Los Angeles City Council Grinches Screw Over Super-Sized Food Trucks

Merry Christmas, Los Angeles bricks-and-mortar restaurants. As a special end of the year gift, the city council approved new rules that screw the extra-large food trucks to protect their competitors' profits!

The full scoop comes from Adam Blevins, who covered the story for the Park Labrea News-Beverly Press (and took the pic at right):

According to the ordinance, 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.

“It makes the street safer for everyone,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, 4th District, the author of the ordinance. He added that the restrictions should increase visibility for motorists in the area.  “It’s the safety that I’m concerned about, and I think it works it out.”

Food trucks have long been a source of frustration for some restaurant owners in the area, especially Dick Messer, owner of Johnny Rockets. He said food trucks siphon business from “brick and mortar” restaurants that are heavily taxed and regulated.

“Certainly, it will be a change for the area, as far as dining goes,” Messer said. “Hopefully, it’ll be helpful.”

Ho. Ho. Ho.

Via Mobile Food News.

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    It’s the safety that I’m concerned about


  • BlogimiDei||

    The safety of the "Prophet"

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I've been to this congregation of food trucks many times. I even drove there. No problems with visibility, traffic safety, or pedestrian safety. Why don't these guys just be honest and say the restaurants in LACMA, and the other brick and mortar restaurants in the area want to use government coercion to protect their revenues. There's even a two-word phrase to summarize the concept: rent-seeking.

  • playa manhattan||

    I tried your precious Mariscos Guillen La Playita yesterday. 3 out of 5 stars (subject to revision if I get the shits).

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I've always found the "exit strategy" to be satisfactory. I should also note, La Playita is known for the ceviche, and the seafood tostada. Also, it is the only place I know of on the Westside that has chicharron.

  • playa manhattan||

    I got the shrimp ceviche tostadas, which were really good. I also got 2 tacos al pastor, which weren't very good (under seasoned and no pineapple flavor at all). Can't beat the prices, though...

  • R C Dean||

    Councilman Tom LaBonge

    heh, heh, heh

    /beavis off/

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Councilman LaBonge is a joke on many different levels.

  • Randian||

    I support food trucks.

    All I want to say is that every business should be treated equally. If they are not so being treated, then that is wrong.

  • waaminn||

    Sounds like a pretty solid plan to me man, Wow.


  • The Late P Brooks||

    Tulpa must be too busy to gloat.

  • IceTrey||

    Were the oversize vehicle restrictions already in place or are they new with this law?


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