Update: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7:15 p.m.
Joan Cheever gave this statement to the
San Antonio Current:
"I’m happy to hear that the City realized that the people of San Antonio will not stand for prosecution of this sort. It was and is an unjust prosecution, but the ordinance is still on the books and unless it’s repealed, there could be more litigation coming, and the City is very aware of that."
Our original post continues below.
The City of San Antonio dismissed the citation issued to Joan Cheever, who runs the mobile nonprofit food truck The Chow Train.
Cheever, who feeds the hungry at four stops every Tuesday night, received the $2,000 citation on April 7 at Maverick Park for serving food without a permit. Although she holds a food truck permit, Cheever and her volunteers were serving out of a pickup truck, which is easier to maneuver than the 14-feet-long trailer.
“Because the City’s food and mobile vending regulations do not address feeding the homeless and in an effort to move forward with the larger discussion, the City announced today it is dismissing the citation issued to Joan Cheever for serving food from her personal vehicle instead of the mobile food truck she is permitted to operate,” the news release said.
The release also said that “City staff is researching comparable cities' policies and national best practices on feeding the homeless and how those approaches could be implemented,” and that it would invite Cheever and other stakeholders to a summit in the last week of July.
Cheever's case has drawn significant attention from national and local media. The City announced its dismissal of the citation after the San Antonio Current
sent multiple requests for comment for an upcoming story.
Cheever rejected a plea bargain last week which would have absolved her of the fine, but would have forced her to at least temporarily suspend running The Chow Train.
When contacted by the Current
, Cheever said that she would not comment until she had seen the news release and spoke with her attorneys.