November 12th, 2010
07:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Mayor vetoes ban on Happy Meals with toys

(CNN) - San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.

In making the veto, the mayor released a new report on how a public-private partnership is combating childhood obesity and how San Francisco's more than 55,000 public school students are now eating fresher and healthier foods.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    "Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money," said Newsom."

    But the PROBLEM is – Parents AREN'T!! Parents should now get together and FORCE McDonalds and OTHER fast food restaurants to sell more nutritionist food – if NOT, then don't patronize them!!

    There is NOTHING wrong with 'eliminating' a toy if a child chooses to eat a lunch HIGH in Calories and FAT!! If they eat more reasonably – they get a TOY. You'd be surprise how many kids would chose the MEAL with the TOY!!

    Just a thought!!

    This is T'sah and I am OUT of Campaign MODE and N2 Moving America Forward with our Leader – President Obama!!

    November 12, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Chipster

    Good for the Mayor! Of all the serious issues that need attention, this is not one of them. Food choice is personal and Happy Meals are only the tip of the iceberg as far as bad personal choices go. At best this would be merely symbolic; at worst it's unconstitutional. People choose all sorts of self-destructive behavior that doesn't necessarily come with fries and a toy.

    November 12, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Roedy Green

    I was under the impression the council had voted with a supermajority that was veto proof. What's the scoop?

    November 13, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  4. patrickjd

    Actually, as the next Lieutenant Governor, Newsom has to start upholding state laws instead of ignoring them. He's at least smart enough to know that McDonald's will win any court challenge.

    November 13, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |