California Bill To Toughen School Soft Drink Ban
Publication: convenience store news
Date: Tuesday, July 26 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promoted legislation Monday that would encourage healthier food and drinks in schools, including a bill that would extend a ban on soft drinks from lower grades to high schools.
"This legislation is absolutely critical, not only for bringing more healthy food into our schools, but also because California is facing an obesity epidemic," Schwarzenegger said at a news conference.
According to the Associated Press report, Schwarzenegger urged lawmakers to pass SB395, which would only allow high schools to sell soda 30 minutes before and after the school day. During the day, schools could sell water, milk, drinks that are at least 50 percent fruit juice with no added sweeteners and sport drinks designed to replace electrolytes.
California became the first state to ban the sale of soft drinks in middle and elementary schools in 2003, over the objections of the beverage industry.
AND IN SAN FRANCISCO
Government Knows Best: San Francisco Criminalizes Juice and Soft Drinks
Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of San Francisco and Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of California, recently came to the conclusion that his hatred for soft drinks and juices containing sugar constitutes an outright ban on the sale of either products in vending machines. Of course, the Board of Supervisors deemed this as madness and effectively told him to take a hike.
Their decision did not get a good little tyrant like Gavin down, however. He decided that the only way to save the poor, feeble minded populace of San Francisco from themselves was to issue an executive order which would make his dreams a reality. In record time one was drafted, signed by him, and made law.
So, there you have it. The Great Big Government of one of America's largest cities has banned affordable and popular food items just as the Great Recession prepares to take an unexpected double dip. That should really turn things around for the better.
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