Food Truck Skirmishes in Granada Hills
Sitting on a curb to eat after being handed something slithery from a truck that has traveled miles through Valley heat to hand it to you is not my idea of optimal dining, but you city rabble have been voting with your dollars for just such experiences. While food trucks are now everywhere, the high renaissance of street cuisine unfolds in Granada Hills, on Chatsworth between Zelzah and White Oak, where dozens of food trucks park at least two days a week to purvey their exotica.
While all seems bliss for the moment, there are a few hitches: a couple of restaurants, notably grumpy ones under normal circumstances, don't like trucks stealing their business; a couple of neighbors don't like the mess. But by and large, Granada Hills wants its meals on wheels; and by and large, the Chamber of Commerce wants to protect bricks and mortar establishments.
Complaints are the special domain of Neighborhood Councils and Chambers of Commerce, and last Wednesday Councilman Mitch Englander's office met with reps from both to try the figure out a way to grease everybody, even as County agents were swooping in on food trucks to issue violations.
The two groups have met the Councilman before. There was no official statement coming out of the meeting, but my understanding is that the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce got a little more control over the event, which may change it slightly--we'll have to see this weekend.
In the meantime, a documentary--and a fine one at that--has been made by Valley cineaste Mark Hovater about the Granada Hills food truck phenomenon. The above photos are stills from the twenty-one minute flick. You can find it here.
One of the problems of a chamber of commerce taking a lead role in organizing something is, they aren't accountable to the public. And that includes media--I tried to talk to the Granada Hills C of C yesterday but got no response.