I also strongly oppose any legislation to ban plastic bags within Santa Clara as such action would be economically detrimental and, above all, it is unnecessary and based upon false premises.
Drive around the City, observe the general cleanliness of our streets – you will not notice any significant number of plastic bags littering.
San Jose recently published a report about how much cleaner their waterways are, but that was AFTER they went through their homeless camps and moved the residents out from the waterway neighboring areas. Very simply and logically: if people without trash pickup and sewerage live next to waterways, they will pollute them.
Santa Clara is currently an oasis of reason in the plastic bag controversy. We absolutely do not need any change in our regulations.
Use our heads, don’t blindly follow the lies and gross exaggerations that have fueled this “rush to legislate”.