Thursday, October 8, 2009
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Councilman Jose Huizar has proposed the creation of an evening "farmers market" in a Boyle Heights parking lot to provide an alternative to street vending. The market would operate out of a city owned parking lot near Cesar Chavez and Chicago avenues in an area where an increase in outdoor vending has increased competition and tension, according to a recent story in The Eastsider by Ana Facio Contreras.
The motion introduced by Huizar in August calls for the testing of a market organized and operated by nonprofits with the assistance of city agencies. The market would be located in a city parking lot on Chicago Avenue south of Cesar Chavez Avenue. "Vendors interested in taking part would have to register with the nonprofit and follow certain rules and regulations, particularly as they pertain to food preparation and public health," according to the motion. But will the vendors who now crowd the sidewalks be interested in moving to a parking lot?
Martha Nunez Marin, 53, a street vendor who sells snacks from a shopping cart on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Soto Street said she is distrustful of any proposed plans the city has to set up an official vending market.
“We would have to see what they (the city) want to do. I don’t want to go there and then have the city take everything away. Maybe it’s a trap. I don’t know if I would move there. I sell more here than there. I don’t want to lose my spot.”
The Eastsider is seeking more details and comment from Huizar's office regarding the plan.
Ana Facio Contreras contributed to this post.