MONROVIA, CA – After spending $140,000 on defending food-truck restrictions – including a ban from doing business in Old Town – the city has agreed to a comeback for the popular mobile vendors and settled a lawsuit brought by the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association.
“We’re very happy with the outcome, and we’re really hoping to be able to continue to work cooperatively, like we have with many municipalities, to bring their laws in compliance with state law,” said Jeffrey Dermer, attorney for the SoCal Mobile Vendors Association, which represents some 150 gourmet food trucks.
“State law says you can only regulate mobile vending for public safety purposes and especially not for protectionism and not aesthetics,” he said.
The city has agreed to ease the restrictions and to pay $75,000 of the Association’s attorney fees in addition to the $140,000 in defending the suit, according to the City Clerk’s office.
Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said the City Council will soon consider a revised ordinance for approval.
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