legal here.  However, as of Jan. 1, some Ralphs grocery stores, including the store at 521 Foothill Blvd., ended the practice of offering the controversial bags, instead giving shoppers paper bags. Some customers complained the store was charging 10 cents apiece for paper bags, a policy not in line with Ralphs stores in communities that don't have ordinances against plastic bags.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council misses the point of the plea to ban plastic bags . The objective of banning plastic bags is to contribute our small part toward reducing the nearly infinite supply of bags that continually contaminates the environment. And no reduction of any supply can come about until the demand for a product is profoundly changed. According to the website reuseit.com, the U.S. uses 100 billion bags per year, stimulating an annual production of 4 million tons of bags while consuming 27 million barrels of oil in the process.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
It is time for La Cañada Flintridge to join our surrounding communities and move to reusable bags. We should do this not only for environmental reasons, but for cost savings, as well. Los Angeles County made the move more than two years ago. Glendale's ordinance went into effect July 1; the city of L.A. passed its ordinance in June and will implement it in January. Thirty percent of California and two-thirds of our county are now covered with ordinances banning plastic carryout bags.
NEWS
By Anita S. Brenner | May 16, 2013
It was a normal night in the 91011.The east La Cañada parking lots were full. The Flintridge Proper waiters served flutes of champagne mixed with gin and flowers. At Taylors, bartenders quietly cranked out gin and tonics while servers carried baskets of crusty sourdough bread. The Sakura sushi chefs were busy with nigiri, maki and sake. Min's filled order after order of pad Thai. While the customers at Min's waited, they leafed through stacks of local papers. For example, the Valley Sun. The Valley Sun, which was strangely full of letters to the editor.
COMMUNITY
May 9, 2013
Plastic bags won't disappear from La Cañada Flintridge grocery stores in the near future. Three of the five City Council members showed opposition Monday night to studying an ordinance that would limit or ban single-use plastic bags in the city. Neighbors arrived en masse during the last two council meetings to urge that the issue be placed on a future agenda. But Mayor Laura Olhasso said unless one of the council members has a change of heart, the city cannot move forward with it. Olhasso and City Councilman Jon Curtis were in favor of studying how such a law could impact the city.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | May 8, 2013
It had been some time since we'd visited the Target store near Vroman's in Pasadena, so after a casual dinner the other night here at Magpie's, my husband and I ventured across the Arroyo in hunt of some bargains. Some might not call that a date night, but coming home carrying treasures like my new Mossimo ballet flats (only $12!) is the best kind of aphrodisiac known to this woman. Our arms were quite literally filled because we forgot to take any cloth grocery bags into the store with us, and because it is located in Pasadena, this particular Target does not package purchased items in plastic bags anymore.
NEWS
May 1, 2013
In anticipation of the next City Council hearing on a proposal to ban plastic bags with handles (to be held on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m.) I have a few questions for Trent Sanders and Bill Osburn who wrote to the Valley Sun in opposition to the ban. Sanders worries about the “nanny staters” who would impose the ban even against those who do not “litter” (although by throwing his bags in the trash, as he implies he does, he is, in effect, “littering”...
NEWS
May 1, 2013
I want to encourage all civic-minded residents to speak out on behalf of a La Cañada Flintridge reusable bag ordinance. Simply put, this ordinance would ban carryout plastic bags, require the sale of carryout paper bags for 10 cents each, and ask that the store have reusable bags for sale. It would not ban the small produce or product bags used for holding lettuce, meat, and other products. The ordinance would apply only to the largest grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores.
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