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Do Food Trucks Have Political Power? 64 Trucks Endorse an Assembly Candidate

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Some might say that proper dinner etiquette means refraining from discussions on religion, money and politics. On the streets of Los Angeles, however, food and politics go hand in hand. Just a few years ago, the Carne Asada is not a Crime movement swept headlines locally and nationally after L.A. County Supervisors bowed to brick and mortar restaurants, placing strict parking limits on taco trucks parking in unincorporated areas. Once the ordinance went into effect, it didn't take too long for a judge to throw it out, letting the 4,000 or so taco trucks in the county go back to business as usual.

A few months after that court decision, a new concept was born by taking a taco truck, remixing the traditional menu and adding a social media twist. When Kogi BBQ hit the streets it was a sensation: hundreds would wait in line -- many who located the truck via Twitter -- for Korean tacos made by a highly trained restaurant chef.

Exponentially, new trucks began showing their goods on the streets: Chinese tacos, architecturally-influenced ice cream sandwiches, Indian frankies, South African bunnies. Fueled by Twitter, the trend exploded in popularity and controversy. On Wilshire Boulevard, for example, restaurants on the 5700 block banded together to regain their lunchtime crowd lost to a new unofficial lunch truck row -- police were called in, trucks were ticketed, some towed.