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LUBBOCK, TX - When Chris Clary started up Krazy Korn Gourmet Popcorn a few years ago, he had difficultly selling his product in prominent locations.

“We had a lot of obstacles with the city with certain ordinances and regulations,” Clary of Lubbock said.

Although he’s taken a break from selling at outdoor venues, Clary still wanted to show his support for other small businesses during the Free the Food Truck event Sunday at Garden Ridge in Lubbock.

Despite hot temperatures and long lines, more than 1,000 residents sampled food and signed a petition asking the City Council to “lighten up” the food truck regulations during Lubbock’s first Food Truck Expo.

The city’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 jobs.

Stuart Walker, the director of code enforcement for the city, said earlier this week the current zoning ordinance only allows the vendors to set up in specifically zoned areas, primarily industrial.

Connie Olivas, an organizer of the petition, said those limitations hinder businesses from thriving.

Olivas has been operating her food truck, La Picosita, for about three years and said she’s limited in where she can park to serve her Spanish food.

“We do a lot of events and catering, so that gets us by, but we would really, really love to park where we want to,” she said.

Olivas said she’s been wanting to get a petition started since last year and finally decided to round up some of the other local street vendors and food trucks for the event.

“We’ll go against the city and see what happens,” she said. “All they can do is tell us no.”

Olivas said at least 1,200 people signed the petition.

Find the entire article at lubbockonline.com <here>

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SAN DIEGO, CA – There’s battle brewing in San Diego over where food trucks can operate. City officials are trying to rewrite the law to clear up confusion, but some food truck owners worry they are going in the wrong direction.

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The city code in question doesn’t allow gourmet food trucks to operate on private property without a special permit.

The Filner administration wasn’t enforcing the rule, but now interim Mayor Todd Gloria has taken a harder stance on the issue.

Marko Pavlinovic parks his food truck Mangia Mangia Mobile at India and B Streets every Wednesday and hungry customers come out in droves.

Pavlinovic is upset that the city kept him from opening up in a parking lot Tuesday night even though he has a mobile vending license and he has an “A” health code rating.

“They’re shutting us down,” Pavlinovic said. “Yesterday, I was supposed to be at 3rd & B Streets in an Ace parking lot and I got a phone call saying, ‘hey, we’re going to shut you down.’”

He rents the lot space so when he can’t sell food, his business is losing money and every dollar counts.

“That’s an average of $1,000 in sales I lose if I don’t go out for one day,” Pavlinovic said.

OUR THOUGHTS: While interim Mayor Gloria may feel that settling the issue with food trucks on private property is a low priority…maybe he should ask the owners of these trucks who are being forced to shut down until the laws are changed how they feel about this topic.

Find the entire article by Walter Morris at fox5sandiego.com <here>

Sign the online petition to Keep Food Trucks in San Diego <here>

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SAN DIEGO, CA - From a tip from our friends at San Diego Food Trucks it appears that San Diego mobile food vendors have found themselves in a troubling situation. Please read the following petition the owner of Curbside Bites has put together over at change.org. We are pretty sure that if you are a supporter of the mobile food industry in your area, you can appreciate and will be willing to take a few seconds to sign their petition that is aimed at pressuring the interim San Diego mayor from trying to get rid of food trucks in San Diego.

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“New Mayor, New Rules,” at least that’s what the city of San Diego has to say when it announced that the city of San Diego will be shutting down any and all food trucks that operate on private property in the city, which accounts for over 75% of all food truck operations in San Diego.

In late 2012, the the City of San Diego Code Enforcement Division made an attempt to shut down any and all food trucks operating on any piece of private property.  The division stated they were getting a lot of pressure from restaurants complaining about the trucks and were going to view food trucks as a non-approved use of private property.  For a short while the Enforcement Officers went on a Witch hunt to shut down any food truck operating on private property until a group of food trucks banned together and threatened a lawsuit for anti-competitive business practices and targeting minority owned businesses.

Once threatened with a lawsuit, the previous Mayor met with food truck owners and Code Enforcement to put any closures on hold until the City amended its food truck regulations to allow food trucks to operate on private property just as they have been allowed to do for over 20 years.

Unfortunately, since Interim Mayor Todd Gloria took office, the City has decided to turn its back on their previous promise and shut down small businesses run by San Diego locals and minorities who operate food trucks throughout the city.   We believe the city needs to be held accountable to their promise and needs to stop trying to destroy an industry that consumers love  Rather, we ask that they support local small business growth in San Diego.  We believe consumers have a right to eat the food they love.  Show your support for your favorite neighborhood food truck by signing this petition.  From gourmet food trucks you’ve seen on your favorite Food Network shows to your favorite taco truck, we need your support to keep serving local fresh food.

By signing this petition you are letting the mayor’s office and all City Council know that food trucks have a right to operate on private property within the city.  You are also supporting the idea that the city needs to be held accountable to promises they have made to small business owners within the city of San Diego.

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As you know, the food trucks of Buffalo are under attack. While Lloyd and Roaming Buffalo and Whole Hog have made countless fans by serving quality food, they’ve had to do so in a regulatory environment that did not contemplate food trucks. The City of Buffalo laws have to be changed to accommodate the relatively new food truck craze and the battle is on to determine what new regulations should be put in place for food trucks.

