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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Welcome to the Socialist Republic of California, Part Deux

From AZStarnet

Poor L.A. area gets moratorium on fast food
By Christina Hoag
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.30.2008

LOS ANGELES — City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in an impoverished swath of the city with a proliferation of such eateries and above-average rates of obesity.

The yearlong moratorium is intended to give the city time to attract restaurants that serve healthier food. The action, which the mayor must still sign into law, is believed to be the first of its kind by a major city to protect public health.

"Our communities have an extreme shortage of quality foods," City Councilman Bernard Parks said.

Representatives of fast-food chains said they support the goal of better diets but believe they are being unfairly targeted. They say they already offer healthier food items on their menus.

"It's not where you eat, it's what you eat," said Andrew Pudzer, president and chief executive of CKE Restaurants, parent company of Carl's Jr. "We were willing to work with the city on that, but they obviously weren't interested."

The California Restaurant Association and its members will consider a legal challenge to the ordinance, spokesman Andrew Casana said.

Thirty percent of adults in South Los Angeles are obese, compared with 19.1 percent for the metropolitan area and 14.1 percent for the affluent Westside, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Research has shown that people will change eating habits when different foods are offered, but cost is a key factor in poor communities, said Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

"Cheap, unhealthy food and lack of access to healthy food is a recipe for obesity," Brownell said. "Diets improve when healthy-food establishments enter these neighborhoods."

A report by the Community Health Councils found 73 percent of South Los Angeles restaurants were fast food, compared to 42 percent in West Los Angeles.

South Los Angeles resident Curtis English acknowledged that fast food is loaded with calories and cholesterol. But since he's unemployed and does not have a car, it serves as a cheap, convenient staple for him.

On Monday, he ate breakfast and lunch — a sausage burrito and a double cheeseburger, respectively — at a McDonald's a few blocks from home for just $2.39.
"I don't think there's too many fast food places," he said. "People like it."
Others welcomed an opportunity to get different kinds of food into their neighborhood.

"They should open more healthy places," Dorothy Meighan said outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. "There's too much fried stuff."

Councilwoman Jan Perry said that view repeatedly surfaced at the five community meetings she held during the past two years. Residents are tired of fast food, and many don't have cars to drive to places with other choices, she said.

Los Angeles' ban comes at a time when governments of all levels are increasingly viewing menus as a matter of public health. On Friday, California became the first state in the nation to bar trans fats, which lower levels of good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol.

The moratorium, which can be extended up to a year, affects only stand-alone restaurants, not eateries in malls or strip shopping centers. It defines fast-food restaurants as those that do not offer table service and provide a limited menu of pre-prepared or quickly heated food in disposable wrapping.

The definition exempts "fast-food casual" restaurants such as El Pollo Loco, Subway and Pastagina, which do not have heat lamps and prepare fresh food to order.
The ordinance also makes it harder for existing fast-food restaurants to expand or remodel.

Rebeca Torres, a South Los Angeles mother of four, said she would welcome more dining choices, even if she had to pay a little more.



Has anyone ever seen the demolition man? Sylvester Stallone has a line in the movie that says, "I want to eat a fat burger with a glass of beer while smoking a cigarette if I want"

Of course we all remember that the nanny state had put into place a ban on anything not healthy for you, the result was a black market that served rats.

Anyway, I digress

I will tell you the truth. I have 5 kids...those kids are healthy and in good shape.

Why? I make sure they excercise by playing outside.

I make sure they eat right by buying the right things from the store.

I LIMIT their fast food intake to once every 2 weeks.


I DON'T want the state or city telling me that I can or can not eat fast food...ITS MY DAMN CHOICE ... and last time I checked ... This is the United States of America, where individual choice is guaranteed to me in the constitution.

Of course, what the city isnt thinking of is that in this impoverished section of Los Angeles, there are those who rely on fast food for work, and often times is the only choice they have if they cant afford the high cost of owning a car to be able to commute to a job that actually pays.

So what is the city doing?

Keeping the poor reliant on the government.


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Blogger JSN said...

The super-posh town of Concord, Massachusetts (where Walden Pond is), has banned fast-food restaurants for decades. Never allowed them.

But they were never so crude as to do it like California.

They said they didn't allow any restaurants that didn't have silverware and china.

Demolition Man, produced in 1993, predicted decades of worsening crime. In fact, during the Clinton administration, crime fell. Part of this was do to a Federal program for paying for local police, called the COPS program.

Can you believe the nanny state doesn't let you have a nuke? You want freedom, the freedom to incinerate, in a sub-atomic nightmare, anyone you want.

Who is this nanny state!

31 July, 2008 03:56  
Blogger LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

Leave it to you to take it to the ultimate extreme Josh, I almost...ALMOST... missed your extreme views the past couple of years

I dont care who you are, the state telling you what to eat and what to do and how to do it is socialism

Trust me, give em an inch, they will take a mile, something you libs dont seem to understand

31 July, 2008 09:22  
Blogger JSN said...

Ok, a much less extreme example (and nothing about Concord, Mass was extreme, and you brought up the laughable, and extreme, Demolition Man)...

Why shouldn't a restaurant put addictive drugs in your food?

The "give em an inch, they will take a mile" argument is sometimes called the "slippery slope" argument, and is a logical fallacy. The school of informal logic known as Fallacy logic starts by addressing the common logical fallacies like ad hominem, post hoc, ergo propter hoc, arguing from authority, special pleading, and, as I just mentioned, the slippery slope.

But, let's give you some credit here. What are you worried they will do next? What is the "mile" you are concerned about?

31 July, 2008 10:10  
Blogger Society of Lemmings said...

First, I want to say that I like your blog and linked it on mine. Second, I invite you to please come and read my most recent post. I am a California resident and held nothing back on what I think about this socialist BS that they are trying to pull. Hope you enjoy it.

I'm glad I'm not the only one that see the issue with these "healthy movements".
Avie Joe, The One Less Jumper

31 July, 2008 14:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I eat pretty darn healthy, but when I feel like munching on a bag of Oreo cookies (with lots of trans-fats), I get pretty peeved when someone says I can't just because they don't agree with it. People complain about religion being pushed on others, isn't this the same thing- A state of mind or belief being pushed on everyone whether they like it or not?

If CA wants to really be sure that people are eating healthy and for less money, then why don't they establish state-run cafeterias in place of the fast food eateries? If you're gonna do it, go all the way!
PS My typing sucks sometimes. Sorry.

08 August, 2008 18:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I haven't seen Demo Man in years, so could you please help me here with the "addictive drugs" in food comment you made? I'm not following you.

08 August, 2008 18:57  

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