SAN DIEGO– There’s battle brewing in San Diego over where food trucks can operate. City officials are trying to rewrite the law to clear up confusion, but some food truck owners worry they are going in the wrong direction.
The city code in question doesn’t allow gourmet food trucks to operate on private property without a special permit.
Marko Pavlinovic parks his food truck Mangia Mangia Mobile at India and B Streets every Wednesday and hungry customers come out in droves.
Pavlinovic is upset that the city kept him from opening up in a parking lot Tuesday night even though he has a mobile vending license and he has an “A” health code rating.
“They’re shutting us down,” Pavlinovic said. “Yesterday, I was supposed to be at 3rd & B Streets in an Ace parking lot and I got a phone call saying, ‘hey, we’re going to shut you down.’”
He rents the lot space so when he can’t sell food, his business is losing money and every dollar counts.
“That’s an average of $1,000 in sales I lose if I don’t go out for one day,” Pavlinovic said.
Gloria said resources are limited and this is not a high priority issue for Neighborhood Code Compliance staff members.
The mayor’s office released a statement saying:
“Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is working with Development Services Department staff to develop new language for the City Council’s consideration which would legally permit food trucks to operate on private property in a manner that balances their viability with the character of the surrounding neighborhood. Staff anticipates a City Council committee discussion this fall. Public input will be encouraged.”
Food truck owners have started an online petition to get the right to operate on private property.