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Two People Tried To Harass A Fruit Vendor In California But Two Men Stood Up For Them

Update July 15, 2020: The owner of Bergie’s Bar and Grill is apologizing after a video went viral of him confronting fruit vendors. The video shows Mike Foster, as well as his wife Renee McAlonis, calling the police on a fruit vendor.

After going viral, the owner of Bergie’s Bar and Grill is apologizing.

“We apologize for the entire situation,” Foster told KHTS Radio. “We got out of control, and it should not have gotten to that level. My wife is now constantly getting death threats,” Foster said. “A former employee posted our address and phone number online.”

Foster continued to say that the multiple videos do not show the full interaction. He says that he is not racist and that his only concern was that the vendor had the proper permits.

Original: There are few things in this world that are super sacred. Included in the sacred things would be the precious fruit vendors that we see regularly selling fresh fruit to people. Well, one couple in Santa Clarita thought they brought a fruit vendor down but they only made their business stronger.

A Santa Clarita couple tried to have a fruit vendor taken down.

The video shows two people confronting a fruit vendor in Santa Clarita, California. The man recording the video asks what the problem is and the man claims he is upset that the vendor doesn’t have a permit.

Don’t worry, there is another, longer angle of the confrontation.

The second angle comes from the first man’s brother. You can hear the second man start with the jokes and name-calling off the bat. While name-calling is not something we endorse, we all know that one primo who talks like this and he makes any situation just a little bit better. He even engages with someone off-camera and gleefully refers to the couple as Karen and Paul.

The police did arrive, but according to Instagram, they were given a warning and told to move the cart.

According to the people who were recording the confrontation, the couple owns Bergie’s, a bar and restaurant in Santa Clarita. The man, who was the main aggressor in the confrontation, can be heard as one point responding to the fruit vendor saying, “I don’t fucking speak Spanish.”

After the videos, the community came together to uplift the fruit vendor.

Credit: GoFundMe

“My uncle and his friend started this fruit business Few (sic) months ago. They’ve been hustling ever since,” reads the GoFundMe page. “Unfortunately they were harassed by a racist couple in Santa Clarita, California Sunday afternoon. Thankfully people were there to support. Thank you for the love and support towards my uncle and his friend! It means alot to us❤️ Any donations would help. God bless you all❤️”

And, of course, people who needed some fresh fruit showed up to their new location to give them cash directly.

It seems that every time people try to come after people nowadays ends in the victim with a hefty GoFundMe donation. If you want to donate to La Palma, you can do so by clicking here.

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Beverly Hills, one of the most well-known destinations in the country and world has long been a thriving and prime area for real-estate. Long before it was colonized by the Spanish, and was largely populated by rich white elites, the Indigenous people of California known as the Tongva, thrived there.

Hundreds of years later, in the 1830s, when the area was colonized, Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the granddaughter of Spanish colonists Luis and Maria Quintero and the great-granddaughter of an African slave was granted the original 4,500-acre of Beverly Hills, then known as El Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.

Yes, as it turns out the foremother of Beverly Hills was a Black Latina!

During her ownership, Maria Rita oversaw cattle ranching and farming.

According to LA Magazine, Rita “was well known for holding a yearly celebratory rodeo under a famous eucalyptus tree at what is now Pico and Robertson boulevards.”

Sadly, after working the land for so much time, three Indigenous Californian outlaws attacked the ranch in 1852. The attack led to a shootout amongst “a grove of walnut trees at what is now Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase drives” and eventually in 1854 Maria Rita decided to sell the area to investors Henry Hancock and Benjamin D. Wilson for $4,000.

Perhaps there’s a chance for justice for Maria Rita in the end.

Recently, Los Angeles County officials revealed that they were contemplating returning a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago.

According to the Guardian, Manhattan Beach used “eminent domain” in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city’s first Black landowners, of the land where they lived. “The Bruces also ran a resort for Black families during a time when beaches in the strand were segregated,” explained the Guardian in a recent report. “Part of the land was developed into a city park. It is now owned by Los Angeles county and houses lifeguard headquarters and a training center.”

Manhattan Beach county Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that she was looking into ways to restore justice for Bruce family. Options include delivering the land back to the family, paying for losses, or potentially leasing the property from them

“I wanted the county of Los Angeles to be a part of righting this terrible wrong,” Hahn explained in a recent interview with KABC-TV.

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

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Americans are still waiting for the $1,400 check from the federal government to make good on the $2,000 promise In the meantime, some Californians will get extra help from the state government. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $9.6 billion stimulus package for state residents and undocumented people.

Low-income Californians will be eligible for a $600 stimulus check from the state government.

Gov. Newsom and California lawmakers have agreed on a $9.6 billion relief package for the Golden State. The relief package is offering much needed relief to businesses, individuals, and students. The relief will come to Californians in different ways.

According to a statement, the package is making good on the promise to help low-income Californians, increase small business aid, and waive license renewal fees for businesses impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the package “provides tax relief for businesses, commits additional resources for critical child care services and funds emergency financial aid for community college students.”

The relief package is aimed at helping those who are hardest hit by the pandemic.

“As we continue to fight the pandemic and recover, I’m grateful for the Legislature’s partnership to provide urgent relief and support for California families and small businesses where it’s needed most,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement. “From child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals, financial aid for community college students and more, these actions are critical for millions of Californians who embody the resilience of the California spirit.”

The package will quadruple the assistance to restaurants and small businesses in California. Small businesses and restaurants will be eligible for $25,000 in grants from a $2 billion fund.

Undocumented Californians will also receive a boost from the state government.

Low-income Californians will receive a one-time payment of $600 while undocumented people will be given a $600 boost. The money will be sent to tax-paying undocumented people in California.

According to the California Budget & Policy Center, undocumented people in California pay $3 billion a year in local and state taxes. Despite paying taxes, the undocumented community has not been ineligible for relief payments from the federal government. These payments will give needed relief to a community overlooked throughout the pandemic.

“We’re nearly a year into this pandemic, and millions of Californians continue to feel the impact on their wallets and bottom lines. Businesses are struggling. People are having a hard time making ends meet. This agreement builds on Governor Newsom’s proposal and in many ways, enhances it so that we can provide the kind of immediate emergency relief that families and small businesses desperately need right now,” Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins said in a statement. “People are hungry and hurting, and businesses our communities have loved for decades are at risk of closing their doors. We are at a critical moment, and I’m proud we were able to come together to get Californians some needed relief.”

Learn more about the relief package by clicking here.

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