After 5 Years, L.A. City Council Approves Plan to Legalize Street Vending

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Sidewalk vendor Maria Franco sells food along Maple Avenue in the Fashion District in Los Angeles in this undated photo. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Sidewalk vendor Maria Franco sells food along Maple Avenue in the Fashion District in Los Angeles in this undated photo. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

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Brick-and-mortar businesses in Los Angeles would get a chance to oppose vendors planning to set up shop on adjacent sidewalks but would not be able to turn them down outright under a revised proposal for new regulations approved Tuesday at City Hall.

As L.A. crafts rules to legalize and regulate the vendors who hawk ice cream, hot dogs and other food and goods on its sidewalks, business groups have pushed for property owners to be able to decide whether vending can happen outside their doors.

Shopkeepers have argued that sidewalk vendors can undercut their business and that they have blocked and sullied nearby walkways.

Street vendors and their advocates countered that it would be unfair to give shops that kind of veto power over other entrepreneurs. The ACLU of Southern California, the National Immigration Law Center and other groups said in a letter that the idea raised “grave legal and constitutional concerns” and could ramp up the risk of extortion.

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