Here is a synopsis of Measure N, which could make Richmond the nation's first city to impose a penny-per-ounce tax on merchants who sell sugar-sweetened beverages.
WHAT IT WOULD DO: Impose a penny-per-ounce tax on businesses that sell sugar-sweetened beverages in the city of Richmond. Advisory measure urges current and future councils to use tax proceeds on local childhood obesity reduction and recreation programs.
VOTES TO PASS: Needs a simple majority of Richmond voters on Nov. 6.
WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED:
Mobile food vendors: 204
Movie theaters: 1
Gas stations: 41
HOW MUCH THEY WOULD PAY: Large grocers like Costco will likely pay more than $100,000. The average cost per business to generate $3 million would be about $4,800 per year.
SUPPORTERS: Richmond Progressive Alliance, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, council members Jeff Ritterman, Tom Butt, Jim Rogers, Jovanka Beckles, actor Danny Glover, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
OPPONENTS: Black American Political Action Committee, council members Corky Booze and Nat Bates, Richmond NAACP, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 23rd Street Merchants Association, Black Women Organized for Political Action, American Beverage Association
Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or email@example.com