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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Street Vendors
Region(s): United States of America ; Other Developed
United States of America Llega la legalización de la venta ambulante a Los Ángeles. Mundo Hispano . (20 April 2018)
By Ballesteros, Maite.

El Consejo de la ciudad de Los Ángeles aprobó elaborar una ordenanza que legalice la venta ambulante en las calles para que se regularicen sus permisos y haya más seguridad para los vendedores de las calles.

United States of America Disruption's double standard: tech firms get rich but street vendors get fined. The Guardian . (19 September 2017)

In a region where companies like Uber and Airbnb have cashed in on unauthorized cabs and boarding houses, vendors trying to make a living selling food without a license face police crackdowns.

By Morales Almada, Jorge.

Comerciantes callejeros del llamado 'tianguis de la Main', en Sur Los Ángeles, denuncian acoso por parte de algunos residentes y comerciantes luego de que se registrara otra confrontación que quedó grabada en video en la que son tachados de "ilegales".

United States of America Video of UC Berkeley police seizing bacon hot dog vendor's earnings goes viral. LA Times . (11 September 2017)
By Serna, Joseph.

A video showing a UC Berkeley bicycle officer citing a bacon hot dog vendor on campus and removing cash from his wallet for operating without a permit has gone viral.

United States of America Why is it taking so long for L.A. to legalize street vending? The Times Editorial Board . (1 August 2017)

In February, the City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending,  yet nearly six months later, we're still waiting for an ordinance to legalize street vending and set practical, enforceable rules to guide the industry.

United States of America Street vendors accuse city workers of destroying pushcarts. New York Post . (27 April 2017)
By Whitehouse, Kaja.

Two NYC street vendors have aimed a class-action lawsuit against New York City, claiming hundreds like them have had their civil rights trampled on when city workers destroyed their pushcarts without warning.

United States of America A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor The New York Times . (18 April 2017)
By Tejal, Rao.

This article describes a day in the life of Kabir Ahmed, a food vendor in New York City. It includes a description of the regulatory barriers that he and other vendors face in the city, and the efforts of the Street Vendor Project to advocate for reform:


"He applied for a food vendor’s license, took a required health and safety class, bought a used cart and took it for an inspection by city officials. (The health department inspects carts at least once a year, and more frequently if a violation is reported.)

Mr. Ahmed still needed a food-vending permit, though, and because of a cap on permits imposed in the 1980s, only 4,000 or so circulate. He acquired his from a permit owner who has charged him and his partner $25,000 for two-year leases (for a permit that cost the owner just $200), which they are still paying off.

A day ago, Mr. Ahmed received a text message: 100 vendors were protesting the cap. Organized by the Street Vendor Project, a nonprofit group that is part of the Urban Justice Center and offers legal representation to city vendors, they hoped to pressure the City Council to pass legislation introduced last fall that would double the number of food-vending permits, gradually, over the next seven years. Mr. Ahmed, who believes the costs for those starting out should be more manageable, wanted to join them, but like many vendors, he couldn’t get away from work."

United States of America To Protect Undocumented Immigrants, Los Angeles Will No Longer Arrest Street Vendors Remezcla . (1 February 2017)
By Simón, Yara.

In a move to protect undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, USA, the LA City Council voted on Tuesday January 31st to decriminalize street vending. Activists in LA fought over many years for authorities to stop penalizing street vendors in the city, most of whom are Latinos and many of whom are undocumented. Penalization of vendors can range from tickets or fines to misdemeanor or criminal charges, increasing the risk of deportation for undocumented vendors.


The city council decided to finally take action on the issue in response to the federal government's stance on immigration, including the desire to crack down on sanctuary cities and increase deportations. Of the action, Councilman Jose Huizar stated, "You do not have to work in the shadows.”


United States of America Spurred by Trump's immigration crackdown, L.A. City Council moves to decriminalize street vending Los Angeles Times . (31 January 2017)
By Reyes, Emily.

Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and begin setting up a regulated system. The council pushed forward with their plan Tuesday, January 31, voting to draft a law that would decriminalize sidewalk vending.

As it stands, selling food or goods on the sidewalk can lead to misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles. City attorneys will now draw up new rules that would strip those criminal penalties and authorize the city to eventually issue vending permits, a first step toward legalization.

United States of America Legalize street vendors? Some businesses are carefully open to the idea. The Eastsider LA . (20 December 2016)
By Lank, Barry.

The effort to legalize street vendors is moving forward at City Hall.  The proposal has proven controversial in the past, with many residents as well as brick-and-mortar business owners  opposed to the idea.  But most of the business owners and managers who were interviewed by The Eastsider were open to but cautious about the measure.