After years of debate, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to legalize street vending, allowing vendors to eventually take out permits to operate.
The plan has been in the works for years but was hurried along after a new state law decriminalized street vending and required cities to come up with specific rules for vendors to follow, or be prevented from citing them for violations.
The council adopted a set of rules that take effect in January. However, permits for vendors won't be available for another year.
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