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Councilman Says Most Food Truck Complaints Come from Homeowners, Not Businesses

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As Councilmember Paul Koretz describes it, he's been "bombarded" with e-mails from food truck supporters after a coalition rallied supporters to contact him over his stance on the mobile eateries. "I'm not necessarily a fan, but it's not my mission to stop it," he told LAist on Friday, admitting you'll occasionally find him eating at them, namely the Canters Truck and traditional taco trucks grabbing a burrito.

Koretz' office began receiving e-mails over the past week--around 60 total, a staffer said--after Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (SCMFVA) launched a campaign when they caught wind of a statement he said to the Park La Brea News/Beverly Press:

A lot of businesses in stationary, permitted locations feel it’s unfair competition, and I tend to agree with them. There have been problems with these trucks popping up in front of businesses and people’s homes. They’re less of a nuisance in one lot, but I’m not thrilled with that either. I think they work well at construction sites where it’s difficult for workers to have access to other food, but I think that should be their only place in the city.

Koretz said that in response to a planned food truck lot on 3rd Street at La Jolla Avenue, an idea that was later abandoned over rent issues. Still, for Matt Geller of SCMFVA, that quote didn't fly well with him. "It was a statement made in an irresponsible manner considering the people who run these trucks are working so hard," he said over the phone. In a blog post, Geller expanded, saying it makes him "nervous when City, State, or Federal officials take the side of one business, or industry over another."