A food truck that has operated on Vineyard Avenue since the 1990s was recently forced to relocate -- albeit not far from its original location -- after Pleasanton city officials determined the business was creating traffic problems.
Nelly’s taco truck is now parking in a turnout near the intersection of Vineyard and Isabel avenues across the street from its former spot, weeks after a complaint from a nearby winery prompted code enforcement officers to visit the site, according to Pleasanton community development director Gerry Beaudin.
In the 1990s, the city crafted a policy allowing the Mexican food truck to park in city-owned right-of-way on Vineyard Avenue so long as it was off the road and not creating any traffic issues, Beaudin said Tuesday.
But in early June, the city received a letter from a local winery -- the name of which Beaudin did not know off-hand -- complaining that the truck was creating traffic hazards and requesting that the city step in.
City officials spoke to the food truck operator, Beaudin said, and came out to the site to observe traffic on multiple occasions in late June.
“We wanted to work with this business owner and we did for as long as we could,” Beaudin said. “But we received complaints about traffic hazards and witnessed those same things and ultimately decided it was in the best interest of everyone to not use this location as it had been in the past.”
He added that while he did not know the specific issues code enforcement officers encountered at the food truck site, patrons “weren’t parking their vehicles and entering and exiting that location in a safe manner.”
“It’s not ideal to have a business operating on the side of the road like that,” Beaudin said.
On June 30, the city sent the taco truck operator a notice stating that, due to lack of legal parking and traffic hazards, they could no longer do business at that spot.
When code enforcement officers returned to the area July 3, they found the truck had relocated nearby, across the street to land in Alameda County's jurisdiction, Beaudin said.
“It’s unfortunate,” he said of the outcome. “We tried everything to work with the food truck operator and gave them plenty of time and notice. It all comes down to traffic safety.”