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Flexibility sought in law regulating temporary food vendors

October 31, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors is seeking sponsorship in the state Legislature for more flexible wording to the state law regulating temporary food vendors.

The county's Health Department was criticized by community organizations in August for the department's enforcement of the California Uniform Food Facilities Law.

Representatives of the organizations said the county's strict enforcement of the law would devastate their ability to raise money.

The law regulates food vendor sanitation. The law only allows temporary food vending used by community organizations to operate once a year.

With the help of business leaders, county Supervisor Gary Wyatt drafted more flexible wording to sections 114332 and 113823 of the law, allowing the non-profit charitable temporary food vendors to operate during annual community events.

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Wyatt also added student organizations, established clubs and campaign committees to operate as temporary food vendors.

The board approved Wyatt's proposed changes to the law at its meeting Tuesday.

The supervisors also approved a one-year contract for $160,837 to detect and quickly eradicate the glassy-winged sharpshooter. The insect spreads Pierce's disease, which has devastated grapes and the wine industry in California.

The glassy-winged sharpshooter was found in June in isolated desert communities in northwest sections of the county. The insect's eggs also have been found on nursery stock from the infested Coachella Valley.

The board also:

· Reappointed Richard Johnson to the Bard Water District,

· Approved a decrease in the Area Agency on Aging budget for 2001-2002. The budget cut is due to a state budget cut to the California Department of Aging.

Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 760-337-3452 or la_mitchel1@yahoo.com.

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