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December 3, 2018
LOS ANGELES — It was his 63rd birthday but instead of staying home to celebrate last week, Andres Garcia got in his truck and drove 25 miles to Los Angeles City Hall to see the little sidewalk vending business he's run for 15 years finally become legal.
There, in the ornate City Council Chambers, he and more than 200 other sidewalk vendors — “micro-entrepreneurs” as Councilman Curren Price Jr. calls them — rose up to cheer, embrace one another and shout in Spanish, “we won, we won,” as the council on Wednesday voted 13-0 to legalize street vending in the nation's second-largest city.
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