Special thanks to Alexis (@littleartwork) for her email to the city council.
Dear City Council,
I am writing to inform you of my extreme displeasure at the decision to shut down the food truck lot on 14th and Santa Monica. The so-called “zoning” problem isn’t the issue, because the C4 District specifically allows “restaurants,” which is what the food trucks are. The issue here is that you just don’t like them, and you’re looking for whatever excuse you can come up with.
The food truck lot was a brilliant idea. Not only did it transform a boring part of our city which had very limited food options into a lively, fun spot, but it allowed us to be able to find the trucks, rather than having to trek downtown or to westwood or wherever their current popular spots are (never Santa Monica, thanks to all our anti-fun decisions). They were a pain to track down! Finally, a place right nearby where we could always find them. A reliable place with constantly changing, and always delicious food. Have you even tried some of these gourmet trucks? They serve some of the best food in all of Los Angeles.
The truck lot was a great idea for Santa Monica financially, too. Being the first place where you could find many food trucks reliably, people would be coming from neighboring areas just to eat there, and then they’d continue to spend their dollars in our city. We saw its popularity on day one. The people of Santa Monica want the food trucks. It’s time for you to get over your grouchy policy on this issue, and allow it.
Alexis Rawlins Santa Monica Resident