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Headlines: Street Vendors Celebrate SB972 Passing, Paving The Way For ‘Permits’ In California

11:11 AM PDT on August 25, 2022

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    —SB 972, pushed by Long Beach Senator Lena Gonzalez, passed the Assembly yesterday with a bi-partisan 47-0 vote. The bill would create a more equitable food economy for California street vendors by changing the dated health and food safety code that has prohibited them from getting permits to legally vend in the streets. It is now headed to Newsom's desk to be signed. This would mean that street vendors would finally have a shot at becoming fully permitted.  [Lena Gonzalez/Twitter]

    —Flash-flooding in Riverside County has led to the closure of a section of the 10 Freeway East. [NBC]

    —A series of newly released texts messages finds Torrance police officers making threats to injure and kill Black people, while also using racist and homophobic epithets. [LAT]

    —A man was shot in Hollywood early this morning after taking a gun from one of two armed robbers, leading the second to shoot him. [KTLA]

    —An Oxnard man has pleaded guilty to smuggling reptiles into the States from Mexico. [VC Star]

    —A beloved local Bakersfield musician and his wife were discovered dead on a Mojave Desert road, their car apparently having run out of gas. [KTLA]

    —Governor Gavin Newsom is announcing $694 million in Homekey awards to create over 2,500 new homeless housing units in 19 California communities. [CA Gov]

    —L.A. County has been ordered to pay Vanessa Bryant and another man over $31 million in damages for the photos taken of her husband's death scene by sheriff’s deputies and firefighters. [LAT]

    —Parents are calling on LAUSD to provide more green space for its students. [Planetizen]

    —Cannabis brand Dogwalkers is fighting with Florida cannabis brand Trekkers over selling similar-looking, similarly marketed pre-roll joints. Both are owned by giant cannabis brands. [Ad Week]

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