By ELIZABETH CHOU
A Los Angeles-area lawmaker said Friday it is time for the state to step in, after cities have dragged their feet on efforts to legalize and regulate street-vending activity.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said his bill, SB 946, was prompted by slow action by local cities, including Los Angeles. Speaking during a news conference on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Lara said the city is now “moving in the right direction” toward legalizing vending.
“I want to make sure they continue to actually create a process for permitting,” he said. “We’re still waiting to see that to happen.”
Introduced on Thursday, Lara’s bill would require cities to have a licensing system in place for sidewalk vendors if they want to ban or regulate sidewalk vending in public areas.