A new union of mobile food vendors is standing up for the rights of taco trucks, alleging that the LAPD has been targeting and harassing them after last year’s victory over proposals that would force the trucks to constantly move. Asociacion de Loncheros went to the city police commission to protest that the fuzz has overstepped boundaries by calling loncheros on their cell phones and going to their homes, reports local KABC News. LAPD Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz responded that the department has actually been working with food trucks and the problems seem to be with specific officers who will be investigated.
In other news concerning mobile Mexican eats, the long-standing Echo Park truck Tacos Arizas has had to move across Sunset due to neighbor complaints, according to Eastsider L.A. and LATaco. Also, American Public Media’s Marketplace carries a trying story about tamale vendors trying to make about $30 a day while avoiding gang bullies and immigration authorities.
Taco Truck Owners Allege LAPD Harassment [KABC L.A.]
The Risky Life of an L.A. Tamalero [Marketplace on APM]