Not So Fast

Put down that McNugget and step away from the honey mustard sauce—the ban is back! Though her proposal to ixnay fast food restaurants temporarily in San Jose failed at the committee level recently, Councilwoman Nora Campos has directed her staff to charge ahead on the issue while she’s on maternity leave. Those staffers say they plan to reintroduce the proposal before the entire council within the next few weeks.

“We are pushing forward,” said Rolando Bonilla, spokesman for Campos. “Without a doubt, it’s not an issue we are going to let go.”

The proposal failed at the council rules committee Aug. 20—the same day Campos went into labor—with Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilman Pete Constant hammering the idea of restricting fast food restaurants. Both councilmembers acknowledged childhood obesity as a problem, but suggested it was better to address it in a more proactive way. To save face, they kicked the proposal to an esoteric committee of school superintendents to discuss, suggesting that schools could get a better handle on addressing what kids eat. But to Campos, it’s a citywide problem that should be taken up by city officials.

“One thing we were perplexed about is how the mayor excitedly opposed it without reading the bill,” Bonilla said. “This is an instance where we are deeply concerned with the overall direction of where the city is going with its inability to regulate a growing industry.”

Despite ridicule from her critics, don’t be so sure this issue is, as Taco Bell likes to say, good to go.

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  1. If Nora wants to do something beneficial for her district, and for the city, then she should get off her rear-end and work with the county to eliminate the airborne lead pollution from Reid-Hillview. 

    As a pregnant woman, she had been inhaling airborne lead particles from RHV, which was then passed on to her fetus, and her newborn child is now inhaling this lead.  Contrary to popular belief, this is not inspiring children.  It is negatively affecting their brain development.

    Of course, expecting Nora to do something worthwhile is like expecting Bush to mentally compose, and then speak, an intelligent, articulate sentence.

    It is not going to happen.

  2. Fly,

    Good grief, doesn’t Nora have any real business to conduct?!  Making us the “nanny city” of the “nanny state” is ludicrous. 

    Where do we draw the line regarding parental responsibility versus legislating bad doctrine? 

    Please tell me that Nora’s term is up soon…very soon!

  3. Damn her. We need shit food. And more liquor stores. And more guns while we’re at it. People can make their own decisions. We just need to have the option available at every street corner.

  4. After this passes, I’m hoping Campos will take on my recommendation for reducing our dependence on foreign oil:

    Banning automobiles.

  5. Enough of this Nora bashing, I could not believe what I read while visiting San Jose, that you would write such negativity on someone who has totally renovated the Eastside, from where I recall was not as beautiful as it is now.  Someone who has the character and vision to inspire an create change for the better of the community and the people who live in it.She should be commended and not ridiculed.

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