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Fullerton Officials: Food Trucks Present Threat to "Public Safety," Want to Keep Banning Them from Downtown

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The Fullerton City Council lifted a ban on the evening operations of food trucks everywhere within its boundaries earlier this month...except the downtown bar and restaurant scene. The reasoning? "There is substantial evidence to show that the operation of food trucks in the Downtown area--when bars are being heavily patronized--leads to greater law enforcement problems," a summary of a Community Development Department report reads.

The only problem is, no real detailed evidence from Fullerton police was given to truly validate the claim that allowing food trucks in the downtown mix would lead to more vandalism and booze brawls! Annual statistics detailing a downward trend on calls out to incidents? Nah, just take the FPD's word for it!

The real kicker in the adopted ordinance is that the potential 'threat' to public safety is seen to be even more than likely since the number of alcohol licenses issued to establishments since April 2010, when food trucks were banished, has nearly tripled from 30 to 80!

All the absurdity is not lost on Fullerton Rag blogger Matt Leslie who ponders if the rising number of ways to get liquored up and not food trucks that would be allowed to operate between 8 p.m.-5 a.m. around them is where Fullertonians should be focused on.

Now there's a sober thought...

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mannylegacy
mannylegacy

I for one am glad they are allowing them again. Some establishments, such as Bootlegger's Brewery, do not have the ability to cook food. So Food Trucks are a heaven sent,.......and welcomed!

MerLaMer
MerLaMer

looks like the restaurant and bar owners have it in with the police dept.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

It is funny that you state stats showing that crime has gone down in the downtown area where food trucks work as a way to solicit support for them. But when violent crime goes down, you still shout for gun control laws.

Does any of this seem hypocritical at all?  Do you want government intrusion, or not?

Joey Nase
Joey Nase

I prefer food trucks over ALL major fast food restaurants!

JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.
JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.

You are correct, I have seen them on one of those shows. Maybe they are zoned in a particular area now?

Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson

This is an exampleof Fascism, of course if you're an idiot on the left you think I'm talking about Nazism, I'm not I'm talking about an economic system in which monopoly businesses have the politicians in their pocket books use the strong arm of a bought & paid for LAW to crush pop & mom competition, especially if it's coming from those undesirable brown skinned folks. --- these Loncheras are the only think leftabout the L.A.area street food culture.

NHLPUP
NHLPUP

I'm baffled by this. They state they are doing it for public safety. They didn't think twice about voting back in fireworks during one of the most driest years ever in a city that has a large wildland/brush area.  To me that is failure in public safety. 

Will Webb
Will Webb

that is truly strange, they have been featured on Travel Channel, by Andrew Zimmern, and that other guy, both food tv shows...

JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.
JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.

Funny, just got back from a NY vacation, pretty much covered most of Manhattan and did not see one food truck?

Michael McCracken
Michael McCracken

Is there a bar scene in neighboring Placentia? I love Placentia but its more of a means to cruise through to other points than anything. What's there to do in Fullerton's awkwardly funny little half brother from another mother?

Michael McCracken
Michael McCracken

Fullerton is a great place. Its the entrenched establishment that tends to be a problem. A weird pearl clutching.

Luis Hernandez
Luis Hernandez

If the Zombie Apocalypse happens please let it start in the OC!!

Lynn Maners
Lynn Maners

"I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

Will Webb
Will Webb

Kind of interesting... there are probably strong interests behind this war on food trucks... Cities like Austin and New York have tons of food trucks... obviously, they are well regulated and the health Dept. routinely inspects them..

Cindy Hill
Cindy Hill

This hasn't got shit to do with "public safety" and everything to do with high end brick & mortar restaurant owners in fear of losing business, period. Never mind that once you've cruised the last bar you only have a few pesos left in your pockets and a big hunger in your belly - and that food truck can help! Pendejo government jerks, always thinking of the $$ bottom line $$.

Gerard Iribe
Gerard Iribe

If brick 'n mortar businesses are losing business to food trucks, what does that say about those brick 'n mortar businesses? Maybe the food trucks are doing it better. I'm so glad I don't live in the OC.

