New rules could govern mobile food purveyors 

Rules that govern the growing number of mobile food vendors in San Francisco are scheduled to be discussed Monday morning at City Hall.

Mobile food vendors include people who serve hot dogs cooked on roadside barbecues in the Mission district, decadent desserts in Dolores Park, and meals out of trucks and cars.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, whose district includes parts of the Mission neighborhood where mobile food vendors are heavily concentrated, requested the Board of Supervisors committee hearing in response to the growing numbers of vendors in The City.

Such vendors are entrepreneurs who help activate once-dead public spaces, but some are unwelcomed by established businesses and operate using questionable food safety procedures.

“Whether you love or hate this growing phenomenon, the rules that govern them are difficult to understand and hard to enforce,” Dufty said in a legislative statement. “As more of these pop up in our sidewalks and parks and as the days get longer for spring and summer, I think it’s time to take the lead in crafting and clarifying rules.”

The Monday morning hearing will be conducted by the Board of Supervisors’ City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee.

“I want to be clear. I’m not proposing that we start shaking down ice cream carts in (the) Mission for tax revenue,” Dufty said in the statement.

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