City Council Votes to Encourage and Protect Micro-entrepreneurs in Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: TONY ARRANAGA 213-258-9533

RELEASE: CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO ENCOURAGE AND PROTECT MICRO-ENTREPRENEURS IN LOS ANGELES

Councilmember O’Farrell leads initiatives on vending at Recreation and Parks facilities across the city

LOS ANGELES CITY HALL - Following months of collaboration with the vending community and local stakeholders, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell on Wednesday led his colleagues on voting to protect micro-entrepreneurs while ensuring opportunities to conduct business in park facilities throughout the City.

“In my role as Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Parks, and the LA River Committee, I met with local stakeholders, business owners and vendors over the last several months,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “Street vending is part of the culture of Los Angeles, and adds to the rich diversity as well as the cuisine that we relish in our city.  The action today is a significant step that will lift the shroud of fear in terms of enforcement and provide greater certainty to all in our City. I applaud the vending community for opening up your heart and soul in helping us have a better understanding of the issue.”

The following amendments were added as part of the elements to allow vending at City park facilities:

  • Directed staff to translate ordinance in Spanish so that the rules will be in the native language of many vendors.

  • In collaboration with the LA Street Vendor Campaign and the Hollywood Street Vendors, Councilmember O’Farrell sought to protect the City’s scenic and natural properties and parks while agreeing that commercial vending should be allowed in accordance to the newly adopted Rules and Regulations that went through his committee. O’Farrell amended the buffer around playgrounds to be reduced from 250 feet to 100 feet.

  • Councilmember O’Farrell took action to amend the ordinance to prohibit the sale of animals.

  • O’Farrell recommended that food vending in LA to mirror the City’s Good Food (healthy food) policy that he initiated at City venues.

  • Advocated for a permit system for street and parks vending to allow all entrepreneurs to conduct business out of the shadows without fear of prosecution.

The ordinance will now head to the Mayor for his  signature.

###