Our efforts to get a sugary drink warning label bill passed in California are over for the year.
On April 29, 2015, SB 203 failed to get enough votes in the Senate Health Committee to move on to the next stage in the legislative process.
It is unfortunate that of all places, the Health Committee is where this bill died. Senators--entrusted to do what’s right for the health of Californians--stopped this bill in its tracks. The early demise of SB 203, by way of vote abstention on the part of four senators (who offered no explanation!) even caught the attention of the Sacramento Bee in this editorial.
We at the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, however, will continue to work toward getting policies enacted that provide consumers with information they have a right to know.
Stay tuned, and thank you for your support of this important work.
We now have an idea just how much revenue the City of Berkeley’s soda tax is bringing in. On May 18, city leaders held a news conference to announce that in its first month, the soda tax generated $116-thousand. The funds are earmarked for community-based childhood obesity/diabetes prevention and education programs. On May 19, a special panel of experts assigned to allocate the soda tax funds convened for the first time to talk about the various programs that could be on the receiving end of the money brought in by the soda tax. The people of Berkeley overwhelmingly voted to pass the penny-per-ounce tax on drinks with added sugar during the November, 2014 election—making it the first tax of its kind in the nation to be implemented. To read more about the announcement, check out thisBerkeleyside article.
CCPHA and ChangeLab Solutions are working together on the concept of a “Complete Park Systems”. This will include identification of potential policies, programs, and funding sources to help place parks, recreation and community services agencies create more open space and recreational programs to improve the health of their communities specifically in underserved areas. The project team scheduled two listening sessions to bring together leaders of parks and recreation agencies, commissioners, and elected officials in Northern CA, and Southern CA in order to learn about the nature of challenges they are facing. Listening sessions were held in the City of Perris on February 25, and in the City of Stockton on March 4.