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New proposal wants to give businesses a chance to appeal but not prohibit sidewalks vendors




Armando Ventura sells gold-plated costume jewelry at the corner of Florence and Graham avenues in unincorporated Los Angeles County.
Armando Ventura sells gold-plated costume jewelry at the corner of Florence and Graham avenues in unincorporated Los Angeles County.
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In the effort to legalize and regulate street vending, a new proposal was announced Monday at City Hall that wants the city to alert businesses when sidewalk sellers seek permits to sell outside their doors.

Under a revised proposal for new regulations, property owners would not be able to prohibit vending on adjacent sidewalks, but they would get a chance to appeal. Store owners argue that sidewalk vendors block walkways and that weakens their businesses. Meanwhile, vendor supporters find it unfair to give stores that kind of veto power over other entrepreneurs.

Guests:

Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC’s Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter who is at the City Council meeting

Jeff Zarrinnam, board member and immediate past president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Katie McKeon, attorney at the public interest law firm, Public Counsel, a member of The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign that seeks to legalize food vending in L.A.