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July 13, 2013
Re: “Paper or plastic,” July 10. To equate crude oil pumped from deep geologic formations miles beneath the surface with a petrochemical product buried in shallow subsurface soil is beyond preposterous. Scientists estimate that supermarket-type plastic bags take 500-1,000 years to photodegrade (when exposed to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight). It hasn't been studied long enough to say exactly how long. Supermarket plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a polymer that doesn't biodegrade.
NEWS
November 2, 2011
I agree with Robert Morrison that plastic bags come in handy in our day-to-day lives (“Those plastic bags do come in handy,” Nov. 1), but like many things that we commonly use that are detrimental to the environment, we really must change our habits when it comes to these items. There are other alternatives for those who feel that plastic bags are the only answer for certain jobs. First, there is really no need to line most waste baskets with plastic bags. In the kitchen, try to compost your vegetable wastes (not meat or bread products)
NEWS
July 13, 2013
In the letter to the editor “Paper or plastic?” printed July 10, the writer says that “paper grocery bags were banned and plastic bags introduced.” Paper bags were never banned. The reason plastic bags were introduced is because they were cheaper and the grocers wanted to save money. Some grocers claimed they stopped providing paper for environmental reasons to “save the trees,” but I don't recall that very many environmentalists bought into that argument. He also says “Plastic bags are an oil product.
NEWS
October 31, 2011
The Glendale City Council is considering banning plastic grocery and other carryout plastic bags (“Council moves toward bag ordinance,” Oct. 26). I fully agree that these bags are an environmental anathema and should be controlled. Certainly, groceries can easily be transported out of stores with personal reusable bags, replacing plastic or paper ones. But let's not forget that plastic bags can also be very useful in our daily lives and can't be easily replaced. They are good waste basket liners and are particularly useful for holding non-garbage disposal and non-recyclable kitchen waste.
NEWS
October 26, 2011
Apparently our City Council is considering a ban on plastic bags given to customers in most Glendale stores. In its place, customers will have to purchase paper bags at 10 cents per bag if they don't have a reusable bag. Our council wants to copy what the unincorporated areas of L.A. County did earlier this year. This ban in Glendale would be a huge inconvenience for all residents of Glendale and should not be the sole decision of just the five City Council members. There should be a referendum so the voters can decide.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
I agree with Robert Morrison that the bags one gets at stores are handy for other uses (“Those plastic bags do come in handy,” Nov. 1). Yes, bags with built-in handles should be available for sale - on a shelf near other useful items like aluminum foil, paper plates, plastic forks, etc. People who want useful items usually spend their own money to buy them. It should be that way with bags, too. They aren't free. The store pays for them and passes the cost along to customers.
NEWS
November 20, 2010
Atheists United spent three solid hours last Saturday cleaning up our north Glendale strip of the Glendale (2) Freeway, and by Monday there were already several "witches britches," as the British call plastic bags caught in trees and bushes, fluttering unattractively along the very area we had cleaned. So kudos to Los Angeles County supervisors for banning single-use plastic bags in Los Angeles County ("La Crescenta says goodbye to plastic," Nov. 17), and let's hope Glendale and beyond follows suit.
