Bye Bye Burgers, South L.A. to Ban Fast-Food
Will initial public resistance, as has happened with smoking bans, be replaced with enthuasistic support? Or will customers simply drive further afield to get their fix?
A city panel in South Los Angeles is taking action to fight the epidemic of obesity by moving to eliminate a leading cause. On Tuesday, the council’s Planning and Land Use Committee approved a proposal to ban fast food restaurants from the area. The bill will proceed to be considered by the full city council. There is of course controversy surrounding the proposal because it specifies ‘quick service’ as the target for the ban and not food types based on health criteria.
If this ban goes through, might it have the same ripple effect as the smoking ban or the transfat ban?
Despite concerns over its broad sweep, a city panel on Tuesday moved ahead with a plan to ban fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles.
The proposal from Councilwoman Jan Perry was approved by the council's Planning and Land Use Committee even though two city officials said they believe more work on the ordinance is needed.
"We have a serious problem in my district with fast-food restaurants and the increasing level of obesity and diabetes," Perry told the panel.