Venice Merchants and Street Vendors
Los Angeles City Council and Pacific Patrol
Steve Mozena 310-452-3007
Regulation of Street Vendors for 1999
is my understanding the Los Angeles City Council is currently
reviewing options to regulate the Venice Boardwalk Street
Vendors, seeking fairness for both the Venice Merchants and
Street Vendors. The Council is due to vote any day.
have attached a template for this regulation. It is a copy
of a brochure and application from Portland's Saturday Market,
although there will be obvious changes to adjust to the needs
of the boardwalk market, Venice Merchants, Street Vendors
his request, I have personally provided Mike Bonin of Ruth
Galanter's office a copy of the Portland brochure and application.
By the way, I have participated as a vendor at the Saturday
Market started back in 1974 in Old Town Portland right along
the city's beautiful river, the Willamette. The market shares
many of the same challenges and charms of Venice. One similar
challenge, Saturday Market, like Venice, has faced since its
inception is a large homeless population, nevertheless, both
the market and homeless have developed a mutual respect as
each co-exist with each other.
the biggest challenge we have as a community is the friction
caused by both the Venice Merchants and the Street Vendors.
Right now, a pervasive attitude seems to exist: Them against
Us or Us against Them. Hey, it's not an adversarial relationship.
We are not cross-street rivals. Each Merchant and Vendor is
trying to make a living. It can be mutually worked out. Another
challenge are the fights over spaces. Let's work it out, everyone
owns the sidewalk. Solution: Have assigned spaces, then there's
no need to arrive at 4:30 in the morning!
is compromising, let's work it out, moreover, strive for what
is right and fair. Isn't that what we all want?
present day sentiment of inequity arises because the current
system has obvious marks of unfairness.
the council as well as yourself consider the many proposals
to date, I ask you to take any selfishness, greed, emotion
or personal grandstanding out of the picture, and strive for
what is fair system for everyone, most importantly, those
tourists who visit our beautiful city as they walk along one
of the most interesting oceanfront boardwalks in the world.
They are our customers, and we need to offer them favorable
impressions, services and products, so, we can look to the
future for repeat business for all of us.
comments should be directed at Ruth Galanter's Office Tuesday
morning at 213-485-3357 before 10 am.