I have to say I'm a big fan of Council President Eric Garcetti. He's visibly active in my community working to improve living standards in the 13th district. And even more impressively, he's been busy online, listening to his constituency. Now Garcetti and L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes have launched the very first citywide plastic bag recycling program, complimenting Assemblymember Lloyd Levine's legislation which requires all stores greater than 10,000 square feet will soon have on-site plastic bag collection centers. Considering Californians use on average 552 plastic bags per person annually, this is a notable step in the right direction. Trust me, after walking through a trash heap of washed-up plastic bags and garbage on the Long Beach Belmont shoreline this weekend, I'm all for legislation which forces businesses and consumers alike to think beyond convenience, and to consider the environmental impact of their habits and purchases. Way to go Garcetti! Our shores and streets thank you. "These bags consume 82 million gallons of oil per year, increasing our dependence on fossil fuels while emitting tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Once the bags have been put to use they often end up in our watershed, polluting the LA River and the Santa Monica Bay and disrupting our fragile marine ecosystems. A ubiquitous feature of modern life, plastic bags have had a tremendous impact on the environment," notes Garcetti.