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News - August 28, 2013

Portola Valley meets on food trucks, habitats

by Dave Boyce

On what occasions are food trucks allowed to park and open their shutters to customers in Portola Valley? The Town Council, which will consider this question at its Wednesday, Aug. 28, meeting, has all but ruled out the weekly farmers' market on Thursday afternoons as a venue for food trucks. Local retail food businesses opposed that idea and a council majority agreed. But the trucks are popular.

Food trucks have had a presence at three free summer concerts in 2013, and over the summer of 2012 made weekly and well-attended visits to the parking lot of Christ Episcopal Church. In recent deliberations, the council has sounded open to routine visits by food trucks, but less frequently than weekly.

The council meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. Also on the agenda:

• The Conservation Committee is expected to announce a program to recognize residents whose properties are welcoming to native plants and animals. (Woodside launched a similar initiative, called the Backyard Habitat program, in May 2011.)

• Longtime Town Attorney Margaret A. ("Sandy") Sloan of the Menlo Park firm Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel, is stepping down. Leigh F. Prince, from the same law firm and a frequent presence at council meetings in 2013, is likely to be named to replace Ms. Sloan.

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