California. So much wealth and potential alongside such difficulty. Disneyland and tent cities. Again and again in neoliberal North American life wages and the cost of housing jam working people up against the wall.
Why Anaheim’s low-wage workers struggle to keep a roof over their heads
PBS via YouTube 7:35
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Nice! More buses to get LA’s workers to work and jobs building the buses themselves, which are also up-to-date low emissions models.
LA Metro bus project to lift up disadvantaged workers
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Scavenging is one of the oldest continuous forms of industry found in human settlements. Never romanticized,
it nonetheless seems to be always with us. The value of aluminium cans and other recyclables travels up and down much like that of say oil. When the price is good scavengers get busy creating a commodity from rejected material and earn some minor income for themselves. Spend any time in a built-up area and you eventually spot scavengers. That bastion of high priced housing and advanced technology, San Francisco, is no exception. Lately, though, the cities network of businesses where pop cans and such are redeemed has begun to thin out. This is tough on the scavengers.
Collecting cans to survive: a ‘dark future’ as California recycling centers vanish. Poor and homeless San Franciscans rely on income earned by trading cans for cash, but their subsistence is under threat as hundreds of centers close down
(128) Scrapping the suburbs
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1, 2, 3… WHAT AN A**HOLE!
You really gotta read this.
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