California Street Vendors See Sales Drop, Violence Rise Amid Pandemic

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A man stops to look at masks for sale by a street vendor outside Walmart, July 22, 2020 in Burbank, California.  (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Last month, 45-year-old Lorenzo Perez was shot in broad daylight in Fresno while selling food from a bicycle cart. His death illustrated the many risks street vendors take to sell their goods. Advocates say street vendors,  ubiquitous in California’s Latino neighborhoods, are seen as easy targets. Vendors continue to face decreased sales and increased risk of thefts and assaults as the pandemic stretches on. We talk about the risks street vendors face and how to best help.


Nadia Lopez, Latino communities reporter, The Fresno Bee

Madi Bolanos, reporter covering immigration and under-served communities, KVPR