Soda Tax Falls Flat in SF, Similar Measure Wins in Berkeley

Voters in San Francisco appear to have rejected a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the ballot, according to unofficial election results.

The tax of two cents per ounce on the distributors of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, known as Proposition E, would have been collected by the city to fund health, nutrition, physical education and active recreation programs.

In order for Proposition E to pass, it needed a two-thirds approval by San Francisco voters, but as of late Tuesday, the measure had received only 55 percent approval.

A similar measure in Berkeley appears to have won in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial election results in Alameda County.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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