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Council approves ice cream truck

September 03, 2009|Victoria Kim

It's official: A second ice cream truck will be rolling through the streets of El Segundo.

After city debate on whether the town really needed a second ice cream vendor, the City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a license for Chekesha Palmer's truck. Standing his ground was Councilman Don Brann, a longtime school superintendent who initially raised objections, saying ice cream trucks cause health and safety problems for children.

Mayor Kelly McDowell quickly moved the item for a vote after asking Palmer whether she planned to sell anything that would be harmful to children, "apart from possible tooth decay, I suppose."

Palmer answered no.

El Segundo has had one licensed ice cream truck for the last decade, but that vendor has not been operating of late, according to city officials.

-- Victoria Kim

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