Michelle reported last week that Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation to prevent food trucks from parking within 1,500 feet of a public school between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This, of course, is crap, and we can count the number of food trucks that ply the streets of Carmel with our shoes on and our flies up, but that's not the point: What does 1,500 feet mean, really?
It's between a quarter and a third of a mile, which doesn't seem like a lot, until you realize that unlike Carmel (population 3,721 normal people and one hand-wringing schmendrick tilting at out-of-town windmills), Orange County has a lot of public schools.
Ever eager to serve the public interest, I set out to create a Google Map showing a 1,500-foot radius around every public school in the county.
I started at the north end of the county, with the Lowell Joint School District and the La Habra City School District, and worked my way into Orange before I got sick of geocoding addresses.
So, forthwith, OC Weekly's partial guide to where food trucks would not be allowed to park between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. if Assembly Bill 1678 passes:
Notice that this covers a lot of the normal ground for lunch stops for these trucks, and ask yourself this: Are food trucks so bad for our children that they need to be kept almost as far away from schools as sex offenders?
Write your legis-pendejo or legis-pendeja and tell him or her to send AB 1678 packing. If you don't know who's supposed to be guarding your interests in Sacramento, you can look it up on the Legislature's website.
¡A LA CHINGADA CON AB 1678!