IN LOS ANGELES
For the most part, street vendors do not obtain permits, do not pay taxes, have no license whatsoever, pay no rent, do not have insurance and have no oversight for quality control over the producs or foods they sell.
LA enforcement has become so lax that underground en- trepreneurs are no longer underground. Is is fair to store owners? Is it safe to the pubic?
In 2018, the Los Angeles City Council approved an or- dinance to legalize street vending. Fmr. Governor Jerry Brown signed the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, or SB 946, which requires cities and counties to develop their own local rules when regulat- ing street vendors.
In response to SB 946’s signing, the Council asked the Bureau of Street Services and Parks and Recreation to submit rules in line with SB 946’s focus on health, welfare, and safety concerns. SB 946 iprevents any California city from enforcing vending laws without a local system in place.
Los Angeles implemented a citywide permit program al- lowin vendors to reserve speciﬁc locations for up to a one-year period. The “strict” rules on where vendors can operate are not enforced even near large event venues City parks have a two ven- dor per acre rule but that is also not enforced. The Bureau of Street Services re in charge of sidewalk vendors whereas Park Rangers oversee enforcement of vendors at parks. Rules, regulations, and requirements determined by the Department of Public Works are out of touch with reality of street vendors.
There is no cap on the number of vendors. Vendors ac- tually obtaining a business license, tax, and health permits are low percentages. Vendors not in compliance with the law are supposed to be cited and ﬁned by the Department of Street Services but there are simply too many infractions to enforce.
“Our street vendors, our immigrants from throughout the world, come here and want to share their culture, their cuisines”
City leaders voted unanimously today in favor of new rules that ﬁnally make it legal for vendors to sell food and trinkets on the sidewalks of Los Angeles, a centuries-old tradition that cre- ates vibrant streetscapes and powers the region’s economy.
The historic vote from the Los Angeles City Council sets up regulations and a permitting system for vendors. The new pol- icy has huge implications: An estimated 50,000 vendors operate citywide, selling everything from used electronics to roasted pea- nuts to stuﬀed animals to quesadillas.
Under the new rules, vendors will be required to obtain business licenses and health food permits.