Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules
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Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules

Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules

A vendor sells fruit to beachgoers in Santa Monica. Some licensed vendors working around the pier say a new ordinance that can penalize them for blocking access ways has made them nervous about being arrested.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules

A sidewalk vendor tries to sell fruit to beachgoers in Santa Monica.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules
An ice cream vendor on the beach in Santa Monica.  (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules

Santa Monica passed an emergency ordinance in April establishing a sidewalk vending program designed to protect vendors from legal harassment.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules

The rules restrict blocking or obstructing an access way on a beach facility.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules

Some vendors who work along the Santa Monica Pier describe seemingly capricious patterns of enforcement days after the ordinance passed.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules
A view of Santa Monica Pier from Ocean Ave. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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