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Support For The Soda Tax Continues to Grow–Senator Leno, Assemblymember Ammiano, and Supervisor Chiu Endorse The Soda Tax

January 30, 2014
The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) applauds Senator Mark LenoAssemblymember Tom Ammiano, and President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu for their endorsement of “The Soda Tax” legislation being sponsored by Supervisors Wiener, Mar, Cohen, and Avalos.  In additions Supervisor Chiu has added his name as the 5th co-sponsor of the legislation.
The legislation calls for a $.02 per ounce tax on all beverages with 25 or more calories per 12 ounces and added caloric sweeteners, including sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks.  The tax does not apply to diet sodas, 100% fruit and vegetable juices, or milk.
The Soda Tax is expected to raise $31 million annually in revenue.  This new revenue will be allocated to San Francisco’s public schools, Rec and Parks, Dept of Public Health and SF Public Utilities Commission to expand and improve programs focused on nutrition, physical education, and access to healthy foods.
The Parent PAC endorsed The Soda Tax on December 11, 2013.  The San Francisco Board of Education endorsed the measure on January 14, 2014.
Please consider supporting the Parent PAC so we can continue to advocate on behalf of San Francisco’s Children!  https://sfparentpac.com/by-credit-card/
Please find President of the Board of Supervisor’s Press Release announcing his support for The Soda Tax below
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 30, 2014

Contact: Nicole Derse, Campaign Spokesperson

nicole@50p1.com

Cell: 415-652-4979

Assembly Candidate David Chiu Announces

Early Support for Soda Tax Measure

SAN FRANCISCO (January 30, 2014):  Today, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced his early support for the soda tax measure that will appear on the local November ballot.  He will join his colleagues as a co-sponsor for the measure.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu will join a diverse coalition of supporters at the campaign kickoff this Saturday, February 1st at 10:00 am at the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA at 1601 Lane Street in San Francisco.

“Childhood obesity is seriously impacting our communities, and we must do something about it,” said Chiu.  “This ballot measure will provide critical resources for health education and recreation opportunities for children across San Francisco.”

Supervisor Chiu is proud to join Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen, the San Francisco Board of Education, parents, health professionals, and community advocates in support for this measure.

The David Chiu for Assembly campaign continues to grow each week.  For more information on his campaign and on President Chiu’s record, please visit www.votedavidchiu.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX PROPOSED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

January 15, 2014

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January 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968scott.wiener@sfgov.org

Supervisor Eric Mar, (415) 554-7410peter.lauterborn@sfgov.org

Supervisor Malia Cohen, (415) 554-4566malia.cohen@sfgov.org

Supervisor John Avalos, (415) 554-6975john.avalos@sfgov.org

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX PROPOSED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Proposal by San Francisco Supervisors Mar, Wiener, Cohen and Avalos will put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the ballot to fund nutrition, health, and physical activity programs

 

San Francisco, CA – Today the San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the sugary beverage tax proposed by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This resolution – which was authored by Board of Education Commissioners Rachel Norton, Matt Haney, and Jill Wynns—gives the full endorsement of the San Francisco Unified School District to a two cent per ounce sugary beverage tax to be placed on the ballot as proposed by Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen and John Avalos.

“We are excited and proud to have the support of the San Francisco Board of Education,” the Supervisors said in a joint statement. “The Commissioners represent those most impacted by the consumption of sugary beverages—our children. By giving their endorsement to a tax on sugary beverages, the Board of Education joins a broad coalition of public health advocates, community leaders, parents, and San Francisco residents who recognize the negative health effects these beverages are having on our collective city health and the value of a tax on sugary beverages to lower consumption and fund programs to improve our health.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to put this important health policy issue on the school district’s radar,” said School Board Commissioner Rachel Norton. “Consumption of sugary beverages has been found to be very destructive to the health of children, and children who have serious health issues like diabetes or obesity are at an academic, social and physical disadvantage. The San Francisco Unified School District is charged with educating children and preparing them for successful, productive lives, and protecting their health is undoubtedly a part of that.”

The tax is estimated to generate up to $31 million annually and to significantly reduce consumption of sugary beverages. The Supervisors will be introducing a final, unified measure at the Board of Supervisors in the coming weeks. Proceeds of the tax will be legally dedicated to funding physical activity and nutrition programs in San Francisco public schools (e.g., school lunch, physical education, and after-school programs), active recreation programs in San Francisco parks, food access, outreach and chronic disease prevention programs in the Department of Public Health, and grants to community-based organizations providing health, nutrition, and physical activity programs.

Under the terms of the legislation, disadvantaged/low-income communities, including those most impacted by the diabetes and obesity epidemics, will be prioritized in funding decisions. The tax is proposed for the November 2014 election for consideration by the voters. Because the tax proceeds will be legally restricted to nutrition, health, and physical activity programs, it will require a 2/3 affirmative vote. The measure is structured to require that funding be in addition to current funding levels and not utilized as replacement funding for existing programs.

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