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Berkeley voters will weigh in on sugary drink tax in November
Berkeley voters will weigh in on sugary drink tax in November

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to put a proposal to levy a one-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages to voters in November, despite some opposition from local business owners. The decision makes Berkeley the second Bay Area city headed for a bruising battle with the beverage industry in the fall. San Francisco supervisors in February placed on the ballot a measure that would tax the drinks two cents per ounce, and direct proceeds to city and public school nutrition, health and physical activity programs to combat diabetes, obesity and other negative health effects linked to sugary-beverage consumption. The San Francisco measure...

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