Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Fight Over Taco Trucks?

Mexican immigration has brought many new and novel policy issues to the forefront.  Who would have guessed that driver's license eligibility for undocumented immigrants would be a pressing civil rights concern (and lead to the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as California's Governor)?  The issue today in many cities is the regulation of taco trucks.  In Salinas, California, a proposed ordinance, which is still subject to revision, is the latest round in a two-year debate that some say has created a rift in this community, placing poorer Mexicans who are looking to better themselves at odds with longtime residents whose families emigrated years ago.

Salinas is not alone. Taco trucks, cultural icons and social magnets in Mexico, have become a flashpoint in at least a dozen cities in California — including Santa Rosa (near San Francisco), and Gardena (south of Los Angeles) — and in other states, like Arizona, Oregon and Tennessee.

For more on this story, click here.

P.S.  A reader graciously provided us with a list of stories on taco truck controversies in Salinas and many other communities.

Proposed Ban on Taco Trucks Stirs Animosity in a California Town”, 6/15/2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/us/15taco.html

“Salinas, California proposes taco truck ban”, 6/17/2007 http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/2007/06/salinas-california-proposes-taco-truck.html

“The Fight Over Taco Trucks?”, 6/16/2007 http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2007/06/the_fight_over_.html

“Taco truck controversy elevated to next level”, 6/16/2007 http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_6156984?nclick_check=1

“Taco Trucks vs. The Restaurant Cartel in Salinas, CA”, 6/15/2007 http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2007/06/taco-trucks-vs-restaurant-cartel.html

“Taco Trucks Wind Up On Endangered Species List”, 6/15/! 2007 http://guanabee.com/2007/06/taco-trucks-wind-up-on-endange.php

“Restaurateurs Sic Government on Taco Trucks”, 6/15/2007 http://www.fee.org/in_brief/default.asp?id=1375

“Outta the Back of a Truck”, 06/15/2007 http://www.chow.com/stories/10609

“Taco Trucks Under Attack in Salinas”, 6/12/2007 http://www.seriouseats.com/required_eating/2007/06/taco-trucks-under-attack-in-sa.html

“Taco trucks banned?”, 6/12/2007 http://biteclub.pressdemocrat.com/default.asp?item=623342

“Salinas Taco Trucks in Jeopardy”, 6/12/2007 http://www.kqed.org/weblog/food/2007/06/salinas-taco-trucks-in-jeopardy.jsp

“Google Map of Salinas Street Food”, 6/02/2007 http://www.chowhound.com/topics/407568

Other areas:

“Taco Trucks”, 05/07/2007 www.cityofsanrafael.org/Assets/City+Clerk/Action+Agendas/2007+Action+Agendas/05-07-2007+-+City+Council.pdf

“Debate continues over lunch wagons in Lodi”, 05/02/2007 http://www.rec! ordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070502/A_NEWS/705020336/0/A_CO MM08

“County takes on taco trucks”, 04/07/2007 http://www.tulareadvanceregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200770407001

http://forums.visaliatimesdelta.com/viewtopic.php?p=10012&sid=ae50417157f225b890fde5c252e340dd

“Truck vendors win lawsuit”, 08/19/2006 http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1248334.php

“Mobile food vendors could face restrictions”, 04/22/2007 http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070422/A_NEWS/704220330/-1/A_COMM08

“Sebastopol Road fixtures in flux”, 09/11/2006 http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060911/NEWS/609110326/1033/NEWS01

“Backlash emerges against Latino culture”, 07/19/2006 http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0719/p03s03-ussc.html

“Trailer Trash”, 11/24/2005 http://www.nashvillescene.com/Stories/News/2005/11/24/Trailer_Trash/index.shtml

“Opposition to taco trucks is senseless”, Oakland Tribune, 02/10/2004

http://find! articles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20040210/ai_n14569153

http://phoenix.gov/LICNSVCS/licvendo.html http://streetvendor.netfirms.com/public_html/staticpages/index.php?page=20040616184504992

http://www.multistorycomplex.org/street_food_vending_project

KJ

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I'm just amazed at what seems to have become almost a new natural law, the tendency to pull the race card into any dispute in order to discredit an opponent, regardless of merit. What has become a matter of establishing communty regulation designed to create order out of chaos in catering business is now construed as pitting birthright Hipanics against new immigrants, both legal and illegal. Mexico is Mexico, and California is California, and what is apparently acceptable in the former may not be acceptable by the latter. My sympathies are for Californians, who have earned the right to shape their own community as they see fit. How many Americans would dare to go to France, Mexico, the UK or Germany and make them change their cultural norms? Their reception would hardly be welcoming.

Posted by: George | Jun 16, 2007 8:19:17 AM

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking an amendment on immigration to help reunite Immigrant Families.
The amendment, defeated by a vote of 44-53, would have exempted the spouses and minor children of lawful permanent immigrants from visa caps.

Most of us, Immigrants are affected by this issue either directly or indirectly. We have loved ones who cannot even visit us and are expected to wait for more than five years. It is time for us to speak up and let our Senators know our position on this matter.

If you are a member of any organization such church, Africans Abroad, Europeans Abroad, Asians Abroad, Hispanics Abroad please speak up.
Contact every immigration organization you know.

ASK YOUR ORGANIZATION TO CONTACT SENATORS IN EVERY STATE.

ASK YOUR SENATOR TO REPRESENT YOU

WE WANT TO BE WITH OUR FAMILIES.

LET US SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE. TODAY WE ACT TOMORROW WE VOTE.

SEND THIS LINK TO ALL THE IMMIGRANTS.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 17, 2007 1:47:30 PM

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