NEWS
December 3, 2010
I've read Paul Caroll's letter ("Government has intruded enough" Nov. 29) several times for signs of irony or humor. Can he really be serious? Surely he can't be equating banning plastic bags, to help our environment, with our 2nd Amendment rights? I agree wholeheartedly with Dan Kimber ("Education Matters: Antonovich's arguments are short-sighted," Nov. 26) that plastic bags are a menace, and I refuse to take them at the grocery store. It's not a burden to take your own reusable bags to the store; it's just a matter of changing one's habits.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
The wisdom of the city council's edict on plastic bags has convinced me to do my serious grocery shopping in consumer friendly adjacent neighborhoods. My free bags are still recycled with trash or other recyclables and not dumped in Glendale. Walt Englert Silver Lake
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NEWS
December 31, 2013
Though it's only the first day of the new year, the calendar is already packed for the Jewel City. A plastic bag ban goes into effect this year, the Museum of Neon Art is slated to open, the city looks to see how Chief Robert Castro will run the police department, and a crop of new fire recruit begins its training. On the legal front, the criminal trial of former Councilman John Drayman is set to begin, the federal discrimination lawsuits brought by four Glendale police officers are on schedule, and the parents of Drew Ferraro - who took his life in 2012 - look to their day in court against the Glendale Unified School district.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 10, 2013
Over the next three years, Clark Magnet High School students will document the debris plaguing the marine life off the California coast with help from a $99,767 grant they recently received from State Farm. Clark Magnet teacher Dominique Evans-Bye, who will advise the students on the project, has traveled with them to the Pacific Ocean three times over the summer where they documented debris such as fishing lines, plastics and nets that pose a hazard to birds, fish, whales and dolphins.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
Now that Glendale no longer gives free plastic bags at any of the larger stores, I have noticed dog poop everywhere. Not only are there piles next to piles, but I am seeing people not clean up after their dogs. I usually offer them a bag and sometimes they take it, but mostly they pretend they didn't hear me. I guess the city is adding to their “clean city” issues by not thinking of what dog owners would do with their dog feces once they took away our free bags. I was already picking up bags, butts, empty bottles and other items.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
The wisdom of the city council's edict on plastic bags has convinced me to do my serious grocery shopping in consumer friendly adjacent neighborhoods. My free bags are still recycled with trash or other recyclables and not dumped in Glendale. Walt Englert Silver Lake
NEWS
July 17, 2013
In response to the July 10 letter, “Questions on the ban on plastic,” the toxic realities about plastic bags and, in general, much of the waste that the human race produces and inadequately recycles or disposes of, are many. In the case of plastic bags used to bag groceries alone, more than 100 billion of these are used in the United States every year. Only 1 to 2% of them are recycled. A great deal of plastic waste winds up in our waterways and oceans, killing thousands of marine animals every year and polluting our oceans and beaches, and the food we get from those oceans.
NEWS
July 13, 2013
In the letter to the editor “Paper or plastic?” printed July 10, the writer says that “paper grocery bags were banned and plastic bags introduced.” Paper bags were never banned. The reason plastic bags were introduced is because they were cheaper and the grocers wanted to save money. Some grocers claimed they stopped providing paper for environmental reasons to “save the trees,” but I don't recall that very many environmentalists bought into that argument. He also says “Plastic bags are an oil product.
NEWS
July 13, 2013
Re: “Paper or plastic,” July 10. To equate crude oil pumped from deep geologic formations miles beneath the surface with a petrochemical product buried in shallow subsurface soil is beyond preposterous. Scientists estimate that supermarket-type plastic bags take 500-1,000 years to photodegrade (when exposed to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight). It hasn't been studied long enough to say exactly how long. Supermarket plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a polymer that doesn't biodegrade.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
Glendale is “going green” and has banned supermarkets from offering plastic bags for grocery carry-out and we are now charged for the paper bags. Why? Plastic bags are an oil product. The oil came out of the ground, and it is perfectly safe to put the bag back in the ground. Of course, plastic bags weren't really banned. In the same supermarket where the cashier will not give me a plastic bag for my groceries, I can walk down aisle three and buy all the plastic bags I want. Does anyone recall why we began to use plastic grocery bags in the first place?
NEWS
July 1, 2013
Hello Kitty popsicles, a watermelon, tamarind juice and other items bumped around in Jose Moran's shopping cart in the parking lot of Jon's International Marketplace Monday, the first day of Glendale's plastic bag ban. He could have paid 10 cents for a paper bag, but opted not to. “Next time, I'll bring my own bags,” Moran said in Spanish. Motivated by environmental concerns, Glendale joins dozens of cities across the state that have enacted a plastic bag ban, including San Jose, Pasadena and in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2013
The final City Council candidate forum Wednesday was perhaps the most direct in calling candidates out on their perceived faults. From having Councilwoman Laura Friedman defend her voting record to asking longtime City Hall critic Herbert Molano how he could work with the very municipal employees he's bashed for years, several of the 10 candidates were forced to defend their reputations as they face the April 2 election. Two candidates, Chahe Keuroghelian and Zareh Sinanyan, were absent from the forum hosted by the Northwest Homeowners Assn.
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