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HELP LEGALIZE STREET VENDORS IN LONG BEACH

Our journey has highlighted a huge problem in our community: the ongoing criminalization of street vendors like us.

Cafablanca has been working with city leaders to usher in street vendor law reform locally, but it's not enough. 

We need the sentiment of our supporters to echo through city hall!

YOU CAN HELP BY CALLING OR SENDING A WRITTEN COMMENT TO YOUR CITY COUNSEL PERSON

I am writing to urge the Long Beach City Council to approve a motion that implements a moratorium on citations for sidewalk vendors in our city. Vendors are the cultural lifeblood of communities throughout our city, and they do not deserve to live in fear of an official arresting them, citing them with steep fines, taking their vending equipment, or throwing away their food. This is especially true during the ongoing pandemic, when all public health experts agree that cities should be encouraging residents to eat outdoors, rather than penalizing the most vulnerable entrepreneurs. Citing vendors for not having a permit that is almost impossible to obtain is just plain cruel. A moratorium on citations will give Long Beach the time it needs to examine all of the barriers that currently stand in the way of obtaining a vending permit and implement more constructive policies to bring vendors into formal systems that do not rely on criminalization and intimidation. I encourage you to treat this issue with the urgency it deserves, as every day without a moratorium risks criminalizing the most vulnerable microentrepreneurs in our communities.

 

HELP LEGALIZE STREET VENDORS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA

Street vendors contribute to a thriving local economy and are a crucial part of the pandemic recovery efforts. In Los Angeles alone, an estimated 12,500 street food vendors generate millions of dollars in revenue every year. Removing the obstacles to street vendors at a time when outdoor dining is at its peak is a commonsense way to bring legitimacy and opportunity to these small businesses.

While there are important actions that local government can take to help, the biggest barrier for vendors is The California Retail Food Code.

It’s time to modernize the retail food code to include food vendors and ensure healthy and safe outcomes for vendors and consumers alike.

Recently, State Senator Lena Gonzalez from Long Beach has introduced SB972 to address many of the barriers facing vendors trying to get their permits and will also remove the potential for criminal penalties from the state law.

We need people to call their local legislators, send a message to the Senate Health Committee, and to share our messages with friends and family. Sign up to let us know you stand with California’s street vendors. Please join this important campaign by visiting castreetvendors.org