Sidewalk vendors who sell hot dogs and churros around Los Angeles will be able to get permits after the City Council approved the idea today.
A plan to legalize and regulate sidewalk vending has been working its way through City Hall for years. In a nutshell, it will establish rules and regulations for the thousands of street vendors who work all over the city, in compliance with a new state law. The approval came on a 13-0 vote on Wednesday.
What does the new ordinance say, exactly? How will the permitting process work for street vendors who want to be licensed through the city? What are brick-and-mortar businesses saying about what this means for them? We’ll talk with a panel of stakeholders about what happens next and how it might look in your neighborhood.
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Curren Price, L.A. City Council member representing District 9, which includes most of South Los Angeles and western downtown L.A.; he first introduced the proposal to legalize street vending in 2013
Rudy Espinoza, executive director at the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network, which advocates for legal street vending, and a member of the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign
Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association