Los Angeles newsstand operators could sell snacks and tobacco products in addition to newspapers and magazines under a proposal approved today by the Public Works Committee.
The motion, introduced by Councilman Tom LaBonge, would amend the city code to allow newsstands to legally carry food, bottled beverages, lottery tickets and tobacco.
The Fourth District rep cited the rise in digital mediums as the reason to update the city’s regulations on traditional newsstands.
“Newsstands are an iconic and historic part of American life – like Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post,” LaBonge said. “They create a village-like, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere in a neighborhood. Vendors can give directions, and their presence on the street can help with public safety. We’re going to preserve that while updating the city code that regulates them.”
The item will next be heard by the Los Angeles City Council.