Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Sept. 3 @ 11:56 a.m. /
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Sept. 3 @ 9:52 a.m. / Ocean
Hey, remember back in 2008 when China banned ultra-thin plastic bags and enacted a charge for other single-use plastic bags?
Well, we're on the cusp of catching up with them. We'd also be catching up with a long list of other communities that have already passed similar anti-waste ordinances.
The current version of the single-use plastic bag ordinance would eliminate plastic bags in favor of paper bags that would carry a 10 cent charge.
According to the LA Times:
Similar bans are already in place in more than 100 California cities and counties, including Los Angeles County and San Francisco. Those regulations would remain intact.
"This is a statewide problem meriting a statewide solution," said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), author of the bill, SB 270.
If signed by the governor, the ban would kick in for grocery stores and pharmacies on July 1, 2015, and extend to convenience stores and liquor stores a year later.The bill was opposed by bag makers, who warned of job losses, and Republicans, who viewed the measure as an unnecessary government intrusion.
The state legislature approved the bill yesterday, and Gov. Jerry Brown may very well sign it into law this week.
Today at noon on Coastal Currents, Surfider's legal director Angela Howe explained how we got here and what the effect of this ban would do for coastal environments.
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Sept. 3 @ 8:46 a.m. / Art
This morning I spoke with Connie Anderholm about the Natural Fiber Fair which is coming up this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 5pm at the Arcata Community Center. Learn about spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, felting and more. Yarn, fleeces, fiber, tools, and finished goods for sale. Free demos every hour. Fiber art exhibits including tapestry by the late Victor Jacoby. More Info at naturalfiberfair.com
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Sept. 2 @ 9:51 a.m. / Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with TC Comet of the HSU Sustainability Office about a couple of innovative programs they have implemented. Zipcar is a short-term car rental program. Zimride, now in it's second year of existence is a student ridesharing program where students can post their availability with a car or desire for a ride.
Chas Lewis / Thursday, Aug. 28 @ 8:58 p.m. /
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Aug. 28 @ 12:45 p.m. / Community
Photo: Amy Bohner
Some curious KHUM listeners asked why water trucks were lined up at 7th and K in Arcata. PG & E's Brittany McKanney said it's because they're testing their natural gas lines.
"We're going to be filling the gas transmission lines up with water, and what that means is that we actually need to bring in the water for the test to take place. So those blue tanks are what we call 'baker tanks' and they're actually holding the water for us.
There are quite a few of them, because we will be testing the line at a much higher pressure than it would usually run."
McKanney said local governments have been notified, and that the testing will continue in our area for about a month. She asked that customers who smell natural gas call 1-800-PGE-5000.
Hear the full KHUM interview below.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Aug. 28 @ 9:25 a.m. / Business
Attention budding entrepreneurs, on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Wharfinger building at 5:30pm will be the Kick Off event for Humboldt Business Challenge. At the event you will learn about resources that are available to budding entrepreneurs, get information and win prizes to get your business off the ground. This morning I spoke with Rachel Callahan and Greg Seiler, of Humboldt Business Challenge to learn more. Check out their Facebook Page for more information.