Loncheros Update

Ξ June 10th, 2009 | → 5 Signatures | ∇ Uncategorized |

Wow!  It’s been a while since we’ve updated this site as various battles have been going on in the courts but until lately, there hasn’t been much to report on.  Today the Los Angeles Times website reported that volunteers from the UCLA Labor Center helped fight the city ordinance that until recently hadn’t been enforced against the trucks.  The city ordinance was similar to the county ordinance in that it limited trucks to between 30 minutes and an hour (depending on the exact area).  The more important difference for many of us is that this directly affected many of the trucks we visit: (Echo Park’s Taco Zone and Eagle Rock’s Leo’s Tacos for example.)  Even the popular more gourmet incarnations of these trucks were often in violation of these rules and could have been cited and eventually put out of business were the LAPD to enforce the ordinance against them.  (Think of every time Kogi parks on a city street for more than 60 minutes!)  The bad news here is that we doubt the fight is over.  The good news is that the politicians have been dealt another setback which will force them to negotiate a more reasonable solution with the loncheros.

If you want to thank someone, congratulate the truck owners, or just enjoy some good food and music, the Loncheros Association will be celebrating their recent granting of trade association status tomorrow night at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.  The group promises presentations by the affected members as well as by supportive politicians and community leaders.  If a similar event in East Los Angeles last year is any barometer, come hungry.

6 PM – 10 PM

UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View St.
Los Angeles, CA