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.
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.
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