Oakland students debate proposed tax on sugary beverages

on November 7, 2016

Two weeks before November’s national election, two Bay Area Urban Debate League members debated a hot local ballot measure in downtown Oakland. Megan Ma and Aiden Koontz, both Oakland Tech High School students, took the podium to present and argue opposing sides of Measure HH, a proposed tax on soda.

Measure HH has become one of the Bay Area’s most widely debated issues on this year’s ballot. It would impose a 1-cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages, such as soda, energy drinks and some juices. Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo (District 5), who is for the tax, attended the event to hear the student’s debate.

Click the play button at the top of the screen to see a photo and audio slideshow of the debate.


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