California Liberals Are Killing Food Truck Businesses, Says Steven Greenhut

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Steven Greenhut, the onetime editorial writer at The Orange County Register and a man loathed by public employee union bosses, and state Senator Lou Correa recently met with 12 food truck owners who claim Santa Ana police and California tax officials are harassing their businesses.

According to Greenhut's July 13 Reason.com report of the encounter, the businesses are run by hardworking individuals who have become the targets of people who don't like the sight of the trucks on public streets and for bureaucrats at the state Board of Equalization desperate to boost government revenue.

Greenhut, who is now the vice president for journalism at the right-leaning Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, says he's found a couple of ironies in the mess:

--The food truck owners say government harassment is hurting their businesses more than a lousy economy;

--Callous bureaucrats told at least one owner that he should quit and join the ranks of welfare recipients;

--These businessmen know that the state squeeze for more tax revenue is fueled by government employee unions who want to protect money sources for their own pensions.

Here's Greenhut's reasoning:

"These business owners understood that the state is shaking them down to come up with money to pay for its lavish overspending, on programs including six-figure pensions for government employees . . . The state Capitol is controlled by liberal Democrats, who frequently invoke the poor, working-class people and immigrants to justify their latest government spending ideas. Yet here is the latest example of how these officials put the demands of the well-paid and powerful unions over the needs of hard-strapped immigrants and working people."

Go HERE to read Greenhut's entire Reason.com column, "California's Food Truck Shakedown."

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Orange County Truck Repair
Orange County Truck Repair

  I don’t buy the state’s idea of taxing heavily on the food truck guys who earn their bread and butter selling food in their trucks moving places. They stay in the market by selling the food at the least prices to compete with others. On top of that, they have to spend on their Truck Repair and Truck Service. How are they expected to make up for the losses the state has incurred spending on other things like pension plans? They should pay taxes which they do but shouldn’t be hit hard by it.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

"'Bigfoot' is one word" and "30=3x10" are somewhat important insights to people who don't understand them, but they're not whining, bitching, flopping, mud-throwing, knee-jerking, complaining, proclaiming greatness, or -- sigh -- "boo-hooing" (note spelling).  They're just setting the record straight. I know that it would nicer for you pornographers to be left alone, but when you uncritically reprint an article from Greenhut as (I presume) a favor to Will Swain, expect criticism.  Not whining, mud-throwing, complaining, etc. -- criticism, because you did something bad.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Greg Diamond: You regularly flop around this website desperately hoping for attention and pretending you have important insights. Yet, you and your knee jerk ideas managed only to bring a pathetic SIX percent of eligible voters to the polls to vote for your candidacy in June. That fact--whine and bitch and throw mud at me all you want--underscores you are a bloated, nobody hack. Now, go back to the laughable, irrelevant blog you operate with Mr. DUI and complain some more about how your greatness isn't recognized. Boo who...

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

From what I can tell, my popularity with Occupy OC is fine. Hey, is it true that Will Swain, your former boss, is working for Greenhut's group and you didn't disclose it in this article?  Did Swain, um, ghostwrite the Reason piece for the Hut?

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Well, your lack of help as Editor-in-Chief really shows.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

How interesting.  My vote total was greater than the Democratic proportion of the district (even before adjusting for turnout), so how do you figure that, Arse?  Can you "show your work"?  I can't rule out that I got every single Democratic vote.  How can you?

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

If you've been following our occasional conversation over the last several months, Gustavo, "Arse" is short for "Arse Caught" -- which is like "R. Scott," but has the additional connotation of describing what happens to him when he tries to push tripe like this on readers.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

So by that logic Bigfoot (one word, scribe) is three times as popular as my opponent?  Cool!

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

And this whole comments section underscores your ridiculous delusions of competence.

Patrick Dodd
Patrick Dodd

NO.... he meant these past almost 4 years!!!!!!!  NOBAMA is at fault. He has not made 1 thing better for anyone. He has only made it MUCH WORSE!!!!!!!!. DOWN WITH THE DEMOCRATS (morons)!!!!!

MassageParlorReviews
MassageParlorReviews

leave the trucks alone,they serve great food at good prices! tell the police to hassle the drug dealers and gang bangers!

joe doe
joe doe

You can't crow about the small petty nature of the "Weekly way" and still claim to be doing any meaningful journalism.  Your total lack of logic  and self-awareness SHOULD be embarrassing, but that of course would require brain power. The more you guys post the stupider you look.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Greg, please tell us again how you believe you are the angry old white guy defender of Latinos. I really like that story. PS--How is your popularity now in Occupy OC?

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Greg Diamond: It is also a fact that your recent campaign as a Democrat drove Democrats to vote for the Republican, Bob Huff. Beeee-u-tee-full. Nice job, genius!

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Greg Diamond: Nearly 30 percent of Americans believe there's a good chance that Big Foot exists. Yet, you and your ideas could only get a laughable 6 percent of eligible voters in your June election. Big Foot is five times more popular than you and nobody has ever seen him! You might want to take a clue from Big Foot and improve your image by disappearing too.

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

After all this cowardly whining, you still can't get anyone to visit your blog, huh? So sorry...

Not Greg Diamond
Not Greg Diamond

I have graduated from the 4th grade.  I realize that Mox and Gustavo are not advocates of Greenbut or his necrotic party affiliation.  I understand that each has a critical & fundamental disagreement with Greg Diamond's pedagogy.  And all that makes me feel pretty smug about myself.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

I could read the Weekly right through either Gustavo's or Moxley's think skin.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Of COURSE you had no ax to grind, Arse Caught; that's why your first response to me was "Go ahead and weigh in for government harassment of food truck owners."  Who do you think you're fooling here?  You were pimping the work of a fellow anti-union libertarian. I started commenting here because I respected you and Gustavo based on your work and looked forward to interesting conversations.  Now I do it in part to get you to expose your actual opinions -- the beasts within -- which to you is "obnoxious." Point me to something you published from an Occupy OC activist making that critique of me.  If it wasn't published, and was just anonymous background slander, then why should anyone give it any weight?  Put up or shut up, "journalist."("Alexander Haig of OC leftwing politics" -- you mean that I'm endorsed by Mort Sahl?)

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

I had thought so too, Jon -- but apparently they're NOT better than that. Maybe it's pressure from the bosses back east, though I'm not one to ascribe motives without good basis.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

I "campaigned as hard as I could" for a meaningless primary?  No, I hardly campaigned at all, given that I had already made the runoff. I got 36% of the vote (across the three counties), Arse Caught.  Your 6% figure is because of extremely low turnout statewide, for which I'm not really responsible.  (By your standards, you could make fun of Bob Huff getting JUST TEN %, and that would be pretty silly. Do you show the same degree of care and forthrightness with your reporting?

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

And now we know that it went to spam.  Offsetting penalties.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Yes, I am well aware of the extent of my solemn responsibility to represent the ideas of people named "Scooby Snacks."  Rorry riscreant.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Yeah, "telling."  If I had wanted to stay out of the spam filter I suppose that I should have mentioned Octomom's vagina or something.

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