In a unanimous council victory of13-0, Los Angeles’ street vendors have been legalized. One of the“micro-entrepreneurs” (a term coined by Curren Price Jr. – one of the members of the City Council Chambers), Andres Garcia explained:
“For us, it’s very important. “If someone complains, the police, they could come in and take everything from us.Make us throw all our stuff away and we lose all our money for that day.”
The next step however, is to figure out the permit system and it is crucial that permit costs are not too cumbersome.Other details still have to be ironed out but these will be undertaken with the participation of various advocacy groups including the Leaders of the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign.