Santa Ana Community Raises $10,000 for Robbed Street Vendor
Santa Ana community rallies to support street vendor robbed of flowers, raises over $10k in 3 days.
The news of a street vendor being robbed in Santa Ana, California, has shaken the community. The incident occurred on May 10, in broad daylight, when a man ran up to the street vendor Israel Parra Ruiz and grabbed a bucket filled with bouquets of flowers. The thief quickly hopped into a getaway SUV and sped off, with Ruiz in foot pursuit. This incident left the hardworking vendor in shock and despair.
However, the response from the Santa Ana community has been heartwarming. Hundreds of people have come together to show their support for Ruiz, who has been selling flowers on the streets of Santa Ana for more than a decade. A GoFundMe campaign was launched with a goal of raising $5,000 to help Ruiz recover from the robbery, but the response was overwhelming. Within just three days, more than $10,000 had been donated by locals and people from around the world, all wanting to show their support for the hardworking vendor.
The incident has sparked a conversation about the safety of street vendors in Santa Ana. Many vendors work long hours in precarious conditions and have reported being harassed or robbed by thieves looking to make a quick profit. In response, local officials are considering new safety measures, including increased police patrols and better lighting in vendor areas.
The generosity of those who donated to the GoFundMe campaign is a testament to the strength and resilience of the community. It serves as a reminder that kindness and compassion can go a long way in the face of adversity. The incident was undoubtedly traumatic for Ruiz, but the outpouring of support from the community has shown him that he is not alone.
Read the story here: https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/losangeles/news/santa-ana-street-vendor-robbed-community-raises-10000-to-help-him/
Lectric eBikes Establishes National E-Bike Day
The inaugural National E-Bike Day will take place on Tuesday, May 30
PHOENIX, May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Lectric eBikes, the industry leading e-bike brand and the maker of the country’s best-selling e-bike model and third best-selling electric vehicle, has initiated May 30 as the official National E-Bike Day. The new holiday, established and sponsored by Lectric, encourages riders everywhere to celebrate e-biking and to make the switch to electric transportation.
National E-Bike Day will coincide with Lectric eBike’s fourth anniversary, which marks the start of the most affordable and adventurous eBike brand out there on May 30, 2019. To commemorate each impactful year of getting ‘more butts on e-bikes’ thus far, Lectric eBikes is ringing in the holiday by giving away four eBikes during their live stream event on Tuesday, May 30, at 12 p.m. PST on its Facebook and YouTube pages.
“The e-bike is the most efficient solution for humans to move ourselves, so I’m proud to establish National E-Bike Day to not only reflect on our mission as a company, but to also champion the e-bike industry as a whole,” said Levi Conlow, co-founder and CEO of Lectric. “When we started Lectric in 2019, we set out to be the Greatest Urban Transportation Solution Ever and to challenge the idea of transportation as we knew it. This will be a day dedicated to recognizing and amplifying the sustainable, economic and wellness benefits of e-biking, while encouraging riders across the country to use their e-bikes or opt into electric transportation.”
For the giveaway, Lectric is offering individuals two ways to participate —individuals with an e-bike, from any manufacturer, can be entered to win by posting a picture of themselves enjoying the benefits of e-biking on their Instagram or Facebook accounts that day along with the hashtag #Nationalebikeday. People can also participate in the giveaway by commenting on Lectric’s live event on Facebook and YouTube. Four winners, two from each entry option, will be chosen at random during the live stream and will receive a free Lectric eBike of their choice. Participants can join the live stream event starting at 12 p.m. PST.
Lectric eBikes was founded on the idea of changing the way people move. Co-founders and childhood friends Levi Conlow and Robby Deziel shared a passion for biking and recognized the need for high quality e-bikes that offered the best value per dollar. By prioritizing quality, power and comfort while maintaining affordability, Lectric has grown a community of more than 300,000 electric commuters on the road nationwide with America’s best-selling e-bike model.
Visit the official National E-Bike Day holiday page at https://nationaltoday.com/national-e-bike-day/ to learn more about the holiday and ways to celebrate. To learn more about the Lectric eBikes, visiting www.LectriceBikes.com. For media inquiries, please contact Account Manager Corinne Baud at email@example.com.
About Lectric eBikes
Lectric eBikes is one of the fastest growing electric bike companies in the nation, selling nearly 300,000 e-bikes in less than four years. The company is known for its dedication to producing quality products at affordable prices. Its flagship XP™ models are exceptionally designed so that everyone can ride, delivering all the high-quality features of an elite e-bike, offered at an industry-shattering low price. www.lectricebikes.com.
SOURCE Lectric eBikes
Join Metro’s Public Hearing on FY24 Budget – Give Your Feedback!
Join Metro’s Public Hearing on FY24 Budget for community feedback and help shape the future of transportation in Los Angeles County!
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced a public hearing on Wednesday, May 17th, at 1:30PM to gather input on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The meeting can be attended in person in the board room on the third floor of Metro headquarters adjacent to Union Station. The hearing will also be live-streamed, and a link will appear on the Metro website when the hearing begins.
The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024 will fund services and programs that support the transportation needs of the Los Angeles County community. The Metro Board is scheduled to vote on the budget at their meeting on May 25th. This is an opportunity for the public to provide input on the budget and help shape transportation for the better in their community.
Details on how to participate in the hearing and meetings will be posted at boardagendas.metro.net at least 72 hours in advance of each event. The public can submit comments online, via email, or by phone. For those who wish to attend in person, masks are required, and social distancing measures will be in place.
Participating in the public hearing is an opportunity to make your voice heard and provide feedback on how Metro can better serve the community. Your input can help to shape the transportation services and programs that will be funded through the budget. This is an opportunity for the public to provide input on issues that matter to them and to help shape the future of transportation in Los Angeles County.
More information about Metro’s FY24 Budget and budget process is available at https://budget.metro.net/
William E. Wells: L.A. Transit’s First Black Employee
William E. Wells, L.A. transit’s first Black employee was born an enslaved person and was hired as a janitor by LACE Railway in 1891. He retired in 1939 after 48 years of dedicated service to the railway company.
Today, let us take a moment to honor William E. “Bill” Wells, a Black pioneer in Los Angeles transportation history. Mr. Wells, born an enslaved person in 1862, is considered to be the first Black employee in L.A. transit.
Mr. Wells’ family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child, and he was eventually hired as a janitor by the Los Angeles Consolidated Electric (LACE) Railway in 1891. He was quickly promoted to Messenger for the railway company’s Treasury Department, where he carried financial documents between operations, headquarters, and the banks. After LACE was absorbed by the Los Angeles Railway Company (LARy), Mr. Wells worked directly for Henry Huntington for a time.
Mr. Wells dedicated 48 years of his life to working for the railway company before retiring in 1939. His retirement was announced in the Two Bells employee news magazine, which noted that “William will be missed greatly by all his friends in the Railway who enjoyed his pleasant friendly manner, and with him we all send our best wishes…”
Mr. Wells passed away in 1943 at the age of 81. His obituary in the employee news magazine noted that he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and that “one of his daily deeds was to hand out flowers to his friends, flowers he raised himself. This act alone personified the beauty of his character.”
It is important to recognize the contributions made by Black pioneers like William E. Wells in L.A. transportation history. His dedication and hard work paved the way for future generations and helped shape the transportation system we know today. We should remember and honor his legacy as we continue to work towards a more just and equitable society.
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