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DOROTHY KLOPF

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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:00 pm

Golly. Santa Fe’s Public Utilities Committee has unanimously approved an ordinance to ban the use of plastic bags. The measure will require that stores charge “not less than 10 cents” for paper bags, a fee that will be waived for those on government assistance. City Hall’s staff estimates a cost of $9,000 to provide a reusable bag to each household. The City Council is likely to approve the measure, which has been in the works for a year. City Councilors have already begun to take their bows in statements to the press.

A reusable grocery bag is a very sensible idea. Still, plastic bags don’t seem to me to be that much of a problem as they often do second duty as doggie bags and garbage bags. Then, too, recycling bins for the offending bags are readily available outside your supermarket. If you have seen a particular episode of Portlandia, you might fret that forgetting one’s correct bag will be treated as if you had committed a crime. But that could never happen in Santa Fe, right?

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6 comments:

  • richard jaramillo posted at 8:24 am on Sun, Apr 6, 2014.

    rjsantafe1 Posts: 20

    Well said! Stimulating the economy and creating jobs should be a priority of our City, County, and State. Having grass that we all can use downtown what a novel idea! Hey we can replant new green grass in a day after a big event! A quick trip to Moriarty and we can have new grass in a day! The plaza is our main attraction and trying to keep the grass green with one planting a year is impossible - not to mention roping it off with yellow rope... How can this be? Grass fields that are overused can be replaced overnight, and it happens all over the world in various venues / stadiums! Downtown is our stadium lets keep it green and available during our peak years!

    What about our parks that are getting destroyed by ground hogs and moles? Let's remove them and put some new sod down and let our children play without the potential of getting injured by all the mole holes dead grass and uneven playing areas!

    Our leaders should see the parks and fields in Farmington, Grants, and Albuquerque! We should and deserve the same type of parks!

     
  • SamLeDoux posted at 2:20 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    SamLeDoux Posts: 2

    A city shouldn't rely on tourism alone, that's setting you up for an uncertain future. Look at Orlando Flordia.

     
  • Lance Peeples posted at 2:07 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Lance Peeples Posts: 10

    It is good to see that Dorothy isn't one of those curmudgeons who thinks that the private sector operates in a vacuum, where all business needs to succeed is for regulations to be abolished and government drowned in the bathtub.

    Hopefully, it wasn't too painful for Dorothy to acknowledge the role government has and the value there is in making 'investments' in the commons, as she cites San Antonio’s River Walk and Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

    She even endorses public borrowing for stimulus projects to prime the economy's pump to build that tourist magnet.

    Well done Dorothy! Your views are becoming more progressive. There is hope.

     
  • SamLeDoux posted at 1:00 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    SamLeDoux Posts: 2

    The mentions of the Plaza proves to me this is a down town affair, why punish lower class locals from Agua Fria who shop at target and Wal-Mart for their everyday necessities at prices they can barely afford due to the cities high taxes for the convenience of tourists and upper middle class folks at the plaza. Also whats not accounted for is loss of time and money educating folks on using these reusable bags. Their could even be a health issue created. Some folks may not catch on that you must wash these bags as well as know which kind of bag each food goes into. We also don't live Europe where people buy food on a daily basis. Lower class families buy food for a few weeks at a time and would find it cumbersome to deal with a situation where they'd have to keep and organize bags. I think Mayor Coss thinks Santa Fe is Seattle they must get in touch with reality that they serve a primarily poverty stricken area, and when the gloss fades and these snowbirds disappear the families who've been here for generations are fleeing to Albuquerque, Pojoaque, Nambe and Espanola for cheaper price on living. It seems everyday there is less and less benefit for living in city limits. Santa Fe should learn to compete locally before it tackles Austin.

     
  • GP Herbert posted at 2:06 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    GP Herbert Posts: 46

    This is my real name.

     
  • Monica Taylor posted at 11:02 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Monica Taylor Posts: 1 Staff

    Absolutely, Dorothy.

     

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