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To taco truck or not to taco truck? Tonight, a forum on the food truck scene

An unidentified taco truck on the Westside, January 2009.
An unidentified taco truck on the Westside, January 2009. Photo by TK/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Did you know that yesterday was National Taco Day? Yeah, well, I didn't either.

But it brings me to the following: Fans and non-fans of taco trucks and non-taco trucks will be descending on 89.3 KPCC's Crawford Family Forum tonight for a discussion of the city's food truck scene, moderated by Air Talk host Larry Mantle. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who has introduced measures that would regulate the trucks, will face off against food truck owners and supporters.

City officials are set to meet in mid-October to debate proposals that could seriously curb food truck operation in the Miracle Mile district and much of the city.

The event is open to the public, though seats are limited. The best part, for some at least, will be the non-taco truck food. Trucks present will include The Grilled Cheese Truck, the Border Grill truck (which does offer tacos, though upscale ones), Kabob 'n Roll and The Place LA, all selling their offerings outside between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. The debate, to be recorded and aired during a future broadcast, will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you love food trucks, have had enough of them, or simply long for the days when the true taco truck was king (though most of the trucks on the city's streets are still traditional taco trucks, as LA Taco pointed out in daily reviews throughout September), come on down. The Crawford Family Forum is at 474 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

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