In the impoverished neighborhood of South Los Angeles, fast food is the easiest cuisine to find - and that's a problem for elected officials who see it as an unhealthy source of calories and cholesterol.
The City Council was poised to vote Tuesday on a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in a swath of the city where a proliferation of such eateries goes hand-in-hand with obesity.
"Our communities have an extreme shortage of quality foods," City Councilman Bernard Parks said.
The aim of the yearlong moratorium, which was approved last week in committee, is to give the city time to try to attract restaurants that serve healthier food.
The California Restaurant Association says the moratorium, which could be extended up to two years, is misguided.
Fast food "is the only industry that wants to be in South LA," said association spokesman Andrew Casana. "Sit-down restaurants don't want to go in. If they did, they'd be there. This moratorium isn't going to help them relocate."
i agree with Andrew Casana .
why would you open up a sit down place in a area that is sure to cost you more operate .bring in less revenue. and be harder to keep maintained. not to say it wont be harder to keep insured to . and im guessing training and keeping the proper staff will be a challenge. would you want to work at a high risk job for min wages . crime is a problem .and till the local people take back there streets. (never a easy task ) they will always be in the gutter of corp.eyes ~