Englander Seeks to Ban Sugary Soda from Los Angeles Parks and Libraries

He'll pour out 22 packets of sugar – representing the amount of sugar in each 20 ounce drink – for a city committee.

When Councilman Mitch Englander discovered that his daughter was unable to find any beverage other than sugar-packed sodas in a city park vending machine, he was motivated to introduce a motion to ban them.

So Tuesday, he pitched his plan to the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee of the City Council to ban sodas from city park and library vending machines.

“As a father, and a longtime board member of the American Diabetes Association, the health of our children has long been a concern for me,” said Englander. “Providing healthier beverages in city vending machines is an easy way to make headway in the battle against diabetes and childhood obesity.”

He plans to demonstrate to the committee how much sugar is in sodas by emptying out 22 packets of sugar – representing the amount of sugar in each 20 ounce drink.

In 2002, the Los Angeles Unified School District banned the selling of sodas in all school cafeterias and campus vending machines.

In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking to ban large-size sugary beverages. His proposal places a 16-ounce limit on bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts. It affects drinks that have more than 25 calories per 8 ounces.

Following in the footsteps of New York City, Cambridge, MA, is considering limiting the size of sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages in city restaurants. The Cambridge mayor proposed the idea at the council’s meeting Monday night, because of the health risks caused by consuming too much soda.

“We need to move Mayor Bloomberg’s effort beyond the five boroughs to all 50 states. Junk drinks are a leading cause of an obesity and excess weight crisis that affects nearly one of every three kids in the United States and half of all kids in poor, rural areas,” Robert Ross of the California Endowment, a health foundation, told the Los Angeles Times.

However, Glen Whitman, an economist at Cal State Northridge who questions government's role in shaping and restricting individual choices for adults and children told the Huffington Post, "The idea of the state stepping in and treating adults essentially as children and trying to protect them for their own good, as opposed to the good of others, that's been with us for as long as we've been around, as long as we've had governments." 

Chingatch June 21, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Why not just ask the vending machine operator to include a few healthy items to their selection? I'm sure if you asked nicely they would accommodate you. "Diet"drinks? Bleccch! Also look up the toxicity of artificial sweeteners. Enact a total ban on sodas and they will just pull the machines altogether. No need to make a federal case out of it, just bring your own dang water!
Joker Joe June 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The best ways to handle the soda cup controversy is to issue ration cards! Just like during the war. Each time you get a 16 1/4 ounce cup of soda the ration card gets stamped. Your ration card is for one month only. You will be allowed only one cup of soda a day. That would be an 8 oz. cup. But if you exceed this measurement by getting larger cups(16 1/4) then you will only be allowed 14 cups of soda for the month. That brings it to 30 8 oz. cups/month. Now!!! You can be exempted from this formula if you apply for what is know as executive privilege. Lots of states and union organizations have received this regarding Obamacare. Just call President Obama and you will be assisted accordingly. The unemployment, housing, immigration and his golf tours (100)will wait. The other way, to work the system, is to have eaten 45 ounces of broccoli or 63 ounces of cauliflower. This must be certified by the Dept. of Justice, (Eric Holder) and would pertain to a month's ration. When certified you will be entitled to an extra Big Gulp in that month. Caution: The Big Gulp must be gulped that month. Under no circumstances can you carry it forward to other months.
Pat June 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Wouldn't you know a City Councilman would jump on the "let's ban sugary drinks" bandwagon. I don't think he cares about children's health at all; he's just being an opportunist. And what's wrong with diet, caffine free drinks? I drink them and like them. As I see it, the vending machine should be allowed to dispense the sugary stuff as well as diet drinks, milk, water (if you can't bring your own), fruit juices, and fruit-flavored water (a good way to encourage kids to drink water). People like having choices, so why not use this method?
Lightnapper June 22, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Lol. You're satire is getting better and better. I say you and DetroitZillaNoJoke should run for higher office. And if I may make a humble suggestion-- first order of business-- Ban The LA City Council. They are getting dumber by the New York minute. Thanks for the humor.
Guy Freri Jr. June 22, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I think this is good, the City Counsel is in a much better position to tell us how to raise our kids & what to eat & drink. After all, they have the City running well & business is booming, the City's books are balanced & we need to stop having sugar about, nor any plastic bags, they are evil as well...come on folks It's for the children
Joker Joe June 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Lightnapper Thank you very much. The more congratulations I get the more I will make you smile... Think about copying what I have typed above and use it at will. I give EVERYONE my permission....
Joker Joe June 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Mitch Englander, Is this guy really getting a salary? If so make him a deal! If he stays home and does not go to city council meetings AND the press, we will double his salary and send it to his house. We will also send some broccoli and cauliflower to keep him in good health!!! He will have to give up beer, booze and weed though to show that he can become rational!!!
Joker Joe June 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Detroit, The hometown of Harvard University has declared a war on carbonation. The mayor of Cambridge, Mass. introduced a policy resolution that would ban soft drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants. This is spreading faster then unemployment. Thanks.
Joker Joe June 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
The city council has to save us first in order to tax us so they have it right!!! They should really be deciding on the next ballot whether people will tax themselves more for their lavish perks and work. It will be a 1/4 per cent-age raise for state taxes if you vote yes.
Joker Joe June 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
DetroitZillaNoJoke The think tank wants to blame insurance rates. Well that is why we buy insurance, to cover ourselves for problems. If no problems then why buy insurance? I to feel that I can get along with much less government. Wonder how the settlers made it out here without govt. intervention??
Lightnapper June 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
When I was a kid, my father would only let us kids drink 1 bottle of RC Cola every two weeks or so. If he caught us cheating, he would ground us for a week-- no friends over and no leaving the yard. Consequently, I still drink soda pop only on rare occassions. When I do, I enjoy the Coca Cola "el hecho Mexico" because it is made with good ole cane sugar rather than the corn syrup our government is "subsidizing" for the mega-corporations. Dad-- always a Depression Spendthrift-- also used to make his own Root Beer. I remember the bottles randomly exploding in the basement. That was deterrent enough not to trespass and to backslide. Boy, how I miss the actual idea of parenting. Thank the good Lord we have an ever more intrusive government to babysit all us idiots.
D. Jude July 17, 2012 at 06:25 AM
This is how the city council spends their time ..making resolutions on banning soada pop??..hey..councilman englander, how about making a resoution to ban individuals from driving automobiles with out a license and impounding their cars rather than wasting your time and the public'son such useless agendas such as soda pop in public....
D. Jude July 17, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Hey Mitch??..do you wear Men's boxer's or Women's panties????
Joker Joe July 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Who is Mitch?? I want to know also!
Joker Joe July 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
CC should be going after the illegals not paying their fare share of taxes in the sanctuary state.


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