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.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?