Santa Barbara Cracks Down on Illegal Food Vendors During Fiesta
By edhat staff
Local authorities announced they will crackdown on illegal food vendors during Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
The Santa Barbara Police Department released a statement on Tuesday expressing the enforcement is due to public health concerns. The police, Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department, and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department are expected to strictly enforce state codes "pertaining to roving food vending during this year’s Fiesta."
On Monday, a video was uploaded to Instagram by showing two women in a white City of Santa Barbara truck with badges and green gloves confiscating what appears to be bags of chips and snacks. The video also depicts a woman watching as her food is hauled into trash bags and thrown into the truck.
The instagram user @migglewiggle7 posted the video that has garnered over 20,000 views with hundreds of comments. Tyler Munoz saw the video started a GoFundMe page to help the woman earn back the money for the cost of the confiscated items.
"I've made this GoFundMe in hopes that the people of this town who support and love these vendors can hopefully raise some funds for the lady who lost all of her belongings [...] I've also personally set this up because I know the lady personally and her family as well," wrote Munoz.
The campaign goal was $100 and it's currently reached over $1,000.
The Santa Barbara Police Department also published the California Retail Food Code and California Health and Safety Codes pertaining to food vendors. The City of Santa Barbara also requires permits for anyone operating a food facility and is lawfully able to impound food.