UPDATE: It has come to my attention that I should probably try harder to not suck at writing. Updates below for clarity.
I had never really gotten too fired up about the food truck controversy here until I read the Bee article this weekend about the So Cal group throwing a wrench in things . Matt Geller, a “food truck advocate” from LA and head of the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association wants the California Mobile Food Association, the advocacy group here in Sac, to stop trying to work with the Legislature to cooperate with “brick and mortar” restaurant owners on laws allowing cities to slap new regulations on food trucks.
To me this seems like a complete no-brainer. There are sensible existing rules in place about food inspections, parking, and business licensing, and no need to let the restaurants dictate new regulations to hamstring their competitors in such a blatant way. I may be an idealist but I am aware that this is not the fist time that one group has appealed to the government to give it a leg up against its competitor. But maybe it’s the first time that the government has been asked to directly prevent me from getting better and better sandwiches.
If it appeared that , that might persuade me that there was a compelling reason to limit hours of only certain food vendors beyond regulations that already exist. I’m not sure why the city government is considering letting those two groups duke it out and blessing the results with legal standing.
The Bee article leaves the reader with the impression that the letter is causing some contention among mobile food vendors up here, with blind quotes calling the tactics “bullying.” I understand that people want the more draconian regulations gone, but it seems like this “movement” is on the upswing, and that with patience this could be resolved sensibly.