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June 3, 2008

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In This Section:
Taco-Truck Battles Heating Up Coast To Coast
'Quick Draw'In Georgia No Longer Just About Beer
Texas Town Says 'Hasta La Vista' To Smoking
Chicago Saves Goose That Laid Golden Liver

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Taco-Truck Battles Heating Up Coast To Coast
If you've been following the controversies over taco-truck regulations, you know several cities, including Sacramento and Salinas, Calif., and Conroe, Texas, among others, have recently implemented new or tightened restrictions on the mobile businesses. The concern is that the low-overhead trucks, if allowed to park in one place for long, threaten brick-and-mortar enterprises, add traffic, etc.

And if you saw the May 22 edition of FER Fortnightly, you know Los Angeles County, too, recently passed a new, more restrictive law. Under penalty of new, heftier fines, trucks there can't park in one spot for more than an hour.

Well, many taco-truck owners in Los Angeles aren't moving, according to Associated Press reports, despite the new law. says more than 8,000 people have signed its petition to have county supervisors reconsider the ordinance.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the Charlotte, N.C., city council is considering a zoning ordinance that would make it illegal for mobile vendors to park within 400 ft. of a residential neighborhood, would restrict hours of operation to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and would require trucks to move locations every 90 days.


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'Quick Draw' In Georgia No Longer Just About Beer
Belly up to the bar for a quick draw in most places, and you'll get a draft beer. But a quick draw in Georgia restaurants and bars could soon mean one of your patrons pulling out a concealed weapon.

Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed a "carry-concealed" law into effect that allows licensed gun owners to bring their concealed firearms into places that serve alcohol—as long as they don't imbibe. Which puts operators in an interesting predicament: Who's going to ask someone who's drinking whether they're armed, and who will ask someone who's armed to stop drinking?

Things could be worse. In Virginia, a similar carry-concealed law that would have allowed guns in restaurants was recently vetoed by the governor. Licensed gun owners in Virginia—Montana, too, it turns out—have to carry their guns openly, making bars and restaurants in those states look like old time saloons where quick draws had nothing to do with beer.

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Texas Town Says 'Hasta La Vista' To Smoking
Smoking bans are a bit of a yawn any more, but there's something ironic about Texas, with its rich tradition of Wild-West independence, nixing a cowpoke's smokes.

The Marlboro Man has definitely left the building in Nacogdoches, the "oldest town in Texas." City fathers there voted to pass a new ordinance that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places. The ban includes offices, restaurants, bars, clubs and city facilities. The law also prohibits smoking on restaurant patios and within 20 ft. of any public entrance to a building.

Violators can be fined up to $2,000 for the misdemeanor offense. The ban goes into effect in mid June.

And in Amarillo, Tex., voters went to the polls on May 10 and rejected, by a razor-thin margin, a smoking restriction that would have banned smoking from all indoor public places, including restaurants and bars, and within 10 ft. of windows and entrances.

It wasn't the first time a ban had come up for a vote in Amarillo. Such measures have been rejected before, but each time the margin gets narrower.

If a Texas cowboy can't smoke, who can?

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Chicago Saves Goose That Laid Golden Liver
The Chicago city council last month repealed what Mayor Richard Daley called "the silliest law the City Council has ever passed," making it safe for Chicago restaurateurs to sell foie gras again.

The ban, implemented a little more than two years ago, prohibited restaurants from selling the force-fattened liver of geese and ducks, but it didn't prevent them from serving it. Several restaurants skirted the ban by including foie gras in other dishes and simply charging a higher price for the dish.

Alderman Joe Moore got the ordinance passed in April, 2006, by slipping it into a routine part of the agenda, which the council approved 48-1. This time around, Alderman Thomas Tunney, a restaurant owner, filed papers for the repeal days ahead of a council vote. When the repeal came up on the agenda, "hizzoner" the mayor ordered a vote over Moore's shouted objections, saying the matter had been debated enough.

The repeal passed 37-6, with many aldermen saying they agreed with Daley that they had more important things to worry about.

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