The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is creating a health crisis in California. Tomorrow, the Assembly Health Committee will be voting on an important bill that will begin to address this crisis.
AB 1357 (Bloom) – The Children and Family Health Promotion Program – will create a dedicated revenue source to fund community clinics, school based health centers, and preventive programs to address the health impacts of sugar sweetened beverages. An estimated $3 billion dollars will be raised annually through a small 2 cent per ounce fee on sugar-sweetened beverages. These funds would help improve the health of our communities by preventing diabetes and other devastating health impacts in California’s most vulnerable communities.
If you live in the following areas, please call your Assemblymember TODAY and ask them to support AB 1357!
Autumn Burke – Inglewood – (916) 319-2062
Jimmy Gomez – Los Angeles (Northeast) – (916) 319-2051
Lorena Gonzalez – San Diego (Chula Vista) – (916) 319-2080
Roger Hernandez – West Covina – (916) 319-2048
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas – Culver City – (916) 319-2054
Freddie Rodriguez – Chino/Pomona – (916) 319-2052
Miguel Santiago – Los Angeles (Downtown) – (916) 319-2051
Otherwise please call the chair of the Assembly Health Committee, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, at (916) 319-2018!
Here are talking points for your call:
“Hello, my name is ___ and I live in [city]. I am very concerned about sugar-sweetened beverages and diabetes in our community, and I urge the member to vote YES on AB 1357 in Assembly Health Committee tomorrow. Please inform the Assemblymember that I called in support of AB 1357.”
Call TODAY! You can play a key role in reducing impact of diabetes in our communities!