Tour Vendors Booted From Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

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On a recent postcard-perfect day, James Foutch is selling tours of movie stars’ homes from a prime location on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, just as he has for more than a decade.

A pedestrian shuns a man who identified himself only as Najea, right. Najea hands out “free” CDs to passersby in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. He could soon face a new crackdown for passing out CDs and then asking for a donation. (credit: Los Angeles Times)

But his customary spot on the gray terrazzo sidewalk, studded with pink stars, is about to change.

In a crackdown aimed at managing the mobs of people visiting the wildly popular venue, Foutch and other sightseeing bus operators are being forced to the sidelines.

Starting on Sunday, sales of bus tours from the Walk of Fame will no longer be permitted. Under a change approved by the Los Angeles City Council last month, tour businesses must sell tickets from shops or kiosks on private property.

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