Sunday Swap Meet
The small group of peddlers that once once occupied a strip of sidewalk and a small corner of Echo Park Lake on Sundays has now become a major draw for vendors as well as shoppers. Yesterday morning, the Echo Park Lake swap meet vendors and their wares – including clothes strung on ropes tied between trees and displayed on racks – stretched out for blocks on the north end of the park to Glendale Boulevard and the statue of Jose Marti, with more sellers and merchandise spilling down the pathways and lawn leading to the water, the boathouse and the statue of the Lady of the Lake.
Our lovely (illegal) swap meet surrounding Echo Park Lake
has expanded for your shopping pleasure! The meet is now on the pathways into and around the lake itself. It’s expanding quickly, so get out there early to claim your space! I imagine by next Sunday most of the pathways will be occupied, and maybe we can have a contest to see who can predict how long it will take to fill up the whole park with people selling all that stuff. It should start drawing massive crowds soon, I’m sure. Bigger than the Lotus Festival, certainly; it’s only a matter of time.
All sorts of efforts have failed to keep the swap meet under control, including a “crack down” promised by Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office, the installation of illegal “no vending” signs and a proposal to stage a community picnic on the grass occupied by the vendors. Meanwhile, in other neighborhoods, the city has made more progress in creating spaces and programs to allow peddlers and food vendors to sell their items without gobbling up public space.
HERE ARE SOME PICS T$F TOOK YESTERDAY.
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THE BEST THING WAS THAT MEXICAN CORN WITH “EVERYTHING” ON IT. I THINK IT’S MAYONAISE / SALT / CHEESE / PEPPER / BUTTER / CHILI LIMON / PEPPAR. WOW DUDE. I EAT THIS STANDING NEXT TO A LOCAL E.P. GANG. THEY DIDN’T APPEAR TO BE PUBLICALLY VENDING ANYTHING, BUT THERE PRESENCE WAS THERE.
The problem is there that the vending law the deals with selling items in the park (63.44B3 LAMC) is the one that is suspended currently, as for Dodger Stadium there are other municipal code sections and penal code sections that refer to selling on the sidewalk and also trademark and other infringement.
” [Suspended until further action by Ord. No. 176,929, Eff. 10/1/05.] No person shall rent or offer for rent, or sell or offer for sale any commercial merchandise, or any article or thing of any kind or nature whatsoever; or practice, carry on, conduct or solicit any trade, occupation, business, or profession, except by contract with the Board, Department, Commission or their authorized representatives. Nothing in this subdivision, however, shall prohibit the sale or offering for sale of newspapers, periodicals, books, pamphlets and other forms of communication except that said sale of offering for sale is prohibited in museums, in those portions of a park to which access is restricted by the payment of an admission fee or in those facilities which are operated under contract with the Board, Department or Commission”
This section originally came into question over vending at Venice Beach and that’s where the suspension came from, but since the section isn’t park specific the suspension affects all the parks.
The City Attorney is the bottleneck here with either writing a new code section or amending the language here but it seems they would rather deal with large billboards.