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Convicted robber wants OK to pedal hot dogs on Manteca streets

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POSTED February 12, 2010 3:41 a.m.
A Stockton man convicted of second degree robbery, possession of controlled substances, and using a firearm in commission of a felony wants a Manteca municipal vendor’s license so he can operate a hot dog catering van on city streets.

Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker – after conducting a background check – denied the request. He based his decision on the applicant’s criminal convictions. The first was on Sept. 12, 1990 for possession of controlled substances.

The second was on Nov. 3, 1992 when the applicant – Irineo Gutierrez Jr. – was convicted of second degree robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and drunk driving resulting in a prison sentence.

The 40-year-old applicant contends the past convictions shouldn’t be a factor in denying him a business license to operate a catering van on city streets.

He has appealed the chief’s decision to the Manteca City Council. They will decide the fate of the appeal when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

In his application, Gutierrez, whose business is named “Hot Dog Connection” said he intends to park, his catering van on a city street in front of the Manteca office of the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
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