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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from California, Lubbock,Palm Springs and Toledo.

June 27

State rule aims to simplify food truck sales – CA – Change is in the air for North Coast food trucks.

A new state rule, which goes into effect Tuesday, will permit vendors to post flat-rate prices for the food they sell that include sales tax.

So, instead of having to add the sales tax to prices at the spot of the transaction, vendors can figure out how much they owe in taxes later.

“The point was to streamline the process for everybody,” said Brian Miller of the California Board of Equalization, the public agency charged with the administration of taxes and fee collection. “The … number of food trucks in California has grown substantially and we wanted to make it easier on everybody. ”

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Mobile restaurants to petition city for less strict regulations – LUBBOCK, TX – When customers ask Chad Montgomery where his Twist’d Texan food truck will be parked for lunch the next day, he only has one answer to give them.

Nowhere — at least nowhere near where his customers will be.

The city of Lubbock’s ordinances prevent food trucks from setting up in most of the places people would visit to grab a quick bite to eat, leaving the majority of local food truck businesses reliant on catering.

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June 28

Palm Springs food truck vendors work toward approval – The owner of Woody’s Burgers, the downtown restaurant and music venue, is about to open his third location.

This time on wheels.

But instead of serving more burgers and fries in Palm Springs, Wayne Woodliff is sending his refurbished 1987 food truck to San Diego, where he opened a second restaurant last year and has dreams for further expansions.

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June 29

Toledo ponders food-truck permits, regulations – TOLEDO, OH – Under pressure to protect downtown restaurants from mounting mobile competition, Toledo City Council is being asked to approve rules to regulate the growing food-truck industry.

Mayor D. Michael Collins presented legislation to council last week that would restrict operations of mobile food vendors on streets in the downtown business district and other neighborhoods and create zones in which the businesses could operate.

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palm springsPALM SPRINGS, CA – The council placed a temporary six-month hold on food trucks, until the city drafts an ordinance permitting the businesses. A Riverside County ordinance enabling food truck businesses goes into effect April 8.

“I think we are just taking our time to get it right,” said Mayor Steve Pougnet. “We are not ‘anti-food trucks.’ ”

The ban on the trucks will not prevent their participation in special events or serving on private property.

The regulations the city will likely consider will have to do with what streets the vendors will be allowed to operate on and how close they can be to existing brick-and-mortar restaurants or institutions like schools.

However, the city ought only consider public safety when drafting its regulations, said Matt Geller, president of the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association.

“What doesn’t make sense is saying, ‘You can’t park 500 feet from a restaurant,’” said Geller. “What’s the public safety concern there?”

Last week, the Palm Desert City Council passed the desert’s first set of regulations, which prevent a food truck from parking within 750 feet of a conventional restaurant.

The trucks are also not allowed on streets with a speed limit of more than 35 mph and must be at least 1,500 feet from K-12 schools.

“Of course, you’re going to get places like Palm Desert say, ‘Oh, 750 (feet) is fair,’” said Geller. “It’s not right. It’s not fair. And it’s not legal in the state of California. And it’s ripe for challenge.”

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from NYC, Royal Oak, Chapel Hills, Palm Springs, Boulder and Melbourne Australia.

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Feb 3

A Food Truck Congregation for the World Financial Center – New York City, NY – And now, the food-truck court at ground zero.

On Monday, food trucks will congregate for the first time on North End Avenue by the Hudson River to the west of 4 World Financial Center, following three months of negotiations with the Battery Park City Authority and Brookfield Office Properties, owner of the center.

“We are really excited to find a safe place to vend where we can contribute to the local community,” said David Weber, president of the New York City Food Truck Association. The group will have the responsibility of coordinating a rotating roster of 21 trucks at the site — to be called the World Financial Center Food Truck Court — from Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Truck Stops Here: Mobile Food Vendors Come to Farmers Market – Royal Oak, MI – Mobile food vendors will growl into the Royal Oak Farmers Market next week, where as many as six 26-foot bumper-to-bumper trucks can fit comfortably inside the confines of the market according to market manager Shelly Mazur.

The event, “Street Eats Wednesday,” is sponsored by the newly formed Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association. So far, organizers have lined up five trucks, a food cart and a popular local band, the Reefermen.

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Feb 4

Chapel Hill fees may stall food trucks – Chapel Hill, NC – Food trucks will soon be allowed in Chapel Hill, but many vendors say the costs will keep them away.

The Town Council unanimously passed new regulations for food trucks and trailers this week that restrict the vehicles to private property and include several permits – the most expensive in the Triangle.

Vendors will have to pay a $600 annual fee, get a $118 zoning permit and a $50 privilege license. The property owner that hosts the truck will have to get a $118 permit.

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Food Truck Fest plies the Coachella Valley with mobile goodies – Palm Springs, CA – Nearly 10,000 people gathered for a one-day food binge to experience a food-nomenon that has taken over the country.

“I’m blown away,” said Stephen Domingue, owner of Ragin Cajun, a Louisiana-style food truck that rolled in from Los Angeles. “I can’t believe the crowd we’ve got here.”

The first Palm Springs Food Truck Festival at the Spa Resort Casino attracted foodies from all over the Coachella Valley and beyond with nearly 70 food trucks that served up everything from rattlesnake hot dogs, dirty spaghetti tacos and tornado potatoes.

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Feb 5

Meals on wheels: Boulder’s food trucks navigate new rules, more competition – Boulder, CO – A year ago, the food truck scene that continues to gain steam in markets across the United States was just budding in Boulder.

As a couple food wagons roamed around the city in search of places to sell their street fare, Boulder officials developed the first-ever regulations for the new sector.

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Food van debate set for Yarra Council meeting – Melbourne, Australia – Council will consider guidelines for the operation of mobile food vans in the municipality at tomorrow night’s council meeting.

The motion, deferred from a council meeting in December, recommends vans be allowed to operate provided they are at least 200m from the nearest takeaway food business.

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