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Letter: Bill before the California Legislature eliminates local control

June 28, 2018

The Mercury News,

David Lee,

June 27, 2018-

Senate Bill 872 would block California cities and counties from being able to pass local taxes on sugary drinks and making health a priority. Who’s behind it? No surprise – it’s the soda industry. This bill before the California Legislature eliminates local control and authority. Sugary drinks taxes are raising millions for community health programs in San Francisco and Oakland. The revenue is funding after-school physical activity and water hydration systems.

One in three children born in 2000 are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes. For Latino and African American children, that figure is nearly one in two. We must provide a path to affordable nutritious foods and beverages. Unfortunately, SB 872 will only create a roadblock to a generation of healthy Californians. Time is short. Contact your local officials today and let them know you oppose SB 872.

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