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The Los Angeles Times reports that LA Councilwoman Jan Perry has proposed a new ordinance that would ban the opening of any new fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles for the next two years. The move came after an analysis showed that South LA has both the county’s highest obesity rates and the county’s highest concentration of fast food restaurants.

The ordinance is designed to be a stopgap measure while Los Angeles considers longer term options – such as a New York City-style requirement that would mandate the posting of calorie counts on menu boards. The NY regulation, as reported above in MNB, has been struck down by a judge…though the city apparently has options that it is considering.
KC's View:
If communities can ban Wal-Mart, I suppose they can ban fast food restaurants.

I have no idea if this is legal or not, but I have to admit that it sounds like a good idea.