Endangered Species: The Food Trucks and Street Vendors of SanTana

Endangered Species: The Food Trucks and Street Vendors of SanTana

After photographing countless SanTana residents over the past two years, one thing remains constant: the love of loncheras. Taco and produce trucks are a staple in the city of Santa Ana. For many vendors, selling on the street is their main source of income; for many customers, it's an easy, affordable meal. However, over the years, their right to operate has been challenged and, at times, made impossible. Unfortunately, the city council is about to implement stricter regulations on vendors, which puts the livelihood of this Santa Ana institution at risk. Regulating food trucks and their operations out of existence would create a socioeconomic disruption in the most impoverished neighborhoods. The loncheros vow to resist; in the meanwhile, we offer this photo essay of SanTana's taco truck scene and hope they keep slinging al pastor and pambazos for decades to come...


After photographing countless SanTana residents over the past two years, one thing remains constant: the love of loncheras. Taco and produce trucks are a staple in the city of Santa Ana. For many vendors, selling on the street is their main source of income; for many customers, it's an easy, affordable meal. However, over the years, their right to operate has been challenged and, at times, made impossible. Unfortunately, the city council is about to implement stricter regulations on vendors, which puts the livelihood of this Santa Ana institution at risk. Regulating food trucks and their operations out of existence would create a socioeconomic disruption in the most impoverished neighborhoods. The loncheros vow to resist; in the meanwhile, we offer this photo essay of SanTana's taco truck scene and hope they keep slinging al pastor and pambazos for decades to come...
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