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Los Angeles Businesses Will No Longer Be Able To Veto Street Vendors From Setting Up Their Stands On The Sidewalks

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Street vendors are part of city life. They add vibrancy and color to our car infested streets and freeways. We’re so busy driving here and there, that street vendors provide quick and easy ways to pick up flowers, elote, mangoes, or anything really. But with the demand of their goods, comes great risk. They have limited legal protections. We’ve seen street vendors get harassed by people, by cops, and business owners, but that could change in the very near future in Los Angeles.

After five years of fighting  for the rights of street vendors, the L.A. City Council voted yesterday to send a draft proposal to legalize street vending.

“The City Council passed a street vending proposal today (11-4) that does not include the business veto!!! Thank you to all our supporters! Our work continues as we wait for an ordinance to be drafted by the City Attorney!” The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign said on their Facebook page.

While this is a huge victory for street vendors, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.

This proposal is just the first step in trying to legalize street vending and coming to some sort of compromise between business owners and street vendors.

Councilmembers have 60 days to come up with a bill that both street vendor advocates and business owners can agree to.

As of now, if a street vendor is positioned on a sidewalk owned by business they can easily tell them to relocate.

Under the new proposed idea, which is still in the works, the Los Angeles Times says it would mean that “shops would not be able to simply prohibit vending on the adjacent sidewalks, but property owners would be alerted when sidewalk sellers seek permits to do business outside their doors. They would then have a chance to lodge an appeal.”

Legalization would also help street vendors from extortion and possible deportations.

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“You don’t really know what is going on out there,” Merced Sanchez — a downtown vendor who sells goods including sunglasses and T-shirts — told KPCC. “In the area where I work, they (businesses) extort us. They intimidate us. At any given moment, if we don’t want to pay them, the rent they demand, they call the police.”

In February 2017, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending. That decision spares undocumented merchants from facing possible deportations since street vending is no longer a crime.


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Another Street Vendor Was Brutally Attacked In LA And His Tearful Plea For Help Will Make You Cry Too

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Another Street Vendor Was Brutally Attacked In LA And His Tearful Plea For Help Will Make You Cry Too

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Arcadio Bernardino, 66, has learned a living as a street vendor selling raspados for 10 years. This week he was brutally attacked in Los Angeles.

The attackers beat and kicked him until he lost a tooth and was left unconcious – in broad daylight. In a heartbreaking video, through tears, he’s begging the community for help in finding those who did this to him.

A 66-year-old man who sells raspados was brutally attacked and robbed of his $80 and he’s asking for your help.

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The brutal attacked happened near USC – just outside Downtown Los Angeles.

According to NBC LA, he was making his rounds when he was approached by two men at 3:30 p.m. He said one held him from behind while another grabbed his money bag. He was struck in the face, head, and body.

The attackers left him unconscious, knocked out a tooth, and stole his earnings for the day.

Through tears, he said the most painful thing was losing one of his teeth.

His daughter told NBC LA that she worries a lot about her papi out there working. But she said: “I don’t care about the money. I don’t care about anything but the pain he feels. It’s not fair.”

Twitter lit up with reactions of shock, anger, and those who wanted to help.

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From LA to North Carolina, tweets poured in with people expressing all sorts of emotions about the attack. With many questioning how truly disturbed peple have to be to attack an elderly man.

People were shocked that people could target a hard-working man just out there doing his job to support himself.

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Many sent support and love to him and his entire family.

Many shared that they see their own family members in this man’s tears and hard work.

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Men like Bernardino come to the US to provide a better life for their families than the one they had, so to see him attacked so brutally really struck a cord with the Latino community.

For a while, there wasn’t a GoFundMe page setup to help with costs and people demanded one!

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His daughter, probably after seeing all these people wanting and willing to help her father, launched a GoFundMe page to help with costs.

The attack on Bernardino sadly isn’t all that rare in Los Angeles.

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In July 2017, Benjamin Ramirez, an elote street vendor in Los Angeles, was threatened and had his food cart damaged by a man later identified as Carlos A. Hakas. Ramirez told Fox 11 Los Angelesthat he filmed the entire altercation on his phone because he was previously harassed by Hakas.

In their latest confrontation, Ramirez, 24, told Fox 11 that Hakas was behaving more aggressively, had a dog, and was holding something in his hand.

If you want to help Bernardino, his daughter setup a GoFundMe page and you can donate here.

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Every Foodie Should Familiarize Themselves With This List Of The Best Latin American Restaurants In The World

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Every Foodie Should Familiarize Themselves With This List Of The Best Latin American Restaurants In The World

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As we reported a few days ago, Latin American chefs did pretty great at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in Singapore. Latin American fine cuisine got a total of nine spots in the list, and two in the top ten. This is quite an achievement for a region that is relatively new to fine dining. Cities like Mexico City and Lima have just become culinary epicenters thanks to visionaries that have translated tradition into modern masterpieces. However, credit is due to the centuries of cultural remix that has produced legendary dishes. Indigenous, colonial and other influences come together in the plate and wow judges and patrons. If these places have something in common, it is the inquisitive nature of their lead chefs. They went deep into the cultural roots of their countries, even finding new ingredients to achieve creativity and perfection.

