Parking on 17th and Harrison streets is hard on weekdays, and no one knows this better than El Tonayense taco truck. The food truck is parked at the intersection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and usually the drivers have no trouble sliding into a space when they arrive early — but today’s parking spot came at a high price.

The truck is usually parked on one of the corners on the west side of the intersection, where the only parking restriction is street cleaning in the early morning hours. Today those spots were taken, so the driver parked the truck across the street in a loading zone.

The leather goods company near the loading zone would have none of it, and asked parking control officers to force the truck out, which they did by issuing El Tonayense a ticket. The taco truck left, but came back an hour later after some parking spaces opened up on the west side of the street.

“It’s never happened before,” said one of the truck operators.

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Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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  1. Did the “leather goods company” *ask* or speak to the truck people first? Or did they just call the cops to issue a ticket first? It’s been my experience that the taco trucks are respectful and good neighbors.

  2. I do love the Taco Trucks but if I lived in that loft building where one always parts at 22nd @ Harrison, I would hate the smell every single day. They should park near the school one block down where no one lives right about them.

  3. The Century Theaters plaza in Daly City need a taco truck, the Mexican restaurant there closed shop.