Op Eds by Bill

November 14, 2013

The Tribune’s recent editorial entitled, “Soda tax is well meaning but unfair”, about my efforts to combat childhood obesity in Senate Bill (SB) 622 missed the mark.  Calling the proposal unfair for singling out one unhealthful product is analogous to what we heard from the tobacco industry more than 25 years ago.  The sad truth is that the unique and proven harm from liquid sugar, combined with aggressive marketing targeted at children, create a dangerous mixture.

June 05, 2013

The beverage industry is in a real bind. On one hand, the major drink manufacturers that produce soda, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks are an American success story. They have made some of the most iconic products in the world and have developed some of the most ingenious ad campaigns. They have found ways to sell their products everywhere, increase portion sizes, keep prices low, and expand product lines in response to changing consumer tastes.


May 07, 2013

Efforts to qualify a county ballot measure focused on land-use policies at the former Fort Ord have provoked confusion, debate and highly emotional responses. It is time to set the record straight.

The stakes are high as the deadline to apply for the Federal Cemetery Grant, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is Aug. 15. We have been working diligently at the federal, state and local levels to make the proposed veterans cemetery a reality. Unfortunately, political infighting and constant delays have put this partnership at risk.

May 02, 2013

The partial implementation of the federal health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been historic.  Already children with pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage, insurers can no longer put lifetime caps on benefits, and over 400,000 Californians under 26 years of age have gained health insurance coverage under a parent’s plan.  Additional ACA patient protections and expanded eligibility will take effect in January 2014.