An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Oct 27, 2014 03:48 PM CDT

Until the votes in the November 4 election are counted, we will not know for sure whether Berkeley, California, has become the first American city to adopt a soda tax.

Berkeley is the epicenter of healthy-eating activism, so the beverage companies figure if they can defeat the soda-tax proposal here, as they have in 30 other cities, the idea will go away for good.

San Francisco also has a soda tax on the ballot but it requires a two-thirds majority and thus seems unlikely to pass. So the beverage companies are focusing on Berkeley -- and outspending soda-tax proponents 10 ...

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