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Alameda Economic Development Commission Meets Tonight

The Alameda Economic Development Commission meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Alameda City Hall. On the agenda is an update on Alameda Point and the proposed target for Alameda Landing.

The commission will also review and presumably approve draft meeting minutes from last month’s meeting.

The draft minutes reflect an animated discussion among commission members over a September 15th presentation on new guidelines that would allow food trucks to operate in Alameda. According to the minutes, the operators of the Alameda South Shore Center (a.k.a. Alameda Towne Centre), having obtained a permit to provide catering trucks for their July 4th event, have pushed to gain permission to have food trucks operate on an ongoing basis near Shoreline Drive, to attract beachgoers.

Some concerns that were raised include the question of whether or not the operators of food trucks would pay City of Alameda business taxes, Business Improvement Area and school parcel taxes.

The staff presentation on the topic indicated that, generally, food trucks would not be allowed on public rights of way and public property, although there would be some exceptions.

Staff plans to consolidate feedback into a revised presentation document and conduct and interdepartmental review before presenting to Alameda City Council later this year.

Update: The food truck issue comes before the City of Alameda Planning Commission on October 24th as well.

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