A good idea: City allows people to pay off parking tickets with food donations

I despise parking tickets primarily because they are such a racket. Washington DC, the major city in which I drive regularly collects tens of millions of dollars in parking ticket fines each year. If one visits DC keep an eye out for the folks in the red jackets. They’ll answer your questions and give you directions but they are also patrolling the streets looking to fine drivers.

I’ll grant you that there are legitimate reasons for parking tickets.

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In San Antonio food trucks face fines of $2000 per day if within 300 feet of a restaurant, even if trucks are on private property

This is just an obvious example of established interests using city hall to take out the competition.

Food trucks are great. They can provide good and often interesting food quickly and with little fuss. One can get a high quality meal more quickly and at even a lower price than one could get at Wendy’s or Burger King in many places. Believe it or not DC is actually one of those places and I stop by the gathering of trucks outside of Metrocenter now and then.

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Coca-Cola Ends Financial Sponsorship of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)

I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.

Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.

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Food and beverage powerhouses spend big money on lobbying. Companies like Chipotle and Whole Foods don’t

This reminds me of another article which we ran years ago about Apple. The article was also from Politico and basically amounted to a warning to the profitable company – “Throw some money to the lobbyists, or else.”

This article isn’t as heavy handed, indeed it may be a straight report, not a threat.

But that some of these newer, more innovative food companies are not “paying to play” clearly irks some within the Washington political class.

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San Francisco minimum wage increased 14% and local Chipotles just raised prices by 10-14%?

I personally am a big fan of Chipotle. And there ain’t no such thing as a free burrito bowl.

This is how it works folks. Nothing is free. Everything has a cost. Just because the government says that a price (in this case wages) will be be X doesn’t mean that the real price of a good or service is actually X. The REAL price is X minus the government mandated price increase.

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Don’t criminalize churro vendors!

Food, street food especially, is one of life’s great pleasures. Though I am no particular fan of churros, I am a fan of the people who peddle them. Even without a license. Such economic activity is capitalism at its best and most basic level. And it is how many relatively poor people have made ends meet in the city for eons.

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Scientific team sounds the alarm on sugar as a source of disease (Yet we continue to subsidize the stuff)

Sugar, we all love it. Even if we don’t eat piles of candy we Americans still injest loads of it in our other foods, bread, other processed foods, soda, juice, in our morning coffee. The USA has a sweet tooth and it’s costing us. Literally.

Sugar is a highly subsidized commodity.

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