Taco Truck Culture Clash in L.A.
¡Que irónico! The beloved taco truck culture of Los Angeles is under attack from an Hispanic politician.
District 1 County Supervisor Gloria Molina has asked the L.A. Board of Supervisors for new rules that threaten to put the city's taco trucks out of business. Under Supervisor Molina’s regulations, all mobile food operations, including taco trucks, would be required to change locations every hour, or face a misdemeanor charge carrying a $1,000 fine and/or jail. This would end the now common practice of each taco truck parking at the same spot every day.
“Ask a Mexican” columnist Gustavo Arellano had this to say when we asked for his response: “I expect taco truck suppression from some ignorant backwater like, say, New Orleans, but Los Angeles?! The place that probably birthed the phenomenon? It's sacrilege.
“Hopefully, the Lou Dobbs crowd will appreciate that this crackdown is being sponsored by a Latina supervisor, further proof that not only do Mexicans assimilate, but that they can even out-cracker the crackers.”
Grassroots organizations such as saveourtacotrucks.org have sprung up to oppose the new rules with petitions and printable poster art. But if the regulations remain in force, expect a serious improvement in the quality of the carne asada around here as a wave of great new taco trucks start showing up in Houston. – Robb Walsh