Street vendors will no longer need to run or hide!
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill to decriminalize selling food and other goods on sidewalks and in parks in California.
The legislation, introduced in January by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, prohibits criminal penalties for sidewalk vending. Vendors will also be able to clear pending citations and be retroactively relieved of previous convictions.
Under the law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, cities will be able to establish a permit program for sidewalk vending, according to a news release from Lara's office. Vendors may also be required to abide by the same laws as other business, such as having a business license to operate and following state tax laws.
Local authorities could also still institute regulations on sidewalk vendors, but with stipulations that involve health, safety and welfare concerns.
Immigration advocates applauded the governor for signing the legislation.