I love California, but the fruits and nuts truly have taken control. The city of Los Angeles has initiated a moratorium on fast food restaurants–but only in poor neighborhoods–to iimprove the people’s health. Reports the Associated Press:
City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet.
The 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.
In the city council’s view, too many residents of South Los Angeles are fat. But if people there prefer junk food, why do the city fathers (and mothers) believe tofu bars are going to rush in? Unless I missed something, none of the fast food restaurants were forcing people to eat there at gun point. The restaurants came because people wanted their food.
Of course, it’s probably dangerous to point this out. The next step for Los Angeles may be forcible round-ups of fat people and incarceration in reeducation camps to teach the wonders of dressing-free salads. It is California, after all.