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New Rules Governing Street Vending Set To Kick in -- But Is LA Ready?




A street vendor sells fruit on a street corner on February 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
A street vendor sells fruit on a street corner on February 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Come January 1, street vendors in L.A. will be operating under a new regulatory framework. 

All street vendors will have to get permits from the city and vendors selling food will have to meet County health standards. There will be a six month roll out period before the full weight of the rules is enacted. 

However, the regulations may not be set in stone. About a month ago, Councilmember John Lee from the San Fernando Valley introduced a resolution that would tighten some of these regulations, he says to make them more fair and to give the city power to punish repeat offenders. However, community activists who have long been pushing for the legalization of street vending, see this as a step backwards, tightening already strict rules.  

We dive into the regulations.

We reached out to StreetsLA -- the LA City body tasked with creating the permitting process. But they are unable to provide anyone to join us today.

With guest host Kyle Stokes

Guests:

John Lee, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the 12th district, which encompasses the Northwest San Fernando Valley

Rudy Espinoza, executive director of Inclusive Action for the City, a community organization in Los Angeles who supports legalized street vending