(July 31) The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously passed a law banning the opening of new fast food restaurants in a 32-square-mile area of Southern Los Angeles for at least a year.

The Los Angeles Times reported that councilwoman Jan Perry proposed the measure to give the city time to develop measures to attract more sit-down eateries serving more healthful food to the area.

A health department report said 30% of South L.A. children were obese, compared with 25% of children in all of Los Angeles.