Fat in SanTana and Loving It!
As everyone knows, many Mexicans are fat and nowhere is this more evident than SanTana, which according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, has some of the most obese people in the state. Fighting the good fight against fat is the bad-ass non-profit, Latino Health Access, but they've finally gone too far. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the SanTana City Council is expected to pass an ordinance requiring city vending machines to stock healthy snacks. Behind the push is LHA. "We don't want to be the food police," LHA director of policy Leah Fraser (note to Times copy editors: you misspelled her last name as "Frazier." Spell-check!) told reporter Dave McKibben. "But employees' only choices shouldn't be junk food." Sorry, Leah, but leaning on the council (especially on councilmember José Solorio and Mayor Miguel Pulido, both the worst kind of Latinos--vegetarians) to pass such a law is nothing less than declaring a Haditha on SanTana's fatties. The funniest part of the story, however, were the comments of one Maribel Carmona, who told McKibben the ordinance "would be good for health-conscious people...But I'm not one of those people. I wish I was." At the time, according to McKibben, she "complemented her pasta with an orange soda." The Times website doesn't run Carmona's picture, but their dead-tree edition did...and honey be big.