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Street vendors fighting a decades-long battle to be legalized




They’ve arrested me three times, that I remember.... Even with a permit, they’ve thrown it away twice,
They’ve arrested me three times, that I remember.... Even with a permit, they’ve thrown it away twice," Delfino Flores says.
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More than 50,000 vendors line the streets of Los Angeles, selling things from food to toys to tech accessories.

But selling things on the street is illegal, and vendors hope to change.

Many of them rallied in downtown LA on Tuesday to demand that the city council pass rules to legalize and regulate their practice.

SCPR's Leslie Berestein Rojas explains how proposals like this have been considered for decades, and the chances of this one passing.