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City of LA Will Hold Community Meetings on Street Vending Starting May 28

The battle for street food will start over a series of four local community meetings.

Blue Corn Lady, Echo Park
Blue Corn Lady, Echo Park
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

The City of LA is asking for public input on how to legalize and set up a legal framework for street food, which they've dubbed "sidewalk vending." The system would also extend to allowing said permits in parks like MacArthur in Westlake.

A letter sent out on May 8 states that the city is asking for the public's input through a series of four community hearings beginning May 28 in Boyle Heights from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Chicago Building at 2130 E. 1st Street. The meetings continue on June 11 in Van Nuys, June 18 in Downtown, and June 25 along South Central (near Vernon Ave), which is a hotbed of evening street food.

If you have any concerns, or innovative ways to implement LA's first legal street vending system, now's your chance to chime in. Los Angeles is one of the few major cities in the country that does not have a method of legalizing street food and vending.