In case you haven't noticed, over the past several years, there has been a food truck explosion, especially here in Los Angeles. Gourmet trucks offering everything from burgers to lobster have become very popular. In fact, I read that there are some 5,000 or more in LA alone. Now, my father in law owns a convenience store in a part of town that has high tourist traffic, and right now is the beginning of tourist season. There will be a much higher traffic from now and getting busier into the peak of summer and leveling off around August. A massive amount of food trucks have infiltrated the area recently, and his business has started to see a sizable dropoff, which he expects to get worse. He is the only store other than the local sit down restaurants that sells food in the area. The local businesses have had to band together to try to prevent the trucks from getting into the area. It is not just my father in laws business that is hurting. The trucks started by sending people at 4AM to park until the trucks arrive to stay there for the entire day. They do not care about tickets, because it is so lucrative for them. Now the local business group has starting sending people to grab any spots at midnight, and one truck told my father in law that if they need to, they will leave their trucks there permanently, pay any tickets, and have someone else deliver more food and supplies to them. The trucks fight with each other for spaces. It's completely unfair. My father in law's rent is very,very high. These trucks need only a permit. They have a cash business where they pay virtually no overhead, no rent, no property insurance, property taxes, or any taxes at all for that matter, no maintenance for bathrooms and whatever else can be thought of. They also take up additional parking for customers of all the stores in the area. The city likes the food trucks, but mostly for other parts of town where there is less business going on and will not do anything about it. The only option for the businesses seems to be to pay people to camp out the entire street. It's ridiculous and my father in law is pretty angry about it all.