November 12th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

San Francisco mayor to veto city's ban on Happy Meals

Michael Martinez

(CNN) - Mayor Gavin Newsom will veto the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys on Friday.

The mayor has scheduled an event at Fairmount Elementary School at 2:45 p.m. ET, where he will also release a report outlining the city's efforts to combat childhood obesity, his office said.

The San Francisco, California, Board of Supervisors approved the ban on Tuesday.

The ordinance requires McDonald's and other fast-food servings with toys to meet new nutritional standards.

Newsom had indicated he would veto the law. That veto would be meaningless because the board approved the ordinance 8-3, a veto-proof margin. With eight votes, the board could override the veto.

The new law, which San Francisco officials hope other cities will adopt in battling a child obesity epidemic, was a defeat for McDonald's, which led the fight against the measure.

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  1. teresa, ohio

    If you take away the toys, the kids will no longer want the happy meal. The happy meal will no longer be appealing to the kids.

    This kids will now realize they are HUNGRY and order the Big Mac and large fries with a diet pop. The toy wasnt the problem. The problem is the one ordering the food.

    November 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  2. Mary B

    I agree with Dr. Phil that it is the parent's job to control what their children eat and where they take them to as far as restaurants go. I disagree with your "devil's advocate" position that parents don't have a fighting chance against the amount of money these huge companies are throwing at advertising to our children. Of course you have a fighting chance...stop trying to be your child's friend and be the parent. Just say "NO". Allow it for special occasions and not something that happens every day or even every week. This country wants to know what one of the biggest problems is in our society...the lack of parenting!

    November 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  3. David Finlayson

    Yes Dr. Phil. It's the parent's job. Keep saying it over and over again until it seeps in. I'm concerned more about government overreaching and intrusion into our daily lives, than a toy McDonald's is sticking in a Happy Meal. As a parent, I'll make my own decisions about my children. Back off big brother.

    November 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    My son is 4 1/2 years and he loves the Mc Donalds, mainly because of the toys – the result ends up being a snack unhealthy.

    I think a very good measure. Children are easily manipulated by the McDonalds advertisements

    But the ideal was what Mc Donalds review the quality of snacks and offer a less caloric snack for children (and adults too), thinking about quality of life for clients.

    November 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm |