Where is my plastic bag?
By Lane Sharman
Really, where does government obtain its power to regulate single use plastic bags? Did the City of Solana Beach go too far? Should Driver, Frankel and Powell be elected to run Solana Beach? What would they have done?
Had Driver, Frankel or Powell shown up at the candidate forum on Oct. 8, the public would know what they would have done differently (or not). They were no-shows.
How would they work with Heebner, Zahn and Zito who did show up and spoke out on the ban as well as scores of other issues of concern to local residents? No issue was off the table as it was a forum of the people and by the people conducted by the League of Women Voters. It is clear from the debate that Heebner, Zahn and Zito stand for a variety of individual as well as social rights, including the right to have a safe home on the bluffs of Solana Beach.
In a transparent manner, Heebner, Zahn and Zito spoke about their records and vision. Driver, Frankel or Powell? Who really knows?
Governments regulate for fairness, transparency, education, transportation, public safety, welfare, property rights, and a clean and healthy environment, which includes the atmosphere, the ocean, rivers and water. In a perfect world, there would be no need for government. Alas, we are not there and so we must ask, who is the best person to steer the government of Solana Beach?
Though I dislike an inconvenience like the ban on single-use plastic bags, I think a lot about my grandchildren and their grandchildren in a place like Solana Beach (or the Maldives). And, here is the inconvenient truth: we all need to make some adjustments with regard to our personal emissions and waste if we want to hand off a livable world to our descendants.
If you don’t live in Solana Beach, come here and shop and support the county’s sole city with a ban on single-use plastic bags. Where did Solana Beach government obtain its power for the ban? City council listened closely for years to the residents of Solana Beach advocating for a better quality of life today and tomorrow. Visit Solana Beach … Don’t be a no-show here or at the ballot box.
Lane Sharman is a member of the Solana Beach Clean & Green Committee, a co-founder of the San Diego Energy District Foundation, the founder of the Borrego Water Exchange, and the Managing Partner for Solana Energy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.