City panel advances South L.A. fast-food ban

first_imgIn the meantime, he said the two council offices can meet with Perry to discuss their concerns. Representatives of the food industry have protested the plan, saying it discriminates against all restaurants without regard to the food being served.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champCouncilman Jose Huizar also questioned the broad sweep of the measure. “What about El Pollo Loco? Would they be included in this?” Huizar asked. After being told the eatery would, he said he was surprised. “You can’t get healthier food than grilled chicken with the skin off,” Huizar said. “I’m not sure we have looked into all this. I think we should look at what we’re doing here and whether what we are doing is things that will make my daughter healthier.” However, Councilman Ed Reyes, who chairs the panel, said he believed the proposal should move on to the full City Council for consideration. 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. But Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she did not want a portion of her district – which is adjacent to Perry’s – included in the interim control ordinance that will ban the issuance of new permits in the area. last_img