Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Key Stakeholders Meet Wednesday to Discuss New Street-Food Rules for Oakland

By John Birdsall
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:27 PM

It was more than two years ago that the Oakland City Council asked a couple of municipal agencies to look at the city’s 2001 mobile vending ordinance and recommend changes. And while there have been months of inquiries, commissions, studies, reports, and hearings, nothing has changed. Meanwhile, Oakland has watched as food trucks and other manifestations of street food have risen to rock-star status across the nation. Needless to say, proponents of legal street food in Oakland are a little, uh — frustrated.

It’s likely you’ll hear some of those frustrations aired tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 31) at City Hall, when what are being called the key stakeholders in the mobile food-vending ordinance meet to talk (WTF understands that the list of invitees includes Karen Hester of Bites Off Broadway, Elizabeth August of the Oakland Mobile Food Group, and Matt Cohen of Off the Grid, as well as reps from half a dozen city agencies). Please note: The meeting is open to the public, but the public won’t be invited to speak, so forget practicing your well-honed rant in front of the bathroom mirror tonight.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. in Hearing Room Three at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Get in touch at John.Birdsall@EastBayExpress.com, and follow me on Twitter @John_Birdsall.

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