Permits for Food Carts?

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I was wondering if anyone knew what's up with these food carts that are popping up around town? When I've looked I haven't seen the Santa Barbara County Health Department tag and date on any of them.
I asked a few owners and the two that replied said they didn't need them. I'm surprised if that's the case and I also wonder if their food is applicable to sales tax, etc, or if any of them have a city business license. I reached out to the county health department and didn't get any sort of reply. Considering how the city pretty much ran out a bunch of food trucks I find that these aren't regulated strange.

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a-1566158616 Apr 27, 2019 01:04 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

Get the City weak inept Council to ENFORCE the laws rather than sit back and praise dual standard rules: pass for all illegals or people of color. City Ordinance prohibits unlicensed food service without hygiene hand washing and restroom arrangements. Public sidewalks are not for rent. Taxpayers own them. WE THE PEOPLE have been silent too long. City & County will shut down school sport team food service, make Elks get food vendor permits, and turn a blind eye on law violators of color. Don’t ignore facts. File complaints with our layback police as ordered to stand back by globalist DA.

RHS Apr 27, 2019 04:51 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

Please temper your arguments and stick to the facts and the issue. This is not about "people of color" or other "strangers." That sort of argument creates reactions that inhibit people who agree with your position from speaking out for fear of being branded as bigots.

RHS Apr 27, 2019 10:05 AM
Permits for Food Carts?

This whole idea of ignoring licensing and permit requirements is a serious problem. I see people with pop up patio covers on city streets selling cosmetics and cell phones and stuff. I see the food vendors. There is no public protection from such business, no participation by tax revenue from these folks, no sanitary or health inspection. I don't care if this is seen as biased but I see this as the degeneration of the civil culture of our community into that of third world countries where it is simply OK to exploit both the workers and the consumers. The more people defend this the more the lower us all.

a-1566158616 Apr 27, 2019 10:21 AM
Permits for Food Carts?

RHS you are seeing the obvious. The Pandemic runs much deeper.

a-1566158616 Apr 27, 2019 08:11 AM
Permits for Food Carts?

Traditional. If you haven't had a mango on a stick with lime, pepper, etc., from one of those carts, you haven't lived....

Factotum Apr 27, 2019 10:14 AM
Permits for Food Carts?

Too bad it also comes with a side of scofflaw tax and permit cheating. This is their city too and they do use our streets and sidewalks as well as LE to conduct their business operations. Why is "paying your fair share" so selective in its popular application?

Col Apr 27, 2019 07:05 AM
Permits for Food Carts?

Making the cash money at the LaCumbre Jr. High at the weekend soccer games. Funk under the finger nails and hacking up a lung. No thanks!

a-1566158616 Apr 26, 2019 05:23 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

Oh please do not get rid of the carts. That corn is amazing! People come running when they hear the horn. I have been eating it for decades and have never ever gotten sick! And they do not prey on children. They are everywhere and everyone knows them in their individual hoods. It is tradition now.

Thomas John Apr 28, 2019 08:13 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

It's not a matter of getting sick or not. It's a matter of people running a business without permits or paying taxes. I love the food too - but that's not the point of my question.

REX OF SB Apr 27, 2019 05:28 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

I really miss the lady who used to sell Tamales out of the trunk of her car in the Foodland parking lot. God, those were delicious tamales! I, too, have been patronizing local sidewalk vendors for decades and have never gotten sick.

Thomas John Apr 26, 2019 09:48 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

I'm not sure anyone wants to get rid of them - I just think that they should have whatever permits are required and pitch in on taxes and such. It's not like they are 10-year-olds with a lemonade stand.

GeneralTree Apr 26, 2019 02:39 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

Los Angeles is issuing permits to the food carts if they meet health inspection requirements. We should do so here.

Factotum Apr 26, 2019 01:41 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

They are unregulated scofflaws, but get a free city council pass, just like the scofflaws that now clog the sidewalks during Fiesta selling their cheap junk from China. They are labeled the "most vulnerable" amongt us, but could easily be acting as part of the massive illegal drug distribution network in town. Who knows because they are part of the no-go, hands-off double standard under our current city administration.

SBSBSBSBSBsb Apr 26, 2019 01:35 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

I don’t think they are preying on young children.

GeneralTree Apr 26, 2019 04:25 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

They are definitely not preying on the children.

a-1566158616 Apr 26, 2019 01:04 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

They are all over in plain sight, shaved ice and burnt corn on the cob and dirty hands purveying unsanitary tamales. No sales tax, no vendor permit, and are just like the flower vendors standing on street corners who cut into the business of honest floral shops who pay taxes and rent. If the city can get upset about cascarones at Fiesta you'd think they could notice these vendors who are a health and safety ordinance violation. Any business owners who pay for rent and permits and taxes understand that these "entrepreneurs" are being allowed to operate outside the law with impunity. Anyone who has ever gone through the arduous process of meeting the requirements to open a restaurant has to be offended that they are being given a pass . The question is why?

gunther Apr 26, 2019 01:02 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

The little food carts are the bomb diggity. Love the fresh fruit with lemon and spices. Yummy!!!!

Lookyloo Apr 26, 2019 12:54 PM
Permits for Food Carts?

There are a few by Franklin School. They prey on our children offering unhealthy food. The staff has tried to shut them down, but they are still here.

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