Monday, November 29, 2004

Supervisor-elect Ross Mirkarimi says he's surprised by the worldwide reaction to a Department of Environment proposal to flat-tax plastic bags to reduce waste. He's received e-mails from Britain and Australia, and requests for radio interviews on the plan with stations in New York and L.A. (he's letting the department do the talking for now). Mirkarimi, who told the Chronicle he might be interested in carrying the legislation at the board, said the concept needs work, but the goal of weaning shoppers off plastic is a worthy one. "It needs to be worked out," he said. "[A 17-cent per bag tax] is regressive, but it goes in the right direction." ...

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