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New Legislative Analyst report calls for citywide policy on street vending--is legalization finally coming to L.A.?




The Economic Development Committee will decide whether to push for the establishment of special pre-designated districts in the city where street vendors can legally operate in.
The Economic Development Committee will decide whether to push for the establishment of special pre-designated districts in the city where street vendors can legally operate in.
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The City of Los Angeles’ Legislative Analyst office last week released a report calling for the City Council to adopt a citywide street vending policy, and to provide ideas on how to encourage the establishment of special pre-designated districts in the city where street vendors can legally operate in.

In November, Councilmen Jose Huizar and Curren Price instructed the Legislative Analyst office to come up with the report, which looked at cities such as Portland, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago where street vending is permitted in certain designated areas.

The report states that for a citywide legalized street vending program in L.A. to work, there has to be cooperation among many city departments, including law enforcement, the County Health Department and the Bureau of Street Services.

The Economic Development Committee will decide whether to push these recommendations forward in the summer.

Guests:  

Jose Huizar, City Council Member, 14th District, which includes Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Downtown Los Angeles and other communities. He was one of three council members who directed the City of Los Angeles’ Legislative Analyst office to conduct the street vending report.

Leron Gubler, President & CEO, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce