But the differences between current city regulations and the new bill, argues San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, are considerable. In fact, he calls the AB 1678 "terrible." "The state law applies to elementary schools as well as middle schools and high schools, and that doesn't make sense," Wiener says. "I don't know any elementary schools that allow their students to leave campus for lunch -- and there are many more elementary schools in town."
Just to give you a sense of what we're talking about, 1,500 feet is about three city blocks.
It's clear that the legislation was drafted by someone who doesn't live in the second-densest major city in the county. In addition, critics of AB 1678 have already pointed out that fast food outlets are not subjected to the same 1,500-foot rule.
SactoMoFo, a Sacramento advocacy group that throws food-truck events, is organizing a letter drive to petition Assemblymember Monning to re-examine the legislation. Cohen says that street-food groups around the state are mobilizing to respond to AB 1678, and Wiener hopes to ask, at minimum, for an exemption for San Francisco or other cities that have passed their own ordinances regarding food trucks and schools.