End the University-sanctioned food truck oligopoly on Stanford's campus
  • Petitioned Susan Weinstein

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Assistant Vice President for Business Development, Stanford University
Susan Weinstein

End the University-sanctioned food truck oligopoly on Stanford's campus

    1. Lucas Puente
    2. Petition by

      Lucas Puente

      East Palo Alto, CA

For many years, food trucks of all varieties have come to Stanford's campus to sell their fares to students, faculty, and staff. Now, the University's Office of Business Development has prohibited the entry of many of these food trucks by forming a sanctioned oligopoly run by Off the Grid. Just as an Intro to Microeconomics course would predict, this move has greatly diminished consumer utility since the number of options available are far lower and the prices are now noticeably higher. This policy change has also hurt numerous small business owners and employees, who are now forced from selling to one of their primary client bases. Exemplifying this, the Stanford Daily reported that this new policy has forced the well-known Net Appetit food truck off campus after 10 years of service to the University community. This move is likely to put the food truck, which donates all of its profits to Aid to Children Without Parents, a nonprofit organization that provides food to disadvantaged children in Vietnam, out of business (see http://www.stanforddaily.com/2013/01/30/new-mobile-food-vendor-policy-drives-net-appetit-off-campus/). It's time for Stanford to reverse course and end this university-sanctioned oligopoly that hurts consumers and small businesses. Please sign this petition if you agree.

To:
Susan Weinstein, Assistant Vice President for Business Development, Stanford University
End the University-sanctioned food truck oligopoly on Stanford's campus

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Timothy Szwarc PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Off the Grid trucks serve such small portions that I would have to buy two meals to be satisfied. That would typically cost $16.

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    • Pooja Dagli STANFORD, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      End the ologopoly. Bring more food choices to campus.

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    • Elizabeth Goodman SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I want the Thai Truck back.

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    • Thang Luong STANFORD, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I hope that Net Appetit could be back for its awesome food and sound charitable purpose. It is ridiculously unreasonable to force it off the campus despite its clean record of no food safety violation and even to not allow it to fully functions as a delivery service http://www.stanforddaily.com/2013/02/24/under-restrictions-net-appetit-returns-to-campus-with-its-future-unclear/ .

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    • Nicholas McGee STANFORD, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm very distressed by the rampant corruption and all-consuming corporate bureaucracy that has recently been brought to light in Stanford's R&DE (an informative article was recently published in the Stanford Daily: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2013/02/21/1075160/ ). This bureaucracy extends far past dining, and I've increasingly come to believe that Stanford has lost its focus on creating the leaders of tomorrow. Today, it instead seems focused on maximizing profit by stripping down the unique services, features and opportunities that make Stanford unique and replacing them with generic, contractor-provided imitations. I'm no longer proud of my university, as it no longer appears to truly stand up for the virtues it espouses. Die Luft der Freiheit nicht weht.

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