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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Truck vendors win lawsuit
The judge's decision voids Santa Ana's regulations about when food can be sold and how often vehicles must shift spots.
By AMY TAXIN
The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – An Orange County judge ruled Friday that Santa Ana can't require food trucks to move every 90 minutes or limit their hours of operation, a decision that strikes at the heart of the city's rules for the vehicles.
After a four-day trial, Judge W. Michael Hayes determined that the city failed to prove the food vendors threatened public safety. He also found truck owners would suffer irreparable losses once the Santa Ana required them to move every 90 minutes and limited their hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to a letter sent to attorneys Friday.
"There was a lot of uncertainty, but with what the judge has said we're relieved," said vendor Roberto Guzman, one of the plaintiffs. "We feel good and want to work even harder."
Hayes asked plaintiffs to draft paperwork to formally strike the rules.
Other cities in Orange County working on regulating food trucks were watching the case. Santa Ana adopted its rules after residents complained of litter and noise from the trucks. The city also argued the trucks would worsen the quality of neighborhoods.
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