Adelina Marian Hernandez
Adelina Marian Hernandez

The major threat to public safety is NOT having these for after the late-night drinking so that we have a metric fuckton of tacos in our bellies as well as booze.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

I'm sorry, did you say something about Fullerton City Council "reasoning"?

David Tanaka
David Tanaka

What seems to be a "Threat" to my "safety" seems to be ok in a lot of other OC cities. Let US choose what we want to eat & where we want to eat IDIOTS!

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

What is it about Fullerton and it's drive to be as bad as it gets? Gee, let's have our cops beat an unarmed mentally ill man to death. Gee, let's ban food trucks, the fastest rising popular food venue in Southern California.

Cece Zenitram
Cece Zenitram

^ As a resident of Fullerton I agree with OC Weekly!

Noe Alamillo
Noe Alamillo

Food trucks present a threat to the bad restaurants that may unsupectingly lure an out of towner.

Linda Saslow
Linda Saslow

I hope they never ban the truck at the new Bootleggers in DTF. They built a special parking spot for trucks at the new location.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

just fucken make sure the hot food is hot and cold food stays cold mother fucken dumb fucks

Karen Yeom
Karen Yeom

...most cities ive been in oc, its only allowed on open parking and some business districts allow for lunch only. im sure the comml real estate owners do mind...

Karen Yeom
Karen Yeom

...this is supposed to be an issue? 1-2 miles, on harbor/imperial, there s congl of trucks there. And these new breed of food trucks charge waay more than ur old school $1-$2 taco trucks. I had 2 non meat tacos n drink for $10 and food poisoning. I havent gotten sick going to Matadors tho!

Janet Jacquier
Janet Jacquier

That food truck stop on Fridays is one of the best in OC. Never been sick. Individuals should make personal health decisions. Not a group of officials.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

We love Fullerton; we don't like its PD or elected officials!

Ricky Stauffer
Ricky Stauffer

What about the Tommy truck that the Fullerton Police Dept. brought in when they were trying to get Dan Hughes appointed chief. They supplied free burgers to those that would where their "I Love Fullerton Police" tshirt at the council meeting.

John Juan Adams
John Juan Adams

A Got DAM shame. WTF? I think Peyton nailed the true answer. FULLERTON SUCKS. Take your MOOLA somewhere else. Their Officials are TRASH and goofy as shit house rats. (Wonder if they played the Mexican card too--I got a feeling they don't want all those Mexican Trucks in their stinking town)

Andres Garcia
Andres Garcia

Even with proof, their idea is irrational. Take away the opportunity of a business because people do not know how to control their drinking and how is it that food trucks can create more of this? Doesn't make sense.

Geof Dail
Geof Dail

I think most people realize what's really going on - brick & mortar restaurants bring in more money tax-wise, so the City Council has a vested interest in trying to run the food trucks out of town.

johnny_libertine
johnny_libertine

Come on. It sounds to me like restaurant owners are getting a little flustered losing business to trucks that offer good food at lower prices. I think someone needs to take a look at who, on the city council, might have interests in the downtown food scene. Just a thought.

James Stutsman
James Stutsman

Perhaps the Fullerton City council is a threat to 'Public Safety'...their police are! (^^^)

Nancy Gallardo
Nancy Gallardo

Food trucks are great, I'm sure everyone has eaten from at least one food truck in their life time...even council members.

alexj774
alexj774

@Charlie Wilson I agree with you 100%.  That brings to mind the early 1980's.  Fullerton City Hall aided, of course, by their badged bouncers (FPD) went around the downtown bars (about 5 of them) giving patrons and owners a hard time.  False complaints about noise and too many drunks walking on the street.  And look at them now, they even provide free police service to the bars assigning about 3 two men patrol cars to the area, at TAXPAYERS expense.  I wonder if some of Fullerton's city council are involved in all these real estate development.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Lon Hall And also ban those guns that are rarely used for violence, but pass a low requiring a huge penalty for trying to buy ammo of any sort.

It is not just Fullerton, sadly.  The whole state has gone nuts

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