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Local Food Truck Ban: Kevin Jeffries Says Legal Restrictions Hurt

The assemblyman is promising to fight to lift the county's restriction on food trucks if elected in November to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

A Lake Elsinore lawmaker has pledged to end restrictions on food trucks if elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in November.

Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R) said in a released statement Friday that a county ban on the wheeled eateries "prevents job creation, reduces county tax revenues, and deprives families of some of the most creative cuisine on the market today.”

Jeffries’ promise to lift the legal restrictions comes along the campaign trail as he continues his bid for the county board seat against incumbent First District Supervisor Bob Buster. The assemblyman's seat in the state Legislature terms out this year.

“Riverside County has the most restrictive laws on food trucks in Southern California,” Jeffries said. “Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties allow gourmet food trucks ... to visit sports parks, outdoor festivals, industrial parks and commercial centers, providing fresh and interesting food within walking distance of customers. Even San Bernardino County has now lifted their outright ban on food trucks, but Riverside County is still mired in ‘roach coach’ fear-mongering, and has almost entirely missed the latest food trend to sweep the nation.”

Indeed, gourmet food trucks are in vogue. In June the 2nd annual Food Truck Festival in the City of Riverside. The food trucks were parked in a fenced off area at Third and Market streets, and by most media accounts the event was well attended. On Oct. 6, Pechanga also hosted a food trucks festival.

Lake Elsinore currently has a special permit process it follows for mobile food vendors, but the county has banned food trucks for decades over concerns about public health, and last month -- in a Press-Enterprise article profiling a food services provider -- Supervisor Buster said that in a time of recession it could be tough to add staff and programs to regulate the trucks countywide.

Jeffries disagrees.

“Riverside County’s insistence on an outright ban has almost entirely prevented entrepreneurs with dreams of future success from selling their food here, forcing them to go to Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego instead,” he said.

Lake Elsinore is the home of a food truck manufacturer, California Cart Builder on Hunco Way. Jeffries argues the ban prevents California Cart’s customers from doing business in unincorporated areas, like nearby Lakeland Village, thus shorting the county of potential sales tax revenues and depriving residents the right to experience food truck cuisine.

“Good food, good hygiene, and good relationships between gourmet food trucks and brick and mortar restaurants are possible and are being demonstrated throughout Southern California. Riverside County needs to come out of the culinary and bureaucratic Stone Age and bring sanity to the county health and business codes, so we can bring new jobs and new revenues to the county. Ancient prejudices against food trucks should not be used as an excuse to prevent these small businesses from serving Riverside County,” Jeffries said.

The assemblyman admits lifting the food truck ban won’t make Riverside County rich, but he argues that legalizing the motorized eateries “is an easy and public way to send the message that Riverside County is now open and friendly to small business and willing to work with entrepreneurs who want to set up shop or sell their goods in our communities.”

Antonio October 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I read in the PE Sunday that Jeffries is opposed to the modest fee the County imposes on the vast solar farms in the Desert area. These corporate enterprises use federally guaranteed loans (no risk) and then fight against the County getting some fees to offset their blight and use of our natural resources. These fees offset the taxes we residents pay for our County Government. Once again Jeffries sells out the taxpayers for corporate interests and he hopes the voters don't understand how this financial shell game actually works.
Antonio October 21, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Have you heard the latest robo- call message that Jeffries is broadcasting? Full of outrageous lies about his opponent. Jeffries must be desperate. If Jeffires has to make these outrageous lies what does that say about his integrity?
Winston Mason November 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Pt 2 Kevin Jeffries For Supervisor??? http://www.thebugle.net/images/stories/webcbmay2011.pdf http://www.thebugle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=11&Itemid=140&lang= “we could not stand for voter deception”. Jeffries having no profession, occupation or vocation to list as a ballot designation - remember he is a Lake Elsinore high school graduate from the days then the school had a very low rating for academic achievement - Jeffries assigned himself the title of “businessman”. He claims that title for helping his mother collect rents for commercial property that she inherited from a former husband. Worse, how about milking the Western Water District ratepayers for meeting stipends that you just show up for in order to be recognized and leave before the meeting even starts saying to Manager Rossi, “You can handle it from here.” When I witnessed this travesty and called the District they said there is no policy on how long you have to be at the meeting to get paid. It is just understood that you should attend the full session. Understood by honest public servants maybe but not this one apparently. Is Jeffries a real scum bag or what?
Winston Mason November 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Pt 1 Kevin Jeffries For Supervisor??? http://www.thebugle.net/images/stories/webcbmay2011.pdf http://www.thebugle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=11&Itemid=140&lang= A surgeon observed the easiest patients to operate on are Politicians. There’s no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine, -- and the head and the ass are interchangeable. To see if you agree that this describes Kevin Jeffries perfectly read on and visit www.thebugle.net for more “Because You Asked” answers to public inquiries. One other important point is that he illegally used the title of fireman as a ballot designation for years - which is probably why he was ever elected to the Western Water District in the first place. When he ran for State Assembly using that ballot designation, which is only allowed if it is your profession, vocation or occupation, none of which is true for volunteer work that you do occasionally and especially when you can’t do the job and they assign you sit it out in a vehicle while the brave and dedicated volunteers do all the work. Ask the brave volunteers with the Department of Forestry in Lakeland Village about Jeffries’ performance and his photo ops. Anyway, the California Department of Forestry successfully sued Jeffries in 2006 for trying to use “Fireman” as his profession saying “we could not stand for voter deception”.
Paul Riverside November 02, 2012 at 02:48 AM
So this call comes into my home at 8:30 tonight (Nov. 1) - "Blah blah blah Can we count on your support for Kevin Jeffires?" I said, "Well, tell me something about him - his positions - because I'm probably voting for 'ole what's-his-name (drawing a blank) - oh yeah, Buster, Bob Buster." She told me she didn't really know anything about Jeffires' positions. I said, "Huh?" "How's he different from Buster?" She didn't know or wouldn't say. "Tell me Something about him." She couldn't or wouldn't. I said, "That seals the deal, put me down for Buster."

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