Are Foodtrucks Allowed?

By an edhat reader

I thought food trucks are illegal in Santa Barbara. This one was open for business behind The Granada theater around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Does anyone have more information about this?



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  1. ANDREWB: There are rules and regulations proliferating in an attempt to keep up with the human population getting out of control. Add to that the fact that so many humans lack common sense and/or are selfishly are concerned with only their own comfort and perceived privileges. Some people, it seems, need to be told when things aren’t right/considerate/trample on the rights of others. Stay third world and go nuts with your “Me, first and who cares about others” outlook on life.

  2. I don’t believe there is an outright ban but there are several restrictions regarding food trucks. I’m going to say the city ok’d this one or at let it slide due to the shen yun show. Which is awesome btw. Saw it twice!

  3. Shen Yun was AWFUL. We left st intermission along with 60% of the audience. It was total bait and switch. Very low skill performers and then speech and a religious lecture on their Falun Gong cult which is banned in China- along with every other religion.
    Granada didn’t advertise this was a fundraiser for a cult. We paid $160 per ticket. Chinese music is godawful and I knew That but thought we’d see a traditional Chinese version of Cirque de soleil.
    Instead it was a lame variety show with a green scene for effects, repetitive motions, insincere smiles locked in place and stultifying dialogue between the American guy and the Chinese girl every 3 minutes. Like an awards show in my nightmares.
    How anyone could enjoy this is beyond me but people nearly ran for the street when intermission began on the Saturday night show.

  4. This question deserves an answer by SB City Attorney to be posted on EdHat. I attended a few meetings of the SB City ordinance committee chaired by Rep Randy Rowse. The Food Truck Organizer asked for private meeting with the City Attorney. The outcome of decisions was never publicized to my knowledge. At issue:
    1) free use of public streets (and sidewalks) requiring tax payers to subsidize these private businesses and blocking traffic/ pedestrian flow;
    2) lack of sanitary facilities for hand washing to toilet. Customers urinating and dedicating Ingushes and walkways. Unsanitary public health concerns;
    3) no health dept inspection or standards;
    4) food trucks parked on private property without owner knowledge resulting in liability issues, trash, feces, required cleanup, risks and costs to property owners;
    5) neighborhood residential concerns with night evening strangers in residential areas not zoned for sales;
    6) no payment of rent or overhead costs jeopardizing competitiveness of other neighborhood take-out, fast food and traditional restaurants in correctly zoned areas who pay health dept licensing inspection fees, taxes, rent and staff costs. Unfair competitive advantage by unlicensed vendors. .
    Can EdHat get a response to reader questions from City?
    I attended initial meetings because Health Dept shut down food concessions at SBHS pool by Parent Group while allowing an unlicensed filthy food cart to continue to sell. Parents had gloves,, sanitation facilities, packaged goods, designated built-in clean iBBQ area, etc while the cart had nothing but exposed unpackaged food on a visibly dirty cart. The inspector mumbled ‘we’re a sanctuary state so we don’t get involved with that (implying if our skin brown rules don’t apply.) Bizzarre response. I went to inquire and was told there are no rules but City looking into various issues via its Ordinance Committee. Never heard the outcome. What are the rules?

  5. Food trucks are very popular in N. Cal. Some bars and breweries use food trucks until they get a regular kitchen going or instead of adding a kitchen. There is a lot of variety in the trucks. Fall River brewing does multi day events with a different food truck each day. Parks made just for food trucks to gather are popular too.

  6. my understanding is food trucks in themselves are NOT illegal. but where they park and for how LONG is where things get “sticky”
    I cant remember the exact time. but my understanding is they have to be on private property, and can only stay for a few hours in one location.

  7. If there were an area for them with “facilities” they were required to keep up and police, and they were required to be licensed, inspected periodically, there would be no quarrel. As it stands now, all of your observations are correct and the situation should be changed before something serious happens and the food truck disappears with immunity.

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