Opponents of the drive-thru sat in the audience of the city council meeting with signs.
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento City Council voted to uphold the planning commission's decision to not let a McDonald's 24-hour drive-thru to be built in an Oak Park neighborhood.
The council voted 9-0 to deny the proposed appeal of the planning commission's decision.
In April, the planning commission voted against the plan to build the restaurant at the corner of at Stockton Boulevard and 2nd Avenue.
Councilmember Jay Schenirer for District 5, the location for the proposed restaurant, said the question is not about the quality of the food, but a question if the location is the right one for the drive-thru.
About 60 people were signed up to speak on the issue at the meeting.
Neighborhood residents said the location, which is across the street from the UC Davis childhood obesity clinic, is the wrong place for a drive-thru.
"I don't think that would be the appropriate location for that," said Oak Park resident Cris Johnson.
"People who are struggling with weight would have to pass by a restaurant which encourages people to get food and stay in their cars," neighborhood activist Dr. Charlene Hauser said.
A woman in favor of the restaurant said it will help create jobs in the neighborhood.
"It can provide money for the community. I believe it can provide job opportunities that can turn into careers, start up jobs," Oak Park resident Serina McGee said.