Berkeley City Council passed the "healthy by default" bill in July that prevents soda from being included in children's fast food meals.
Voters in Albany and Oakland will decide if they will join Berkeley by enacting a penny-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.
A new Berkeley "panel of experts" charged with allocating money collected from the city's new soda tax met for the first time Tuesday night.
Berkeley's soda tax generated $116,000 in revenue in its first month of operation, city officials and advocates said Monday.
As the co-owner of the San Francisco-based Waterloo Beverages company, Camilo Malaver enjoyed doing business in Berkeley. But he did not want anything to do with Berkeley after voters adopted a soda tax in November.
Dollar Tree stores in Berkeley have stopped selling soda because of the city's new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.
The city of Berkeley has put out a call for experts interested in joining a new advisory panel to set spending priorities for “soda tax” dollars approved by voters in November.
Fifty years ago Berkeley birthed the Free Speech Movement when Mario Savio stood atop a police car in the middle of Sproul plaza on the UC Berkeley campus and called for moral action. He shouted out:
The city of Berkeley was basking in glory Wednesday over its passage of the nation’s first soda tax, an accomplishment that the beverage industry dismissed as just a whacky — and inconsequential — victory.
2014 will go down in history as the most expensive election ever held in Berkeley, with around $3.6 million spent on two ballot items alone.
In February, 1999 my first grandson was born in Berkeley. He arrived early and underweight, and came home from the hospital 6 weeks after birth. That same year, coincidently, the City of Berkeley issued a Health Status Report, which included the fact that my grandson had a 40% less chance of living to the age 40 than children his age born to households in the hills above the flatlands where we lived.
You are a busy person taking time to be informed and I respect that. So I’m going to let you in on my line of reasoning here: corporations impact what we drink, what we drink impacts our health, “our health” includes “your health”, you can vote, therefore vote “Yes” on D!
On behalf of all Berkeley teachers, I ask you to vote yes on Measure D for the health of our children.
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