After similar battles in Lodi, Stockton, Sacramento, and most recently, Salinas, Visalia is the latest of California cities to be threatened by bad municipal law that would overly restrict taco trucks and would drive them out of business.
Fortunately for taco lovers everywhere, David LeBeouf (pronounced le-BAFF) is on the case. He’s rallied the 40 Tulare County truck operators and has at least gotten the legislation to be postponed until they work out a better compromise — he’s aiming for the same deal that he got in the aforementioned cities.
LeBeouf told supervisors the proposed ordinance violates state law, in part by restricting the sale of items on public property.“They have the perception you want to throw them out of business,” LeBeouf told supervisors.
Under proposed regulations, the county’s estimated 320 mobile food vendors would be required to apply for business licenses, have restricted hours of operation, would only be allowed to sell food in one location for one hour at a time and must be at least 1,000 feet away from a restaurant.
“I think it’s not fair,” said Diego Lua, who operates taco trucks in Orosi and Sultana. “We would be history.”
Lua said he contacted LeBeouf after being referred by a friend in Stockton who is part of an alliance of taco truck owners.