Should food trucks be allowed on city streets?

Medford, Ore. — Medford may soon follow in the footsteps of cities like Grants Pass and Eugene, allowing food trucks to operate on city streets.

The council is considering changing city code to allow the trucks to operate in more places like downtown or city parks.

“In my opinion the more food, and the more art, and the more music that we have downtown, the more vitality we’re going to have downtown,” councilor Clay Bearnson says, “and the more people we’re going to have spending time, and money downtown.”

During a study session Thursday afternoon councilors agreed there should be limitations including location and late night hours so as not to compete with brick-and-mortar restaurants. A public hearing will be scheduled soon.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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