We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

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Legislature Misses Opportunity to Pass Ocean Protection Bill

Sacramento, CA - In the final day of the legislative session, the State Senate failed to act on AB 298 (Brownley), a bill to ban single-use plastic bags statewide. This bill would have been a major step forward in protecting the Pacific Ocean from plastic pollution.

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A Sea Change in Sacramento’s Support for Coastal Protection

Sacramento- With his signature on today’s state budget, Governor Brown signaled a “Sea Change” in Sacramento on coastal protection say environmental leaders.    The new funding and authority granted to the California Coastal Commission include:

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President Obama Proposes to Create World’s Largest Marine Sanctuary in the Pacific

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Obama administration proposed to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary by expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands National Monument.

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Chico Makes Plastic Bag Ban Official

Chico —The City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The ordinance, which applies to large grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, will take effect January 1, 2015. Convenience stores have until 2016 to comply. Mayor Scott Guendl and Councilmembers Randall Stone, Mary Goloff, Tami Ritter, and Ann Schwab approved the measure.

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Statewide plastic bag ban moves forward

Sacramento – California is a step closer to banning single-use plastic bags statewide. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted this morning to approve SB 270, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Assembly floor later this session. Introduced by Senator Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara, SB 270 will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and food marts.

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Legislators Thank Governor for Marine Protected Area Leadership

Sacramento – As California families begin to plan summer trips to the beach, 29 California legislators released a letter thanking Governor Brown for his leadership to conserve California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:


California Legislators Thank Governor Brown for Marine Protected Area Leadership

As California families begin to plan summer trips to the beach, 29 California legislators released a letter today thanking Governor Brown for his leadership to conserve California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Plastic bag manufacturer rallies against plastic bag ban

Sacramento — Joined by their lobbyists and allies, a score of representatives from a California plastic bag manufacturer rallied on the Capitol steps to oppose a statewide plastic bag ban. Despite this industry opposition, the bill, SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara), has won the support of numerous environmental organizations, the California Grocers Association, the California Retailers Association, labor, reusable bag manufacturers, the City of Los Angeles, and communities around California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California issued a response to the plastics industry event.

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San Rafael Passes California’s 100th Plastic Bag Ban

San Rafael—The City Council voted unanimously tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. San Rafael is the 100th California community to ban plastic bags. Nearly 1 in 3 Californians, 12.3 million in all, now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.