Partnership for a plastic-free ocean
The votes are (mostly) tallied. The 2016 General Election was surely one for the history books—in many ways.
In California, voters confronted one of the longest ballots in the state’s history, with 17 ballot measures. The last of those measures, Proposition 67, was a referendum on a statewide ban on single-use carryout plastic bags. A majority of California voters needed to vote YES to uphold that first-in-the-nation law.
The Aquarium and our partners invested incredible time, energy and other resources to help win this ballot fight. Many officials, commissions, editorial boards, conservation groups, entertainers and other supporters also endorsed the measure.
Our visitors and online followers chatted about it on our social media platforms. Our neighbors and friends provided encouragement and helped spread the word. Countless people wore our buttons, carried our signs, and joined the movement in one way or another.
We want to take a moment to say thanks.
Through our collective work, we were able to make all the difference.
The opponents represented a handful of out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers who poured more than $6 million into defeating California’s historic law. In stark contrast, YES on 67 supporters included an extensive and diverse group of people and organizations that have California’s best interests in mind—and at heart.
We’d like to thank those organizations and individuals with whom the Aquarium worked most closely in the campaign to pass Prop 67. (This is not a comprehensive list.)
- 5 Gyres
- Audubon California
- Californians Against Waste
- Clean Water Action
- Environment California
- Heal the Bay
- Paul Walker Foundation
- Save Our Shores
- The Lonely Whale Foundation
- The Nature Conservancy
- The Story of Stuff
- California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
- California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird
- California Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de León
- Calfornia Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning
- California Senator Fran Pavley
- California Assemblymember Mark Stone
Governing and Advisory Bodies
- California Fish and Game Commission
- California Ocean Protection Council
- Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
- California Coastal Commission
- Monterey County Board of Supervisors
- City of Monterey
Newspaper Editorial Boards
- Los Angeles Times
- Monterey County Weekly
- San Francisco Chronicle
- The Mercury News
- The Sacramento Bee
Aquarium and Zoo Partners
And, of course, voters like you.
By banning single-use carryout plastic bags statewide, together we’ve helped to reduce a major source of plastic pollution in our communities and in our ocean.
Learn more about the Aquarium’s work for a plastic-free ocean.
Featured image (from L-R): “The Bag Monster” character, Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, Monterey City Councilwoman Libby Downey, Dan Jacobson of Environment California, and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s California Ocean Policy Manager, Letise LaFeir, stump for Proposition 67.