Los Angeles Supervisor Gloria Molina is attempting to put in place new restrictions on street vendors to quiet complaints from local restaurant owners, who claim the vendors take away from their business.
The new restrictions would increase the penalty for violating the law to a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or a six-month jail sentence. To soften the blow, however, she would extend the time a catering truck can be parked in one place from 30 minutes to an hour.
East L.A. is not the only place in the City of Angels with people lining up for some "street meat", but recently many other areas have thought about restrictions on vendors, as well.
The tug-of-war between taco trucks and restaurants is not limited to East Los Angeles. Businesses in South Los Angeles have also registered complaints with their supervisor, Yvonne B. Burke.
"It just makes the community look like there's no order," said Maria Cerdas, a deputy for Burke.
Salinas, a city north of L.A., experienced a similar situation last year, in attempt to restrict vendors.
Vendors "are very angry, very upset," Teresa Hernandez, a volunteer spokeswoman, said. "That group's whole argument is that the vendors are in the way of revitalization."
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