‘Sweeping Success’ Of Bay Area Soda Tax Initiatives May Set National Precedent
Despite the industry spending millions to try to defeat the measures, they were approved by more than 60 percent of the voters.
Bay Area News Group:
Big Wins In San Francisco, Oakland, Albany Could Be First In Stream Of New Soda Taxes
The American Beverage Association had a perfect record — an estimated 40-0 — in defeating soda tax measures until it met the left-leaning voters of Berkeley in 2014. Now, Bay Area voters have put a bigger dent in “Big Soda’s” record, as a one-penny per ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax resoundingly passed Tuesday in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany. Voters in Boulder, Colo. passed a two-cent per ounce measure. (DeBolt, 11/9)
The San Francisco Chronicle:
All Bay Area Soda Tax Measures Pass
The fledgling movement to tax sodas and other sugary drinks scored major wins Tuesday in four cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, and supporters say they’re working to spread the tax to other municipalities around the country and even the world. (Knight, 11/9)