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Venice's First Fridays and Food Trucks in Messy Break-Up

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The Grilled Cheese Truck parked at The Brig, October 2009 (Photo by Joits via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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It's the first Friday of the month, which means along Abbot Kinney in Venice it's the monthly First Friday event. Folks hungering for a face-full of food truck fare with their Holiday Art Walk will be sorely disappointed, though, because First Fridays is kicking the "nouveau" meals-on-wheels-mobiles to the curb, according to Yo! Venice!

Last week the Abbot Kinney Merchant’s Association (AKMA), with the grant from the City of Los Angeles, decided to institute a parking ban during First Fridays, according to a release sent on behalf of the the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association (SoCal MFVA). In the past, SoCal MFVA says they were trying to work with AKMA to ensure the food trucks would take part in the popular event in a clean and safe manner, and SoCal MFVA funded the trash removal for every First Friday in which their trucks participated.