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City Council Takes Second Look at Food Trucks

The council will also consider measures to protect public and environmental health at Pinto Lake Park.

After two weeks of collecting feedback from downtown restaurateurs, the Watsonville City Council will again be advised to approve a food truck meet-up near the City Plaza on Friday and Saturday nights.

Council members had considered the food truck plan in late September, but told city staff they would like to explore expanding the proposed hours of 9 p.m. to midnight.

Staff reached out to local restaurants operating within two or three blocks of Peck Street, where the trucks would park, to see how a larger window for the  food truck events would impact the businesses. City council members had asked that food truck vendors start serving earlier—8 p.m. on Fridays and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Strong objections were heard at several of the restaurants visited," according to a staff report prepared by Marcela Tavantzis, Assistant City Manager. She said many of the restaurants are struggling to stay open.

The restaurants visited reported they are open until at least 8 p.m. and some don't close until 10 p.m. They were most comfortable with a 9 p.m. start time for the food trucks, Tavantzis reported.

Therefore, the staff report will advise the city council let food trucks park on Peck Street from 9 p.m. on beginning Oct. 19.

In other business, the city council will consider measures to improve communication with the public about dangerous levels of toxins in .

Blue green algal blooms, caused by high nutrient levels in the lake’s water and sediments, create high levels of toxins in the lake. City staff monitors those levels and, if the proposal before the Watsonville City Council is approved, would start posting bilingual fliers when the levels spike.

City staff would also start working with county health officials to determine if it's safe to eat fish that are caught in the lake, as fishing is a favorite activity at Pinto Lake.

The city council meets ta 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, fourth floor of 275 Main St.

David H. Perez October 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
@Daniel Skeen - I was not born and raised in Watsonville, but have lived here for 25 years. I have heard from friends who were born and raised here that this town was really something back in the day. I often ask myself, "What happened?" I love what Morgan Hill has done with their downtown. My wife and I also frequent downtown Half Moon Bay, another small coastal town. They have a wonderful downtown full of quaint shops and restaurants, and we have felt totally safe there even while enjoying the night life. The architecture there is nowhere near as beautiful as that of downtown Watsonville. Still, walking the streets of downtown Half Moon Bay, my wife and I often ask each other, "Why can't we have this at home?"
Cathy P. October 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
@Daniel: "The question is can the people of Watsonville elect the people to get the job done?" --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABSOLUTELY, stay tuned....
HizDesign October 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Agree re: not taking business away from restaurants.....if a person wants to head to say, Phil's Fish Market for dinner, and they pass a "Seafood Caught FRESH" on the highway nearby, they don't suddenly change their mind, pull over, and eat there instead. Someone on the way to Appleby's isn't likely to pull off the road for a Burger & Fries Food truck.
HizDesign October 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The people of Watsonville can elect, however we are limited to those who are running.....:) so, another question might be, Who among the people of Watsonville will RUN?
Mmmm hmmmm October 21, 2012 at 05:24 AM
"Downtown is pretty disgusting and third-worldish. I never eat down there anyway since there are no restaurants that really interest me - well, besides Second Street Cafe, they are really good. I definitely would not be caught dead (figuratively OR literally) downtown between 9 P.M. and midnight." DOC- if you think that Watsonville's downtown is disgusting and third-worldish then why don't you move to Beverly Hills or CarmeL? I'm sure you'll find plenty on the menu catering to your caucasian palette. YOu wanna diss our town and call it terrible things, then GET OUT!!! No one's stopping you... This is a migrant town, fulla Mexicanos... that's why theres taco trucks... If our town were filled w/ Italians, then we'd see lotsa Italian restaurants. Go LIVE where you feel safe. I don't personally feel safe living around a bunch of biggot racists who think locking up our youth is the panacea to the false hype that people like DOC have created. U think it's unsafe to be in our town from 9-midngiht, then by all means STAY HOME, good writtens! I don't wanna run into YOU!

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