Los Angeles is moving closer to giving legal status to street vendors. Currently, L.A. is the only city in the country that hasn’t legalized street vending.
L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, who represents the San Fernando Valley, says the city’s geography and the many different cultures have made it a challenge since there isn’t a one size fits all solution.
So, since sidewalk vendor legalization may not apply equally to all neighborhoods, they have to proceed carefully.
“I think we need to take a sensible approach. I wanna make sure we protect brick and mortars, setting up a hot dog stand in front of a hot dog store for example, selling flowers in front of a flower shop. You’ve got people paying for insurance and rent and certainly all the overhead all the rules and regulations of an OCEA and workers comp. So we really do need to find that balance, that sweet spot to say, let’s protect the ones in the areas that sort of want it and for the ones that don’t, let’s make sure we have the right rules on the books.”
Councilman Englander was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News