After friggin’ forever, Sacramento poised to tweak its food truck laws next Tuesday

I wrote a cover story in early 2011 called “What the truck!?!” The subhead read: “City Hall slammed down a burgeoning street-food scene in Sacramento by imposing too many rules. But local bloggers are fighting back.”

This was at the beginning of Sacramento’s food-truck craze. Back then, Krush Burger was called Mini Burger, and they were one of maybe a handful of trendy new food trucks serving fare in the central city. Today, there are so many damn trucks—including corporate trucks by like Taco Bell and whoever—and the food-truck sex appeal definitely is post-honeymoon.

But whatever, let’s keep living in the past. The problem back then was the same as today: Trucks could only park for 30 minutes at a time in a location. 

As Andrew “Drewski” Blaskovitch, who operates like a million Drewski trucks these days, told me back then: “I mean, the hardest part is finding places to park.”

Well, in true Sacramento fashion—and after more than four years of deliberation and meetings and outreach and government machinations and grilled-cheeses-on-steroids—Sacramento is poised to update its food-truck laws this next Tuesday. Finally!

I can’t believe it’s actually a-happenin'.

City council will vote on the new ordinance this next week. It has has drawn ire from business and restaurant-industry interests already and should bring a healthy crowd to City Council on May 26.

The new laws will eliminate the 30-minute rule, and also allow trucks to operate late into the evening.

Other highlights include: Disallowing trucks to operate within 1,000 feet of an entertainment club or music venue between the hours of 1-3 a.m., or within 100 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

As for that food truck vs. restaurant debate, the city says it “does not regulate competition and should not consider it when implementing policy.”

The new rules seem likely to pass. Update next week.

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