Santa Ana: City Officials Backed By Police Seize Food From Unpermitted Street Vendors

10.29.2022 | 2:15 AM | SANTA ANA – City officials backed by police officers seized food from at least one unpermitted street vendor, Friday night.

That street vendor was preparing to sell food in 1900 block of West 1st Street when authorities warned them against unpermitted food sales around 7:00 PM, according to a source associated with the business who asked not to be identified.

The vendor nonetheless began selling food to a steady flow of customers that came and went from the impromptu stand before code enforcement officials and police officers returned around 9:45 PM.

City officials seized the vendor’s food, telling them it would be discarded, and took photos of vehicles believed to be owned by people affiliated with the vendor, the source added.

No criminal or civil citations were issued but the vendors did receive what appeared to be a written warning.

Several other vendors were treated similarly in what appeared to be an unannounced enforcement blitz, according to radio traffic and social media reports.

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