Santa Monica street vendors struggle amid new licensing rules
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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)

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

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
An ice cream vendor on the beach in Santa Monica.  (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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)

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

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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)
A view of Santa Monica Pier from Ocean Ave. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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