The soda tax has generated $5 million. It has been invested into programs serving those traditionally targeted by soda beverage companies.
The tax has worked because it has reduced consumption of soda and other sugary beverages.
Soda taxes don’t seem to work — at least not yet. More effective policies are needed to reduce the human and social costs of poor nutrition in California.
A new report from UC Berkeley shows residents in diverse and low-income neighborhoods reported drinking 52% fewer servings of sugary drinks than they did before the soda tax was passed in November 2014.
The tax has generated about $5 million since its inception in 2015. Numerous community groups that have gotten funding met recently to talk about what they have done with the funds — and to celebrate.
Berkeley City Council passed the "healthy by default" bill in July that prevents soda from being included in children's fast food meals.
The Public Health Institute and University of North Carolina study shows tax is doing "exactly what it is intended to do" says its lead author.
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.
Berkeley's sugary drink consumption has dropped 21% in the wake of the city's soda tax, says study.
There are two new tenants headed to Emeryville's Public Market — a Peruvian restaurant and a macaron shop. These details, and more, in this week's Bites.
Two big closures to announce this week. Berkeley's Handlebar will shutter at the end of the month — but it will reopen. Emeryville's Bacano Bakery, however, is closed permanently.
Officials voted Tuesday night to step up the fight against sugary drinks in Berkeley.
BUSD's beleaguered cooking and gardening program will see a welcome injection of funds from the soda tax.