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Less Hassle For Food Trucks?

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Phillip Rayburn is behind the wheel of the Mama Kim food truck. The truck is open on private Sacramento properties five days a week. Employees call it "Barney" after the purple dinosaur TV character with the same name.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Phillip Rayburn with the Sacramento restaurant and catering business "Mama Kim"  says the purple food truck he calls Barney has to keep moving if it is to stay legal.

"By the law if you are on city streets or public access you have a 30-minute window to set up, do your service and move on."
Brad Wasson is with the City's Finance Department. He says a proposed change to the ordinance would allow Barney to stay parked.

"This is a specific location on private property where they could continually come and vend. So instead of a one-time event, it would be an ongoing basis."

Vendors would have to receive a permit which would involve fulfilling about a dozen access, licensing, and insurance requirements.

Rayburn says it's difficult to operate a food truck in the city.

"You're talking about having to move after 30 minutes and 400 feet and you can't be in the same block. It's like, they're convoluted, there are a lot of them, and they need to be pared down."

Changes to food truck regulations are now before the City Council's Law and Legislation Committee.

If the committee votes Tuesday to put the item on the city council agenda, changes could be coming within two months.

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