San Francisco

Soda tax ballot measures in CA and CO passing with overwhelming support!

  • Posted on: Nov 9 2016

We are pleased to report that the four soda tax measures on local ballots in California and Colorado are passing with overwhelming support.  In the San Francisco Bay Area of California, voters chose children’s health over a $30 million false advertising campaign promulgated by the American Beverage Association The measures are passing by 60.7% in Oakland, 61.9% in San Francisco and 70.7% in Albany. Each measure will levy a tax of one penny per ounce on sugar sweetened drinks to be paid by beverage distributors.

Were You Tricked by Big Soda's Ads?

  • Posted on: Nov 3 2014

By Dana Woldow, Food Advocate.

Have you seen or heard those ads from the No on Prop E campaign claiming that passage of the soda tax measure would cost San Francisco over $60 million in revenue and 1,000 lost jobs? If you were fooled into thinking that any of the “facts” contained in those ads are true, you’re not alone. Beverage industry spokesman Roger Salazar was also able to trick at least one experienced reporter.

Big Soda Reeks of Big Tobacco

  • Posted on: Oct 22 2014

By Elliot Haspel, Education Advocate

The tobacco wars of the last half of the 20th century began before I was born, but I can’t help noticing the similarities with the debate over soda and Proposition E. I’m glad to be able to speak up this time, and have a voice in this battle.