FROM Roland Sturm
Fast Food Ban Hasn’t Reduced Obesity A new report says that LA’s ban on new fast food restaurants in the city’s poorest neighborhoods hasn’t reduced obesity. No one thought the ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in 2008, would solve the obesity problem in South LA. But the report says it’s had no discernible effect whatsoever. The study also found that from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of people in South LA who were obese or overweight increased from 63% to 75%, while the obesity rate in the rest of the county increased from 57% to 58%.
Healthier Eating in East LA LA County's Health Department has found that 25 percent of the people in East LA have high cholesterol and 30 percent suffer from hypertension, both tied to obesity and the threat of heart disease. So the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities has been transforming selected stores , including Yash La Casa Market at Hammel Street and Hazard Avenue. With $25,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, they painted the store a neon-lime color, took beer signs off the front windows and planted a 600-square-foot garden out back.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.