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

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.

City council chambers packed with street vendors. Some council members want to bring back the "business veto", giving…

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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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Kanye West Fans Are Upset After Paying $55 For Food At His Sunday Service Concert Only To Get Bad Food

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Kanye West Fans Are Upset After Paying $55 For Food At His Sunday Service Concert Only To Get Bad Food

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We’re in the final weeks of 2019, the decade is coming to an end and many things that used to, don’t make sense anymore. Like Kanye West’s concert being covered from start to finish by the Christian Broadcasting Network —of all networks. If someone had told us at the beginning of the decade that this would be happening, we’d definitely brushed it off. Not only is wildly talented musician’s Christian conversion a surprise, for a lot of attendees to his Sunday Service concert in Baton Rouge last week the food served was more than a disappointing surprise. 

Kanye knows how to maintain the world guessing, re-emerging with amazing music.

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Each of Kanye’s albums has a distinct personality —a mirror pointed toward all the rumors and tabloids and scrutiny. Everything he does is an event; no other artist uses their platform more effectively. From his early days of throwing out confrontational vibes on “Late Registration,” to that incident at the VMAs with Taylor Swift, to disappearing into Hawaii and returning with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” to the guerilla marketing of “Yeezus” and Paul McCartney collaborations and the sloppy but one-of-a-kind release of “The Life of Pablo,” he’s maintained an awesome cult of personality throughout his career.

Now thousands of die-hard fans are choosing to follow Jesus Christ as a result of Kanye West’s new outreach concerts called “Sunday Service.”

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Kanye stunned the world with his new album called “Jesus is King,” saying his life is now devoted to sharing the message of God’s love and salvation. The hip-hop icon took his ‘Sunday Service’ on the road, making an appearance at the Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to perform songs from his latest release, Jesus is King. 

Reportedly, Kanye West won’t be profiting from the Baton Rouge event.

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According to The Blast, West wasn’t paid for the concert and he had nothing to do with the food. However, the catering provided to attendees for $55 riled up a few attendees and sparked outrage and hilarious reactions on the internet. 

Patrons paid $55.00 for the ‘Brunchella’ event which accompanied the Sunday Service event.

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Like it happens in all of Kanye’s recent Sunday gatherings, fans attend to praise the born-again rapper and the performances of both himself and his accompanying gospel choir. Many guests are not happy with the price of attending and food provided at the event held at Baton Rouge.

One attendee’s post about the questionable, Fyre Fest-esque food went viral.

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One attendee posted a picture of what she’d been served—a pair of pancakes, two sad strips of bacon, and a sausage patty on a styrofoam plate—and said she wanted a refund. “Can y’all cover a story on this because I want my coins back,” concert attendee Kimberly Kinchen asked, tagging a local news station. “This is the wonderful & COLD brunch BUFFET we are being served.”

The shade over the “food” kept rolling in as more and more people learned about it.

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Louisiana is one of the most wonderful states in the U.S. for food. The Cajun food culture in the southern state is one of the most celebrated and loved food in the country. How did they not plan better food for the event?

Some social media users called out the attendees for falling for the scam.

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Not saying the attendees are to blame, but it is almost like no one learned from the Fure Fest fiasco.

The church allegedly holds a yearly ‘Brunchella’ to raise funds, but they denied the claim.

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A source close to the situation reported to The Blast, that Bethany Church in Baton Rouge holds an annual event called “Brunchella” each year to raise money. Kanye and his Sunday Service did perform at the event at 8 p.m. that night. The church, however, denies it is an annual event and claims the church was simply used as venue for the event. The food was provided by a promoter for ‘Brunchella.’

Once a Twitter post showing the measly breakfast hit social media, it gained viral status real quick. 

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The internet was quick to make connections to the infamous Fyre Festival and its famous promise of “gourmet celebrity chef meals” that turned out to be the viral and awful-looking cheese sandwiches. “What’s going on at Fyre Fest South aka #Brunchella?” one fan wrote.

In a press release, the event coordinator clarified that the brunch was provided for ticket holders before Kanye’s performance.

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“On Friday, November 1, Lauryn’s Fine Catering provided brunch to Baton Rouge Sunday Service to attendees. Sunday service has no affiliation with the ‘Brunchella’ catering service. Attendees were to be provided with a hot brunch while waiting on Kanye West to perform. The catering company did not provide adequate food for ONE attendee and a social media post went viral,” they said. The press release continued, “Kanye West and the Sunday Service collective has no responsibility for any food complaints reported and should be disassociated with such claims.” As one person pointed out on Twitter, “Kayne not responsible for this.. The promoter is who put the brunch together..”

The catering service addressed the controversy on Facebook. 

