It didn’t get a ton of coverage last night (I wonder why?), but four new cities approved taxes on sodas and other sugary drinks in ballot measures voted on yesterday.
You can now slide San Francisco just under Philadelphia on the list of the largest cities that tack a bit of tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages. About 62 percent of voters in the California metropolis of over 800,000 people voted in favor of the tax that is slated to add about one cent per ounce to sugary beverages sold within its limits. If you were thinking San Fran already had a sin tax on soda, I wouldn’t be surprised: The city has been pretty hostile to the beverage industry for years, getting in a scuffle with them earlier this year over adding warning labels to soda advertisements. The city also held a similar vote to the one that passed yesterday back in 2014. That time, it failed to pass, but this time around, San Franciscans put their foot down. Now the city's residents join their Bay Area cohorts in Berkeley, which was the first city to pass a soda tax two years ago.