Skip to Content

Santa Ana Shuts Down Street Vendors Before Christmas, Mayor Says, ‘We Cannot Allow Unsafe Food Conditions to Endanger Public Health’

9:01 AM PST on December 21, 2022

The city of Santa Ana issued a statement via a release this week,  blessed by their newly elected mayor Valerie Amezcua, for Santa Ana revealing a six-week operation in which 100 street food stands were shut down by the City of Santa Ana and Orange County's Health Care Agency. According to the release, the vendors were found to be "selling food unfit for human consumption and operating without the proper health permit."

The street vendor sweep comes shortly after California's landmark passage of SB972, which would change the state's antiquated food code to include street vending practices and give respective cities in California the power to facilitate the street vending permit process. The exhibitionistic civic post juxtaposes Long Beach's community-minded approach to regulating the recent growth of sidewalk taquerías and street vendors, which included a survey on the city's site asking how the city should proceed. That survey resulted in the decision to take an education-focused route rather than one centered on penalization and confiscation, such as in Santa Ana and at times, Los Angeles.

Southern California's street vending watchdog Edin Enamorado, who is first on the scene with anything street vending-related, declared Amezcua's move "waging war against street vendors" and posted the quote, "Sometimes your worst enemy is your own people."

Despite Amezcua's claim that the sweep was due to "conditions that endanger public health," no reports or isolated incidents were cited in the release.

L.A. TACO has reached out to Amezcua for further comment.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

History for Guanajuato as LAFC Falls to León in the 2023 SCCL Final

LAFC came close to winning it in 2020. A victory would have made them just the fourth Major League Soccer team to win the title, an honor shared by DC United (1998), LA Galaxy (2000), and Seattle Sounders (2022). LAFC fans were left wondering if the third time would be the charm…

June 5, 2023

Photo Essay: Hundreds Gather in Little Tokyo to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots

Big hair and even bigger pride to be pachucos! Here is our photo essay capturing some of our favorite moments from the momentous gathering.

June 5, 2023

Headlines: SoFi Staffer Accused of Dumping Vendors’ Hot Dogs, Making Kids Cry

The owners' three children were left in tears after the SoFi worker targeted the business, while an activist claims one of the children was also physically assaulted by the guard.

June 5, 2023

A ‘Secret’ Thai Seafood Pop-Up With Bangkok-Style Drinking Food and Natural Wine in DTLA

The enticing dishes at the reservation-only pop-up at a food court in DTLA's Historic Core neighborhood include a whole, two-pound rock cod fried until a chicharrón-like crispness, basking in an addictively savory tamarind garlic sauce, curried crab, oysters, and more.

June 2, 2023

Headlines: Saticoy Elementary Parents Protest Assembly and Reading of ‘The Great Big Book of Families’ At Pride Month Event

Parents gathered outside of Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood this morning in protest of a Pride assembly at the school that includes the reading of a book called "The Great Big Book of Families."

June 2, 2023
See all posts