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Friday, November 20, 2009

No Resolution in Dispute Over Where Cupkates Street-Food Vendor Can Sell

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 3:54 PM

click to enlarge Kate McEachern (in truck) is continuing to sell, despite having been told she's violating the law. - CUPKATES BAKERY
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  • Kate McEachern (in truck) is continuing to sell, despite having been told she's violating the law.
Cupkates mobile cupcake vendor Kate McEachern told SFoodie she's still waiting to hear from Berkeley city officials about her dispute over where she's legally allowed to sell. Last Friday, a code enforcement officer told McEachern she was violating the law for selling from metered parking spaces, something McEachern said the city had allowed her to do since Cupkates launched in August.

On Wednesday, we reported that the vendor was unable to speak with an assistant city manager about what McEachern charges is Berkeley's about-face. Last night, Councilmember Kriss Worthington called McEachern, and said he'd try to get the issue resolved with City Manager Phil Kamlarz. It's unclear whether she'll be allowed to attend the meeting that might or might not take place Monday.

In the meantime, McEachern has been continuing to sell from the very metered parking spaces she was told last week were off limits to mobile vendors. "I am still operating as usual, out of financial necessity," McEachern told SFoodie. Earlier this week, she informed the offices of both the city manager and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates that she'd be selling along her usual route. Since then, no code enforcement or other officer has approached her.

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