Criminalizing the service of plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery…
If you are wondering how the progressive socialist democrats advance their agenda that results in soft tyranny and the reduction in order freedoms, you need look no further than the Santa Barbara City Council which voted 7-0 to approve new ordinances ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery and 6-1 to food service expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam). The ordinance will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for multiple violations in giving plastic straws to their customers. Since each straw can be construed as a separate violation, it will be extremely easy to surpass the limits in a single afternoon.
The tyrannical ordinances are scheduled to take effect beginning on January 1, 2019. Coincidently, the same day I will not be spending my money in the city limits.
An excerpt from the plastic straw ordinance…
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA BARBARA AMENDING TITLE 9 TO ADD CHAPTER 9.165 TO REGULATE PLASTIC BEVERAGE STRAWS, STIRRERS, AND CUTLERY
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA BARBARA DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Title 9 of the Santa Barbara Municipal Code is amended to add Chapter 9.165 to read as follows:
9.165.030 Sale or Distribution of Plastic Beverage Straws Prohibited
A. It shall be unlawful for any food provider or beverage provider to use plastic
B. Nothing in this section precludes a food provider or beverage provider from
C. No person shall distribute plastic beverage straws at any city facility or any
9.165.060 Penalties and enforcement.
Violations of this chapter shall be enforced as follows:
A. For the first violation, upon a determination that a violation of this chapter has
B. Thereafter, any person violating or failing to comply with any of the requirements
C. Each and every provision of plastic cutlery, plastic beverage straws, or plastic
D. The city attorney may seek legal, injunctive, or other equitable relief to enforce
SECTION 2. This ordinance shall take effect at 2:01 a.m. on January 1, 2019.The full official plastic straw ordinance can be found here and the Styrofoam ordinance found here.at:
Really, we are invoking our “police powers” to enact laws which promote the public health, safety and general welfare of its residents – even if those laws make little difference and are mostly symbolic and designed to condition the public into easily accepting further laws, no matter how nonsensical.
Bottom line …
Once again, we find the radical progressive socialist democrats using environmentalism to reduce your freedom of choice. In this, the City of Santa Barbara is not alone, as a number of other municipalities have banned plastics including plastic bags.
It is amazing that the City of San Francisco will vote to ban and enforce prohibitions against plastic straws but refuses to enforce laws on defecation in public which is rapidly causing the iconic city to be referred to as the “Sh*tty by the Bay” and causing conventions and tourism to seek better smelling venues without needles and other dangerous refuse.
It is now a race to the bottom as city officials virtue signal to their progressive socialist democrat brethren exactly how enlightened, caring and compassionate they and their policies indicate them to be.
Save me from the do-gooders because surely it is true: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell