Esmeralda awakes to another day of harvesting broccoli. She sets out the items her daughters will need, leaves a note for her mother, and then catches a bus crowded with other northbound workers headed to the Somerton border crossing.
This month CalVans would like to ask for feedback from those that have recently complied with the changes we previously announced regarding the collaboration with the Federal Department of Labor.
To you, tomatoes may simply add color to your plate, but to Amador Castellanos and his vanpool group, tomatoes are what get them up in the morning.
On May 10th we received an email from vanpool 372 it reads “[as we were heading] to Coalinga State Hospital and at or about 7:30 this morning, just as we passed Stratford and turned left onto the CA-41 the van driver noticed a car accident on her side window
Imagine going into work thinking you’ll be working the usual eight hours, only to learn unexpectedly you’ll be pulling a double shift. Those eight hours soon turn into sixteen long hours and that still doesn’t include the hour commute home. One hour might not seem like a lot, but if you’re tired, sleepy and hungry the last thing you want to do is drive.
Norma Sanchez has been part of a vanpool for 11 years, 9 of them as a volunteer driver. Before ever joining a vanpool Norma like many of us would commute in a single passenger car.
At the beginning of his career, Fabian Cruz’s main focus has been the strawberry harvest. It’s been a part of his life. For 30 years Fabian Cruz has been working in agriculture. Recently, he and the company he works for have switched focus to blackberries.
For over 12 years, Daniel Aviña has been working for the same company – working different jobs and making his way up the ladder.
Many people envision visiting Southern California as part of their vacation destination. The beaches, the food, the museums and the malls make it a great place to visit. However, for those like Ruben Salazar, who find themselves exhausted after spending all day working in the sun, it’s difficult for them to enjoy the attractions that Southern California has to offer.
Fernando’s cheerful nature adds a little sweetness to any day. He shares this and other traits with the strawberries he harvests. Did you know the strawberry isn’t a berry?