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Parking War Comes to a Halt on 5700 Wilshire as City Councilmembers Debate Food Trucks

Trucks lined the streets this afternoon on the 5700 block of Wilshire Blvd. | Photo by Brian Frobisher
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L.A.'s city council transportation committee today will be focusing on food trucks, which , depending on where you stand, are either beloved or bothersome. Today, three motions aimed at possible regulations will be discussed, but the dialogue will likely end up diving into misconceptions about operating a truck and the purpose of parking."Meters are intended to stimulate parking turnover in high-volume business areas," Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who recently authored two food truck motions, wrote in an op-ed in the L.A. Business Journal. "Food trucks park for hours at expired meters, monopolizing public parking spaces and absorbing the cost of a citation as a business expense. These oversized trucks sometimes park in red zones, block driveways and/or take up more than one space in metered parking areas."

This puzzled many because the very businesses LaBonge was trying to project began doing just that. Employees from landlord Museum Square began "monopolizing public parking spaces and absorbing the cost of a citation as a business expense" on the 5700 block of Wilshire in an apparent effort to stop food trucks from parking near restaurants. The parking games began in mid-June and reportedly stopped today as media swarmed the block to report on this afternoon's meeting.