Demand Basic Rights for Street Vendors

Target: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

Goal: Provide a legal framework for street vendor operations.

Los Angeles was recently shaken by a shocking video of a pedestrian attacking a street vendor. The pedestrian toppled the vendor’s corn cart, spilling ingredients over the sidewalk. The video was a stark reminder of the dangers faced by L.A.’s street vendors on a daily basis. Despite being an integral part of L.A.’s vibrant culture, street vendors have no legal framework to operate under and have few of the protections ordinary workers enjoy.

Earlier this year, the city decriminalized vendors, meaning they can no longer face criminal charges simply for selling snacks to pedestrians. Nonetheless, these workers can still be fined, and the industry itself has no practical regulations.

Regulating an entire industry from scratch is no easy task, but L.A. is one of the few major American cities with no legal framework for street vendors. If you think it’s time the city steps up to the plate, please sign this petition calling for the legalization of street vendors, with sensible regulation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Garcetti,

Los Angeles is one of just a small handful of major U.S. cities where street vendors have no legal framework. Although street vending is now decriminalized in Los Angeles, the workers themselves can still face fines, not to mention a total lack of rules. This is bad for everyone: L.A.’s brick and mortar businesses are in a constant tug-o-war with vendors, while the vendors themselves have few protections from abuse, let alone guidance on how to operate without inconveniencing commuters. We therefore call on you to approve a plan to fully legalize street vendors. This plan should provide a clear and practical framework for vendors to operate under, including protections for workers from abuse.

This might sound like a big ask, but it’s been done before. Most other large cities have managed to find a balance between the needs of the community and industry and find a place for vendors. In fact, city council members Curren Price and Joe Buscaino presented a basic outline of such a plan in 2016. Their plan would allow up to four stationary vendors per block in specific parts of the city. It’s far from a complete plan, but it’s a start–a start we can build from for a better L.A. We urge you to prioritize providing a legal framework for street vendors in your city.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Pedro Sanchez

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One Comment

  1. LA – SHAME ON YOU. YOU USUALLY, SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE NATION. PLEASE DECIDE TO TAKE THE CORRECT, TO SOLVE THE ISSUE WITJ THE STREET VENDORS. TY

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