Too Much Ice Cream?
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CREATED Apr. 25, 2013
Coachella's mayor decided his city has too many ice cream trucks after a man driving one was arrested Monday.
Police say he the man exposed himself to two girls.
Now the mayor says there are just far too many ice cream vendors in Coachella.
The sight of the traveling truck carrying sweets is irresistible for kids.
"I take my kids to go get ice cream every day," said Coachella resident Eileen Herrera.
So Eileen was shocked to hear 40-year-old ice cream truck driver, Israel Valdez Ayala, was arrested by police.
He's charged with exposing himself to young girls.
Some parents told us Ayala used to park his ice cream truck on this corner by the school, he was arrested just a few blocks away.
"Right here in the same area, right here," said Coachella resident, Jose de la Torre.
Jose says some vendors sell more than just ice cream.
"They sell other bad stuff, marijuana, cocaine," said Jose.
Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia says there are too many ice cream trucks in the city: about 60.
So he's says no more.
"Three ice cream men come to my apartment complex everyday and I did not have a clue what they do," said Eileen.
Ice cream sellers told us off camera they agree, there are too many trucks in town.
They're a common sight at schools, parks and around neighborhoods.
"Stay away from the schools and the churches," said Jose.
When Jose's granddaughters have a sweet tooth, he steers clear of ice cream trucks.
"No more, I take them to the store and buy whatever they want."
And Eileen says its a good idea to limit the number of trucks.
"I think it's a great idea, I mean it's a lot safer, you know who's going to be around the apartments, who's going to come and be around your kids almost everyday."
Coachella city council will vote on May 8th on whether or not to stop giving out ice cream vendor permits in the city.