29 Sep '14, 10am

If Berkeley can’t pass a soda tax, who can?

If Berkeley can’t pass a soda tax, who can?

Here in Berkeley, where I live, the signs are everywhere. Yard signs, that is, for and against a new soda tax. According to a scientific survey that consisted of me haphazardly noticing the signs as I walk around, there’s a lot more of the white-on-red “yes” signs than the red-on-white “no” signs. Polls suggest the tax has a slimmer lead — a clear majority currently supports it, while 28 to 38 percent of voters oppose. But it’s clear that there’s a lot more money powering the forces opposing the measure. I see canvassers in white “no on D” t-shirts carrying clipboards from door to door. The anti-soda-tax campaign is also running push polls. I haven’t gotten one of these calls, but another Berkeley resident, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, did. Here’s how he described it on his blog : I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spe...

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