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 Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Boston, Montreal and Kennebunk.

August 2

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsHow One Association Is Leading a Food Truck Revolution – LOS ANGELES, CA – The mobile food industry hasn’t necessarily been welcomed with open arms in many U.S. cities. Food truck operators in places like Washington, DC, and San Francisco are often fighting complicated regulations and zoning requirements that would limit the areas where they could legally operate.

The SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association wants to change that and is working city-by-city to help local food truck operators establish associations and work toward beneficial regulations in their area.

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A.C. food truck wins national contest – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Mustache Mobile – the food truck run by Mike Hauke of Atlantic City’s Tony Boloney’s – wowed a panel of judges on “LIVE’s Truckin’ Amazing Cook-Off” today on LIVE with Kelly and Michael. He won $20,000 and bragging rights.

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August 3

Boston schools launch meals on wheels to reach students – BOSTON, MA – Borrowing a page from the popular commercial food trucks, the Boston School Department is taking its summer food program on the road to bring meals to students.

For the first time Friday, the School Department sent a truck stocked with about 600 lunches to three locations across the city.

The food truck, which does not charge for meals, is the latest addition to the summer program that provides breakfasts and lunches to more than 11,000 young people each day at more than 120 community centers and schools.

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If the city wants food trucks to fail, it should just add some more questionable rules – MONTREAL, CANADA – The good news is we Montrealers finally have street food trucks this summer, after decades when chip wagons were outlawed, like bullfighting arenas.

The bad news is the trucks are run by a city hall-driven bureaucracy with so many rules we’ll be lucky if many survive two summers.

The other night I had a great street taco at the mountain, across from my house — but when I returned for a second one at 10:01 p.m., they couldn’t sell it. City rules demand all trucks close at 10 p.m. sharp, like a camp curfew.

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August 4

Proposed food truck regs go too far – KENNEBUNK, ME  – An ordinance to place restrictions on mobile food vendors in Kennebunk is clearly aimed at the valid goal of protecting the existing businesses in the town, but we agree with some of its detractors that its provisions are overreaching.

A public hearing is slated for Aug. 15 on the proposed mobile food vending ordinance, and it’s sure to be spirited, as even some selectmen have said they do not support all of the ordinance’s provisions.

As proposed, the ordinance would deny a mobile food vendor license to any person who has been incarcerated for a year or more within the past five years; and prohibit operation within 100 feet of a restaurant or other establishment that sells similar products, with the definition being that 40 percent of their products are similar.

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