L.A. council members push to end street-vending ban

L.A. City Council member Jose Huizar appeared at a news conference Wednesday to propose a study on legalising street food vending. (Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times / November 6, 2013)Two Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday called for the city to legalise street food sales and no longer penalise those who sell fried pupusas, fresh-cut fruit and bacon-wrapped hot dogs on sidewalks.

The current city code prohibits selling things on sidewalks, exposing vendors to hefty fines, confiscated equipment and even incarceration. That needs to change, said Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the Eastside of Los Angeles, and Councilman Curren Price, whose district takes in much of South L.A.

"Los Angeles has a world-class street food culture,`` Huizar said at a news conference at City Hall.”But we sometimes want to pretend it doesn`t exist."

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COSATU, SAMWU and African Diaspora Forum lead coalition of street trade organisations to discuss “ Operation Clean Sweep” with Joburg Metro

The City of Johannesburg continues to deny more than 6000 hawkers the right to make a living in Johannesburg CBD.

Hawker associations march to the mayor's office demanding the immediate return of inner-city informal traders to their trading spaces in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, last Friday.COSATU, SAMWU and African Diaspora Forum(ADF) together with street trade organisations which consisted of GIDA, JOWEDET, SANTRA, NIGERIAN TRADERS UNION, ETHOPIAN TRADERS UNION, BLOCK LEADERS and ESSET met on 28 October 2013 with the Joburg Metro. Roselyn Greeff (MMC Development Planning), Anthony Selepe (Chief of staff Mayor’s office) and Ruby Matang (MMC: Economic Development) formed part of the mayoral committee to discuss hawker’s demands to return to work. This was the first time that politicians accepted to meet with street traders since the beginning of the ‘clean sweep’ operation.

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Sustaining food security from the streets

Mass training of street food vendors on food safety and hygiene

New Delhi - More than 500 street food vendors on Monday joined the consultation and mass training program on food safety and hygiene and vowed to build their capacities towards ensuring sustainability of food security, health and nutrition. A large number of livelihood, health, nutrition and development experts including the representatives of World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Delhi Food Safety Department and the municipal executives and health officers of Delhi government also participated in the consultation to emphasize on the critical significance of sustaining food security from streets in a systematic and professionalised way.

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TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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