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Council News Release

7/18/2011  2:55:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Sally J. Clark

Seattle City Council approves street vending legislation
Today's vote allows for expanded mobile food vending

Seattle The Seattle City Council today unanimously approved Council Bill 117225 and related Resolution 31307, supporting the Council's intent to foster a safe and lively food-vending culture in Seattle. The approved legislation provides policy guidance and direction to the Executive Department regarding a transparent and efficient permitting process, adequate enforcement and on-going monitoring and evaluation of program implementation and impacts.

Councilmember Sally J. Clark, who sponsored the legislation, provided the following statement:

"Beyond broadening the array of our local food options, street food vending offers a means for people to create new businesses that can grow and create more jobs.

"This legislation strikes a balance between activating our streets and supporting established businesses. I'm especially glad that the Council was able to find creative tools to make sure that vendors comply with our city's codes. Plus, bringing more people into neighborhoods is good for all businesses there."

On behalf of the Downtown Seattle Association, President Kate Joncas added her support stating, "We really appreciate the work of the City Council to expand mobile food vending in a way that works for neighborhoods, business and property owners, vendors and customers. We look forward to mobile carts and trucks bringing positive activity to public spaces downtown."

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