San Diego to Crack Down on Street Vendors?

by on October 4, 2019 · 2 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego

By Priya Sridhar / KPBS / Sept.25, 2019

The City of San Diego is considering cracking down on street vendors because of a new state law that went into effect January 1.

The new law decriminalized street vendors and requires cities across California to create local ordinances that only regulate street vending based on public health and safety, not stifling competition. Supporters of the new law hope it encourages grassroots entrepreneurs and immigrants, and protects the from criminal charges and deportation. Cities across California are now scrambling to create regulations that will conform to the new state law.

Luis Sierra and his friends have been selling jewelry and artwork on the pathway in front of Ocean Beach for years. However, for the majority of the time that has been selling his natural stone necklaces, he has technically been committing a misdemeanor.

“It’s a way of life so whether it’s illegal or not. If I can do it within a means where I’m going to still be able to feed myself and those around me at night, it has to be done,” he said.

Robert Vacchi, the Deputy Chief Operating Officer with the City of San Diego, said cities have to manage issues from vendors who may dump trash or block access to bathrooms or bus stops. Vacchi’s office is coming up with new proposed regulations that will be heard by City Council in October.

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For the text of the proposed ordinance, go here.

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ZZ October 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm

The ordnance you posted seems too complicated for guys like this to understand.

Little victory yesterday for AirBNB bans: Santa Monica’s does violate the US Constitution:

I think the bigger problem is violating the Coastal Commission Act by restricting affordable beach tourism. That would be resolved by a state court, not the Ninth Circuit. While I oppose laws like Santa Monica’s, I think the 9th Circuit got the issue right, they don’t violate the US Constitution.


thequeenisalizard October 5, 2019 at 7:55 am

Guys like that? What are you implying? Because he has a Hispanic name he can’t read well enough to understand? And take your love for destroying neighborhoods with your AirBNB bullshit somewhere else, where greed is more appreciated.


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