Interesting implications. Although we don’t think about it, these fruit and hot dog carts we see every day are extremely vulnerable. There’s a lot of risk in running them illegally, but there doesn’t seem to be a simple solution for people without many other options. Thoughts? - Elena, Neon Tommy
“Street vendors must acquire a business license as well as an L.A. County health inspection and permit, which can cost up to $695 and must be renewed annually.
They must also pass the food safety certification exam, which costs $60.
While the process of acquiring proper licensing can be a giant hurdle in itself — or even an impossible task for immigrant vendors without proper documentation — other factors serve as obstacles to meeting the requirements.
“[To get a health permit], I need big cart, almost $10,000,” Kellix acknowledges. “I don’t have money for this.”
The big cart she speaks of is the Cushman utility cart, the only brand approved by the health department. Kellix’s seemingly outrageous estimation is no exaggeration: the retail price for a Cushman cart is listed between $8,000 and $10,000. On the other hand, a simple makeshift pushcart like Kellix’s ranges around $150.
These stand as heavy financial hurdles for street vendors like Kellix, who says she lives day-to-day on a daily income of $100 on average to $400 on game days. ”
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