Police fail to sweep out Echo Park Lake Swap Meet *

A team of police and city workers showed up at Echo Park Lake this morning in the most recent effort to combat the Sunday swap meet in the northeast corner of the park. Residents reported that city workers cooking grills and merchandise * into dump trucks (pictured at right) waiting nearby. But, after the crews and police departed, the vendors regrouped and returned to display their wares, including racks of jeans and clothes pictured above. Many of the vendors set up near newly installed signs that read “No vending, sales or advertising on public property.”

Top photo by The Eastsider; bottom photo from Echo Park resident.

* Update: Some city workers and residents said that only items from unlicensed food vendors were thrown into the trash truck.

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