It was just a couple weeks ago that we were feeling relieved not to be living in the 'nanny-state' city of San Francisco, where diners sometimes pay a 5% health care tax at restaurants and establishments could soon be fined for serving anything with high fructose corn syrup. Now we count our blessings again as LA's taco truck war (covered diligently on Eater LA) rages on making it into the Times over the weekend and into Time last week. Background: On one side of the war we have neighbors complaining of quality of life issues, brick-and-mortar restaurants who say the trucks bring unfair competition, and the city of Los Angeles, which has passed an ordinance limiting the time a truck can stay in one place to 30 minutes to an hour. On the other side, we have taco trucks, their lawyers, and the impassioned lovers of tacos and street food in general, including famous LA critic Jonathan Gold. They worry the ordinance will put the trucks out of business, and there's been an online petition, a letter writing campaign, and last Thursday, a rally to save them. The Times puts it this way:
"This is a city where you can pave over a freeway’s carpool lanes with toll roads, and few will complain. You can propose a 40-story skyrise in the center of Hollywood, and hardly anyone two miles to the west will take notice. You can squander public money, close down the ports and flatten landmarks, and many residents of this sprawling metropolis will simply yawn and move on. But this is also a food-obsessed city with rich Hispanic cultural traditions, and tacos have crossed the miles of road and class divides."So when you're getting all riled up about community boards, the SLA, calorie postings, and trans fats, at least know that for now at least, our mobile food trucks are safe from city intervention.
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