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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

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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.


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Big Pun’s Son Responds To Media’s ‘Misinterpretation’ That His Song Is About Dad’s Domestic Abuse

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Big Pun’s Son Responds To Media’s ‘Misinterpretation’ That His Song Is About Dad’s Domestic Abuse

Rapper Chris Rivers released this song that has some rap fans upset.

The song “Fear of My Crown” is a new song by Chris Rivers, the son of one of hip hop’s greatest lyricists of all time, Big Pun. The music video for the song features several instances of abuse. One that stands out is an abusive father performing some heinous acts of domestic violence against his wife and son. The video culminates with the boy fighting back.

Many have speculated that the song and video were specifically about Chris Rivers’ relationship with his father.

Big Pun is often listed in many “top five rappers of all time” lists. The Puerto Rican rapper from the Bronx was larger than life in more ways than one. Lyrically he was a monster. And he was also, and this is not a scientific term, huge. The man wasn’t called Big Pun for nothing. At the end of his life he weighed close to 700 lbs. He tragically rapped “I just lost a hundred pounds, I ain’t going nowhere” in the song “It’s So Hard,” which released two months after his passing.

Big Pun left behind a legacy of dope songs, many of which featured him talking tough about kicking ass and shooting guns. Standard stuff for the late 90’s. But rumors did circulate about his alleged domestic abuse issues after his passing, with many fans rejecting the idea or saying it was either too soon or wrong to speak ill of the dead. His wife Liza Rios begged to differ.

In an E! interview, Big Pun’s wife spoke candidly about his abuse and even had footage of him hitting her with a gun.

She proceed to pull a shotgun on him. This probably wasn’t the first or last time the violence occurred. It obviously influenced Chris Rivers’ growing up in the household.

Although Pun and his wife had this history, Chris Rivers took to Facebook to address speculation by fans and the frustration the video caused many of them.

The intentions of the video was to raise the general awareness of domestic violence and nothing more . The story in the video was no way a depiction of my story or my father in any way , but the basic cycle of abuse. This was meant to be an empowering video for people who has been through this and a voice for kids and the people who has suffered and on that note it’s been very helpful to thousands of people who has been touched by it. Even the people hitting me personally thanking me for speaking up and giving them the courage to face their own past and grow from it. Unfortunately the media spun it and has been targeting and demonizing my pops off of it. Their misinterpretation of the entire premise is drastic and I️ hate to see my father who was a great man who did many great things, not only for hip hop but for his community and loved ones , be marginalized into a bad person because people wanna focus on one thing. I️ as his son have long forgiven any and all things from my childhood and see him as a great man. My family also. And if we can see that then others should as well. He was abused as a child and went through so much as well as had many demons which he struggled with in his life that he needed help for. It’s hard to not idolize someone so great but he was a human at the end of the day and did his best to overcome his tribulations. If you isolate one section of anyone, you can Paint a picture of a villain but viewing the man as a whole , he has his flaws as well as his incredible nature and I’m nothing but proud of him and love him dearly. It’s important to break the cycle and to not be ignorant about all parties involved and reach to a solution opposed to playing the blame game . I️ want this video to empower and bring awareness. To bring voice to the silenced and bring courage to the oppressed. I️ love each of you. I️ just want you to love yourselves. #DragonGod #DragonsUp #IFeelAwesome #YouShouldToo #SpicJames #SexSymbol #AlmostCool #LoveIsLove

Posted by Chris Rivers on Thursday, November 9, 2017

In his Facebook post he made sure to say to write that yes, bad things happened, but that’s not what the song and video were about. He wrote that the song’s intention “was to raise the general awareness of domestic violence and nothing more.” He further went on to explain:

“Unfortunately the media spun it and has been targeting and demonizing my pops off of it. Their misinterpretation of the entire premise is drastic and I️ hate to see my father who was a great man who did many great things, not only for hip hop but for his community and loved ones, be marginalized into a bad person because people wanna focus on one thing. I️ as his son have long forgiven any and all things from my childhood and see him as a great man. My family also. And if we can see that then others should as well. He was abused as a child and went through so much as well as had many demons which he struggled with in his life that he needed help for.”

The song is part of his upcoming album “Deloreon.”


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