San Francisco Bans the Happy Meal -- With Veto-Proof Majority
|Veto-proof majority! Robble robble.|
The supes today passed an ordinance that will require meals to meet nutritional guidelines if restaurants wish to include a toy with the food purchase.
More importantly, the supes passed the so-called "Happy Meal Ban" by an 8-3 vote -- meaning it can survive a promised veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom. That's right: San Francisco done banned the Happy Meal. Robble robble.
All along, the critical vote on Supervisor Eric Mar's ordinance belonged to Supervisor Bevan Dufty -- you could label him the city's Burger Kingmaker. For weeks, Dufty refused to disclose which way he was leaning. Now we know.
It's an interesting choice for a mayoral candidate running as a pro-business moderate. But it's not a decision that was arrived at lightly. Dufty's office began to resemble a McDonald's, actually: Billions and billions of stakeholders served.
Then again, local young people have rated the toys found in happy meals as "sucky." So it's not such a grand haul.