The Long Beach City Council is looking at developing a safety program for street vendors that would protect them and their small businesses.
Along Cedar Avenue, a line of people formed eager to buy shaved ice, corn on the cob and chopped fruit in a cup.
In an Instagram video, Eliu Ramirez says he called police after his cart was vandalized. He thought officers were going to help “and instead they gave us a ticket.”
Within a week of the incident, Betancourt with help from a local artist produced new t-shirts that read “Defend Street Vendors” and “Love of the Streets” in Spanish, and is using the money from the sales to donate to street vendors in need.
The day after the attack on Sunday, customers lined up to buy fruit from the victim’s cart, and some drove by just to hand him money.
The nonprofit is inviting people come out to 308 E. Shoreline Dr. on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to buy out all of Pedro’s cart inventory.
On Monday, an entourage of supporters surprise-delivered it to Nuñez at his home in North Long Beach.