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Should Dumpling Station be Allowed at Garfield Park?

The well-known South Pas food truck may frequent the area less due to violation of city ordinance.

Owners of the Dumpling Station food truck, commonly seen at , are looking to continue parking in South Pas—without being fined—after police served them with a City ordinance violation last month. 

"This ordinance is not specific to food vendors and applies to anyone selling anything from a parked vehicle for that purpose," said Police Chief Joe Payne. 

The Dumpling Station has been frequenting Garfield Park for six months. While Payne said the police department has received multiple complaints regarding the truck being parked near Garfield Park, owner Julie Chung claims one resident in particular was unhappy with the truck. 

"It's a big hit [in South Pasadena]. We love the community. Everyone is so nice (except for one person)," Chung told Patch via e-mail in June. "It's nice seeing parents with their adorable kids. ... It's unfortunate that it has come down to this."

South Pas isn't the only community dealing with food truck controversy. Over at Eagle Rock Patch, an opinion piece entitled Food Trucks, Pot Shops Hurt Eagle Rock evoked over 120 comments. 

"Many municipalities are struggling with the proliferation of food vending trucks and the complaints received," explained Payne. "Our intent is to enforce existing ordinances applicable to the situation rather than enact an ordinance designed to target food vendors."

In this case, it was City ordinance 19.49 that states "no person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of selling therefrom or therein any article, service or thing." 

Yet regardless of the ordinance, Chung said Dumpling Station is not gone for good. "We won't be entirely gone. We won't be there as frequent, because we will be fined," she told Patch June 9.

Dumpling Station has come to the park three times since Patch initially spoke to Chung in June, according to its Twitter feed. And from here on out, residents can expect the truck Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. at Garfield Park, Chung said Tuesday.

"I am trying to find an alternative—just because we're getting ticketed each time. I've spoken with a few other trucks, and we want to appeal the tickets. The city issued us a permit that we've paid for, and now we are being fined," Chung explained, also mentioning the truck by law can't park anywhere in South Pas unless it's a private lot. 

What do you think? Should Dumping Station be allowed to frequent Garfield Park? If so, any suggestions on where it could park? Weigh in below. Patch will continue to follow and report on the story. 

Lisa Z July 08, 2011 at 03:37 AM
not to beat a dead dumpling...but my husband told me that he saw the Dumpling Truck get a ticket today. He asked the officer why and was told "we don't allow food trucks in this town". huh? really? come on... I think many people have expressed some good ideas on how we can reasonable welcome food trucks at Garfield park with some limits...sounds like the South Pas PD and the City Council need to get the memo. (again, really? isnt there some real crime in the city the police need to be focusing on, not the dumplings..)
Kristen Lepore August 03, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Check out our follow-up story here: http://patch.com/A-kHDH
Ron Rosen August 05, 2011 at 01:07 PM
You don't want the food trucks, but the comments here suggest that not all your neighbors agree with you.
Mike Ten August 05, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Ron That's a neat way to refer back to a previous discussion...Hmmmm...
linda krausen November 01, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Ho to support local South Pasadena services and businesses, and please the truckees, too. No to food trucks- on a regular basis- unsightly litter producers with people trampling the grass and throwing foodstuffs in the flower beds. But yes to incorporating them in some way beneficial to South Pas and the people who do like them. Think about every 3 months we can have an outdoor Celebrate South Pasadena fair on Mission in the evening- block off traffic, have local, as in local, musicians and artists, have dancing, poetry slam for the kids. Have the trucks pay to be here, use it as a fund raiser for city services, and promotion of our town.

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