LA Times: California bill would override L.A. and other cities that don't license street vendors

February 02, 2018

By EMILY ALPERT REYES

Los Angeles lawmakers have wrestled for years with how to legalize and regulate the vendors who sell food and goods on the city's sidewalks.

Now a state legislator is championing a bill that could take some of those decisions out of the city's hands. Under a proposal from Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), California cities would not be able to regulate or ban vendors unless they have a licensing system that meets several requirements.

"It's not fair to say, 'We're going to create a process, we're going to decriminalize it,' but yet not move," Lara said. 

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