News stories that East Bay progressives and environmentalists shouldn’t miss:
1. Legislation that would ban the use of plastic bags throughout California got a big boost when the powerful California Grocers Association announced its support for the bill, the LA Times$ reports. SB 405 is headed to a state Senate committee on Wednesday. If it becomes law, it would supersede local plastic bag bans currently in place throughout the state. A ban on single-use plastic bags in Alameda County went into effect on January 1.