Van Nuys, Calif. – Last week, Senator Ricardo Lara introduced Senate Bill 946, which would prohibit cities from adopting rules or regulations related to sidewalk vending without first implementing a licensing program. Even then, regulations limiting the number of vendors or requiring the consent of neighboring businesses would be prohibited. Over the years, VICA has worked with the Los Angeles City Council to create sensible solutions for street vending that does not interfere with traditional brick-and-mortar businesses. VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“This bill undermines local control and oversteps the state’s bounds. Brick-and-mortar businesses, especially in the San Fernando Valley, will be paying the price from this irresponsible piece of legislation.
“Business owners will experience interruptions in their daily operations and will have no choice but to compete with sidewalk vendors who will be allowed to station themselves anywhere and at any time.
“We do not want to see our parks and sidewalks oversaturated with sidewalk vendors, which could jeopardize public safety. We need to allow cities to create comprehensive sidewalk policies that make sense for their communities.”
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.
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