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SF Supes Hope New Legislation Will End Fights Over Food Trucks

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — New legislation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors aims to stop the on-going economic war between restaurants and mobile food trucks. Part of the measures also attempts to steer public school students away from food-truck dining.

The three measures strike a balance between the growing popularity of mobile food trucks and the impact they have on brick and mortar restaurants.

Supervisor Scott Wiener said the laws also recognize that food trucks shouldn’t be too close to schools, but not kept so far away that the only place they can locate is downtown San Francisco.

“Food trucks activate public spaces, [the] food-truck movement is important and it has broad popular support as we can see from the long lines that tend to form around them” Wiener said.

Supervisor Eric Mar, a persistent voice for healthy meals, said offering a nutritious student lunch is important, but food trucks have a place as well.

“Part of the equation I think is still removing unhealthy food options and I think there are equity concerns also of who can and who can’t afford a campus lunch and off campus lunches as well,” he said.

Food trucks will have to stay 75 feet away from restaurants, move locations frequently and stay at least 1,000 feet away from most high schools.

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