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Constitutional Law

Mar. 29, 2024

Challenge to LA's street vending restrictions scheduled for trial April 4

The plaintiffs argue that an amendment to the “no vending” ordinance, which goes into effect two days before trial, did not address all issues, particularly the buffer zones that prohibit vendors from operating within 500 feet of schools, farmers’ markets, and swap meets, as well as the citations issued to vendors operating in restricted areas.

Vendors serve Guatemalan food in the Westlake neighborhood in Los Angeles in 2019. New York Times News Service

A lawsuit challenging street vending restrictions in Los Angeles is set to go to trial on April 4 although an amendment to a city ordinance removing the “no vending” zones at issue goes into effect on April 2.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that the Los Angeles City Council amended LAMC § 42.13 to resolve some of the issues in the original ordinance ahead of the trial date, but they did not resolve all the issues. Of particular concern are th...

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