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In a Facebook post, Lauryn’s Fine Catering addressed the controversy, saying that the event’s organizers were the ones who set that $55 brunch price and that they weren’t even asked to participate in the 2,000-person VIP event until “28 hours” before it took place. “While we typically do not fulfill large, full-service orders with less than a month’s notice, we chose to assist the organizers whom we believed to be affiliated with Kanye’s team at an incredibly reduced rate,” the caterer wrote. “Our company additionally provided staffing, tables, and linens at little or no cost.”

For what it’s worth, that “Duck Dynasty” chick had a great time. 

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“Straight up night of praise and worship with joy, humility, thankfulness, bold faith and power,” wrote Korie Robertson, the wife of Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, on Instagram. “His name was lifted high in this place. Yes, God, more of this.” Nothing makes sense this year, we tell you, but next time, maybe better breakfast, God?

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This Video Of A Sweet Little Pit Pull Getting Lectured For Stealing A Tamal Is The Cutest Thing You Will See All Day

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This Video Of A Sweet Little Pit Pull Getting Lectured For Stealing A Tamal Is The Cutest Thing You Will See All Day

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Cooking for the holidays in most households in the United States often involve classic American dishes like ham, apple pies, stuffing and turkey. For those of us who are truly lucky, a classic staple of Latin American cuisine, tamales are the iconic piece at the dinner table for the holiday season. Sure, green bean casseroles and canned cranberry sauces might sound great, but when the Thanksgiving season nears, you can find most Latino households in the U.S. gearing up for “tamale season.” The delectable season sees  the best of our families’ cooking and envelopes made of masa stacked high on the dining table. 

It’s the best time of the season and  pup named Rocky is going viral on Twitter after knowing what’s up.

 In a short video posted to Twitter a dog named Rocky is getting everyone pumped for the comics of the season.

In a short clip posted by Twitter user @arisbae__, Rocky is being scolded by her mother for having stolen a tamale. It’s brief clip, but Rocky can be seen with something in her mouth. Her furious mother demands her to “Sit, sit, sit,” in Spanish before saying. “Why are you eating tamales? Why are you eating those tamales? They’re not for you. Your stomach is going to hurt.”

When the dog finally hands the tamal open, with shame in her eyes, Rocky’s mother realizes she has actually eaten the entire thing. 

“Give me the tamale. Give me the tamal. Let it go, it’s only the leaf where did the inside go? Look. Where did the tamale go? You ate it? How many did you eat?
Sans husk. Which TBH this dog should get a treat for because that is actually how you do it.

Users were quick to point out how impressive it was that Rocky managed to get the inside of the tamal. “I mean I’m really just impressed that the husk is intact. Rocky unfolded that thing before eating the tamale.” one user who goes by the handle @GothybookLover wrote. 

And another applauded Rocky for doing Tamales the right way.

“Rocky has a better understanding of how tamales work than a lot of gringos I know… I’ve seen more than a few people try to eat those husks,” another user who goes by the Twitter handle  @DMUndergo replied.

It might seem strange to Tamal aficionados that many are impressed by Rocky’s good work on the food, but the truth is that many people who are unfamiliar with the great food don’t know how to properly eat it.

Ever tried to eat a tamal still wrapped up in its hoja de maíz? Nope, neither have we. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t countless people out there who’ve tried to devour that luscious tasty tamal in all its masa glory – husk and all. One Twitter user took to social media to spread the story of how some people just aren’t ready to eat tamales yet.

This is the tweet that has every Latino talking about tamal etiquette.

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Twitter is abuzz after the discovery that not one, but several people didn’t realize that you aren’t supposed to eat the husk wrapper of the tamal. In fact, many thought tamales “tasted like s***” before realizing the key to a good tamal is you gotta unwrap it first. Thankfully one Twitter user is here to make sure that everyone remembers to unwrap their tamales before digging in.

Responding to the OP, one Twitter user said she “always thought tamales tasted like shit…I didn’t know you were supposed to unroll them.”

The thread of people confused about unwrapping their tamales is truly mesmerizing.

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Another naïve, wannabe foodie admitted her ignorance about tamales.

“Me neither…and not one person corrected me when I ate the husk at the Mexican restaurant I was at with my ex’s family,” she wrote. “They were all white, so maybe they didn’t know, either.”

Since blowing up the internet with this tamal bombshell, even more, people have joined the growing chorus of clueless tamale eaters. This is a good thing, though. By admitting they have a problem, we can fix it and make their lives a little bit easier.

People eating the tamales wrong led some to think they were disgusting, which is just unfair to the tamales.

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Tamales are not disgusting. They are one of the most delicious foods ever created. The maiz holds some of the most delicate and satisfying meats and veggies cooked in spices and sauces that make your knees weak.

To completely discredit an amazing dish because you couldn’t do it right is just wrong. Now there is no excuse for you to ever eat this wrong again. You are very welcome.

Watch the full clip of Rocky here.