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They're baaack — L.A.'s taco trucks free to park again

August 27, 2008 |  4:34 pm

Not gonna move my taco truck

Turns out carne asada is not a crime, thanks to an L.A. judge who thinks the language in the county law, passed in April, is too vague. Our own Garrett Therolf delivers the good (for some) news:

Taco trucks are back. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge today overturned an ordinance passed in April by county Supervisors that made it a misdemeanor 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" because "men of common intelligence must necessarily guess at its meaning."  The attorney who won the case on behalf of a cited taco vendor, Margarita Garcia, said he anticipated that the county would try to rewrite the law. In the meantime, roach coaches, loncheras and snack vans are once again free to roam across unincorporated Los Angeles County, a space that includes their heartland: East Los Angeles.

This isn't the last we'll be hearing about the issue. The county's taco law made national headlines, and our previous taco-related posts drew lots of traffic and not a few impassioned comments. For now, though, taco trucks can stay put. Garrett's full story is here.

—Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Los Angeles Times