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Taco Truck Should be Back Soon

According to police official in Benicia, “It’s just a permit issue.”

The Taco Jalisco taco truck should be back at its regular spot next to the Liquor Warehouse soon if background checks on employees come back clean and workers receive their food handlers permits from Solano County according to Benicia Police Lt. Frank Hartig.

“It’s just a permit issue,” said Hartig on Tuesday, October 9. 

Officials in the City Finance office confirmed that the business license renewal fee has been paid and Hartig said the solicitors license has also been paid.

“The owner came in and paid for the renewal but he didn’t have the county paperwork,” said Hartig.  “He had to go back to the county and pay that renewal.  That was all done.”

The city requires solicitors and vendors working in the city to have background checks to confirm they haven’t been convicted of sex crimes or other crimes of moral turpitude.

The county requires workers in food trucks to have a food handlers permit.

According to Hartig, the city is currently running background checks on two people associated with the popular truck.  “They’ve paid their fees and now we’re just waiting for the returns on the criminal histories,” said Hartig.  “It takes anywhere from a week to 10 days and it’s only been a week.”

For Hartig, the reopening of the truck will make his workday easier.  “A lot of cops are saying ‘What’s going on?’” said Hartig.

Calls to the truck owner have not been returned.

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Karl Voigt October 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
J.B. , Thanks for the follow up. It's good to know they will probably be back soon.
Jason October 11, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Wouldn't it be funny if the illegals had stolen the identity of a sex offender to get their fraudulent documents? Ha!
JB Davis (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Actually, one cook was arrested because he had an outstanding warrant issued in Napa County. There hasn't been any INS action that anyone is mentioning in any official capacity. There was a rumor that I heard but as far as I know it was an inaccurate rumor-as many of them are.
Billy October 11, 2012 at 02:50 PM
INS hasn't existed for a decade. It's ICE now, and at the direction of Obama, ICE does not enforce immigration law, least of all in the workplace. Obama officially stopped workplace enforcement in 2009. There would be no avenue for ICE involvement anyway. The city and county do not report to ICE cases of illegal aliens presenting fraudulent documents for business, or any other purposes. Even if local government did, ICE does not respond to such notices. ICE also does not respond to citizen requests to enforce federal law.
Robert Livesay October 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Well I guess we could drive them to the border in their truck and tell them not to return. Someone has to enforce the law.

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