By David Mendez | Easy Reader News
Food truck operators within Redondo Beach will now have to keep their distance from the city’s schools, due to an action taken by the City Council. In a separate agenda item, the city also took action to crack down on food trucks playing loud music, with a focus on The Esplanade.
Based on recommendations from staff, the city’s municipal code will be altered to disallow mobile food vendors from operating within 500 feet of Redondo Beach schools, with an exemption for trucks that have permission to be on school grounds, as for fundraiser events.
District 1 Councilman Jeff Ginsburg made particular note of the problems his constituents face, repeatedly mentioning the amount of “phone calls and text messages” he receives when the trucks are parked out on “warm, sunny days.”
Ginsburg asked if it would be possible to “add a street” to the 500 foot school restriction. Mayor Steve Aspel then reminded Ginsburg that “pushing them off of The Esplanade would just push them to someone else’s neighborhood.”
There was brief concern that mobile vendors could argue that their music could be construed as a “warning signal” to be in compliance with a section of the city’s municipal code.
That was quickly dismissed by Redondo Beach Police Department Captain Tom Krafick, saying that “we can articulate in traffic court the difference between music and a warning device.”