In the wake of Sheriff Jim Anderson’s suggestion that deputies consider enforcing immigration law, the department announced a crackdown on street vendors, many of whom are natives of Latin America. An Oxnard-based corn vendor in downtown Goleta was cited for an unpermitted cart and was released early this month. The department has reportedly received numerous complaints about the noise, aesthetics, and legality of street vendors. According to a recent department news release, the “Sheriff’s Department is taking this kind of call seriously.” The county health department spokesperson said that while there have been no reported cases of illness caused by vendors’ corn, health inspectors confiscate unpermitted vendors’ carts and foods several times per year in response to neighbors’ complaints.

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