LYNWOOD — An ordinance banning ice cream vendors from the city will go into effect Aug. 16 as planned in spite of pleas to the City Council Tuesday by vendors to have it delayed or rescinded.
"Drop this ordinance. Or give us more time. We are just trying to make a living. We are not doing anything dangerous, illegal or unhealthy," said Rafael Gallegos, manager of Manhattan Fruit Bars.
Gallegos presented a petition to the council that he claimed contained 1,000 signatures from "people and kids" protesting the ban.
"It is a little late to start talking about it now. There's nothing that can be done," Mayor John Byork said.
However, councilmen James Rowe and E. L. Morris offered vendors some hope, suggesting more study might be appropriate.
On July 16, the council passed the ordinance by a unanimous vote prohibiting all types of vending, peddling and selling or soliciting on public streets, sidewalks, parks and other public properties. Food catering trucks, however, are allowed to continue selling as long as they are on private property.