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    Van Nuys, Calif. – VICA is disappointed to hear that Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 946 (Lara) which will restrict local jurisdictions ability to regulate sidewalk vending by establishing strict requirements cities and counties must consider when adopting a sidewalk vending program. This bill undermines local control and fails to protect brick-and-mortar businesses by mandating unregulated sidewalk vending regardless of input from local communities and businesses.
    VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
    “SB 946 prevents local communities from creating sidewalk vending policies that work best for their cities. This one size fits all approach fails to consider the unique situation surrounding sidewalk vending in different communities across our state.”
    “Brick-and-mortar businesses continue to face high costs and regulations which jeopardize their ability to remain open. Competition from street vending is an additional challenge that has made doing business in Los Angeles increasingly unprofitable.
    “Cities like Los Angeles have already taken steps to create their own sidewalk vending proposal. This bill will undermine these efforts already underway at the local level.”
    VICA’s vision for a street vending policy includes limiting the number of vending permits issued; designating zones for sidewalk vending; requiring the consent of brick-and-mortar businesses; and ensuring sidewalk vendors pay their fair share in taxes and fees.
    The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.
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