As a founding and member of the coalition Californians for Less Soda, we continue the difficult struggle against Big Soda to compel the State of California to do the right thing and allow taxation of sugary beverages, locally or statewide. Sugary beverages are the primary source of added sugar in the average human diet. This over consumption is currently costing the state $40 billion per year in healthcare costs and lost economic productivity due to Type II Diabetes and other diet related disease. Taxing soda would generate tens of millions annually for investment in regional sources of healthy food for those who need it most. We are five years into this effort and it will continue working with a growing list of allies until we prevail.