Huntington Beach – Bag Ban Repeal Effort Begins

Huntington Beach CA USAA real estate agent, Frank LoGrasso, a 28-year resident of Huntington Beach, is spearheading the attempt to overturn the city’s ban on plastic bags and fee on paper bags.  LoGrasso is a proponent of the free market and views the local ordinance as an unwanted intrusion by the local government particularly when the ordinance dictates how a business is to treat their customers.  Lo Grasso has no problem with stores charging a fee for paper bags, but he believes that the ordinance fixes the price and takes competition out of it.  (Carpio, 2013)

To overturn the local ordinance, Lo Grasso and supporters will have to collect signatures from 10% of the registered voters in Huntington Beach for a total of 10,940 valid signatures.  To ensure that enough signatures qualify an attempt will be made to collect 15,000 signatures. (Carpio, 2013)

The Huntington Beach plastic bag ban was approved by the City Council in March 2013 by a 4 to 3 vote and became effective on 1 November 2013.  On that date, you will have to bring your own grocery bags or pay 10-cents each for paper bags.   (Joyce, 2013)

Huntington Beach Councilwoman, Connie Boardman, a biology professor at Cerritos College, stated that the goal is to reduce plastic pollution along roadways and in the ocean.  Boardman stated that plastic bags float along the surface where animals mistake them for food and “They get into the animals digestive system and block it, and the animal starves.”  (lloyd, 2011)

Mayor Matthew Harper, who opposed the ban, has been receiving his share of emails from angry residents and supports the petition drive.  (Carpio, 2013)

The petition, if qualified for the ballot, would repeal “Huntington Beach Municipal Code (“HBMC”) Chapter 5.95, entitled “Use of Plastic Carryout Bags and Recyclable Paper” generally prohibits (with certain exceptions enumerated therein) the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags at most stores that sell food and alcohol and other commercial points of sale within the City of Huntington Beach. It also establishes a required ten cent ($0.10) charge on the sale of recyclable paper carryout bags at all such stores and points of sale.”

Free the bagThe Repeal the Huntington Beach Plastic Bag Ban has a logo called “Free The Bag” and is pictured on the right.  According to their flyer, the city of Huntington Beach has been subdivided into four (4) areas and volunteers are needed to hit the pavement and collect signatures.  Folks, this is your opportunity!  For more information email: or call him at (714) 812-2266 or (714) 655-4500.


Carpio, A. C. (2013, December 23). Petition drive to repeal bag ban begins. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Huntington Beach Independent:>

Joyce, E. (2013, October 31). Huntington Beach ban on plastic grocery bags starts Nov. 1. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Southern California Public Radio:

lloyd, L. (2011, August 16). Huntington Beach City Council Votes Green, Favoring Plastic Bag Ban. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from laist:


6 thoughts on “Huntington Beach – Bag Ban Repeal Effort Begins

  1. The Huntington Beach “Free the Bag” folks can use a lot of help with Printing, stuffing envelops, writing, postage, signatures gathering, not to mention moral support.

    Folks, if you are in support of the push back, please get in, get involved! Take a stand! Push back! It is time to deal the greenies a hard blow that they don’t know it all, and they don’t have the moral high ground to “modify our behavior”.

  2. I’m with you. I’d like to start a “push back” in Sherman Oaks where I live. I don’t know how to go about it, but the more cities that rebel, the better. We need counter slogans against the insipid “Go Green” and “Save the Planet” slogans that make people feel guilty if they don’t agree. Maybe “Go Commerce” and “Save the People”. I’m ready to do what I can.

  3. Craig Keller of, Don Wiliams of, and Kristen Smith of all have done repeal initiatives in WA, CA and CO. They are more than willing to guide you step-by-step.

    Get all friends and families to help. That would be your initial core group. Then expand out to new recruits’ friends and families, and keep it growing.

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