And then they banned the plastic bags.
(LA) council members stood by the ban, despite being confronted with evidence that bag bans have no discernible effect on the health of the environment and make up less than 1 percent (pdf download) of California's waste stream.
"When you're looking at 1 percent, that's a huge difference," says Councilman Alarcon, who voted for the ban.
Reason contributor Jay Beeber points out that a similar ban in San Francisco failed to reduce (pdf download) the small number of plastic bags actually littering the street.
Here is the last episode in the series.