Nov 14, 2010

San Francisco mayor vetoes ban on fast food toys

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation prohibiting fast-food restaurants from giving away toys in kids meals sold in the city unless they meet a strict set of nutritional standards of reduced calories, salt, fat and sugar, and also contain fruits and vegetables.

The measure, passed by a vote of 8-3, has been vetoed by mayor Gavin Newsome.

The goal, say the legislative sponsors, is to use government regulation to help combat childhood obesity. Newsom called the intent laudable but imprudent.

"There are times when a city can go too far. There's a time when we even cross the line," Newsom said.

The 8-3 vote shows the board has enough votes to override a veto by the mayor.