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Palo Alto sued over plastic bag ban

Original post made on Apr 23, 2009

Palo Alto's crusade against plastic bags faced its first legal challenge Tuesday, when a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit claiming that the city acted too rashly when it banned plastic bags from local grocery stores last month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 23, 2009, 1:26 PM

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Posted by clear perspective
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Did you know that the Australian government actually retracted its quote that 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags each year because the story actually states that plastic fishing debris (mainly abandoned nets) was the cause?

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The EPA was quoted in an interview saying…”consumers shouldn't stress too much, as long as they're recycling or reusing store bags, said Chris Newman, an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

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Also did you know that the majority US plastic bags are made from natural gas and not oil?

For facts and links to the studies about plastic bags and the environment that started it all, as well as environmental shopping strategies and a survey of plastic bag knowledge...please visit

Watch a plastic recycling emercial at

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Posted by ImNotSurePlasticIsMyFriend
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I think our focus is better spent on banning styrofoam.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm

These pro-plastic bag people need to find something to protect other than their egos and wallets. I wonder how much public money is being spent on defending these law suits.

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Posted by Frances
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 23, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Glad to see the plastic bag lobby is here to share their thoughts (rolling eyes).

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Posted by curious
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

What a waste of city taxpayers' money in the additional cost to people who buy groceries, i.e. everybody, and lawyer's fees. It would be interesting to find out how much the lawyers' fees for the city will be and to compare it to the cost of providing everyone with reusable bags. Those bags are cheap nowadays ~50 cents. You can pay for a lot of bags for one hour of a Page Mill Road lawyer's fee, which is probably about $500. So how many billable hours for this case? Probably in the 1000s.

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Posted by Don Frances
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:55 am

Don Frances is a registered user.

Every story we've run on this issue, within minutes of it being posted, has gotten a rote comment from "clear perspective" with links supporting use of plastic bags, plus a plug for "the truth about plastic bags dot com." The posts stray very close to violating our terms of use ("You agree not to make posts of a commercial nature that promote a business, product or service"), and in the future we will remove them when we see them.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Within minutes? Hmmm, sounds like an inside job.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Stores could reduce bag usage and cut their own costs, if they would not automatically bag single items, especially if the item is pocket-sized.

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