Ex-mayor of Solana Beach wants plastic bag ban overturned
Celine Olson initially supported ban
Last Updated: 80 days ago
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - A former proponent of Solana Beach's plastic bag ban, which passed last year, is now changing her mind.
Former Mayor Celine Olson wants the city council to rethink its decision to implement the city's plastic bag ban and overturn it.
Employees at Vons in Solana Beach say the bag ban has caused a 25 percent drop in business. They say since the beginning of 2013, 300 hundred plastic grocery baskets have been stolen by customers.
Outside stores such as Vons in Solana Beach, customers look like they’re doing a juggling act of sorts, trying not to drop their items because they forgot their reusable bags and refused to spend 10 cents for a paper one.
“I don't like it, carrying stuff, it's ridiculous. You know you spend a lot of money you expect to have a bag, not pay for it,” said shopper Harold Vita.
Solana Beach resident Allan Morrison says he shops outside the city for the most part because of the ban.
He calls it an imposition.
It’s the kind of complaint Vons employee Fawn Conard has become used to.
“They just say, 'Oh, it's 10 cents a paper bag? Well I'm not gonna pay for a paper bag for 10 cents. It's ridiculous,” Conard says.
Former Solana Beach Mayor Celine Olson admits she initially backed the plastic bag ban and paper bag fee.
Now, she feels the council's decision is hurting the city both economically and environmentally.
“It's needs to be reconsidered and I would like Solana Beach to be the first city that stops the trend,” said Olson.
But some customers feel the ban is the right thing to do.
“I try and bring my own bags cause I think that's what everyone should do," says Roni McGuire.
Stores such as Vons say they'll continue to lose business until this ordinance is overturned.
“It's just not good, the business is just low and we need the business to be picked up so I can get my hours not being cut at all,” says Conard.
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