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LA County Sups Considers Background Checks For Ice Cream Truck Vendors

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(FOX 11) Nothing like a sweet treat…such as ice cream or candy, to lure unsuspecting children to a predator. That's why LA County Supervisors may now require ice cream truck vendors to undergo background checks to get a license.

Gigi Graciette joins us with more on the proposal.

A Drumstick and Your Fingerprints, Please.

"Where there are kids, there are predators", a sergeant with the LA County Sheriff's Department once told me as we talked about a child abuse investigation.

Sadly, it's true.

I thought about that today while reporting on a new ordinance Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe would like to see on the books.

Knabe wants all ice cream vendors and others who regularly work with kids to undergo a background check via their fingerprints having to be submitted - and approved - before being issued a county business license.

"If you stop and think about it, where these ice cream trucks go", Knabe tells me. "They're legitimate businesses but if there's no checks and balances, they do have access to our kids."

The Board has asked the county's treasurer and tax collector to investigate whether Los Angeles can require all ice cream vendors and others who regularly work with kids to be fingerprinted before being issued a business license.

The idea is to catch a possible predator, a registered sex offender for example, before they strike.

In sixty days the board should have a full report on the legalities, cost and feasibility of implementing this new law.


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