In a somewhat controversial move, local health inspectors and police cracked down big time on street food vendors in Orange County, handing out a variety of citations. This happened in the bustling area near Broadway and Central, a place well known for selling food without appropriate licenses. This action has sparked a debate among local residents about the balance between law, entrepreneurship, and community culture.
The majority of these vendors operate from small food trucks. These vendors, known for their hard work and determination, had become a staple in the community and were mostly selling very tasty and cheap tacos.
A local resident shared their perspective, saying, “I’m all about law and order. But this worked pretty well in my opinion. It was a cool spot to come grab food with the family and have a good vibe. Vendors wanted to earn their money and work hard for it.” This sentiment reflects the community’s appreciation for the vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit that these vendors bring to the area.
Critics argue that operating without permits poses health risks, similar to licensed restaurants that have been known to cause foodborne illnesses. Yet, supporters of the vendors point out that the majority are just trying to pursue the American Dream and that there are much more pressing matters in the state of California compared to people selling tacos without the correct paperwork.
As a result, many of the legitimate vendors with licenses who operated from the busy area have now had to move to new locations.