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Food Trucks Face Battle In California

A proposed ordinance would make it illegal for food trucks to park within 1500 feet of a school in California -- but the issue is much wider than a few blocks.

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Photo: Maggie Osterberg (Flickr)

Food trucks have exploded in popularity in recent years.

Across the United States, food trucks are facing an uphill battle against ordinances like Indianapolis’ ban on late-night service.

Now a proposal by California State Assemblyman, Bill Monning, would keep food trucks from parking within 1500 feet of any school (roughly a three-block radius).

The idea is to prevent schoolchildren from buying unhealthy lunches, but in areas like San Fransisco where schools are numerous and packed tightly together, this could mean curtains for what has proven to be an extremely successful business model.

Opponents of the plan contend most schools do not let kindergarten through ninth graders leave for lunch anyway and that banning trucks would hurt vendors while doing little to promote nutritious eating.

Monning has indicated he is open to modifying the proposal.

Read More:

  • Get Your Kitchen Out of My Parking Space! (Slate)
  • Assemblyman Bill Monning’s bill bans food trucks, mobile vendors near schools, but effect is broad (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Outlaws Make Better Lunches (New York Times)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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