Street vendors are well known in Southern California and a new bill is moving through the state Legislature to help make it easier for them to make a living.
The bill, SB 972, will change the food retail code so street vendors can get the proper health permits. The current retail food code is mainly designed for big restaurants and food trucks, so the permits can be costly and sometimes be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
"It's very, very expensive for a street vendor to get their permits and to get the equipment necessary," said Rudy Espinoza, the executive director of Inclusive Action. The bill would also eliminate some of the expensive equipment requirements and incorporate sidewalk food vendors into the code. The bill was cleared by the Senate Health Committee in April and is now heading to the Senate floor. For more info go to ABC 7.