January 16, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

New Restrictions For Main Street Food Trucks In Santa Monica:

Food trucks patrolling Main Street in the Ocean Park neighborhood will have to be mindful of their time, as the Santa Monica City Council approved at its last Tuesday night meeting an expanded prohibition of late night street vending during certain holidays.

Already prohibited from operating on a small stretch of Main Street between 1 am and 3 am on Saturdays and Sundays, the expanded ordinance now prohibits food trucks from maintaining a presence during those same hours on certain popular holidays.

Specifically, the expanded ordinance – which was approved by Council Members in a 6 to 1 vote – prohibits food trucks from a stretch of Main Street during holidays commonly associated with alcoholic consumption but do not occur on a Saturday or Sunday. Those holidays include Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, and New Year’s Day in the event any of those days landed on a weekday.

According to City staff, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) requested the Council to consider an expanded ordinance due to safety concerns.

“In recent years, commercial vending activities from vehicles, particularly food trucks, have grown exponentially within the City,” a City staff report stated. “The impact of this increase in vending activities has been most acute on Main Street during late night hours, when food trucks operating near alcohol serving establishments attract large crowds of persons.”

The report stated that large crowds created extreme congestion of the narrow sidewalks along Main Street, forced pedestrians onto the road, and posed significant safety hazards to the public.

The council addressed SMPD’s concerns about the safety hazards posed by the crowding at and near food trucks by adopting a “narrow ordinance” in November 2011. That ordinance prohibited food trucks from operating along Main Street between Ocean Park Boulevard and Marine Street between 1 am and 3 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

“As patrons, including intoxicated patrons, depart the alcohol serving establishments, they are attracted to the mobile vendors. This often creates huge crowds of persons, standing or sitting on the sidewalks and socializing while they eat, that spread throughout the streets and sidewalks along Main Street. This causes Main Street sidewalks to be virtually impassable and driveways to be blocked,” City staff stated.

Another concern rose at Tuesday’s council meeting: trash. An SMPD officer who spoke to the council said some food truck patrons fail to dispose of food wrappings in the trash after eating their respective meals.

There was also a concern of whether people eat once purchasing items from food trucks.

“Persons who purchase eatables from such mobile vendors often consume them immediately afterwards. Due to the significant crowds and the narrow sidewalks on Main Street, persons often choose to sit on street curbs or even parking spaces to consume foods,” City staff stated. “Such persons, while sitting, are not easily seen by drivers of vehicles attempting to enter or exit their parking spaces and may be struck by such vehicles.”

According to the SMPD, the previously approved ordinance was an effective tool in protecting public safety along Main Street.

“However, the same safety concerns that precipitated [the ordinance] remain apparent during certain holidays popularly associated with alcohol consumption that may fall on a week day,” the City staff report stated.

With the approval of the expanded ordinance, food trucks are prohibited from operating between 1 am and 3 pm during weekends and proscribed holidays along Main Street from south of Marine Street to the City’s southernmost border where Santa Monica meets Venice.

City staff reported there are 213 food trucks licensed to operate within Santa Monica.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day was the sole “no” vote.

in News
Related Posts

Edify TV: Overhaul for Canyon Property?

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

A unique Santa Monica Canyon property may be getting an overhaul. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica Fire Department Rolls Out Vaccinations

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

SMFD helps with rollout across county  By Chad Winthrop Beginning this month , Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters and paramedics...

SMC and MLK Westside Coalition’s 36th Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Only at 9am on Jan. 18th – Visit: MLKjrWestside.org  The Rev. Dr....

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Intention to Run for L.A. County Supervisor

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

State rep. looking to replace Sheila Kuehl in 2022 By Sam Catanzaro With incumbent Supervisor Sheila Kuehl signaling she won’t...

Man Jumps to Death at Santa Monica Place

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Man jumps off parking structure in Monday suicide  By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide Monday after jumping off...

Santa Monica City Resumes Preferential Parking Restrictions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica City Resumes Preferential Parking Restrictions * La County Approves...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Pier Shut Down Weekends

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Santa Monica Pier has been shut down on weekends temporarily as COVID-19 cases rise in Los Angeles. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Bloomingdale’s Closing

January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Santa Monica’s Bloomingdale’s is set to shut down, adding to a sting of vacancies in the downtown Santa Monica area....