County Adopts Strict Ban Against  Single-Use Plastics

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

I partnered with the Office of Sustainability and Supervisor Don Horsley to pass one of the strictest bans against single-use plastics in California that was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at our Feb. 25 meeting.
The new law eliminates the unnecessary distribution and use of disposable food service ware that is not reusable or compostable.
We like convenience in our world but sometimes the things that seemingly make life easier are actually destroying the planet. Eliminating single-use plastics in our daily lives is a testament that we care about the Earth, our waterways, oceans and wildlife. Using a plastic straw or cup just once and immediately throwing it away is more harmful to our environment than we realize. It’s time to wake up and embrace sustainability.
The ordinance impacts restaurants and food servers in unincorporated San Mateo County. The Office of Sustainability has worked with the county’s 20 cities throughout the drafting of the ordinance and many are expected to adopt it within 90 days of the county’s approval.
In other news, my office partnered with Daly City police and the county’s office of Aging and Adult Services on Valentine’s Day to warn older adults about the risk of being targeted by so-called “Sweetheart Scams” at the Doelger Senior Center in Daly City.
In 2018, there were more than 21,000 reports about romance scams, and people reported losing a total of $143 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission. That’s more than any other consumer fraud type identified, according to the FTC.
Whether you are 20 or 80, everyone wants to feel connected and loved and the crooks know this. There’s an old saying that “love is blind” and that’s exactly what sweetheart scammers are hoping for. They generally target older women online who are widows, divorced or lonely but make no mistake about it – women also prey on older men in the same way and it’s becoming more prolific=-
The simple message is, if you feel duped by a stranger with romantic intentions online cut off contact immediately and call the police.
David J. Canepa serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Brisbane.