Robin Dean 
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Re: “'Big Soda' Loses in Court to Oakland

Drinking their candy is such an efficient way for kids to mainline huge quantities of sugar. In fact, soda is the number one source of sugar in the American diet. With the millions Big Soda spends on advertising to kids, especially to our kids of color, they will stop at nothing to make sure kids continue to overconsume sugar, despite research showing that 1 in 2 African American children will get Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetimes if we stand by and do nothing.

The soda tax in Berkeley is working as expected - contrary to one comment above, only 3% of those interviewed said they went outside Berkeley for their sugary stuff. Instead the city saw a 21% drop in sugary drink consumption and an increase in healthier drink intake.

If the tax gets passed on to the consumer, as stated in this SF chronicle editorial which supports the tax (…), “sugary beverages will still probably be more expensive and less alluring, especially for young people who are developing lifelong dietary habits." Yet rather than recognize the health harms of their products, Big Soda brings the price of diapers into the conversation. I guess that's the point; anything to change the conversation.

What's great is that Berkeley's tax has raised $1.5 million for health programs, and much of that has gone to fund school nutrition and gardening programs. If Berkeley, why not Oakland, where it can raise $6 - 10 million for programs to improve the health of our kids? Let's join the more than 130 leaders and organizations that have endorsed this tax, and vote yes on HH.

Posted by Robin Dean on 09/05/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Is Suing Oakland Over Beverage Tax Measure

Gary, as reported in this East Bay Express follow up (…), an Alameda County Court commissioner promptly ruled against the soda companies, writing that “the soda tax is in fact only a tax on soda.” This is clearly spelled out in measure HH. Unfortunately the legal ruling has no power to stop the lies that Big Soda continues to perpetuate on TV. But one way or another, the truth will out.

Measure HH is a tax on distributors of “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product(s) within the city.” I recently saw the big Pepsi truck delivering its product to Broadway Liquors, a small store at 29th and Broadway. Delivery companies like this Pepsi truck company would be subject to the tax. Theoretically if a store drives to Costco to purchase its sugary Pepsi and resells the soda to customers, that store then becomes a “distributor.” But honestly, how often does that happen? If Broadway Liquors gets its Pepsi from a delivery truck, I would imagine most other small retailers do, too.

In Berkeley, studies show that the tax did get passed on to the consumer, creating a shift in consumption patterns – a shift from drinking sugary beverages to drinking healthier ones. This SF chronicle editorial…, which supports these taxes in all 3 Bay Area cities, states that “sugary beverages will still probably be more expensive and less alluring, especially for young people who are developing lifelong dietary habits.” Not such a bad trend when we know that 1 in 2 African American children will get Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime.

Posted by Robin Dean on 09/05/2016 at 11:32 AM

Re: “'Big Soda' Is Suing Oakland Over Beverage Tax Measure

Deja vu, Big Soda wants to sue. Has there ever been a soda tax measure anywhere that the industry didn't want to litigate? This is just another bullying tactic to distract voters. More than 50% of Alameda County adults have pre-diabetes or diabetes, and one-third of our young adults are on track for getting diabetes. This is about the health of Oaklanders. The industry will do anything to change the conversation, rather than discuss their product as a contributor to diabetes, or their predatory marketing to kids. They used the same litigious tactics in Berkeley in 2014, but on different grounds. (See….) The voters went on to pass that soda tax measure in a landslide. Voters will do the same in Oakland in 2016, putting children's health over corporate profits.

Posted by Robin Dean on 09/01/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Mayor Schaaf's Protest Plan Misses the Mark

Sure, ask the public to share photos, help identify the vandals. Easier said than done. I was in the crowd but was terrified to take a photo of the person 10 feet away from me, smashing a window at the corner of Piedmont Ave and Broadway. Don't want to think about what might have happened had I whipped out my phone at that moment. Moments before, the crowd was cheering the torching of a car in the used car lot. Groupthink can be dangerous, and it was that night. Kaplan, please explain how this is supposed to happen.

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Posted by Robin Dean on 06/11/2015 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Opinion: Broken Windows or Broken Lives?

This is not a Zero Sum game. I don't see why you can't decry both vandalism and institutional racism at the same time. These values are not mutually exclusive. And vandalism does not equal "First Amendment Rights."

Maybe banning night time marches isn't the answer. But can the author offer an idea to help stop the vandalism? It seems that we can't rely on the marchers themselves to curtail the destructive activities of a small majority. That would be the best solution, if we could figure out how to make that happen. I was amidst the crowd when the car windows were smashed, and store front windows were broken. I was there, sympathetic to the cause, but terrified by what was going on around me. The windows are still broken and boarded up, and it's mid-June.

Criticism is cheap. Come up with some solutions, people!

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Posted by Robin Dean on 06/11/2015 at 9:38 PM

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