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LA city council committee votes to move forward with decriminalizing illegal street vending




Street vending is illegal in LA. Vendors can get county health permits, but they’re not allowed to sell on the street.
Street vending is illegal in LA. Vendors can get county health permits, but they’re not allowed to sell on the street.
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Shiny, colorful toys. Fresh fruits sprinkled with chili pepper. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs.

Street vendors in Los Angeles sell all sorts of amazing things. For a lot of us, these mobile business people are a big part of the city's DNA. But, at least until now, this has been an industry that's existed without regulation - and often outside the law.

That may soon be changing, Monday an L.A. city council committee voted to move forward with a plan that aims to decriminalize illegal street vending. 

For more on this, Alex Cohen spoke with Rudy Espinoza, an organizer who's been at the forefront.
He's president of a group called LURN or Leadership for Urban Renewal Network.

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