Following a unanimous vote, Los Angeles City Council decided to officially legalize street vending for 2019.
The street vendors’ advocation and aid from groups such as the East Los Angeles Community Corporation finally paid off and the implementation of the law began Jan. 1, according to the Los Angeles Times.
For decades now, there has been an influx of street vending with food, music, jewelry as well as other products, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The majority of vendors are immigrants and fall back on street vending as their primary source of income, according to attorney Doug Smith.
Smith said that this new legalization will ensure protection of their jobs that the vendors were not able to have before the government passed the law.
“With today’s vote, we are going to help thousands of mico-entrepreneurs come out of the shadows and become part of LA’s formal economy,” Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price said.
Mia Shelton ’21 said she believes it will better the lives of all of street vendors in Los Angeles.
“I think that it will help street vendors have a steady income, and they don’t have to have the fear of going to jail,” Shelton said.
The new law comes with restrictions on the items which the vendors are able to sell and the circumstances in which they can run their business.
Vendors will be required to be granted permits by the city or state governments and must avoid large venues, such as The Hollywood Bowl and the Banc of California Stadium, when major events occur, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In line with prior regulations, they will also not be permitted to sell any form or type of illegal CD or DVD.