SB 972 would change the food retail code so they’re able to get the proper health permits.
Merlin Alvarado works 12-hour days as a food street vendor. It’s how she has made a living for 16 years.
Her family in Southern California and her mother in Central America depend on her small business.
If five years ago, someone told her street vending would be legalized in Los Angeles, Alvarado said she would have laughed.
She has been a crucial member of a coalition that helped make that a reality in L.A. and California. Now, she and colleagues are sounding the alarm on the challenges they face to obtain permits from local health departments.