On May 1, Mayor Mitch Landrieu vetoed City Council Vice President Stacy Head's food truck ordinance, a pilot plan package that would have updated the city's decades-old mobile vendor laws. Head responded with a compromise plan — and before Landrieu's annual State of the City address May 7, Head told Gambit her latest proposal now is "largely in the administration's court."
"It's horribly disappointing," she said. "With the issues the city has before us, the violent crime that is strangling our city, the quality of life issues left unresolved on a daily basis, the crumbling infrastructure — for this to have taken so much of my energy and time, it's disappointing." Head asks that Landrieu "stay true to his word and support food trucks and increase the number by 75 in this interim while he drafts this legislation."
"We just need to know what he wants. For 10 months we hadn't heard that," she said. "So I wrote a letter, I told them verbally, I told them in a statement and I told them on the dais, that if they can present some kind of package to us, maybe we can get the ball rolling."
On May 16, City Council will consider Landrieu's veto, though Head said she doesn't know whether she'll have the votes to override it.
"I'm very pragmatic, and I know there are practical challenges to that," she said, "which is why I've given the council and the mayor two options: We can keep the status quo, which is clearly what the mayor wants, or the reforms I passed." — KEVIN ALLMAN & ALEX WOODWARD