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May 22, 1994 | JAKE DOHERTY
Street vendors in Pico-Union, Westlake and East Los Angeles say police are harassing them and violating the spirit of the city ordinance that will make street vending legal in specific areas. The City Council approved a pilot program Jan. 4 to permit vending in eight districts. The districts are to be established through a permit procedure that will require approval from residents and merchants in the commercial areas where the vendors want to work.
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March 21, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that would allow street vendors to stay in one place longer and to amplify sound. "Here you have the poor of the city asking for a decent, honest living," Amin David, president of Los Amigos business group, told the council. "I think (the city) should yield to what is reasonable for those who aspire to make a better living." The ordinance, which requires final approval, would allow vendors to park up to an hour in one spot.
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June 1, 1994 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of struggle, thousands of street vendors were jubilant in January when the City Council legalized sidewalk vending in designated districts throughout Los Angeles. But almost five months after passage of a law viewed as a seminal victory for Los Angeles' Latino immigrant population, city officials have not issued a single vendor's permit. And vendors are being arrested more frequently than before the law was passed.
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March 19, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
To the dismay of Latino street vendors seeking permission to sell to apartment tenants in Anaheim, the City Council on Tuesday postponed a decision for at least three weeks. The delay means the vendors will continue to be banned from the most lucrative areas for selling their fresh produce, ice cream and other goods. "What do they think, that we eat . . . air?" Pedro Vazquez, an ice cream vendor, said. "We're being ignored. They're not listening to us the way they should."
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March 18, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
After receiving a complaint from a local florist saying unlicensed street vendors are creating unfair competition in Port Hueneme, the City Council on Wednesday backed a proposal outlawing push-cart businesses from using the city's public roads and sidewalks. Tamah Berger, the city's code enforcement officer, said Port Hueneme's previous ordinance was deleted in a 1991 revision of the Municipal Code.
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September 29, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As City Hall prepares again to grapple with the thorny issue of legalizing street vendors, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon finds himself in the eye of a storm. His own Valley-based district is 70% Latino and many of his constituents patronize the growing number of vendors in Pacoima, Van Nuys, Panorama City and Sylmar. But homeowners and business people in his district, many of whom supported his successful election effort, see vending as a harbinger of urban decay.
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December 14, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
The long-running battle between the city and its street vendors will be back before the City Council tonight, when the vendors will demand repeal of a recently enacted ordinance limiting the time they can park. Pedro Vasquez, a vendor and leader of the Southern California Street Vendors Assn., said the ordinance that requires the vendors to move their trucks 100 feet every 10 minutes is "driving us out of business" and they may be forced to sue.
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October 15, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Just before noon on Monday, Joe Ortiz began preparing a fresh batch of churros, the popular Mexican pastry that he sells for $1 from a small pushcart on 4th Street. "I cover them with sugar and cinnamon," he said as he handed a warm churro to a hungry customer. "I'm just not selling very many of them these days." But Ortiz, 28, has more on his mind this week than the slumping sales.
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June 3, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS
Two weeks after approving a new ordinance regulating street peddlers, the Moorpark City Council on Wednesday hiked the fees that vendors will have to pay to sell their wares within the city limits. The council voted 4 to 0 to establish two new fees for all companies and individuals hawking ice cream, housewares and other goods on the streets of Moorpark.
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