Tom LaBonge’s New Attempt to Rid LA Streets of Food Trucks
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles City Council is considering new regulations that could potentially shut down a food truck that has been feeding the hungry on the streets of Hollywood for more than 25 years.
The Public Works Committee heard a motion introduced by Councilman Tom LaBonge Wednesday, which urges city departments to consider banning non-commercial food distribution in public rights of way, an initiative that would force the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition to move.
In a packed room, the committee heard emotional testimonials from both sides and received a petition from 20 residents and business members that feel their health and safety is in jeopardy because of the truck located on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street.
“The food truck has brought a lot of theft and crime. I’ve had numerous things, multiple bikes stolen, I’ve had homeless people try to attack me,” said Summer Mcdowell.
“On several occasions, my kids have stumbled upon used syringes and condoms on the sidewalks,” said a man.
Supporters, however, said stopping the feeding programs in public rights of way would be blanketing a growing problem of homelessness.
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While this current motion is targeting non-commercial food trucks, this is not the first time Councilman LaBonge has gone after the mobile food industry in Los Angeles.