soda tax

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.

Celebrating victory over the beverage industry in Philadelphia, Statement from PHA's Harold Goldstein

  • Posted on: Jun 17 2016

DAVIS, CA, June 16, 2016... Today those fighting on the side of public health and the public

good overcame nearly $5 million in opposition spending and the relentless machinations of a

cynical beverage industry to pass the first sugary drink tax in a major U.S. city – Philadelphia – the

fifth largest city in the nation.


Berkeley Wins: What's Next for Soda Taxes?

  • Posted on: Nov 5 2014

By Dana Woldow, Food Advocate.

In the wake of Tuesday night’s landmark victory for Berkeley’s Measure D soda tax—it got a whopping 75% of the vote– New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman sees rough times ahead for Big Soda. “In the long run, they are doomed – people will drink fewer sugary drinks,” he told me in an e-mail. “This very significant victory brings ​that inevitable scenario that much closer.”

What comes next?

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.

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

  • Posted on: Sep 10 2014

By Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author of "Beyond Outrage" .

I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

Rather than hang up I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew a soda tax would be on the ballot in Berkeley in November. When I said yes, he then asked whether I trusted the Berkeley city government to spend the revenues wisely.