Plastic bags will not be offered at grocery stores, pharmacies and liquor stores; a paper bag will cost you 10 cents. This applies to approximately one million people living in unincorporated areas of LA County, not the 88 cities that comprise Los Angeles.
We have a program in CA to recycle plastic bags at the grocery stores; it's a failed attempt. As Mark Gold of Heal the Bay says, "you can not recycle your way out of the plastic bag problem."
Definitely a step in the right direction for Los Angeles. Laguna is voting tonight for a "day without plastic bags," to be held in December. It's been a successful program in other cities.
First two images courtesy of Los Angeles Times.