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Soda Tax Wins in Berkeley as San Francisco Falls Short

Voters in Berkeley, California, approved a tax on soda and other sugary drinks, while a similar proposal aimed at reducing obesity and diabetes in San Francisco fell short of a higher bar for passage.

The Berkeley initiative, which required a simple majority to enact a 1-cent-per-ounce tax, was approved by 75 percent of voters with 32 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. San Francisco’s measure to impose a 2-cents-per-ounce tax was backed by 55 percent of voters, but required a two-thirds vote to pass.