Open Los Angeles’s Streets to Vending
In Los Angeles, traditional sidewalk street vending is illegal – turning ten thousand mostly Latino entrepreneurs into criminals. All that these vendors want to do is earn an honest living and provide for their families in a way that contributes to their communities.
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Vending puts people to work, creates opportunities for self-sufficiency, and enriches the communities in which vendors operate. If legalized, vendors can also contribute to the city’s coffers by paying sales tax and payroll taxes, and can activate underused spaces, bringing new life to communities and making them safer, more enjoyable places to live.
The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign is an initiative to legalize food vending on Los Angeles’s city sidewalks.
“The campaign is driven by a city-wide coalition of organizations who are committed to developing a system that gives micro-entrepreneurs an opportunity to make an honest living, encourages healthy eating, and supports existing small businesses in communities all over Los Angeles.”
Read an editorial by the Los Angeles Times, “Legalize L.A.’s street vendors: Whether hawking hot dogs, T-shirts, sodas or fresh fruit, vending on sidewalks and parkways is illegal in the city of Los Angeles. That’s shortsighted.”
Read more about the Institute for Justice’s National Street Vending Initiative.
Read previous IJ coverage of LA's street vendors.