You have probably bought various items from street vendors at some point in your life. You can find these people selling food, clothing and souvenirs an all of the major American cities. Los Angeles is the one major American city where street vending is illegal. However, that does not stop people from trying to sell things on the street. it is estimated that more that $500 million every year are spent on purchases from illegal street vendors in the city of Los Angeles. There have been many attempts over the years to get a permit system in place so that street vending can become legal in the city. Unfortunately, that has not come to pass.
It is estimated that there are more than 50,000 people selling items illegally on the streets of Los Angeles. The vast majority of people who try to make a living in this manner are poor immigrants. It is believed this is the primary reason why many lawmakers have not been interested in moving forward with legislation that would legalize street vending. One of the reasons why the issue of legalizing street vending in Los Angeles has been brought up again recently is the surprise election of Donald Trump. He vowed to deport illegal immigrants who have criminal records. Therefore, there are people who believe that the decriminalization will prevent many immigrants from being deported for a crime that is only a non-violent misdemeanor. It remains to be seen if the push to legalize street vending will have enough support.