City Council Members,
I was very disappointed to hear that the Santa Monica Food Lot had been shut down.
When I first heard about this amazing array of trucks congregating in Santa Monica I felt as if our city (and I mean in the larger sense: Los Angeles) had turned some little corner in an attempt to inject some community to this part of the world.
I also, being a resident of the Hollywood Hills, planned to travel to the WESTSIDE to eat there, something I never do because driving 45 minutes to do anything in Santa Monica is something I try to avoid because of the time involved.
It seems to me that uses (ee) (restaurants of 50 seats or less) and (hh) (sidewalk cafes) in the C4 zone code allow for this very thing.
The Santa Monica Foot Lot might even be protect by (bb) (Places of Worship) if the food is good enough.
As a Los Angeles resident for the past 33 years, when I think of Santa Monica I think of all the great strides you’ve made with public spaces. From the Santa Monica Pier to the 3rd Street Promenade to the bustling Farmer’s Markets you’ve consistently enriched your own city and those cities surrounding you with your smart planning and community-building initiatives. the Santa Monica Food Lot is just tailor made for what seems to be your city’s directive.
I hope that you’ll reconsider or find a way to clear up this zoning misunderstanding and allow this new addition to thrive in Santa Monica.
Food Truck Eater