Kern County to Consider Crackdown on Illegal Food Vending

Kern County officials have been fielding a number of complaints about illegal food vending. This week, they’ll consider a new ordinance that would fine vendors if they’re caught operating without a permit.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday. The law would impose a $250 fine for a first offense, a $500 fine for a second, and a $1,000 fine for a third citation in one year. Authorities would also have the permission to remove equipment.

California decriminalized street vending last year. The Safe Sidewalk Vending Act or SB 946 allows for a local permitting system. Local governments can restrict vending to certain locations, bar it from specific events, and ensure that health and safety standards are in place.

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