Where is Sidewalk Vending Criminalized in California?

  As we enter our 5th year of advocating and organizing for a comprehensive, equitable permit system for sidewalk vending in Los Angeles, we are often reminded that although progress in policy development is often incremental in nature, unique opportunities for broad-sweeping changes do emerge from time to time. We witnessed one of these unique … Continued


The Irony of Taco Trucks on Every Corner

  Over the past few days, the country has been in an uproar after Trump surrogate Marco Gutierrez’s warned that a Democratic president in 2017 will result in us having “taco trucks on every corner.” The “dominant” Latino culture will take over all our roadways and turn America into Mexico (again). The ridiculousness of it … Continued


On Defending Boyle Heights

I’m writing to share my work and perspective on gentrification in Boyle Heights, especially in light of the recent public actions by Defend Boyle Heights, a collective of activists who are concerned about gentrification. This post is simply my perspective on gentrification and displacement; an issue that I’m deeply concerned about. After Defend Boyle Heights’ … Continued


The Difference between My Taquero and Tory Burch

No matter what neighborhood you come from, you see entrepreneurs at work everywhere. From your mom selling those delicious tamales to your brother fixing cars at his own home; entrepreneurs surround us. So, what distinguishes the entrepreneurs we see from the Tory Burch’s of the world? In a recent article, “Entrepreneurs don’t have a special … Continued