LIBERAL BLACK DEMOCRAT COUNCILWOMAN PROPOSES RACIAL AND CLASS PROFILING -- WANTS TO LIMIT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS IN HEAVY BLACK/LATINO AREA OF SOUTH LOS ANGELES
"The Los Angeles City Council has approved a one-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in a low-income area of the city. The moratorium unanimously approved Tuesday is a bid to attract restaurants that offer healthier food choices to residents in a 32-square-mile area of South Los Angeles."
UPDATE: (07/23/08) THE NANNY STATE COMES CLOSER
From the Los Angeles Times ...
"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."
It's always for your own good ... until you see what is really behind the legislation and note that someone always profits from their "impartial" decisions. In this case, we will find that people will waste more energy going to other cities.
Original blog entry ...
No, we are not kidding...
"Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose 9th District includes parts of South L.A. and downtown, is spearheading the campaign. 'The over-concentration of fast-food businesses in low-income areas, particularly along the Southeast Los Angeles commercial corridors, intensifies socioeconomic problems in the neighborhoods, and creates serious public health problems through poor nutrition for children and adults,' she wrote in a preliminary report for her colleagues."
"On July 3, the Los Angeles City Council directed planning officials and lawyers in the City Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance that would impose a one-year ban on new construction of fast-food restaurants in some local neighborhoods. The ordinance strictly defines “formula fast-food establishment” as, among other things, one which has standardized menus, ingredients, food preparation, decor, external facade and/or uniforms."
"'The ban would prohibit all new fast-food restaurants from opening on all major highways and secondary streets designated in the West Adams, Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park and other commercial areas in South Los Angeles."
"Planning Department officials are expected to report back to the council with the draft in about two months. Officials said the moratorium would give them a chance to study the social, economic and environmental effects of the sector in low-income neighborhoods."
"In an interview, Perry said the proposal before the council dovetails with other initiatives to reduce heart disease and diabetes. A number of medical studies have shown that these ailments disproportionately affect the African-American and Latino communities."
“We’re talking about establishments that have pre-prepared food, and generally not a lot of healthy options,” said Perry. “The figures are pretty clear. Kids are already fighting epidemic levels of obesity, and years of this kind of food has also impacted the older population.”
Mommy to us all...
While I am sure that the highly-educated and socially-aware Perry knows what's best for her constituents, I wonder where it will all end. In fact, let's move beyond personal responsibility for our actions and ask the community to help us correct our errant behavior.
Since Perry is so socially astute, perhaps she can develop programs for the following areas: Drugs & Alcohol, Parenting Skills, Anti-Gang Abatement, Hit-and-Run Sex & Single-Parent Families and other social problems in her district?
I am not sure of the efficacy of Perry's proposal, but I do know that her impoverished area will lose critical jobs and the city will lose tax revenue. I also know that those seeking fast food will simply turn to packaged and prepared food available in the local grocery store or simply drive to another local community.
About the Los Angeles City Council...
It should be noted that this is the same city council that voted to change the neighborhood name of "South Central Los Angeles" to "South Los Angeles" as if the name change would change the poverty, living conditions and crime statistics.
The very same city council who has balkanized the Southland into Little This and Little That. (e.g. Chinatown, KoreaTown, ThaiTown). Rather than celebrate diversity and bring us all together, the city council is moving in the opposite direction. Need I say, "divide and conquer?"
And the very same city council that has named Los Angeles as a sanctuary city for illegal aliens that has resulted in the destruction of our local emergency rooms, an educational disaster, an increase in ethnic neighborhood ghettos, an increase in crime, and the continuing conflict between the Black and Hispanic communities for the same entry-level jobs.
What can YOU do?
Elect politicians who understand the relationship between individual freedom and individual responsibility.
Elect politicians who do not embrace the concept of "victimhood" and propose costly political solutions which are doomed to failure.
Elect politicians who concentrate on making the city a better place to live and reduce the hassles of life imposed by liberal politicians.
Vote for a return of common sense. Enough of these politically correct liberals who see a political solution to every social ill.
A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius
P.S. For the cynical among you: consider the possibility that this is a political shakedown to raise more campaign funds from those who are bound to lobby city council members.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell