California, I Quit

Just a reminder for those of you in red states who’ve been talking about how doomed the nation is since Tuesday night: things could still be worse. You could live in my part of the world. From the Los Angeles Daily News:

The Los Angeles [City] Council, in a 14-0 vote on Friday, adopted a resolution urging residents to adopt a personal pledge to have a “meatless Monday.”

While it does not have the force of law and police will not be checking what you brought to work for lunch, city officials said they hope it will start a trend, make residents healthier and reduce the impact on the environment.

“This follows the `good food’ agenda we recently adopted supporting local, sustainable food choices,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has called for a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles to fight obesity.

“We can reduce saturated fats and reduce the risk of heart disease by 19 percent,” Perry said. “While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses.”

Councilman Ed Reyes, who joined with Perry in proposing the resolution, said one of his sons has been diagnosed with diabetes.

“The issue is how does a local municipality engage in this and how do we create change,” Reyes said. “If we do it one plate at time, one meal, one day, we are ratcheting down the impact on our environment. We start with one day a week and then, who knows, maybe we can change our habits for a lifetime.”

By the way, it should be noted that the aforementioned Councilwoman Perry is also a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. Best and brightest, and all that.

In case, you’re wondering, the guy sitting in the front row of Monday council meetings from now on eating a double serving of veal (oh yes, it will be veal) — that would be me.