Corrine E. Sealey writes:
“I have been a vendor at Delta College Flea Market for over 20 years. In that time I have always had to have a Business License through the City of Stockton. The classification that the city uses for the Flea market is in the “peddler category,” which also requires me to have a police background check — my cost was almost $800 a year just to sell at a flea market on the weekends.
“I also sell in Galt two days a week, and the business license is only $35 a year, no peddler license required.
“This “peddler category” is a huge added expense for a person wanting to do business at the Flea Market. … Requiring a city business license or $70 is one thing, but t add $225 for a peddler’s license is going too far, and most of the vendors cannot afford that. They will just go to the fairgrounds on Thursday and Open Air Mall on Saturday and Sundays, because they are in the county, they don’t even have to show sellers permits.
“Ironically this list is what I have to show the City of Stockton Finance Department every year: copy of my Health Department Certificates, copy of my Commissary letter, the current registration for my truck, and tow trailer, proof if insurance, pictures of all four sides of each cart (I own five), and pictures of all four sides of my truck and my tow trailer.”
Sealey concludes that she is moving her carts to Galt. So there goes the sales tax from the city of Stockton. And don’t forget, proceeds from Delta’s flea market funds Delta College scholarships. So city red tape is hurting them, too.
Incidentally, District 5 council candidate Christina Fugazi says on “Stockton City Limits” today, “The amount of red tape and hoops that have to be jumped through are immense.”
SCL’s wide-ranging interview with Fugazi and incumbent Diane Burgos-Medina here.