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Two Sisters And Their Friends Were Asked For Proof Of Residency Before They Could Order Lunch

“Can I see your proof of residency?”

That’s what Diana Carrillo, her sister Brenda, and two friends were asked during lunch last week at Saint Marc Pub-Café in Huntington Beach, Calif. At first, the four women thought it was a joke. According to Carillo, the waiter responded by saying, “I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you.” Carillo told Los Angeles Times that the waiter made no verbal or facial signs that he was joking and in that moment, she felt judged and shocked that he would ask them that question. Rather than make a fuss in the restaurant, Carrillo and her friends spoke to the manager and declined an offer to be seated in a new section and chose to leave.

Carrillo shared her experience on Facebook and more than 1,500 people have shared it.

A few friends and I went to Saint Marc’s in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the…

Posted by Diana Carrillo on Saturday, March 11, 2017

“A few friends and I went to Saint Marc’s in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the waiter asked them for their ‘proof of residency’ when they ordered a drink,” Diana wrote on Facebook. “My friend in disbelief repeated what he said and his response was ‘yeah, I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you.’ Not knowing that this happened to them, my friend and I were then seated and he returned to the table and asked us for our ‘proof of residency.’ After fully digesting what he said, we all got up and left to speak to the manager. For a few seconds I thought maybe he was being a smart ass or joking but the fact that he said ‘I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you’ was completely unacceptable. How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!”

The group was offered a VIP experience and the restaurant offered to donate 10 percent of the weekend’s proceeds to a charity of their choice.

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CREDIT: Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage / Facebook

Carrillo and the rest of her party declined Saint Marc’s offer to return to the restaurant. Diana asked for Saint Marc to donate proceeds to the Orange County Immigrant Youth organization. According to The Washington Post, the waiter implicated in the situation has been fired from the restaurant.

“I don’t know if he had an agenda or not,” Kent Bearden, the senior director of operations at Saint Marc, told The Washington Post. “My concern is he violated a company policy. We’re very specific about how we treat our guests. That individual did not treat a table of guests to the expectations that we set forth in that company policy, and that caused him to be terminated.”


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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.

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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.

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