City of Santa Ana
SANTA ANA – Last month, the Santa Ana City Council was presented with a new food vending vehicle ordinance that provides fair, legal and enforceable guidelines for mobile food vendors. The proposed ordinance, which adheres to all applicable state and local laws, is not intended to be punitive, but to protect the health and safety of residents.
The issue of regulating food vending vehicles had initially come before the City Council and staff when the City had received complaints from the public, primarily from secondary impacts to food vending vehicles. And while the City had previously enacted food vending vehicle regulations, those ordinances were legally challenged. The City was ordered by a Superior Court judge not to enforce provisions of the existing food vending vehicle regulations. The proposed ordinance, which does not conflict with state or local laws, was prepared based on health and safety findings. Further, to ensure an effective approach to regulating food vending vehicles, the City took into consideration input from the community, including both residents and stakeholders. Continue reading