Assemblymember Bill Monning (D.-Monterey), who recently introduced a bill requiring food trucks to park no closer than 1,500 feet from any school during school hours, has just withdrawn the bill from the state legislature.
"We essentially said that criminalizing a class of food vendors when a whole other class of food establishments aren't addressed is inappropriate," Cohen says. By "other class" Cohen is referring to fast-food restaurants and convenience stores, which don't share the same restrictions.
This morning, Monning released a statement claiming that he will not give up on trying to prevent food trucks from selling unhealthy snacks to students. However, he acknowledged, "The challenge before us is working with a diverse group of stakeholders to establish a shared understanding about the adverse impacts of these practices and the necessity of a statewide legislative solution." In other words, AB-1678 needs to be thought through more closely.