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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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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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The world is racing to vaccinate everyone to put a stop to the relentless Covid-19 pandemic. In the U.S., states and counties are rolling out their own plans based on suggestions from health experts. California, home to the largest population of farmworkers, is making them a priority.

California has laid out their vaccination plan and farmworkers are being prioritized.

California is facing a relentless Covid-19 surge of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. According to The New York Times, California has the second-highest level of infections per capita in the U.S. More than 30,000 people have died of Covid in California and the vaccination effort has been severely lagging.

California’s vaccination plan has been criticized for its very slow roll out.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 816,000 doses of the virus have been given to residents. There have been more than 2 million vaccine doses shipped to California. Currently, California, the most populated state in the country, is still in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for healthcare workers and long-term care residents. The Vaccinate All 58 campaign claims that there are 3 million people in California in Phase 1A. Almost 40 million people live in California.

Activists have been calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that farmworkers are prioritized.

California is home to the largest concentration of farmworkers in the U.S. The Center for Farmworker Families claims that 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers, or about 1/3 to 1/2 of the farmworker populations, live in California. Seventy-five percent of farmworkers in California are undocumented.

As the rest of the state was able to shelter in place, farmworkers did not stop working. They provided a necessary lifeline to the nation in keeping the food supply running. Farmworkers are more likely to contract Covid because of their living conditions. Studies show that the low wages that farmworkers are paid means that many live in crowded conditions.

READ: As The U.S. Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine, What’s The Future Of Vaccine Access In Latin America?

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Gavin Newsom Appoints Alex Padilla To Kamala Harris’ Vacant Senate Seat

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Gavin Newsom Appoints Alex Padilla To Kamala Harris’ Vacant Senate Seat

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is leaving behind a Senate seat representing California. Gov. Gavin Newsom was under pressure to appoint a person of color and he is coming through. Alex Padilla, the Secretary of State of California, will be filling the seat.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed the first Latino senator from California.

Alex Padilla has a spent more than a decade serving the people in California from Los Angeles City Council president to California Senate to secretary of state. Padilla was the favorite to take the seat and gives Southern California rare representation in the United States Senate. As Secretary of State of California, Padilla stood against President Trump and refused to turn over voter data to the administration in 2017.

Padilla was raised by hard working immigrants.

Padilla’s mother and father emigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles individually and eventually met and married. As a shortline cook and a housekeeper, Padilla’s parents instilled in him the value of hard work.

“Through his tenacity, integrity, smarts and grit, California is gaining a tested fighter in their corner who will be a fierce ally in D.C., lifting up our state’s values and making sure we secure the critical resources to emerge stronger from this pandemic,” Newsom said in a statement. “He will be a Senator for all Californians.”

Padilla is going to the Senate keep fighting for the values he has defended.

As the country gets ready for a Biden administration, there is a lot of attention on the recovery effort. The Biden administration is going to be tasked with bringing the country back from the brink. Covid has wrecked the economy and upended the lives of millions of families. Biden and the current Senate and House will be responsible for distributing the vaccine and getting the American people back to where they were before the virus devastated the nation.

Congratulations, Sen. Alex Padilla.

California is happy to know that you will be representing us in the Senate.

READ: Here Are The Southern California Latino Politicians Gov. Newsom Should Consider For Kamala Harris’ Empty Seat

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