Richmond CA has a measure on it’s November ballot which proposes a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on all sugar sweetened beverages. Aimed at fighting rampant obesity in one of California’s most impoverished city’s, the money generated would supposedly go towards funding more bike lanes, nutritional education and after-school sports programs.
I met a NY Times reporter at a Zumba class sponsored by the nonprofit group Weigh of Life, at the Nevins Community Center to get opinions on the proposed legislature. We then met with city council member Courtland Boozé, who is a vocal opponent of the tax, at Coronado Elementary School where he was speaking with students. We also checked out a few local convenience stores to see how owners and customers thought the measure would effect business.
Read the article here: Plan to Tax Soda Gets a Mixed Reception