BERKELEY (CBS SF) — The American Beverage Association has donated another half-million dollars to fight a Berkeley ballot measure that would tax sodas and other sugary drinks.
The contribution by the beverage industry is in addition to an earlier $300,000 donation to the No on Measure D campaign, and is believed to be the largest single campaign donation in the city’s history.READ MORE: Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit San Jose Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 4 Sought
In July, the Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to place the one-cent-per-ounce tax measure on the November ballot.
Proponents of the tax cite studies that show sugary drinks are linked to obesity, diabetes and other chronic health problems.READ MORE: AC Transit Adding Additional Service; Some Lines Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels
Opponents say the tax will hurt businesses and impact lower-income families the most.
San Francisco supervisors have also passed a soda tax measure for November ballot.MORE NEWS: COVID: Bay Area Health Officials Say Some Areas Would Be Vulnerable To Omicron Variant; Holdouts Seek Vaccine
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