Walter Mencken 10:03 a.m., March 27
Food Truck Fight. Group of food truck operators criticize Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and the City for ramped up enforcement
Interim Mayor Gloria's Office says issue will be heard in the coming months by the Land Use and Housing Committee
Food truck owners in San Diego are serving up some criticism for Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.
In the latest newsletter from www.sdfoodtrucks.com, the mobile food contingent slams Gloria's recent decision to ramp up enforcement against food truck owners who park on private property. Gloria went on record earlier this month announcing the enforcement policy will be back in effect until a new law is drafted addressing the concerns of local businesses while at the same time giving food trucks freedom to do business.
Until a new ordinance is drafted operators face the possibility of fines and have been forced to cancel two weekly events; one a lunch gathering in downtown and the other a food truck night in Mission Valley's Westfield Mall. Owners fear the crackdown will put a dent in profits.
"Every day a food truck isn’t allowed to sell, it’s a small business that is losing money," reads the newsletter.
The food truck collective is circulating a petition aimed at speeding up the process at City Hall.
"New Mayor, New Rules," at least that's what the city of San Diego has to say when it announced that the city of San Diego will be shutting down any and all food trucks that operate on private property in the city, which accounts for over 75% of all food truck operations in San Diego.
Unfortunately, since Interim Mayor Todd Gloria took office, the City has decided to turn its back on their previous promise and shut down small businesses run by San Diego locals and minorities who operate food trucks throughout the city. We believe the city needs to be held accountable to their promise and needs to stop trying to destroy an industry that consumers love Rather, we ask that they support local small business growth in San Diego. We believe consumers have a right to eat the food they love. Show your support for your favorite neighborhood food truck by signing this petition. From gourmet food trucks you've seen on your favorite Food Network shows to your favorite taco truck, we need your support to keep serving local fresh food.
Interim Mayor Gloria's office says staffers are not sitting idly by. According to Gloria's Deputy Chief of Staff, Katie Keach, the issue will be heard by the Land Use and Housing Committee in the coming months -- she is currently checking with the committee consultant on an approximate timeline.
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