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Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Food Trucks Only Welcome Under Certain Circumstances: Letter To The Editor

Posted Apr. 16, 2013, 9:24 am

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

Food trucks, both daytime and late night, are a welcome service only within certain unique venues /circumstances such as when there are few if any conventional food and beverage operations available to service the public in a particular area.

Their presence in areas well served by stand alone restaurants flies in the face of judicious municipal governing.

The proliferation of these mobile feeders is anathema to local commercial health as the low or non tax and rent paying trucks, drain important customer revenue from neighborhood restaurants and bars, all of which are burdened with high rents as well as city taxes.

Food trucks have no business on Main Street where the dining choices are already almost too excessive and as a result there are an inordinate number of business failures.

This attrition is exacerbated by the presence of the trucks.

The decision makers in Venice, by allowing unlimited food trucks on Abbot Kinney one night a month have gravely wounded the many high rent paying tax contributors on that street and for what reason.

So kids from Fullerton can block the sidewalks while waiting in line for some schlock fast food from a vehicle contributing nothing financially to Venice while hogging three potential parking spaces from someone who may spend $200 in a sit down restaurant or $1000 in a gallery or boutique.

Give me a break!

Brian Hart

Santa Monica

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Apr. 16, 2013, 10:47:39 am

Erik said...

Dear Brian, Speak for yourself. Your argument is weak. Food trucks are brilliant - I wouldn't want to deal with the uppity city council (or people as small minded as you) so why not have a rolling restaurant and avoid the taxes? It's not illegal, you're just annoyed you didn't think of it first. You can NEVER have too many food options. Restaurant ownership is one of the riskiest ventures anyone can ever take, so don't blame food trucks for filling the demand that these restaurants can't figure out. I also really love how you assume it's "kids from Fullerton" who are the problem. You're the problem. Go spend "$1000 in a gallery or boutique" you snobby, self-righteous prick.

Apr. 16, 2013, 3:43:57 pm

rick said...

what an elitist jerk-like thing to say. I wish main street was more down to earth and all the ritzy expensive stuff simply left that area...go to Montana Ave!!! If restaurants can't make the high rent, then it's time to make a stand against the landlords. Maybe food trucks will actually allow for some 'class' down on Main Street...

Apr. 16, 2013, 3:47:04 pm

Rick said...

Also, if restaurants can't make the rent, perhaps becasue overpriced Italian or French restaurants simply don't bring in enough traffic. Main Street Santa Monica to Venice should be serving the middle class, not the lower end of the upper class!!

Apr. 16, 2013, 4:02:31 pm

Rick said...

And as far as tax revenue is concerned, I'm sure the middle class wallet is still providing Santa Monica with the most in tax revenue from sales. The concept that the higher end market is better for everyone--including the city budget--is simply false. I walk down Main Street in the day and evening and many businesses are empty....they price out the majority of Americans...You can chase the rich, but for every rich individual, you can have 20+ individuals from the middle class. Rich people don't value local community as much either...the truth. And as much as you want property values to be up, people are paying for those properties to be close to the beach, not Main Street. So if Main Street serves the middle class, and then the city keeps some middle class neighborhoods intact in the area, then there would be no problem. The lower upper class and middle class can enjoy main street together. A local bar on main street charges $5 for a bottle of budweiser by the way. that's the bottom price for a beer. LOL. no thanks!!

Apr. 16, 2013, 4:24:53 pm

rick said...

Also, Santa Monica as a city runs very well, and has beautiful parks and streets because of tax revenue from tourist dollars. And where do most tourists come from? You guessed it...the middle class. So when Santa Monica city starts complaining about tighter city budgets, it's because the city is carrying the higher end market that is taking over every square inch, while the city still needs to provide services for a diverse crowd, coming from within and on the other side of city limits. Elect me for city council and Santa Monica will be a utopia.

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