May 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM
Bag ban opponents collecting signatures in Shoreline, too
An activist group that failed in January to collect enough signatures to put Seattle’s plastic bag ban on the ballot, and then announced in March it was taking on a similar ban in Issaquah, is now taking the fight to Shoreline.
Save Our Choice, founded by West Seattle resident Craig Keller, announced Monday night it was joining with a group of Shoreline residents to collect signatures for a referendum petition.
The city passed its ban last week; it takes effect next February.
“We are a band of volunteer citizens dedicated to fiercely defending consumer and merchant choice and to questioning the authority of utopians,” Keller wrote in a news release.
Shoreline resident Tom Jamieson, who is co-organizing the petition drive, added that Ordinance No. 653 “unjustifiably restrains trade, punishes customers, provides no provable benefit to the environment, and includes no method for measuring reductions in waste or litter.”
The petition, posted on the Save Our Choice website, quotes Thomas Jefferson at one point: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”
The group said they have until May 29 to collect the signatures.
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