Not surprisingly, some brick-and-mortar restaurants are lobbying against favorable food truck legislation as they believe food trucks have an unfair advantage over their restaurants. But we took apart those baseless arguments before. And really, if these restaurant owners were rational and really believed food trucks had such enormous competitive advantages over their brick-and-mortar restaurants, they’d get out of their fixed locations and start food trucks. But they won’t because they know the reality of the situation.
This is America and it was built on competition. Progressive cities have already adopted new, reasonable codes to govern how food trucks can operate. And while citizens have been effective in forcing local governments to adapt to the growing food truck phenomenon, a prominent libertarian law firm has started suing cities to force them to be responsible in the protection of free enterprise.
The Common Council will be having a public meeting tomorrow at 10am in Room 1417 at City Hall. We encourage you to attend and let your voice be heard.
And whether you attend or not, we encourage you to sign the online petition in support of Buffalo’s food trucks. Each time the petition is signed, an email with that person’s name and support is sent, via email, to a Common Council member. So let’s light up their inboxes.
Find the original article <here>

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Chicago Food Trucks have organized a new petition drive to present to the Aldermen of Chicago as well as to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to allow Chicago food trucks to cook on-board. The petition can be found <here>

Allow Chicago food trucks to cook on-board.

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Chicago City Council & Mayor Emanuel.

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Allow Chicago food trucks to cook on-board.

Chicago residents deserve a vibrant and diverse food truck culture. This is an incredibly economic and culinary opportunity that Chicago needs to embrace.
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Sincerely,

[Your name]

OVERVIEW

Chicago residents deserve a vibrant and diverse food truck culture. This is an incredible economic and culinary opportunity that Chicago needs to embrace.

Find your alderman and call or e-mail them today: <here>

Call or e-mail Mayor Emanuel: <here>

Find out more at: http://www.chicagofoodtrucks.com

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagofoodtrucks

Roll with us on Twitter: @chicagofoodtrux

 

While you are in a signing mood, be sure to sign our petition to create a National Mobile Food Vendor Day on Mach 5th, 2012. <here>

 

 

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This article is much more than just another article on the mobile food industry; it’s the start of a petition. Mobile Cuisine Magazine wants to show our support for the industry we cover by starting a campaign to create a National Mobile Food Vendor Day in the United States. The question “why we should or should not have a Mobile Food Vendor Day” has been on our minds for some time now.

The goal of this article is to launch this campaign and begin spreading the word to get as much support as possible. Take a few minutes to read through, we truly appreciate your time and support.

In US (and the rest of the world), there are so many Federal and State holidays commemorating distinct cultural and political events. We have holidays for teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, martyrs, workers… so, our question is: why don’t we have a national day for these culinary entrepreneurs? A national day isn’t really about who gets to skip work for a day and relax or go on a parade; it’s about recognition and respect.

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A national day named after one of the most hardworking segments of the country’s population would be a step in the right direction – and here are our five top reasons why it is:

Mobile food vendors are part of the backbone of the economy

While these small businesses may not generate billions of dollars of revenue per year individually, their contribution to the economy, employment and helping those looking for different avenues to get fresh, local, gourmet food has been growing. Doesn’t this fact alone deserve recognition, on a national scale?

Entrepreneurs need a day off, too

Though many of these small business owners would still be working even if a national day was proclaimed in their name, at least they would be encouraged to take a break, at least for one day. These culinary professional are known for burning the candle from both ends. That’s a hard fact, and none of these mobile vendors will tell you that setting up a small business and maintaining his start-up was an easy task. With a National Mobile Food Vendors Day, these entrepreneurs can take a guilt-free break from the streets. They can take a break because they deserve a day’s worth of guilt-free rest.

Other professionals are recognized, nationally

There’s Teacher’s Day to pay homage to the tireless educators of the country, Labor’s Day to recognize the pride of the working people… why isn’t there a National Mobile Food Vendor Day to recognize the unmatched sacrifices that chefs make to survive and thrive month after month and year after year? Every type of labor has the same kind of dignity – and one’s dignity in his own labor should be recognized and remembered by all. Call it “monument-making”, but it’s far better than being forgotten completely. This day will promote and support the mobile food vendor and help people realize that there is an alternative to a traditional nine to five job.

Recognition equates representation

Once mobile food vendors are recognized nationally as significant contributors to Local, State and National economies, they would have more cultural capital and hence a stronger and better representation.

Why not?!

Seriously, after everything that the mobile food vendors have done to add a new avenue for the people of the country to taste fresh gourmet food of nearly every cuisine imaginable, can you really think of a reason why we should not recognize them?

So, please support this petition for a National Mobile Food Vendors day on March 5th. One brief moment is all it will take you to sign.

Once you sign the petition and confirm your signature (if you do not see a confirmation email shortly after submission, check your spam mail box to make sure it is there), you’ll be given an option to link to Twitter and Facebook which will allow you to get your friends, family, and followers to sign it. Share it with as many people as you like, tweet about it, post on your Facebook wall, Digg it, StumbleUpon it, blog about it, email it, our initial goal is 10,000 signatures but if we can, let’s get a million signatures and make sure that on next March 5th, we will be able to wish ‘Happy Mobile Food Vendors Day’ to every mobile culinary entrepreneur.

Power and success to all of you in the mobile food industry!

 

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