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West Hollywood cracks down on rogue hot dog vendors

January 30, 2009 |  8:08 am

Getprev Beware if you like to grab a hot dog along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The city has announced a crackdown on unlicensed hot dog vendors who work the streets, often late at night. According to WeHo News (which has photos), officials see it as a "quality of life" issue:

Owners of rogue, unlicensed hot dog carts that enter WeHo will soon be cited, in a beefed up enforcement move aimed at cleaning up West Hollywood’s streets.

At first the item was scheduled for a public hearing as part of the legislative agenda, but moved to the consent calendar at the last minute because of general agreement on the terms set forth by staff.

In explaining that move from legislative to consent calendars, Mayor Jeffrey Prang said, “ ... it’s been one of those quality of life issues that has been nagging at the city for a number of years and deals with those grimy little hot dog carts you see late at night out on Santa Monica Boulevard.”

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: The city is cracking down on delicious, yet illegal, sales of sidewalk hot dogs. Credit: Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times