L.A. Taco Trucks Can Park Again - For Now

An ordinance passed in L.A. that limited the amount of time taco trucks could be parked in one location has been overturned. However, many expect it to come back in a different form.
August 28, 2008, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Wednesday overturned a controversial ordinance passed in April by county supervisors that made it a misdemeanor in unincorporated parts of the county to park a taco truck in one spot for more than an hour."

"The language of the ordinance, Judge Dennis A. Aichroth said, was "vague" and therefore "unconstitutional" in its description of how quickly a vendor could return to an area where the truck was previously parked. Aichroth said it also violated the vehicle code because county supervisors had not properly established that it was written in the interest of public safety."

"The attorney who won the case on behalf of Margarita Garcia, a ticketed taco vendor whose violation was dismissed by Aichroth, said he expected that the county would try to rewrite the law. 'It'll probably be just as miserable as the one they just wrote,' said Philip C. Greenwald, who represents a newly formed association of catering truck operators. 'They won't win.'"

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Published on Thursday, August 28, 2008 in The Los Angeles Times
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