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Food trucks. We have all been to one or at least know a friend who has, or maybe you’ve even seen a picture on Facebook. Food trucks around San Francisco serve a wide assortment of food and snacks to workers, tourists and food lovers. Many people like me have enjoyed things like sisig tacos, curry burritos, Jamaican snacks and crème brulee from these trucks.

So if you’re like me, you were concerned when you heard about the new bill stating that food trucks can’t be within 1,500 feet of a school. For those of you who weren’t concerned, you probably didn’t know that in San Francisco, almost everything is within 1,500 feet or 3 blocks of a school. I was worried that this new trend of food trucks being mobile and serving all kinds of food was coming to an end. I felt negative about things and was wondering why the city would even do something like that, so I turned to the Internet.

I found out a little more about the reason behind the bill, which pretty much boils down to obesity. The city and parents are concerned about the easy availably of unhealthy foods close to schools. Mostly the concern is for middle school students, who tend to snack on junk food, and high school students who leave campus for lunch.

I felt less negative about the situation now that I knew the reasons, but 1,500 feet is still too far. This doesn’t leave room for food trucks to park together and hold events like “Off the Grid.”

On March 12, 2012, California Assemblyman Bill Monning’s proposed bill prohibiting food trucks from vending within 1,500 feet of any elementary, middle or high school in California was changed to 500 feet in San Francisco. This was Monning’s response to criticism and dislike of his original bill. San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener was quoted as saying that the original bill is “an extreme piece of legislation that’s . . . a very non-urban approach that doesn’t work in a city like San Fra