Thursday, August 18, 2011

Taco Truck Regulation Redux -- Don't Mess with our Tacos (and Mobile Chefs)!

As we previously reported, taco truck regulation has increased coincidentally with the national concern with immigration from Mexico, a land filled with some true fans of the taco.  Rumor even has it that the capital of the state of California, Sacramento is considering a change to its food truck ordinance to deal with the taco truck "problem."

A clinic of the University of Chicago Law School, well-known for its law-and-economics approach to law, has started a campaign to defend street vendors in Chicago.   Should the city of Chicago be allowed to turn business districts into No-Vending Zones to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition? That is the question that surrounds a grassroots campaign being launched earlier this week — My Streets! My Eats!  by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship. The Clinic, which brings together law students to assist low-income entrepreneurs, will advocate for freedom for "mobile chefs" to prepare food on-the-go and serve their customers wherever they can do so safely.

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Taco expert (and law professor) Ernesto Hernández
 will be speaking at the Second National Street Food Conference in San Francisco next Monday on a panel tantalizingly titled "The Life and Death of the Great American Food Truck." See Professor Hernández's scholarship on the subject here. The conference is being organized by La Cocina, a nonprofit with a laudable mission: "to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. We focus primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities. Our vision is that entrepreneurs will become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant economy doing what they love to do."

 KJ

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