It’s been four years since the debate over street vending in LA began. Now, a new set of restrictions has been proposed.
City lawmakers are considering banning vendors near venues like Dodger Stadium, Staples Center and Hollywood Boulevard – all places where street vending has become part of LA culture.
A victory for vendors was put in place earlier this year, when city lawmakers voted to limit penalties for them, essentially decriminalizing vending as a safeguard against the Trump Administration’s push against illegal immigration.
But there has long been push back from local businesses and residents on where street vending should happen. The new restrictions aim to ease congestion in the city, especially in crowded areas of tourism like Hollywood Boulevard.
The proposal also asked for sidewalk vending operations to be limited from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and no vending permitted during and one hour after special city authorized events.
John Rabe speaks to two stakeholders working to find consensus on the issue.
Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance; she was at yesterday’s hearing on street vendors
Rudy Espinoza, executive director at the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network; he is part of the steering committee for the L.A. Street Vending campaign