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July 20, 2012
Food truck vendors, restaurateurs make good progress in talks

City officials, restaurateurs and food truck vendors held what was described as a productive meeting Friday, as the sides attempt to resolve a series of issues surrounding Sacramento's food truck craze.

Councilman Jay Schenirer, who helped organize the meeting, told me he was "very pleased with both the brick and mortar restaurants' and food trucks vendors' desires to move to a win-win situation." Schenirer said he could not provide details of which issues were resolved, as city staffers work to draft ordinance language that will eventually be debated by the City Council.

The sides agreed to meet again Aug. 3 and hope to finalize the rules at that time. The ordinance language will then move onto the City Council's Law and Legislation Committee either later this summer or in the early fall. The City Council will then debate the issue later this year.

Truck vendors want the city to ease curfews and a 30-minute limit on how long they can park in one spot. Restaurateurs are worried about food trucks cutting into their business.

Today's meeting was held on the eve of the fifth SactoMoFo mobile food truck fair at Sixth and X streets on Saturday.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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