Few local politicians are able to keep up the fight to save the planet and stay on the bleeding edge of performance art legislating. But in Los Angeles, the local pols are making a strong bid to show they are do it better than anyone else.
Their most recent entry: a crusade against individual condiment servings (unless patrons request them). And all to save the planet from global warming:
“If we are to overcome the extreme climate challenges we face, we will have to alter or otherwise transform all our habits relating to fossil fuel products, including plastics, and our essential natural resources, like forests,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz, co-author of the ordinance, in a Tuesday press release. “These goods are also sustaining the fading fossil fuel industry, which is a major contributor to climate change,” added Councilmember Paul Krekorian, another co-author.
Businesses will be given warnings for first and second violations of the ordinance, and a $25 fine for each day the business is out of compliance after that. Fines for individual businesses are capped at $300 per year.
The new policy also applies to food delivery services like DoorDash and UberEats. From now on, people will have to order condiments and utensils as separate menu items instead of the old practice of expecting them to be provided in the bag.
Los Angeles’ ordinance passed back in June. It mirrors a state bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in October that requires localities to start enforcing a condiment- and utensil-on-request policy by June 2022 at the latest.
Because nothing says a politician cares more about Mother Earth humanity’s future than waging war against ketchup packets.