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In the News: Is It Art? On Venice Beach, Police Can Make the Call

Venice Beach VendorCalifornia art critics beware: your job is being usurped by the Los Angeles Police Department. Last December, the LA City Council passed an ordinance restricting everyone except local artists from selling their works on the boardwalk in Venice Beach. However, this restriction of economic freedom requires LA to rely upon its police force’s judgment to determine what constitutes art. As Hannah Karp writes in her article for the Wall Street Journal:

“There were virtually no rules governing commerce on the boardwalk until two decades ago, when the city banned unlicensed vending there at the behest of local merchants who complained that vendors were stealing their business. … The ordinance that took effect earlier this year gives police more explicit guidelines than ever to determine what qualifies as art.”

Read the rest of the article here.