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Food Truck Friday Event in Peril Again

Friday's food truck event was the last one that the organizers have a valid permit for. To continue the event, the organizers will need to reapply with some tough new hurdles to meet.

Friday night's food truck event may end up being the last time Altadena residents will line up for grilled cheese, shrimp, and more goodies at the monthly , as the organizers temporary permit has now expired.

Meredith Miller, of , said that she and the other organizers want to keep the event going, but have been told they will need to apply for yet another permit, this one covering five more events.

The event last ran into trouble in February, when Miller and her partner in the event, Lori Webster, found out they would need to apply for a permit to keep the event going.  They got a temporary operating permit in March to last through September.

Now, Miller said, the county is asking her to meet new requirements not previously asked, including canvassing all neighbors within 500 feet of the event site through the mail to find out what objections they may have to the food truck event.  They will also need to fill out all their paperwork again from scratch, she said.

The permit would cost $192 for 5 months, which might not be as prohibitive as the time it will take to actually fulfill the county permit requirements, Miller said.

"You know, we also have a business to run," Miller told Altadena Patch Saturday. She noted that neither she nor Webster directly profit from the event.

She said next month's event is up in the air.  Another option could be to bring it back in the Spring, she said.

She noted that Food Truck Friday is gaining in popularity and said she receives unsolicited emails from food truck vendors all the time asking to be part of it.

So what can Altadenans who love the event do to help?  Miller said the best thing she can think of is for people to write County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and ask him to help expedite the county requirements and let him know that people in the community do value the event.

Those interested can write Antonovich's district representative Sussy Nemer at (626) 356-5407 or via email at snemer@bos.co.la.ca.us.  Antonovich's spokesman and office manager Tony Bell can be reached at 213-974-5555 or tbell@bos.co.la.ca.us.  Antonovich's official email contact can be found here.

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Lori A. Webster September 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM
You know, this is really a hilarious conversation. If someone not from Altadena read this entire thread, they'd be scratching their heads wondering what is wrong with us. There are no churches offering their non-profit status to us at this time, however, the suggestion is duly noted, Lisa, and you could be right. I'm glad you showed your sense of humor here, you're actually pretty funny.
mister altadena September 13, 2011 at 02:31 PM
No one dares to step on the toes of churches. And up here, that equals a lot of toes. The business of religion! I sure hope that churches DON'T get more involved in our daily lives nor do more to promote business in Altadena. The event this past wknd was pulled off b/c the church is well connected, may (I don't know) have some deep pockets and experience in putting on these events. Lastly, they had a big interest and desire to do this. They should be commended for that desire. I'd rather challenge local civic non-profit groups to step up, take notice, and use this event as an example of how to get things done vs. being so complacent.
Charles D September 13, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Altadena is going no where, real fast. Reading this article as the editor has described "tough new hurdles to meet" implies that any future effort may perhaps be futile. The business owners have been generous enough to offer space and open themselves to more liability. Private business owners operate on a different set of rules, wherein they are accountable for their actions. Often times, minimum staffing is found to lower overall over head cost. Owner operator often times exemplify the concept of "multi-tasking". That's what it means to operate a business. Instead of making statements that aren't appropriate to describe the business involved, why not invest time in this? They've described the process required to satisfy Los Angeles County. Can you volunteer as it appears you have a very high interest with this issue. I believe Los Angeles County have put these rules in place to protect the local residents in or around the event. They have the right to live in peace. Think positive, and please be responsible with your comments.
Lori A. Webster September 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Charles, are you directing your comment to me? I AM one of those owners that was "generous enough to offer space and open themselves to more liability".
Steve Lamb September 13, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Charles- your comments seem to be both confused and confusing. The County has NO PROBLEM ignoring the peace and quiet of the neighbors say when approving Bienvenidos, and soon after the LUC and the ATC vote against it the charter school for there, but when its actually a once a month as opposed to a all day everyday event, suddenly the County has so much concern.....A CUP for all eternity for 8 grand for one group, $900 every nine months for another. Against the wishes of a whole town for the project with the most impact,concerned about people who havent even complained on the project with almost no impact....Where are you?

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