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Santa Monica Officials Speak Out on Shuttered Food Truck Lot

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The Santa Monica Daily Press spoke to city hall officials about the closure of the new popular food truck lot on Santa Monica and 14th. Here's what Kate Vernez, assistant to the city manager, said: "Basically, this was a non-permited use of the food truck [vendors] on that lot,"she said, adding that organizers never approached city hall about the lot and land use rules were being circumvented. "What we're doing now is we're researching the code to see if there's any type of permit" that can be used to let the lot continue operation.

Property owner Steve Taub is willing to work with the city to make this happen.

Currently, the lot is zoned C4, which allows "Restaurants of fifty seats or less'" and "Sidewalk cafés not more than two hundred square feet in area," among other types of businesses.