Food Truck Bill
February 29, 2012 by staff
Food Truck Bill, The dessert case of the KoJa Kitchen food truck at Second and Folsom streets reflects patrons in line. State legislators are considering a bill that would ban food trucks from operating within 1,500 feet of schools.
In this city of food fanatics, a proposed state law designed to promote children’s health would ban food trucks from just about every neighborhood in San Francisco except the Financial District, South of Market and Dogpatch.
That bill is moving through the California Legislature, and a San Francisco supervisor introduced a proposal of his own Tuesday that would ease local restrictions on food truck operations near schools.
Assemblyman William Monning, D-Santa Cruz, wants to bar food trucks from operating within 1,500 feet of an elementary, middle or high school – public or private – between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on school days.
“The goal here is not being food Nazis,” said Monning, chairman of the Assembly Health Committee. The goal is to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. “We’ve made great advances in providing healthful nutrition in the schools, and the mobile vendors are the singular most undermining element to those advances.”
But San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener called Monning’s proposal an “extreme piece of legislation that takes us exactly in the wrong direction. It removes local control in terms of deciding where we as a locality can or cannot put food trucks. It’s a one-size-fits-all for all of California.”
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