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July 24, 1988
In the interest of truth and accuracy I wish to correct a couple of misconceptions in your report on the vendors around Our Lady Queen of Angels Church at Olvera Street (Metro, July 14). I cannot and do not authorize anyone to break the law. I have made this quite clear to all vendors who come to me seeking permission to sell on public property. I have also informed all my associate pastors and staff that they are not to give such authorization. What I have done is to inform the Los Angeles Police Department at the highest level that I have no objection to vendors around the church as long as the vendors do not interfere with the flow of traffic of the more than 10,000 faithful who worship at the church each Sunday, and that they will keep the place clean.
April 27, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our homeowner association board is impetuous and wastes association money. The board members think homeowners have bottomless wallets. In two years, they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars just on attorney fees and undertaking preposterous projects. The recent spate of bad legal advice includes redoing our covenants, conditions and restrictions. It's been a two-year project that has so far netted the attorney well over $90,000. The attorney advised our association that Davis-Stirling Act statutes should be embedded in our documents.
September 14, 2005
MY congratulations on an extremely well-written article ("The Lure of the Outlaw Taco Cart" by Charles Perry, Aug. 31). I have read much regarding street vending (my thesis addressed the predicament of vendors, particularly taco-elote [corn] vending in L.A.) and your article was concise, informative and up to date. RAY DELGADO Downey
April 25, 2014 | By Shan Li and Lalita Clozel
A new federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes has Patrick Sanchez pondering the future of the fledgling industry. Sanchez is the owner of Vapegoat, a Highland Park e-cigarette shop that doubles as an art gallery. On a normal night, customers kick back on his comfy couches, surrounded by brick walls hung with Salvador Dali-esque paintings, and try out new e-cig flavors. Since opening in September, Sanchez said, business has boomed as more smokers discovered the battery-operated devices, which heat liquids that usually contain nicotine to create a vapor that can be inhaled.
July 21, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
After he was laid off last fall from his job driving a delivery truck, Ricardo Lara couldn't find another full-time position that would pay the bills. So he went into business for himself driving an ice cream truck. At first, he was making as much money peddling Heath bars, Bomb Pops and ice cream sandwiches as he did at his old job. But that didn't last. As the economy melted down, so did sales, despite his seven-day workweek plying the streets of South Los Angeles.
July 9, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
It's been a worrisome and confusing time for ice cream truck vendors in Long Beach. A proposed city ordinance that would require vendors to obey noise ordinances and prevent them from playing music while their vehicles idle has led them to believe they were being banned from the city. “What else can you deduce when you read news reports about the last days of an ice cream man?” said Nestor Zea, 61, of Long Beach. “We were really worried.” Zea said he had trouble sleeping when he learned about the proposed ordinance Monday.
October 21, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For 90 minutes Monday, City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, accompanied by Los Angeles street officials and a scrum of TV cameras, informed Hollywood tour bus operators that they can no longer sell tickets from sidewalk kiosks. The mood seemed to be one of disbelief. "I never thought this day would come," said "Melrose" Larry Green, who sells tickets for outside a T-shirt shop on Hollywood Boulevard. "We have to make a living and this will make it tougher. " O'Farrell's team handed out dozens of letters informing tour vendors that a city ordinance that took effect Sunday makes it illegal to sell tickets from the public right-of-way.
May 14, 1995
Truly, I am outraged--what blatant racism ("New Law Is a Tough Sell," May 2)! The leaders say they're concerned with safety. I think not! It's out-and-out racism and greed. They wouldn't want to lose any business from the Hispanic community, now, would they? One million dollars in insurance? What a joke! How can these vendors possibly afford that? A year in jail? Aren't the jails crowded enough? I venture to say that if the vendors in question were not Hispanic, they wouldn't even waste their time with a law. At least these vendors are working and not on the welfare system.
June 15, 1991
"Carts Caught in Culture Clash" is yet another case of rich, white politicians deciding the fate of impoverished, minority people. What does Councilman Hansen know about being a poor Latino? "Get a license," he says. I wonder what businesses are pressuring Hansen and other city officials to get vendors off the streets? Only pressure or the almighty greenback could provoke such a dubious statement as, "Vendors pose a health threat and contribute to trash and graffiti problems."
