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Council to Contemplate Food Truck Ordinance

The city may ease up restrictions on food truck operations.

You might soon see a lot more food trucks around Arcadia. The City Council will contemplate an ordinance Tuesday that would ease many of the restrictions on food trucks operating throughout the city. 

The city largely restricts mobile food vendors except in the case of special events, such as the upcoming 626 Night Market. This sparked a slew of lawsuits filed by the Southern California Mobile Food Vendor's Association, prompting the city to re-evaluate its policy when it comes to food trucks.

"I think that having some smart regulations in place makes a lot of sense," Assistant City Manager Jason Kruckeberg said. The proposed ordinance "is pretty solid, and I hope we don't have a lot of conflicts between the restaurant and the food trucks that come to town."

The proposed ordinance, modeled after those passed in Long Beach and Manhattan Beach, would essentially allowed food trucks to operate in public thoroughfares with the following restrictions.

  • The food truck does not obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic in any way.
  • The mobile food vendor must comply with all vehicle and health codes.
  • Food trucks cannot park within 10 feet of the entrance to any business during said business' operating hours. 
  • Food trucks cannot park within 300 feet of any public school between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on school days without the Arcadia Unified School District's written permission. This restriction may be waived for special events.
  • Food trucks cannot operate within 25 feet of a bus stop.
  • Food trucks cannot operate within 25 feet of any intersection controlled by a traffic light, crosswalk or stop sign.
  • Food truck vendors must keep clean up all litter, and cannot dump any liquid on city streets.

The meeting begins at 7 a.m. on Tuesday at City Hall, 240 West Huntington Drive.

What do you think of the proposed ordinance? Tell us in the comments.

Natalie Ragus October 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I'm excited for food trucks! Who's with me?
Japples13 October 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Arcadia welcome to the 21st century.

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