By Lindsay Reiser | Kpho.com
CBS 5 – KPHO
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) –
Arizona state government says one of the biggest priorities is to promote commerce and create jobs.
So why were a group of entrepreneurs looking to cook up some business kicked off the Capitol lawn Friday?
A group of food truck owners said they have a permit to park on the Capitol lawn for a few hours on Fridays for the lunch hour. One said they’ve been going for months. But Friday, they said they were told to leave.
“Our loyal fan base, we call the lunchadors,” said Tim Cobb with Luncha Libre. He said a city transportation employee told them to leave.
“Basically told us that the permit was no longer good that we had down there,” Cobb said.
He said thought the permit was good until December.
“There was going to be a reevaluation in July, just to simply see if any statutes or regulations had changed and apparently the evaluation was done and nobody told any of us,” Cobb said.
He still has no idea what changed with their permit, but this has cost them a lot of money.
“Friday is definitely one of our big days on there, it’s money we project we’re going to make,” Cobb said. “We had to send people home.”
The governor’s office tells us though the permit process doesn’t have anything to do with them, they’re going to look into this. Cobb said he hopes the state stands by its promise to help small businesses.
“Trying to stand by the agenda you have and trying to create the way of commerce for small businesses in the state of Arizona,” Cobb said.
The city transportation department had no comment.