We have to pay respect to the traditional recipes and the many years (and sometimes centuries) of experimentation by everyday cooks that led to these awards. So, we have listed some of the traditional influences that these restaurants have had. Sometimes it was all there already, and chefs just took it a step further! The restaurants in this list range from the high end to a Brazilian eatery that is relaxed and not expensive at all.

At number 6: Central (Lima, Peru), Best restaurant in South America,
Influenced by: ancient, indigenous Peruvian food

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This is the flagship restaurant of kitchen wizard Virgilio Martínez Véliz, who travels deep into each region of his home country to fund ancient ingredients. He collaborates with indigenous men and women to learn about traditional ways of cooking. He has introduced ingredients such as the Amazonian piranha into the menu. His drive to experiment has made him a celebrity chef the world over. You can learn about his journey in S3E6 of the Netflix show Chef’s Table

At number 10:  Maido (Lima, Peru), Influenced by: traditional Japanese cuisine with a Peruvian twist and local ingredients

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A testament to the ethnic diversity of Peru. The Japanese immigration in Peru has been constant and has led this ethnic minority to have a vibrant place in the social, cultural and political life of the South American country. This restaurant is let my “Micha” Tsumura, who offers a Nikkei experience that includes classic Peruvian seafood such as sea urchin and sea snail. Lima is certainly keeping up with cities such as New York, Tokyo, and Paris, which are usually the leaders of the pack. 

3. At number 12: Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico), Best Restaurant in North America, Influenced by: traditional Mexican food, particularly from Oaxaca

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Enrique Olvera has established himself as one of the main voices of the global fine art circuit. In his flagship Mexico City restaurant he offers dishes that use indigenous ingredients, particularly from the colorful region of Oaxaca. His team makes tortillas by hand, grinding species of corn that are rare. Olvera is not shy to experiment with ingredients that might seem “weird” to Western patrons, such as chicatana ants. A delightful experience that needs to be tasted to be believed. 

4. At number 23: Cosme (New York City), Influenced by: traditional Mexican garnachas 

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A New York restaurant with a 100% Mexican soul. Created by Olvera and led by Mexican chef Daniela Soto-Innes, who has revealed herself as a unique culinary voice and was named the World’s Best Female Chef 2019. She serves Modern Mexican food that is inspired by the crunchiness and glorious saltiness of Mexican street food, or garnachas. If you want to take your carnitas, infladitas, and tamales to the next level, then this is the place for you. Sinful delights all around. By the way, the kitchen is 50% female, which goes hand in hand with the chef’s ideas of equality. She also employs people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, both from the United States and overseas. 

5. At number 24: Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico), Influenced by: traditional Mexican cuisine

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The brainchild of chef Jorge Vallejo (who used to work at Pujol) is a tribute to the postcolonial flavors of Mexico. If Pujol strived to bring back ancient recipes, Quintonil offers new interpretations of classic everyday dishes such as tostadas de cangrejo and the luxurious escamoles (ant eggs). Even dishes that your abuelita might have made, such as Huazontles or salpicon, are featured here. Look at their take on a flauta in the photo above. 

6. At number 26: Boragó (Santiago, Chile), Influenced by: ingredients from Chile’s geographical diversity

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Rodolfo Guzman is a raising rockstar. Like Peru’s Central, this restaurant features ingredients from every corner of the country. Rodolfo gets ingredients from the Atacama desert, all the way down to the frigid Patagonia landscapes. Have you ever tasted flowers? Well, here you can: the signature dishes is a blend of roasted flowers, Van Gogh style! 

7. At number 34: Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Influenced by: traditional asado techniques 

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They say that if you are going to do one thing, you do it the best you can. This restaurant led by Pablo Jesus Rivero might make the best steak in the world. Following the traditional ways of cooking meat in the Pampas, cuts like rump steak and skirt steak are cooked to perfection. Sweetbread empanadas are also a standout. The decor follows the aesthetic of a 19th-century country estancia, when European pioneers made their way into the depths of the nascent country.

8. At number 39: A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil), Influenced by: Brazilian working class cooking

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Pork is a relatively easy stock to raise, and it has been a staple in the diets of Brazilians for centuries. Chef Jefferson Rueda reimagines everything you can do with pork. He raises the pigs on a diet of vegetables, slaughters them in house and uses every single part of the animal, making items such as blood sausages. The degustation menu is a culinary experience that also includes beans, cabbage, and banana, other staples of Brazilian home kitchens. The owners strive to make the restaurant accessible to the community, so prices are far from exorbitant. You can dine for $13 dollars.

9. At number 49: Leo (Bogotá, Colombia), Influenced by: indigenous uses of local fruits and vegetables

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Chef Leonor Espinosa has become a celebrity thanks to her bubbly personality and her use of little known ingredients such as corozo fruit, arrechon (a supposed aphrodisiac) and bijao, a banana-like plant. She learns from communities and their gastronomic traditions, creating dishes that include, for example, a crunchy coating made from ants. The menu explores different Colombian animal and plant species. A map shows where each one was sourced. The chef also runs a foundation FUNLEO, which aims to identify, reclaim and enhance the culinary traditions in Colombian communities.

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