After a ten-year process, Los Angeles became the largest city in the United States to ban plastic checkout bags in June 2013! The reusable bag ordinance includes a ten-cent fee on paper bags as the incentive to remember your reusable bags or to go without a bag for small purchases. The measure passed 11-1 and shows the commitment of city councilmembers to take action on plastic pollution. It is set to take effect beginning January 2014. Congrats to Surfrider's South Bay and West LA/Malibu Chapters along with all of the coalition members that supported this bag ban: Heal The Bay, Environment California and a host of other groups and inspiring activists.