Jorge Cota and his mom Linda Ramos at Childrens Hospital in Oakland. Photo: Mina Kim/KQED
Jorge Cota and his mom Linda Ramos at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Cota weighed more then 320 pounds before cutting cutting soda and junk food from his diet. Photo: Mina Kim/KQED

The California Report Magazine Host: Scott Shafer
Reporter: Mina Kim

From New York City to California, local officials are pushing ideas to get consumers to cut down on soft drinks. Health experts say sugary drinks like Coke and Pepsi contribute to obesity and diabetes. And now two California cities, Richmond and El Monte, are asking voters to approve taxes on those drinks. If voters say yes, they could be the first in the nation to tax sodas, energy drinks and other sugary beverages. But experts disagree on whether getting people to change their behavior is more complicated than adding pennies to the price of a soda.

Original Broadcast: October 12, 2012

The California Report: California Cities Take on Soda Regulation 14 October,2012Wendy Goodfriend


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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