The current issue at hand? It's not the motions proposed by LaBonge to keep L.A.'s food truck contingency from parking for more than an hour in metered parking zones. It's not the accumulation of wrappers, napkins and other trash from tipsy truck patrons at Abbot Kinney's First Fridays. Nor is it crowd control or parking in red zones during Downtown's Art Walk. No, the issue is much more fundamental than that, focusing on the competition for patrons between brick-and-mortar restaurants and the food trucks that park along Miracle Mile's Museum Row.
Matt Gellar, who has worked to fight LaBonge's stance and proposed motions, admits the constant flip-flopping of issues brought to light by the City Council against food trucks can be confusing. "There were three big issues we were dealing with. First, an Art walk issue where there were too many trucks. So we put all the trucks in a lot and dealt with that issue. Then we were dealing with too much trash at [Abbot Kinney] First Fridays; the association just hired four guys to work for 5 1/2 hours and they cleaned up all the trash. And now we've got Wilshire but the problem is, what issue am I dealing with? Am I dealing with competition? I can't stop that. Or am I dealing with parking?"