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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." 

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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