Break the law or feed your family?
For many residents of City Heights, selling illegally on the streets is their only option, said Adriana Huerta, community health educator at Employee Rights Center.
"For many reasons this is a very strong part of the economy of City Heights," Huerta said. "Many families are sustained by this type of income."
The permits for street vending can cost about $5,000 and are very restrictive, according to Huerta.