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L.A. officials take a step toward legalizing street vending
L.A. officials take a step toward legalizing street vending

A committee of Los Angeles lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward legalizing street vending, vetting a basic framework for how sellers who ply their trade on sidewalks or in parks could get city permits. But the plan is far from a done deal, as fierce debate swirls around whether to legitimize an underground economy that has long been an open secret on Los Angeles sidewalks. Backers see legalization as an economic boon to the city and a lifeline to honest entrepreneurs, while critics worry about trash, congestion and a squeeze on bricks-and-mortar businesses. The city is peppered with pushcarts shilling popsicles or bacon-wrapped hot dogs, booths arrayed with clothing, pins and...

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