Pushcart vendors _ in LA for decades _ might become legal

Mannequin heads with beanies are placed on a table as a young girl looks at goods for sale on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They

Mannequin heads with beanies are placed on a table as a young girl looks at goods for sale on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a woman walks on a sidewalk covered with street vendors' sun-faded umbrellas in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a woman walks on a sidewalk covered with street vendors' sun-faded umbrellas in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on

A pedestrian walks with her umbrella as street vendors' umbrellas are lined up along the street Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to b

A pedestrian walks with her umbrella as street vendors' umbrellas are lined up along the street Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to b

People wait to cross the street in front of a fruit cart Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Ange

People wait to cross the street in front of a fruit cart Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Ange

A food vendor prepares hot dogs on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles - pushc

A food vendor prepares hot dogs on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles - pushc

Two vendors wait for customers on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles - pushca

Two vendors wait for customers on a sidewalk Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles - pushca

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, second hand toys and tools for sale are laid on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Lo

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, second hand toys and tools for sale are laid on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Lo

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a man looks for a charger for his phone from a suitcase full of used chargers for sale in Los Angeles. They seem to be eve

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a man looks for a charger for his phone from a suitcase full of used chargers for sale in Los Angeles. They seem to be eve

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, goods for sale are stacked up against a wall next to a pay phone on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, goods for sale are stacked up against a wall next to a pay phone on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, hats with price stickers hang on the shutters of a closed store in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, hats with price stickers hang on the shutters of a closed store in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, T-shirts for sale are laid on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles - pushca

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, T-shirts for sale are laid on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles - pushca

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a woman with an umbrella walks on a sidewalk as second hand toys for sale are laid on a tarp in Los Angeles. They seem to

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a woman with an umbrella walks on a sidewalk as second hand toys for sale are laid on a tarp in Los Angeles. They seem to

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles — pushcarts and tables filled with everything from hot dogs and tamales to toys and tools.

Such sales are illegal, although the law is rarely enforced.

Now, after a decade of debate and compromise, the Los Angeles City Council will consider an ordinance Wednesday that would grant permits to sidewalk vendors.

If the measure is enacted, it would put the city on the same legal footing as New York and Chicago on the issue.

An estimated 50,000 vendors peddle their wares along Los Angeles sidewalks and in parks and other public places. Many are immigrants who have pushed for years for the change.