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One Of LA’s Most Popular Taco Stands Got Raided By The Health Dept. And It’s Already Back In Business

Avenue 26 Tacos, a popular taco stand tucked in a small street between the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights, is back in business after being raided late at night on Thursday, Oct. 19.

According to Eater, witnesses described those conducting the raid as “cops.” After the original story broke, the LAPD and L.A. County Sherrif’s Department denied any involvement in the raid. Eventually, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health took responsibility for the raid. The taco stand is serving up tacos once again after being closed just over 48 hours. Here’s what we know.

Late at night on Oct. 19, then-unknown authorities raided and dismantled Avenue 26 Tacos.

The swift raid removed the very popular taco stand in Los Angeles. A witness to the raid said “cops” were everywhere, according to Eater‘s original report.

Loyal patrons expressed their grief over the loss of an L.A. staple.

Many Avenue 26 Tacos diners took to Twitter and Instagram to express their outrage over the closure of Avenue 26 Tacos.

After news of the raid spread throughout Los Angeles, the LAPD released a statement denying their involvement.

Later, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced it conducted the raid.


According to a statement provided to Eater, the Health Department said the taco stand was shut down after someone filed a complaint about a “non-permitted food operation.” Here is the statement in full:

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, investigators from LA City Street Services contacted LA County Street Vending Program to assist with an investigation of a non-permitted food operation complaint at Avenue 26 and Humbolt Street, Los Angeles. Upon arrival, LA County Street Vending investigators observed an abandoned, non-permitted taco stand. As a result the food and taco cart were confiscated.

According to the L.A. City Street Services website, they have an Investigation and Enforcement division that is described as a “specialized law enforcement agency.”

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The police officers conducting the raid who were described by witnesses could be officers from the Investigation and Enforcement division. “Illegal vending” is listed as one of the city ordinances that are enforced by the division:

“District Investigators are primarily responsible for public health and safety related to their duty to protect public property and reduce blight in our community by pro-actively enforcing municipal ordinances and laws pertaining to illegal dumping; illegal signs; obstructions in public right-of-way; illegal vending and storm drain violations.”

People are calling on the city to legalize street vending to avoid another incident like the one that took place at Avenue 26 Tacos.

NPR reports that just a few weeks after President Trump won the election, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending to protect undocumented people.

“We didn’t want to take a chance in further assisting with the division of families, should some of these individuals get caught up in the court system because of a small infraction,” City Councilman Jose Huizar, a proponent of legalizing street vending, told NPR.

The taco stand closed temporarily but social media posts show that it’s back.

It appears the raid by the health department didn’t do much to slow down the business. Loyal patrons of the taco stand showed up as soon as the stand opened and, according to social media, they are seeing the same success now.

You just can’t keep a good taco stand down, especially in Los Angeles.


READ: A Street Vendor At A UC Berkeley Football Game Had His Money Taken When Police Issued Him A Ticket

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

We’re only a few months into 2021 and we’ve already seen several special moons. We’ve had the “wolf moon,” the “snow moon” and even the “pink moon,” but the next moon may be the tastiest one yet.

In what maybe one of the best marketing campaigns in a generation, Taco Bell recently announced its plans to take over the night sky on May 4 during the crescent moon phase with its very own “taco moon.” And people around the world will be able to celebrate.

Taco Bell announces free giveaway to celebrate the upcoming ‘Taco Moon.’

“On May 4, the world’s largest and brightest object in the night sky will resemble a favorite indulgence, the taco — a new lunar phase* we are affectionately calling the ‘Taco Moon,'” the company shared in a statement.

It added that important asterisk to note while Taco Bell “does not claim to own copyrights to a lunar phase of the moon,” it “stands behind the fact this really does look like a Taco Bell taco.”

And, when the Taco Moon arrives on May 4, hungry fans in the U.S. craving a treat can score a free Crunchy Taco between 8-11:59 p.m. in-store or all day through the app or online.

Fans will need to head to their local Taco Bell restaurant and simply mention the ‘Taco Moon’ or say ‘I saw the Taco Moon’ to claim a free Crunchy Taco Supreme. This fan-fave Taco features a crunchy shell filled with seasoned beef, sour cream, fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese. No stress for vegetarian taco-lovers, the Taco Supreme can also be made with black beans.

To help keep track of the special lunar phase, Taco Bell even released a helpful chart.

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And Americans aren’t the only ones who can score a freebie. Some international locations are getting in on the action, too.

“Taco Bell has been an established brand in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and we are thrilled by the accelerating fandom we’re seeing globally,” Julie Felss Masino, president of Taco Bell, International, shared. “As we’re opening more and more restaurants internationally, we know the May 4 moon will take us to new ‘heights’ as we introduce ourselves to new future fans in a delicious way.”

Participating Taco Bell restaurants include some locations in the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, however, in those markets, guests will get a local favorite like a free Crunchy Taco with the purchase of a beverage in Guatemala and the option of a free black bean or seasoned chicken Crunchy Taco in India.

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

La Virgen de Guadalupe means so much to so many. Especially the Latino community in Van Nuys, California, near Los Angeles, which is reeling after an important mural depicting La Virgen was vandalized overnight.

Although security cam footage captured an unknown man defacing the mural, the suspect is still at large and the community is asking for help in finding out who committed the vandalism.

A suspect was caught on camera destroying a mural with La Virgen de Guadalupe.

The community of Saint Elisabeth Church near Los Angeles is asking the community for prayers after a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe was vandalized on church grounds. 

The parish’s security system recorded video footage of an unknown man dressed in black approaching the mural with a sledgehammer at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. He can be seen smashing the tiles that make up Our Lady’s face several times before fleeing.

On Friday, April 23, Father Di Marzio led a prayer service, which was livestreamed on the parish Facebook page. Some 30 parishioners gathered to sing and pray a decade of the rosary in front of the mural, which is roped off with caution tape, while nearly 100 others joined online. In closing, Fr. Di Marzio encouraged parishioners to “continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to help us, and to touch the heart of the person who did this.” 

Also on Friday, a local artist, Geo Rhodes, was scheduled to visit the mural and discuss a plan for repair, arranged by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “We hope that soon we will restore the image, or have a new one more beautiful than the one we had before,” Fr. Di Marzio said.  

La Virgen de Guadalupe is extremely important to the church.

The hand-painted tile mural stands between the church and the rectory. It was installed over 35 years ago as a “symbol of community unity,” said business manager Irma Ochoa. Each square tile was sponsored by a parish family. Overlooking a small altar, the mural has become a popular place for parishioners to pray and light candles, asking Our Lady for special blessings. 

“I feel an unspeakable sadness,” said Fr. Antonio Fiorenza, who is in residence at the parish. “But I feel pity for the one who made this sacrilegious gesture. I pray for his conversion and for all those who show contempt to the Virgin Mary.”

To donate to the restoration fund, visit stelisabethchurch.org

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