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    The "Chickens have Come Home to Roost" U.S. born Hispanic citizens and legal immigrants are feeling the wrath of Illegal Immigration Too!


    RE: "Should L.A. legalize street vendors? Stakes are high for shop owners"

    Selected excerpts:

    1. For a quarter-century, Sigifredo Lopez has sold school uniforms out of his Pacoima shop, a warren of shelves bearing polo shirts, skirts and trousers in burgundy, navy and white..

    2. But he laments that, for years, some of his toughest competitors have been able to undercut his business, plying their trade on the sidewalks.

    3. Those rivals have no rent to pay and no business tax; instead, Lopez said, they just pull up in cars or vans outside schools in the summer.

    4. "It's illegal," Lopez complained. "But they do it." And he fears that Los Angeles lawmakers could soon make things worse.

    5. City leaders are weighing whether to legalize and regulate the bustling trade that is already widespread on many sidewalks, an idea that has heartened throngs of street vendors who make their living selling ice cream, hot dogs wrapped in bacon and a slew of other goods.

    6. Backers say legalizing sidewalk vending would boost tax revenue, better protect public health and bring new vitality to urban streets. Several lawmakers, including City Councilmen Jose Huizar, Gil Cedillo and Curren Price, support the idea, saying the city must halt the criminalization of vendors many of them impoverished immigrants trying to get an economic foothold. Last year, police handed out nearly 900 illegal-vending citations, which can result in fines of up to $1,000 each.

    7. But business owners such as Lopez are pushing back, arguing that the city must make sure that any legal blessing for sidewalk vendors does not hurt law-abiding brick-and-mortar shops saddled with rent and other costs. Members of a group called the Coalition to Save Small Business argue that, as it stands, unlicensed vendors have an unfair edge over businesses like theirs.

    8. "I have to pay liability insurance. I have to pay for health department permits. It's a lot of overhead," said Cesar Jimenez, who sells fish tacos at farmers' markets that impose their own rules on vendors. "And they can just set up a cart on the corner?"

    9. Other shopkeepers worry about mobile vendors who block or sully sidewalks, leaving neighboring businesses to clean up the mess, or set up shop right outside their doors. Many are doubtful the city would be able to enforce any rules at all: Sidewalk vending is now generally prohibited, yet remains widespread in areas such as MacArthur Park and the Fashion District.

    10. "Some areas are wildly out of control," said Councilman Paul Koretz, who has been skeptical of legalization.

    11. As city officials mull over new rules, the business coalition says its membership has swelled to more than 1,000 small shops and restaurants. It is pushing officials to limit vending to areas where businesses and residents approve it, bar vendors from selling the same kinds of goods directly outside their brick-and-mortar competitors, and cap the number of vending permits.

    12. In addition, the group wants fees imposed on sidewalk vendors to be high enough to cover robust enforcement of any new rules. "It defies logic to say that 17 inspectors and no additional LAPD officers can truly govern 500 square miles," said Central City Assn. President and Chief Executive Carol Schatz, referring to one figure suggested at a city hearing for the possible number of added inspectors. Without enforcement, regulations would be "absolutely meaningless," she said.

    13. It remains to be determined when, where and how sidewalk vendors could do business, how much they would pay in fees and how many city investigators would monitor vending. It is also undecided whether there would be blanket rules for the entire city or neighborhood-by-neighborhood regulations. Street vending advocates argue that the same rules should apply citywide because limiting vending to particular areas would effectively crimp the number of vendors who can obtain permission to operate, and force the rest back into illegal vending.

    14. To Jose Corona, who sells soccer jerseys at a Pacoima shop wedged behind the one run by Lopez, the question is whether city regulations can stop what he sees as unfair competition. Like Lopez, Corona complains about being undercut by street sellers who don't have to pay rent. Sometimes, he said, they poach customers right outside his shop.

    15. Next door, however, Lopez remains unconvinced that the city is capable of effectively regulating the sidewalk sellers. If it becomes legal, he said, he might just retire.



    CNN I-Report: "The major Issue with illegal immigration is that illegal aliens have undercut many Americans for wages, which has resulted in high unemployment of so many qualified U.S. citizens and legal immigrants."


    YouTube: "HUH?! Obama Tells Blacks: "Stop Complaining, Stop Grumbling, Stop Crying"!"



    YouTube: "Interview with Terry Anderson, Part 2"


    YouTube: "Barack Obama The Magic Negro"

    Come on now Sigifredo Lopez, Cesar Jimenez, Jose Corona, and/or any other U.S. citizen or legal immigrant dissenter, stop complaining, stop crying, because President Barack "the Magic Negro/illegal alien bootlicking/talking down to U.S. born Blacks while doing nothing to them" Obama and other liberal no good elected officials at the City, County, State, and Federal jurisdiction of government, is/are out to lift all boats.....don't you and other U.S. citizens or legal immigrants know would receive the same break.....i.e., ..no criminal prosecution, no response from the LAPD, the LACSD, or and other policing jurisdiction for loitering/trespassing, no arrests for selling goods or services without a business license/permit, etc., etc., if you choose or chose to use the same methods as illegal immigrants do?






    Don't you and other U.S. citizens or legal immigrants know that you all would receive the same break...i.e., ...no criminal prosecution, no response from the LAPD, the LACSD, or and other policing jurisdiction for loitering/trespassing, no arrests for selling goods or services without a business license, if you choose or chose to use the same methods to make a living, create work opportunity, make money, as illegals?

    Of course you would not receive the same or similar "red carpet treatment", you would be prosecuted and fined to the full extent of the law, and unlike illegal aliens you would no receive a free pass.

    Within the U.S., especially within Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles,.....this being a sanctuary city jurisdiction and "Heaven on Earth" for droves of "illegal aliens" from around the planet, the Catholic Church even favors illegal aliens. On any given weekend, illegal aliens can be found or viewed selling products, or services on the property of the Catholic Church. Should you as a U.S. citizen attempt to do this, slim chance exists that the Catholic Church would put up with you or any legal immigrant trespassing, loitering on Catholic Church property to sell products or services, or operating any business function on "Catholic Church" property.

    Apparently, the "Chickens have Come Home to Roost"..U.S. born Hispanic citizens and legal immigrants are feeling the wrath associated with illegal immigration.



    As long as this activity, namely illegal alien demographic shifts negatively impacted U.S. born Blacks, no one, including Black leaders and/or the so called Black middleclass cared!
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