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Bridget Johnson


July 9, 2013 - 5:59 am

Ice-cream trucks are under attack in Long Beach, Calif., according to the Long Beach Post:

Citing numerous resident complaints about processions of shrill music blaring for up to 45 minutes at a time, [6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews] wants to force ice cream trucks to comply with the City’s noise ordinance and silence their music tracks while parked and serving customers.

Despite the joy that the sound of an ice cream truck can bring to children, in areas of his District, the trucks’ perpetual high-volume music has become “a nuisance,” according to Andrews, because it continues throughout the day and into the evening as multiple trucks make their rounds in the same neighborhoods.

“Most of the trucks are reported to make several trips on the same route while playing the shrill music for 30 to 45 minutes,” Andrews said in the agenda item notes. “In several cases, an additional ice cream truck will follow the first one and the cycle repeats through out the day. There have been incidents when multiple trucks were on one block at the same time, each with their music loud.”

Having lived in the LBC for five years, I can say that the perpetual sound of gunshots was a bigger nuisance than an ice cream truck.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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On the other hand, Turkey in the Straw does get old quickly. Though I prefer it to the bottle rockets and firecrackers as those send my little guys inside toot sweet.
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They came for the light bulbs, and I didn't say anything. I like being in the dark.

They came for the ice cream trucks, and I didn't speak up because I'm doing the low-carb thing...

Doesn't really have much of a ring to it, but that old thin edge of the wedge is vicious. This country is in sad shape.
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