Protest Organizer Takes Aim At New Food Vendor In Dolores Park

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)- San Francisco’s Dolores Park was the site of an unusual protest Saturday afternoon. One-time mayoral candidate “Chicken John” Rinaldi organized a “puke-in” to put a damper on an organic Mexican food vendor’s first day of business in the popular Mission District recreational spot.

Rinaldi is protesting what he calls the commercialization of a public space despite many that enjoy the park and are looking forward to welcoming the vendor.

One woman said having the vendor would be amazing.

“They would make a lot of money here because a lot of young people that like fast food,” she said.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, the vendor is backed by Mission District non-profit La Cocina and there are currently no plans in place for additional food permits despite the demand.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

The vendor is paying rent and a hefty permit fee which the City said could go to pay for trash clean-up in the park.

Meanwhile Chicken John spent $750 on fake vomit to throw on a cardboard replica of a food cart.

Last fall Oakland’s Blue Bottle Coffee gave up its permit to operate in Dolores Park after protesters threatened to spit at the vendor.

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