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LA County officials concede they have never inspected some 40% of the 3200 vehicles that are part of the food-truck frenzy that's given new meaning to the term "eating out." Not all the trucks have letter grades like restaurants because inspectors say there's no way to find them. The mobile food industry says that's only true for "roach coaches," not the gourmet trucks that publicize their locations. Also, LA Police Commission Chair Steve Soboroff talks about cops that disable the cameras that monitor their behavior — and the future of Chief Charlie Beck.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, the next summit of world leaders on climate change will be next year in Paris. On Sunday, the UN's International Panel of Climate Scientists will outline what needs to be done. Will it generate the political will for preventive action or is it time to re-frame the issue?


Banner image: Wilshire Boulevard food trucks. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

Are LAPD Officers Trying to Hide Something? 10 MIN, 11 SEC

At this week's meeting of the LA Police Commission, questions were raised about officers removing 72 out of 160 antennas on video cameras mounted on police cars to monitor their behavior. That's both to discourage police misconduct and protect the cops themselves from false claims of abuse. Most of the tampering occurred in the Southeast Division, where the LAPD once was regarded as an occupying army. When it occurred, last summer, Chief Charlie Beck did not order an investigation and didn't immediately tell the Commission. Steve Soboroff is the Commission Chairman.

Steve Soboroff, Los Angeles Police Commission (@SteveSoboroff)

LA Times on LAPD Chief suspending, rather than firing, officer for lying about off-duty confrontation

Food Truck Safety: Public Health Problem or False Alarm? 14 MIN, 25 SEC

Gourmet food trucks are the toast of neighborhoods all over Los Angeles, from Venice to downtown's Grand Park. But only 60% have those signs with letter grades from food inspectors, and the ones that do may not have received them recently. LA Times consumer columnist David Lazarus followed up on a complaint from a reader who said she and her husband got sick after heating hot dogs from a cart in West LA.

David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times (@Davidlaz)
Angelo Bellomo, LA County Department of Public Health (@lapublichealth)
Matt Geller, Southern California Mobile Food Vendor's Association (@mattgeller)

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