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Lawsuit Filed Over County's Plastic Bag Ban

A plastics manufacturer is contending that the law imposes an illegal tax on county businesses, according to the Fox and Hounds Daily website. The ban was enacted over the summer and applies to Altadena.

A plastics manufacturer is challenging Los Angeles County's recently enacted plastic bag ban on the grounds that it imposes a tax on businesses in violation of state law.

The Fox and Hounds Daily website reported that Hilex-Poly was in the process of filing the suit on Tuesday, and will challenge the law on the grounds that the state's Proposition 26 prevents a tax from being disguised as a fee.

The county's ban includes a 10 cent charge on brown paper bags, which the lawsuit contends results in revenue for the county. 

With plastic bags banned, and the charge on brown paper bags, the only way to avoid charges at major Altadena grocery stores is to carry away groceries with reusable bags.

The ban that went into affect on July 1 affects larger grocery stores like Super King, and the major grocery store chains like Ralphs.  In July of 2012, the ban will be expanded to affect smaller markets as well.

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Steve Lamb October 07, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Navigio- I don't know of any Americans who have retrofitted cars with catalytic converters. I do know of some British cars where this has been done in Britain. The first problem is that you cant use a cat on a British car without getting rid of the SU carburetors. Thy have a variable venturi that depends on oil in a cylinder to raise and lower a piston through vacuum. A large amount of the oil gets into the engine (and I know this from owning Brit cars the valves are always coked with oil goo) and also into the cat and fills them up and kills them early, so thy always require Fuel Injection. The Brits I know who have done this have experienced a 20% loss in fuel economy, destroying most of the gains in gas mileage they got with injection. This is one reason European cars usually get much better gas mileage than American and California cars in particular. typically the loss is between 20-35%. (part of this is due to the weight of our required safety features also)
Steve Lamb October 07, 2011 at 08:48 PM
It gets back to the old Architectural rule :" Every change demands another, All things must be studied." A 38 Buick with higher compression, better more complete fuel burn (Hot multi spark and reflective surface) and the downflow tube rerouted to he intake with an EGR valve and fuel injection will burn MUCH MUCH MUCH cleaner than a stock one. So is there a logical pay off from a CAT burning 20% more fuel. Oddly enough, these questions keep me awake late at night thinking about them...
navigio October 08, 2011 at 02:52 AM
yeah, me too, though with much less technical knowledge.. :-) It seems like there should be a happy medium, especially with the growing popularity of older cars. as always, it probably comes down to cost..
navigio October 08, 2011 at 02:53 AM
know all about SUs.. had a TR7 in my less recent days..
Steve Lamb October 08, 2011 at 04:33 PM
N- yeah I had two TR7's, a Jag Mk9, a Jag 140 coupe (Miss that car) a TR2, two TR3a's and a Tr 3b. Over the years I spent a lot of time attempting to make SU's work right. webers or fuel injection are the answer to them.

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