Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas On Exploring Sidewalk Vending Regulations

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas speaks at the Board of Supervisors meeting on November 11, 2018. Photo by Diandra Jay / Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn to gather information on Los Angeles County’s sidewalk vending industry and to recommend policies and programs in light of SB 946, a new state law that decriminalized sidewalk vending:

“SB 946 poses a new landscape for street vending policy in Los Angeles County, and an opportunity to present innovative, forward-thinking and balanced policies that promote public health and economic development. We affirm that all those who seek to earn a livelihood deserve dignity and a legal, fair and equitable process. I look forward to the issue returning to the Board after a healthy and comprehensive conversation that includes the full range of impacted stakeholders.”