Los Angeles Business Journal

Food Truck Vendors Fight Back on Restrictions

By Alfred Lee Friday, September 7, 2012

Two years ago, food trucks famously clashed with restaurants and local politicians over where they could park on the Miracle Mile. Today, that seems like a grammar school food fight.

An increasingly organized food truck industry is waging a campaign across large swaths of Los Angeles County, combating regulations in several cities at a time.

The Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association, which represents about 150 trucks, has pored over the municipal codes of the county’s 88 cities in order to identify onerous regulations. It is pressuring cities to remove or replace them, and in some cases has gone a step further, launching legal fights with at least five cities since July.

“The goal is to take illegal laws off the books and at the same time show that food trucks can be incredibly beneficial to cities,” said Kevin Behrendt, an attorney representing the food trucks.

Read the full story in Monday’s Business Journal.