Long Beach to vote on carryout bag ban; uneven playing field taking shape

long beach bagLong Beach’s long-delayed bag ordinance is scheduled to come up for a vote next Tuesday at 5 p.m. The ordinance mirrors Los Angeles County’s bag ordinance, which passed in November.

Following the failure to pass AB 1998 last year, we knew that a hodge-podge of local governments would pass ordinances and we have worked hard to get them to at least keep the details and specs the same, across jurisdictions. Our biggest disappointment is that the City of Los Angeles failed to move forward with an ordinance, creating an uneven playing field for competing grocers in some communities, whereby a store located in unincorporated Los Angeles County must implement the ordinance while a competitor in Los Angeles City proper can continue operating as usual. We believe that every grocer should have an equal chance to compete in a community for customers.