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VICA Responds to Sidewalk Vending Law

The signature of Gov. Jerry Brown on a law to decriminalize sidewalk vending prompted a response from the Valley Industry & Commerce Association on Monday. SB 496, proposed by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), prohibits criminal penalties for sidewalk vending and allows cities to set up permit systems for street vendors. “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 in a statement. “This one-size-fits-all approach fails to consider the unique situation surrounding sidewalk vending in different communities across our state.” According to the Van Nuys-based organization, 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 city of Los Angeles decriminalized sidewalk vending last year and has been working to craft a permit system. In a statement, Lara said “Gov. Brown’s signature validates that thousands of sidewalk vendors are an important part of our economy, whose hard work supports their families and gives California its unique flavor.”

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.

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