A business license is essentially a form of taxation. Look on your local municipal website for a business license. Sometimes they have exemptions for small businesses, but require you to apply anyway. Typically, if you do not pay business taxes, you get assessed penalties. However, I am not familiar with the law in Claremont.
Los Angeles City and County sometimes impound carts. This has been very controversial and the practice has not been consistent. Total fees in LA can reach $800 to start. Look for assistance in the community: legal aid, law school clinic, neighborhood associations, etc. Good luck.
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