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Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales β€” But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

At Frank:

I won't address the opinion of individual choice except to say, with this measure choice isn't taken away. No one is banning sodas or other beverages. You still have the choice to buy.

Secondly, this isn't the only "tool" public health is using to improve the health of America. If you watched the segment on CBS This Morning that I posted above, they tell us that the FDA just approved requiring the food industry to include the amount of added sugars to nutrition labels. Also you can see currently plenty of food companies making a concerted effort to reduce the amount of corn syrup in their products. There are other efforts like menu labeling and using natural ingredients happening all over the country, most notably in California who has always been at the forefront of public health interventions.

So the Beverage industry isn't the sole target by any means.

But as I stated before, programming and education doesn't come free. The government alone can't pay for it all. This way we all have the opportunity to contribute, while enjoying an occasional beverage - if you choose. πŸ˜‰

Posted by Tonya Love on 08/24/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales β€” But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

At Charlie Pine:

While, I share your hesitation to trust that the City Council will spend all of the funds as intended, if not the current electeds but any future elected officials, there are some accountability measures written into the ballot measure.

1. There will be a Committee who will make recommendations on how the money is to be spent. Members of the community who are public health professionals as well as members of the communities most effected by the tax.
2. The committee will write a report that is open to the public which will show how the money is spent (presumably in comparison to their recommendations) and the success of programs/education funded. So the public will be able to see if the the city spends the money responsibly and can respond.

You may say that these same measures were put into place for Measure Y (I don't know actually)..

But how effective these accountability protocols are depends on how strongly the community enforces it. As with anything, the city council responds and are "checked" by community pressure. There will be watch dogs (myself and can I assume, you too, if this passes) who will keep an eye on the money. πŸ™‚

Posted by Tonya Love on 08/24/2016 at 5:50 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales β€” But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

Darwin and readers:

The language of the measure says that it is a tax on the distributors (those that deliver a product from one business to another) and not on retailers who then sell the product to consumers. The Distributers can pass the cost on to retailers and studies show that prices of soda does in fact increase, just like the beverage industry fears. American Public Health and National Bureau of economic research has both shown that soda prices have increased in Berkeley. However, what has not been shown is an increase in groceries. The Beverage industry will tell you "it can happen" but can't or won't produce evidence that it actually *has* happened.

A new study on Berkeley's tax shows reduced soda consumption in communities of color by a statistically significant large margin. Only 5% decided to buy sodas in another city.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/…

The reduction of consumption is due to the tax, as study respondents suggest, but also due to education as Chris Pine suggests. It is the combination that works, why? Because education does not come free. It is paid for by taxation.

Cigarette public health programs and education were paid for by taxation in local jurisdictions which lead to states and the federal govt suing the tobacco industry, which led to changing federal laws restricting sales and requiring warning labels and in settlement, the tobacco industry paying for national education and programs which worked to reduced cigarette smoking.

Just like with cigarettes, there is strong data and public health warnings that excess sugar is harmful to our health. There is also evidence that the largest source of added sugar to our diets is sodas and other sugar sweetened beverages. The American Heart Association has come out with new guidelines on reducing consumption of added sugar, especially for children. CBS News This Morning did a segment and Norah Odonell declared the number one source of added sugar in our diets is from sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/new-guidelin…

The city council isn't the only entity behind this measure, public health professionals across the city and county are. The public health commission did a study back in 2014 on the rates of obesity and how much it is costing the county. In 2013-2014 the county allocated over $650 million to health care costs - $134 million of which spent on obesity related diseases.

http://www.acphd.org/media/351716/health-e…

The public health community have come together with local govts to find a way to pay for education and programs to improve the health of children and families. This tax will help do that.

Posted by Tonya Love on 08/24/2016 at 3:50 AM
Posted by Tonya Love on 07/07/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Town Business: Cop Crisis, but Don't Forget Coal and Housing

Ed Jones go to the City Council Calendar for tomorrow's meeting date online. https://oakland.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

All of the relevant documents are posted as links inside the the agenda pdf.

My question is- if Warshaw has the power to hire and fire, then would the ballot measure for a commission trump his power? Or could he overrule the commissions recommendation?

Posted by Tonya Love on 06/13/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

From what I can follow, last week the CED committee heard the city's report on the ballot measure. They then decided (before all of the public speakers could comment) that they would send the report back to rules to schedule for a full council reading. During that process Kaplan recognized that they wouldn't be sending the ballot measure to council, just this report and that council wouldn't be obligated to vote on the measure. Then, ACW requested that there be a full 'legal' analysis done and sent to council before they vote on the ballot measure. Parker's staff said that a full legal analysis needed to be requested by city council. So they sent the full legal analysis report request to Rules, so that Rules can schedule city council to make the request for the report. Once full council makes the request for the report, then the report would be finished for the June 20th meeting. THEN on June 20th the full council will be able to read and hear the report and vote on the ballot measure.

All of that to say..this was a lot of procedure, taking place in May, for a request that came in March. It makes me wonder, if a full legal analysis would be needed to consider the ballot measure, why wasn't it then requested in March? Why wait until May? All this process seems so unnecessary. :(

Posted by Tonya Love on 06/01/2016 at 2:33 PM

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

Bravo to Vice Mayor Kaplan for speaking up against this misguided ban on nighttime protests. I agree with all points made. Focused attention on those that commit vandalism and support to vulnerable businesses is the only responsibility the city has regarding protests. Overused police forces is a waste of resources and leaves the rest of the city vulnerable.

The idea that individuals who protest have nothing better to do is ridiculous. They have jobs and families like the everyone else. Many have also worked tirelessly with elected officials and attended city council meetings; doing all the "right things" to address the problems that they see in their community, but local government is slow to act if at all. Protesting allows community to express frustration with the government, but also allows the community to respond to events in real time. The right to protest should not be hindered by time consuming rules and procedures by a government that is slow to act on even the smallest requests.

I hope the Vice Mayor and other City Council members will speak up as well regarding other measures used to limit community voices. Limiting access to city council chambers and requiring individuals to be searched, scheduling agenda items til late into the night, scheduling special meetings are all underhanded tactics to block communities ability to participate in government processes and is shameful.

If Council wants to reduce the amount of protests in the city, they should do the most effective and courageous thing I can imagine: address the issues that people are protesting about.

http://www.lovehealthandadvocacy.com/nighttime-protest-ban-just-seems-like-another-method-to-silence-community/

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Posted by Tonya Love on 06/03/2015 at 8:35 AM

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