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LeBron James Hires Mariscos Jalisco Taco Truck for Firefighters and First Responders

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It was ‘Taco Tuesday’ for firefighters battling the Getty Fire

Fried shrimp tacos at Mariscos Jalisco
Fried shrimp tacos at Mariscos Jalisco
Matthew Kang
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

The King buys tacos

It was truly ‘Taco Tuesday’ for firefighters yesterday as LeBron James, who himself has been displaced by the Getty Fire, hired the popular Boyle Heights taco truck Mariscos Jalisco to feed to first responders and others fighting the wildfire in Los Angeles. According to CNN, the Getty Fire has burned 650 acres and is only 15% contained, with high winds forecasted for today. In spite of the dangers, it’s a classy move to help feed first responders who are doing their best to protect homes and businesses during this crucial time. And this might indemnify James for trying (and failing) to trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’ all for himself.

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