New Treat In San Francisco: Parks Allow Food Carts

Facing an $11 million budget gap, San Francisco park officials last week voted to allow long-banned food carts into the city's 200 parks. A monthly permit costs $1,000 or more, and vendors must prove that their food is "healthful" — a term that is not precisely defined.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Many state and local governments are also short of cash and they're cooking up new ways to raise money. And our last word in business today is budget crisis gourmet. San Francisco park officials face an $11 million budget gap. So last week they voted to allow food carts into the city's 200 parks. Food carts have long been banned. But there's the sweet smell of revenue in the form of a monthly permit that would be $1000 or more.

This being San Francisco of course, the permit doesn't allow you to sell any old hot dog. Vendors have to prove their food is healthful - a term that is not precisely defined, which means the next time you're strolling through a park in San Francisco, you may be able to snack on a grass-fed beef hot dog, or pretzels made from organic wheat, or creme brulee made from hormone-free milk.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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