Nearly $4,000 raised for cart owners who suffered during ‘Occupy’ rally
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – About $4,000 was raised for two food cart operators
who say Occupy San Diego demonstrators put a dent in their business, a City
Councilman who helped arrange the fundraiser said Tuesday.
The money raised at Downtown Johnny Brown's restaurant Monday night will
go to Linda Jenson, who runs a coffee cart, and to Letty and Pete Soto, who
runs a hot dog cart. Both usually set up on the Community Concourse adjacent to
Jenson and the Sotos said they were driven out of the area after
confrontations with demonstrators. They said their carts were damaged, and the
Sotos said someone vandalized their car.
The women said they were followed home and afraid to return to work,
according to City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who announced the total raised at
today's council meeting.
“I encourage San Diegans continue to help Jenson and the Sotos to get
back on their feet,” DeMaio said.
The city of San Diego has offered “rent credits” to Jenson.
The Sotos have a lease with a firm that runs the Civic Center Plaza