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Signs Stopping Food Trucks from Parking on Wilshire are Fakes
Although they even fooled one LADOT representative, further research has shown that Tow Zone signs put up yesterday on the 5700 block of Wilshire Boulevard were not placed by city workers. "Our temporary sign posting folks reported those are definitely not our signs," explained spokesman Bruce Gillman. "We log all postings by LADOT personnel." Gillman said they would be picked up and office workers tell LAist were already gone this morning. It is unknown who placed the signs on posts throughout the block.
The daily presence of several food trucks on the block, described as a "vast wasteland of lunchtime eateries," has been a point of contention for some restaurant owners (but not all), who say they've been losing business since trucks began arriving this summer.
"I've cut employees left and right because we don't have enough income to keep everyone here," explained Jose Ceja, the manager over at Johnnie's New York Pizzaria, to LAist in an interview this Summer. "The economy has been bad and I had to cut, and then these trucks show up and had to cut more. We all average $15,000 to $18,000 in rent, have to pay employee taxes and alcohol licenses."
Others, however, believe office workers are voting with their feet and wallet due to a lack of new and diverse meal choices.