San Francisco compromises on school food truck buffer zone

Deal allows trucks on college campuses while reducing the distance the can park from K-12.

June 13—After two years of negotiations, a San Francisco supervisor has come up with a compromise plan for new food truck regulation that both food truck vendors and restaurant owners say they can live with, but the plan still faces opposition from educators.

San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education is opposing the plan because of the reduction in the buffer zone around schools.

The compromise fashioned by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener would improve the permitting process for food trucks, allow them to operate on college and hospital campuses and would reduce the distance they can park from middle and high schools.

Chris Armentrout with the SFUSD said they can agree to reduce the buffer zone to a block or a block and a half around most schools except O’Connell, Galileo and Mission High.

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