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Re: “They treated Us Like Criminals (pub. May 13, 2010( and  “To Street Vendors: ‘Obey the Laws” (pub. June 3, 2010)

Congratulations on reporting the feelings and opinions of the majority of residents and business owners in the urban core.  The mainstream papers seem to portray illegal vending as OK because the illegal vendors share the same ethnicity as an area’s residents.  Wrong!  You gave voice to those of us who want the city to enforce the law.
Unfortunately, it feels to me that voters in areas of Los Angeles without illegal vending are sympathetic to illegal vending because of the Westside “pobrecito” mentality towards the “poor” vendors.
The Westside needs more illegal vending to “educate” its residents and voters.  I drove past the Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts club on Motor Avenue and some illegal vending was set up outside multi-million dollar homes. So, illegal vendors, you know where to go after you leave East Los Angeles.

Michael Lew
Los Angeles 90026

The article for the most part is putting the blame on the street vendors for La Casa del Tamal closing down, but I do not agree with it. The business never stood out, and about the vendors being a great competition with their low prices is also wrong, the competition has always been there. Just down the block at La Morena Bakery where you can buy some good quality dough to make them at home, Pollo Loco’s new tamales, and of course the delicious and popular Tamales Liliana’s all around east L.A. I have never seen tamale vendors anywhere close to the restaurant, I have only seen a couple of fruit, and shaved ice vendors. The fact is that people like shopping from the street and always will do, it’s quick, easy, did I mention it was fast? If the owners really wanted to be entrepreneurs like the article portrays, the solution would have been to place his own cart in the streets selling his product. Clearly to appeal to some people you have to put in their face, I’m sure if the owner would have tried something different his business would have been able to keep up with the others.

Ray (ray…@…)
For the pass 10 year’s some in the community of Boyle Heights have been fighting to get the illegal vendors off the streets and off the sidewalks. This has been a hard thing to do with the past two Councilmen of the 14th District. They seem to cater to them and let them do illegal things like breaking the laws of this great country. In the past 10 years quality of life issues have been disregarded here in Boyle Heights. Trash keeps filling up our streets and sidewalks with plastic containers, paper plates, forks and cups and you name it. Filthy grease on sidewalks and streets and trash. Yes they do dump grease on sidewalks and by peoples’ homes in 5 gallon cans. I have taken a lot of pictures and   taken them to City Council to let them know that this does not happen in other parts of the city only in Boyle Heights. It’s really a shame to see these things happen in such an historical community, where by the way some of us do care about our community.
Most of the vendors do not even live in this community, they come from South Gate, Bell, Huntington Park and other places that don’t allow this to take place where they live. I feel for the businesses of Boyle Heights because this is out of control. Regards’

Victoria Bailer-Torres
Boyle Heights Resident and Homeowner

Tell it like it is- In East LA or Boyle Heights if you say something bad about illegal street vendors you get jumped on as being racist or anti-immigrant! Anytime you want something to look better or improve it’s gentrification–it’s anti-immigrant. These so called activists may like living in a third world country, but all I know is that’s not why my parents came to the US. They wanted better, and so do I.

Boyle Heights

Wow! What’s wrong with you people! If people did not want the vendors they wouldn’t buy from them. Simple economics, supply and demand 101. There are a couple of ladies who have been selling food for years and I buy from them because I think their food is good and safe. If it puts a few dollars in their pocket so they can feed their family and I get something I want, what’s the harm?

James H
East Los Angeles

The vendors are a very important part of our neighborhood. There food is waaaaaay better than a lot of LA restaurants, including those in Boyle Heights…. I’ve gotten sick from food I ate at other restaurants. Local businesses should have better food if they really see the vendors as competition. I buy from vendors because they sell delicious, cheap, convenient food and I have fun eating on the street. I fully support them finding an honest way to make a living. The folks commenting on this board are always complaining about how “un-American” stuff in our neighborhood is. I say get over it, this is a Latino neighborhood and if you don’t like it, ni modo. Go ahead and stay locked up in your house because you hate everyone, while we’re out having fun, chatting it up with our neighbors eating a bomb tasting quesadilla.

Boyle Heights Resident (mictlan@…)

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