June 16, 1991
Regarding the San Fernando City Council's plan to crack down on street vendors, I would like to remind the council that: Buyers can observe sanitary conditions before they purchase food. Licenses don't ensure anything except that the city has revenue. Price fixing, even by ensuring that everyone has the same overhead costs, is considered immoral and illegal. And, most important, if and when too many vendors roam the streets, each will sell fewer products and some will quit to do more profitable things.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
People who want to buy locally grown food or who like artisan products probably know there are vendors all over the L.A. area, but the work of tracking them down is beyond most shoppers. The online store Good Eggs means to solve that problem. Its mission is bold: “Grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.” And shoppers can find more than 130 vendors who sell such foods as homemade gluten-free sandwich bread from Roses in the Kitchen ($10). Or dumplings from Bling Bling Dumpling in Hollywood, where the recipes come from the owners' Taiwanese grandmothers and their own modern tastes; cheeseburger dumplings, anyone?
March 14, 2014 | By Julie Makinen and Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Six people were reported dead after a knife-wielding man slashed passersby Friday morning following a fight in a market in Changsha, in China's central Hunan province. Initial witness reports indicated that multiple people - perhaps members of a Turkic minority from northwestern China - were involved. That raised fears of a premeditated attack because militants from that region were implicated in a knifing rampage March 1 that left 33 dead at a train station in Kunming, China.
February 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Naomie Harris hosted the official opening party for the new David Yurman jewelry and watch boutique at Westfield Topanga . The party Feb. 20 was sponsored by Vogue, and a portion of the evening's proceeds was earmarked to support Women's Careers Foundation, Girls of the Realm. Guest included actors Sebastian Roche, Alicia Hannah, Garcelle Beauvais and Bridgid Brannagh. The new store is in the luxury court of the mall, at 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park.
February 23, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California farmers markets want to get tough with interlopers who don't sell what they grow. They're backing a bill to crack down on vendors who falsely claim to offer pesticide-free or locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. "Californians are fortunate to have the highest concentration of farmers markets in the nation," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). The bill, AB 1871, he said, would "increase consumer protections and accountability at our certified farmers markets, protect local farmers and help this growing sector of the economy continue to thrive.
February 8, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Southland Lumber & Supply Co., one of the leading suppliers of lumber to the entertainment industry, is shutting down next week after nearly seven decades in business - another casualty of runaway production. The closing of the Inglewood company, founded in 1946, marks the end of an era for one of the industry's oldest vendors, whose customers include Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures. “It has become too difficult to keep going with the big features being taken out of state,” co-owner Johnny Crowell said.
January 29, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target Corp. said cyberthieves stole credentials from one of the retailer's vendors in order to access its system, according to an ongoing forensic investigation into a data breach that may have exposed information from as many as 110 million customers. The company said that since disclosing the hack Dec. 15, it cleared its system of the malware that had been planted. “In addition, since that time we have taken extra precautions such as limiting or updating access to some of our platforms while the investigation continues,” Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement Wednesday.
June 17, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Americans have been eating hot dogs since at least 1870, when a Coney Island restaurateur started selling sausages on long buns. In California's capital, hot-dog carts keep the tradition going with cheap, quick, lunches for state workers and tourists. But cart owners around the state are threatened with closure by health inspectors, unless lawmakers come to their rescue. That's why the Assembly Health Committee had to come up with a legal definition for "hot dog. " The proposed change to state health laws spells it out: "'Hot dog' means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst and that may be served in a bun or roll.
January 23, 2014 | By David Karp
The revamped Glendale farmers market launched Jan. 9 in a new location with an expanded and upgraded roster. Founded in 1992, it was formerly on Brand Boulevard, sponsored by the city, and managed by Christopher Nyerges, who also operates a School of Self-Reliance that teaches wilderness survival skills. Last year, the Downtown Glendale Assn. , a merchants and property owners group, took over the market, and this month hired a new manager, Carole Gallegos, who directs the successful Encino and South Pasadena farmers markets.
December 12, 2013 | By Carla Hall
One of the trickier problems in animal welfare is stopping the illegal sale of underage rabbits, kittens, turtles, birds and other exotic animals on street corners in Los Angeles. The area outside Santee Alley, the popular and densely filled open-air market for all kinds of wares downtown, has also been the venue of choice for vendors trafficking in these animals. The state of California bans the roadside sale of animals. And it's against the law to sell underage animals that are fragile and need special attention or bottle feeding.
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