While Newport Beach recently banned gas-powered leaf blowers and may ban smoking in public parks, at least one environmental reform didn't go far with the City Council.
A proposed prohibition on retail plastic bags, which was passed in Long Beach and some other California cities, was dead on arrival when floated at a recent City Council study session.
"This one would be a doozy, and we would potentially expose the city to litigation," said Councilwoman Leslie Daigle.
None of the council members spoke in favor of a ban, including Nancy Gardner. She has advocated for environmental regulations in the past.