Wilshire Food Trucks Impacted by New Law, While Echo Park Gets Permanent Tables at Theirs
Looks like there might be some trouble for the folks over on Wilshire who rely on the food trucks for their lunches. Yesterday, an ordinance written by Councilman Councilman Tom LaBonge was passed stating that "trucks that are larger than 22 feet long and seven feet high are prohibited from parking in spaces with oversized vehicle restrictions along Wilshire between Fairfax and La Brea avenues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m."
Local restauranteurs and the Councilman believe that the new ordinance will be an improvement for local safety. However, Matt Geller of the Southern California California Mobile Food Vendors Association claim that it's just another direct attack on the food truck business -- and an inconvenience for customers, not to mention the countless media buildings in the area that rely on the road stoves for mid-day sustenance.
Says the Park La Brea News:
On Wilshire, food trucks tend to congregate near LACMA, between Fairfax and Curson avenues. In that area, oversized trucks will lose as many as 20 spots on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard, while retaining as many as 20. There will be no parking for oversized vehicles from Orange Grove Avenue to Ogden Drive, and between Curson and Masselin avenues...The department will post notices about the restrictions before enforcing them within 30 days.
Meanwhile, over in Echo Park, Taco Zone just received their own tables to encourage street-side eating. Eastside: 1, Mid-City: 0.