Sep 23 – General Meeting – Chris Ward on Polystyrene Foam Ban – Banner Competition – Proposed Bylaw Changes

Chris Ward at our 2018 Summer BBQ

San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward will talk about his proposed polystyrene foam ban and restriction on single use plastics.

Commonly, but mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, polystyrene foam, particularly expanded polystyrene (EPS), is a type of single use plastic that is used for cups, bowls, plates, containers, meat trays and egg cartons. Polystyrene foam does not biodegrade, rather it photo degrades — breaking down into smaller pieces that are often mistaken by marine life as food and consistently finds their way into our oceans and our seafood.

The products made from polystyrene foam clog our landfills, pollute our oceans and waterways, kill wildlife, and erode the health of our communities.

This ordinance bans the sale and distribution of polystyrene products, including cups, bowls, plates, coolers, ice chests, meat and fish trays, and egg cartons.

Single use plastic utensils and straws will only be available to restaurant customers by request only.

The City of San Diego will work with businesses, large and small, to transition away from polystyrene foam to more sustainable products. The Director of Environmental Services Department will create and maintain a list of suitable and cost-effective alternatives for each product.

Waivers will be made available to any business that demonstrates a financial hardship or currently has polystyrene foam products under contract. This will be available for up to 24 months.

Violators will be issued a warning for an initial offense. Subsequent violations may result in a fine not to exceed:

  • $200.00 for a first violation;
  • $350.00 for a second violation in the same 12-month period; and $500.00 for each subsequent violation in the same 12-month period.

The proposal passed the San Diego City Council Rules Committee on July 11th and is expected to be heard at the full City Council in early October 2018.

Email ChristopherWard@SanDiego.Gov
Phone (619) 236-6633
Twitter @ChrisWardD3
Facebook @chrisward.sandiego


There’s still time to submit an entry. Every entry will receive a prize and the winner(s), as well as enjoying seeing their design at every meeting, will receive a $75 value gift card to the OB Garden Cafe!

You don’t have to be a graphic designer, you just have to outline your ideas. You can just sketch them on the back of a napkin!

We’ll pin up the ideas, sketches, designs at the meeting (and post them online) and clubmembers will tell us which design we should move forward with.

More details are available here.

At the September 23rd meeting we’ll also be considering changes to our Bylaws.

Here’s the link to the existing Bylaws of the Point Loma Democratic Club (PDF) – October 25, 2015

Proposed Bylaw revisions to be discussed at the September 23, 2018 General Meeting:

Please read through the changes before the meeting, and if you have any questions feel free to email or call (619) 800-5098.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Dave Furlano, Chair Bylaws Committee, for hosting multiple meetings and keeping track of all of the suggested changes, and to everyone who served on the committee – but the changes can only be made if approved by you, the members, at a General Meeting. So, please review and come along with any suggestions to further improve the governance of the club.

PointLomaAssemblyMapSeptember 23, 2018
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Point Loma Assembly
,  3035 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA 92106

For additional info call (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.

After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.

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