Photo: peter burnham
By:Â Michael Engle
A prospective state law was recently proposed in the California legislature, where food trucks would be forced to stay at least 1,500 feet from all schools–public and private; elementary, middle, and high–on all school days, from 6a to 6p.Â (The San Francisco Financial District was specifically exempted from this law.)Â However, instead of approval, this initiative was met with criticism.Â San Francisco Chronicle correspondent Rachel Gordon covered this up-and-coming food fight (within the legislature, not the cafeteria) between Assemblyman William Monning (D-Santa Cruz), who wrote the original bill, and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener.Â Wiener worried that Monning’s restrictions would yield unintended consequences, while suggesting that jurisdictions should be able to opt out of this law.
Naturally, a wide geographic restriction would force a constant number of food trucks to compete within decreased space.Â San Francisco’s Financial District would likely become more saturated with food trucks, as certain owners would hope to reestablish their businesses without having to be “too close” to a school.Â While some food trucks may adapt to this new measure, it is hard to imagine that these businesses would thrive, compared to the current regulations.Â Realistically, it is likely that many trucks would withdraw from the “street food” business, given less opportunity to make a profit with constant operating costs. Read More