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Sugar high: LA councilman proposes limits on soda at city facilities

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently made headlines with a controversial proposal to limit the size of bottled and fountain drinks to 16-ounces, effectively eliminating “big gulp” size beverages from restaurants and events. Now L.A. Councilman Mitch Englander is getting in on the current “war on soda” with his own proposal.

As reported by, Englander this week presented a motion to the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee of the City Council that would effectively curtail the availability of soda in city-controlled facilities like parks and libraries.

“As a City, we need to lead by example by making soda unavailable in our recreation and library facilities,” reads the actual proposal. “Children cannot be blamed for poor nutritional choices, but as adults, we must limit those choices in City facilities known for children and teenage recreation.”


Reusable couture: show us your totes!


Bags, bags, bags. Here in Los Angeles, bags are kind of a big deal. But you know that already, given the ongoing controversy around a proposed bag ban that continues to torment LA City council.

Regardless of where you might stand on the issue, I’d like to think that we could all agree on the necessity of reusable shopping bags. Everybody needs at least one, but having a few at your disposal is never really a bad thing (just don’t go all hoarder on us or anything).

Given that we are in the very profile-conscious confines of Los Angeles, your reusable shopping is an absolute fashion statement. While it’s easy to just grab a generic number from your preferred grocer, what’s the fun in that? There are so many fashionable and even cool tote bags floating around out – find the one that compliments your grocery store wardrobe.