San Francisco Bans Toys With Fast Foods
November 25, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Hamburger meals won’t be so “Happy” for kids in San Francisco after the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to override Mayor Gavin Newsom’s veto of a city ban on toys being included in fast-food children’s meals that fail to meet health standards.
The Board overrode Newsom’s veto by a vote of 8-3, the same vote that passed the ban in the first place, according to the Silicon Valley Mercury News.
The legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar, will prevent toys from being included in children’s meals that exceed 600 calories and lack fruit or vegetables, the Mercury News reported. It will go into effect in December 2011.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said he is proud of the board for "pushing the envelope" with the legislation, which he said has spurred discussion nationwide on the issue of healthy fast-food options and what role local governments should have. But Newsom disagreed. When he vetoed the bill in early November he called it an "unwise and unprecedented government intrusion into parental responsibilities and private choices," according to the news source.