Posted on | July 17, 2012 | 16 Comments
Liberals love Latinos, right? Except in California. Except when the Latinos in question are small business owners who sell tacos from food trucks. Steven Greenhut explains at Reason magazine:
Desperate for cash, state officials now make unrealistic estimates of their sales and employ heavy-handed tactics, they explain.
To make matters worse, the truck owners say that local police harass them—thanks in part to city officials that don’t like having the trucks around. Every city has different rules for placement of permits on the truck, and most of the owners report getting multiple citations for minor infractions. Each citation can cost $700, which can eat up days worth of taco sales.
The people in attendance spoke mostly Spanish, which was translated for me by Lou Correa, the Santa Ana state senator who organized the group at my request. I promised to quote only the first names of the attendees because of their fear of retribution from the authorities.
“It reaches the point where you have to think about your health,” said Vernonica. “They filed lawsuits against me. They said they would charge me as a criminal in court. I’m out of business. I sold my truck. There are people out there who get government aid who are driving brand new cars. They come after a person like me who is not asking for anything. As long as I have two feet and two hands, I want to work.”
Officials suggested to one truck owner that he go down to the welfare office for benefits. That’s just like California these days — hard-working people are ill treated, but there are plenty of benefits available for those who prefer to live on the dole.
(Hat-tip: OC Weekly.) “Assimilation” in the 21st century: You’re not really an American until liberals try to drive you out of business.