One-year ban on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A.
Is this the beginning of a new movement towards banning fast-food chains?
Major corporations such as McDonalds is definitely going to fight hard over this decision. As of now, only South L.A. is doing this ban, but if more areas or even states follows suit, then this will become quite chaotic with lawsuits flying all over the place.
This bannishment has a lot of grey areas. What constitues as "fast food" and what should be ban and what shouldn't be banned. Subway gets a free pass on this ban, then why shouldn't McDonalds. There just seems to be too many grey areas and leniency towards certain companies. We will definitely be hearing more about this, and if other places decides to join in on this ban, it will be interesting what fast food chains will do to loop around some of the rules.
A proposal that would place at least a one-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in a broad swath of neighborhoods, mostly in South Los Angeles, won unanimous support from a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday.
If approved by the full council and signed by the mayor, the law would prevent fast-food chains from opening new restaurants in a 32-square-mile area, including West Adams, Baldwin Village and Leimert Park. The moratorium would be in effect for one year, with the possibility of two six-month extensions.
The measure, proposed by Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose 9th District includes much of South Los Angeles, defines a fast-food restaurant as "any establishment which dispenses food for consumption on or off the premises, and which has the following characteristics: a limited menu, items prepared in advance or prepared or heated quickly, no table orders and food served in disposable wrapping or containers."
Fast food chains are finding loop-holes in this new ban.
"McDonald's has been increasing the number of items on their menu, so at what point would they exceed that definition?" Huizar said.
There are still a lot of grey areas in this proposal
Perry said that after speaking with restaurant lobbyists, she amended her proposal to allow for "fast-food casual" restaurants, such as Subway or Pastagina, that do not have heat lamps or drive-through windows and that prepare fresh food to order.
Reason for this fast food ban
Perry said she has been attempting to address the health issues associated with fast food, such as diabetes and obesity. She is trying to persuade supermarket chains and sit-down restaurants to open in her district, which has been especially hard hit with such health problems.
"It's important to offer incentives to bring restaurants into an area, especially an area that has suffered prejudices and stereotypes," Perry said.