San Francisco Defeats McDonald's

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​When San Francisco banned McDonald's Happy Meals last November, the rest of the country mocked us, and not just the conservative trolls who hate everything we stand for. We got mocked by Jon Stewart, which hits us where we live.

Ex-Mayor Gavin Newsom -- does anyone miss him? Anyone? -- vetoed the ban. But the Board of Supervisors overruled Newsom.

And bully for the Board of Supervisors. Conservative parents can still exercise their right to fatten their children so that we all have to pay for their later health care, but the rest of the nation doesn't need to be undermined by the world's most effective marketing-to-children company. "Mommy, I don't want tacos, I don't want soup -- they don't come with a toy!"

But still, we have been mocked since it happened; it was San Francisco vs. McDonald's and pretty much the rest of the United States.

Guess what? Just like in the World Series, San Francisco won!

McDonald's announced Tuesday that it is changing its Happy Meal, cutting the amount of fried potatoes in half, allowing kids to ask for milk instead of soda, and adding fruit. And not those fried apple pies either, but real slices of real apples!

Undoubtedly they'll be slices from the kind of flavorless, mealy-textured, mass-farmed Red Delicious apples that convince many children they don't like fruit in the first place. But still, this is huge progress. Previous environmental campaigns got McDonald's to stop using styrofoam. This is further proof that principled stands do make a difference.

So we'd just like to say to Jon Stewart and all you conservative trolls as well: We were right about Happy Meals, we're right about gay marriage, we're right about farm-to-table cuisine, and we're right about health care.

As always, San Francisco is the place to look for the direction this country should go. When we have a tea party here, we use real tea, organically farmed and handpicked. As for the "party" -- come on, folks, do you seriously think you're having as much fun as we are? We fight for our right to public nudity; y'all fight for your right to lower taxes and cheap made-in-China plastic toys.

San Francisco 1, McDonald's 0. Sweet! Er, we mean, nutritious!

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egg
egg

Trim fat in San Francisco's goverment.

Vote for Eric Mar's opponent in the next Richmond District supervisor election.

Camille Burns
Camille Burns

 Blaming McDonalds is so ridiculous. The adults take them there replacing home cooked meals for an easy way out.  I let my children eat their happy meals.  They get plenty of exercise and I buy the toys only and bring them home if that is what they really want is just the toy.  Sometimes instead of the fries, I will substitute those for a healthy portion of vegetables to eat with the nuggets or hamburger.  Parents step up and stop blaming others for your child's weight problem.  Gee Whiz!

Jessica Chamberlin
Jessica Chamberlin

Banning the toys sold with fast food won't make kids healthier.  I think the focus should be on healthy families - healthy groceries, making nutritous meals together, being active together.  It's about a healthy lifestyle and that means everything in moderation.  I don't eat fast food often but sometimes I enjoy a #3 from McDonald's, I would hate to have that taken away by the govenment. blog.mydiscoverhealth.com

egg
egg

Comfort food. 

 If the politicians in charge don't give us any comfort in their decisions about the economy, crime, employment...where else to turn for comfort than (fill in the blank here with  comfort food, drink, drugs, sex, etc)

Lys777
Lys777

I don't get it -- I thought these options have been available for quite some time (at least 2 years maybe?). And not just "hidden" -- they are options on the menu board. Am I missing something? Maybe this has only been the case in CA or the Bay Area and they are expanding it? I'm confused... Anyhow, my kids will voluntarily choose the apples about 80% of the time, and milk or apple juice about 50% of the time (and it's easy to convince them otherwise those times they do want soda). I think parents (myself included) and companies underestimate kids' willingness to eat healthier. 

Dan
Dan

You are an arrogant and smug human being. You make it easy to stereotype Liberal journalism, or amateur blogging...whatever this crap is. Enjoy your 7 square mile bubble!

Cleanplate
Cleanplate

You are absolutely right.."Guess what? Just like in the World Series, San Francisco won!" When SF really cares about something, we are not afraid of being laughed-at.  It is refreshing to see this kind of spirit alive and well in San Francisco again, this story would made Herb Caen's column for sure... 

Guest
Guest

Those healthier options for the kids meals have always been there, you just had to ask!  They may not have been marketed as heavily as they are now, but 9 years ago when my now pre-teen was a toddler it was milk and apple slices - and they were not a soggy mess.So I wouldn't say that SF "won" anything, I'd say that McDonald's is now on the healthy kid badwagon.

