After 10 years of debate and compromise, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday (November 28) voted to approve an ordinance that will grant permits to sidewalk vendors.
The move will allow the sellers of street tacos, souvenirs and accessories to come out of the legal shadows and put the city on the same footing as New York and Chicago on the issue.
Some 50,000 vendors peddle their wares along L.A. sidewalks and in parks and other public places, hawking baseball caps, sunglasses, T-shirts, purses and other merchandise, as well as food from countries all over the world.
Many are immigrants eking out modest livings who have pushed for years for the change.
Via: ABC 7 Los Angeles