Joe Buscaino

Should brick-and-mortar shops be able to veto sidewalk vendors?

Should brick-and-mortar shops be able to veto sidewalk vendors?

When pushcart vendors try to set up shop in front of his East Hollywood gas station, Jacques Massachi tells them to leave.

“I don’t allow them. I just don’t allow them,” Massachi said.

The sidewalk sellers can end up obstructing traffic in and out of the gas station, he complained. And if they hawk hot dogs, ice cream or anything else sold at his Ampm store, he sees them as rivals.

If someone can walk up and buy a hot dog out front, Massachi said, “why would he buy a hot dog from me?”

Los Angeles is planning to legalize and regulate sidewalk vending, handing out city permits to the pushcarts and stands that are an everyday sight...

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