South L.A. Still Being Protected Against Fast Food
A Los Angeles City Council committee voted to approve a new ban yesterday on "stand-alone" fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles, according to the Daily Breeze. Under this new ban, which can be viewed as an extension of the previously instituted moratorium on new fast food establishments, fast food restaurants cannot open "within a half-mile of existing establishments."Citing ongoing concerns about the health of area residents, including obesity and diabetes, local Councilman Bernard Parks endorses the ban, saying "these restrictions are fair, common-sense way of providing South L.A. residents additional food choices that exist in West L.A. and other parts of the city."
Councilwoman Jan Perry agrees, and points to nearby communities like Westwood, Venice, and West Los Angeles, where residents have more access to grocery stores so they can prepare their own meals, and where there are far fewer fast food restaurants for dining options. Two years ago, Perry spearheaded the now-expired two-year moratorium on new fast food restaurants in the area.