Decreasing single use plastics in e-commerce industry remains uphill battle

Bill that targeted single use plastic packaging dies in state assembly

Hannah Hagemann, Monterey Herald

Environmentalists might have been one step closer to decreasing single-use plastics in the e-commerce industry, if a bill that would have required companies to cut down and recycle packaging passed through the state assembly last week.

But it didn’t, and Assembly member Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, wasn’t surprised.

California Lawmakers Are Battling Over for the Fate of Cannabis Billboards

As legal weed businesses struggle against the black market, one of their few advertising options could be on the chopping block

Ian Spiegelman, Los Angeles Magazine

Five years after Californians voted overwhelmingly to legalize recreational pot use for adults, the debate rages on—this time over whether the purveyors of legal weed may continue to advertise their wares on billboards along the state’s roadways.

California's cannabis culture wars converge on billboards

Alexander Nieves, Politico

Recreational cannabis may be legal in California, but debate rages on over how visible the once-taboo plant should be in daily life — namely, along the state's roadways.

A fight is brewing in the state Legislature over cannabis-related billboards that have sprung up around the state, advertising tools the industry says are necessary to support the struggling legal market but that opponents argue expose children to a potentially harmful substance.

Legislators criticize state’s vaccine strategy

Claim Bay Area is unaddressed under new plan, areas that should be prioritized aren’t

Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation

Nearly two dozen state legislators representing the Bay Area sent a letter to state public health officials Friday urging them to recalibrate the state’s new formula for vaccinating the communities hit hardest by COVID-19.