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Here on LaBrea, south of Beverly, there is a distinctive used furniture store with very colorful items placed in front. Any car or pedestrian passing by can clearly see these items which are intended to lure people into the business.

However, many tourists and some non-tourists with cameras, have been harassed by the owner who is very annoyed that the public sidewalk affords a good photo of his store. He has chased people away and tried to stop others from shooting his wares.

Is there any public law on the books which prohibits non-commercial private photography on a sidewalk? This is not an invasion of privacy, this store displays their goods openly. This is not paparazzi, there are no humans involved.

What is going on with our freedoms in Los Angeles? We allow cars to run through red lights at 60 MPH but we think that public sidewalks are somehow sacrosanct and off limits?

Writer/photographer

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