Almost a dozen car washers in Los Angeles, California reported being victims of wage theft when the owners of Pure Care Car Wash allegedly paid them with bad checks and then closed the establishment. The majority of the affected car washers are Latino immigrants who were looking for a way to make money to survive in Southern California.
During a protest held in front of the business, the affected workers demanded their salaries, stating that the owners also did not pay them overtime or respect the 10 minutes of rest they have by law. The Pure Care Car Wash is located in Woodland Hills, an area located northwest of Los Angeles. The car wash group is receiving advice from the Clean Car Wash Workers Center association to file a formal complaint with the labor authorities in California.
The affected workers expressed their frustration, with one worker stating, “I don’t want him to pay just me, I want him to pay us all, because he owes us. We all make a great sacrifice. We work out of necessity.” Another worker mentioned that they were owed $2,500 for their work. Other car washers showed checks with amounts of more than $1,000 for alleged payments made to them; however, they did not have funds to collect them.
Univision 34 searched for the owners of the business, but no response was obtained. The car washers are seeking justice and are determined to fight for their rights.
In other news, thousands of volunteers began touring the cities of the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley to kick off the annual count of the homeless that will last until Thursday. The mayor of Los Angeles, Karen Bass, reported in a press conference in North Hollywood about the importance of recording how many people live on the streets, under bridges, or in campers.
More than 6,000 volunteers will return to the streets to continue the census in different areas of Los Angeles. The results of this count reflected that in Los Angeles County, 75,518 people were living in homelessness in 2023. Of those, 46,260 live on the streets of the city of Los Angeles.
Council member Nithya Raman stressed the importance of this count to confront the homelessness crisis. Since 2015, the number of people living on the streets has increased 70% in the county and 80% in the city of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles seeks urgent measures to end homelessness, which in turn brings other problems in some residential areas. County and city officials are working together to obtain the most precise information that allows them to achieve the correct solutions. The results of this count should be available in late spring or early summer, and officials will be watching closely to determine the best course of action.
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