Soda Tax

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015
Sam Wolson / Special To The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news

Smelly dead whales on Pacifica beach to get proper burial // SFGate

"A pair of dead whales, which have been decomposing on a Pacifica beach for weeks, will have to be buried due to “quality of life” issues for surrounding residents, officials said.

"In other words, giant, lifeless, rotting carcasses are not pleasant to live next to.

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Soda is so tasty, but so not good for you. One can of coke has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, and too much sugar leads to obesity, diabetes and a host of other health problems.

Widespread diabetes compelled Mexico to pass a national tax on sugary soft drinks last year, but in the U.S. it has yet to happen. That may change tomorrow, if Berkeley or San Francisco passes respective measures that would levy taxes on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.

City Visions: SF Voters to Consider Sugary Drink Tax

Oct 23, 2014

City Visions host Joseph Pace and guests discuss San Francisco's politically charged Proposition E, which would levy a two cent per ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages to fund citywide health and recreation programs. Proponents of Proposition E argue that the tax, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, is necessary to combat obesity and Type II diabetes in children, reduce medical costs and save lives. Opponents say the tax would unfairly burden local merchants, drive up grocery prices, cost jobs and fail to bring about the promised health benefits. How will you vote?

The Nanny State: a penny for your soda

Sep 13, 2012

If you ride BART to its northwestern terminus, you’ll find yourself at Macdonald Avenue and 19th Street, just a few blocks east of downtown Richmond. Macdonald is a four-lane street lined with restaurants, gas stations, and other retailers. I came here to find out how local business owners feel about the soda tax ballot initiative.