Con mi Paleta de Sandia

It amazes me what little research is done on Paleteros in specifically Santa Ana. More than 80% of the city is of hispanic origin.  Today, as I was driving around Santa Ana off of Flower and Anahurst Street, I encountered a man known as a Paletero for a Paleta de sandia. I also had the luxury of getting his approval for a short interview.  His name is Jose Cruz  and here are the questions and answers per our conversation:

What is your name?: My name is Jose Cruz

Where are you from?: I am from Guerrero, Mexico

How long have you been a Paletero for?: I’ve been a Paletero for 4 years

What company do you work for?: I work for a company off main street called, “La Michoacana.”

What is the biggest obstacle you come across when at work?: Dealing with rude people who harass me at times. Manly young Hispanic men. Out of the four years working, I’ve only been assaulted once with a knife.

What is the best reward as a Paletero?: Hot sunny days like today.  Whenever the weather is above 70 degrees, that means more money for me.

 

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About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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  1. True I think we forget that this is are entrepreneurial people and they are successful at what they do so they do need to be research.

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