Background and context
For far too long the city has been underserved by unappealing, aggressive, poorly-
regulated ‘swap meet’
vending in some of our most important public places. This cannot and will not continue.
We are committed to developing a best-in-class public vending program that is fair to kiosk vendors, non-kioskvendors, and traditional brick and mortar small businesses in their vicinity
The 2008 vending program took the previous administration two years to develop, repealed the previousvending programs, and still failed to achieve the above objectives
Specifically, the previous program fostered unfair competition in a number of ways:
Kiosk vendors were charged rates above market which disadvantaged their businesses
Non-kiosk vendors were charged far less than market rates, which gave them unfair advantaged use of the right-of-way
Some vendors under-reported earnings and avoided paying taxes on some or most sales, which disadvantaged surroundinglegitimate businesses and honest vendors
A fair vending program requires thoughtful regulation, which takes hard work and extensive research topropose and execute. No major city in the country allows unregulated vending.
From the judge’s ruling several months ago, we have consistently promised a vending program by the end of
the year that supports our commitment to fair competition and expanded small business opportunities.
As promised and on time, these materials propose a public vending policy for Council’s consideration that we
feel reflects best practice and has fairly incorporated significant feedback from the vendor community