9/27/13: The second casualty of new mayor Todd Gloria’s crackdown on food truck laws in San Diego is the Mission Valley gathering on Wednesday nights.
9/24/13: The first casualty was the downtown gathering at the San Diego Civic Center. We received this information from food truck event organizer Curbside Bites:
The weekly food truck gathering at the Downtown San Diego Civic Center was SHUT DOWN today by the city as they begin their enforcement of NO FOOD TRUCKS ALLOWED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. No timeline has been given by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s office as to when we can expect any amendments to the current codes which prohibit food trucks to vend on private property.
We also learned that “any shut downs they enforce are complaint driven (a person or business has to complain about the trucks being there).”
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, current San Diego law states that food trucks are not allowed to park on private property, but the law just wasn’t enforced under former Mayor Filner. New mayor Todd Gloria says he will enforce the law, but then he wants to change it to allow trucks back on the streets. There is no clear timeline for when this will happen. Here’s another article on the issue from San Diego6. And here’s a video piece from Fox 5 San Diego.
Pictured to the right is a letter received by a food truck event organizer, citing the rules they are breaking.
Every day a food truck isn’t allowed to sell, it’s a small business that is losing money. Help support food trucks in San Diego by signing the petition from change.org.
Time to move…no food trucks, no dispensaries. the stick up San Diego’s butt keeps getting longer and longer. Been here all my life, my, my how we’ve changed…
Come to El Cajon or Santee!
Good to know that city of San Diego
is against the success of the Small
Business person. As California continues
to lose businesses everyday, we can
thank San Diego for doing their part to
discourage the little guy.
I saw this the other day and have been wondering, if they are gathering on private property wouldn’t that mean they were invited or approved by someone to be there? I’ve always assumed that the food truck meetups were not arbitrary and typically involved permission and pre-approval by the location owners, does this mean they are guerrilla style? I’m all for it either way, but I guess just assumed someone signed off on it at some point. Next door to where I work a food truck comes to the parking lot every few weeks, and as I understand they come because they are invited by the building manager, so if they’re there by invite how can they be forced to leave?
Honestly I would think it would be the other way around … banned on public property, but private is ok. I kind of thought there were limits to what the city could enforce on private property, though I suppose if I throw a house party and the neighbors complain the cops can come and tell everyone to leave.