Roblhr
Roblhr

Now the parents are forced to buy the kid a double cheeseburger and order of fries..yep..who won?

Seattle Mom
Seattle Mom

I do not understand. Washington has had Washington grown Apples for years. Option for Milk, chocolate milk, apple juice and can always upgrade to water and sometimes orange juice. In Seattle we have composte, recycling and waste too. It is nearly required to follow the rules to reduce waste. The happy meal packages often promote healthy lifestyle with comic strips. I wonder from posts like this what it must be like other places but if we are this far ahead maybe folks should take a que from Seattle, WA. (We didn't even have to fight for it. The fanchise owners followed nicely)

Mark Basil
Mark Basil

this is hilariously blunt. mmm... blunts.

CityWalker73
CityWalker73

While San Francisco may have defeated McDonald's, it will be McDonald's and any other business that will defeat San Francisco. This city is so business and middle class unfriendly that nobody wants to do business here. Nobody wants to open a business or expand into the city. The company that I work for is already in the process of moving its 7000+ jobs to Phoenix & Denver and others are doing the same Nobody wants anything to do with San Francisco. Go ahead and be smug with your comments. Most of the nation is laughing at us. While the city may have won the battle, it's already losing the war as most middle class jobs/business have gone elsewhere. Good Job San Francisco. For the 1st time in my life I am ashamed of my city.

Joe
Joe

Get off your righteous high horse already. No one won with San Francisco's regulations. If you really believe in them, they should apply to most Mexican street food (fat much?) and anything else that is deemed unhealthy. 

As for San Francisco changing McDonald's mind, you really have an inflated ego. 

And, please, get over this organic kick. Organically grown has nothing to do with "healthier," and has not been proven to be healthier.

egg
egg

There's always that healthy alternative of ground turkey and spinach.

If the salmonella and e.coli don't spoil things.

Roblhr
Roblhr

why don't you nosey know it all liberals mind your own business..I wonder how many of these happy meals were paid for with food stamps? We never had these problems until the government got involved in every facet of our lives..yeah we had fat kids back in the 50's..but very few..there was no TV, computer or smart phones to keep them on their asses, they went outside and played..nowdays they can't do that due to all the protected perverts slinking around waiting to prey on them.

icyveins
icyveins

A) You can't buy fast food with food stamps. B) Children are generally molested by someone within their family or parents' circle of friends than by some "pervert slinking around waiting to prey on them." 

Roblhr
Roblhr

They sell  the SNAP card handed out by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) ..Then use the cash however they wish.

Amianin
Amianin

That makes little-to-no sense. The reason they would need assistance from the SNAP program is that they have very little money in the first place. Why would they want to sell their cards for less than the amount they're entitled to? If they sell it at face value, why would anyone want to buy it?  Also, I was under the impression that the SNAP cards were one-per-family, meaning that if they were to sell their SNAP card they would completely lose all of their benefits. Why would anyone want to give up food in the long run for something in the short run?

Richard Helmsley
Richard Helmsley

strange... those kids [in the picture] aren't even eating happy meals... the drinks and fries are way too big... but, you know, never mind the bad parenting, that's journalism... (i guess without the smaller portions of kid's meals, parents are free to offer their kids the meals that are much higher in calories).  Why not try education if you want the public to be healthier?

Chung Nguyen
Chung Nguyen

I love San Francisco as much as the next person but it's articles like these that make it hard to love (or even like) us. Smug much?

W Blake Gray
W Blake Gray

Only when we're right.

Annie Ronan
Annie Ronan

Okay, but, the point is that no matter how "right" you are there's something undeniably obnoxious about writing "as always, San Francisco is the place to look for the direction this country should go," particularly when the triumph at hand is not, say, marriage equality (Iowa has us beat there) but a smaller packet of french fries in a Happy Meal...a Happy Meal that still comes with a free toy, am I right? Wasn't the toy the issue in the first place?

Gregory Wild-Smith
Gregory Wild-Smith

This is actually mirroring what they had to do in the UK. In fact many McDonalds in the UK now sport a green/brown/beige color scheme and promote their salads, fruit, and coffee more. As well as having comfy chairs.

Basically they want to move away from the Red/Yellow = unhealthy fast food image that they helped to create - and associate themselves with their popular (and highly profitable) "cafe items" (coffee, muffins, etc).

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