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Melissa Gomez

Melissa Gomez is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A native Floridian, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida, where she also worked at the student newspaper, the Independent Florida Alligator. She has previously interned at the Naples Daily News, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Tampa Bay Times and the New York Times.
Antes vendía fruta en las calles, ahora tiene su propia tienda cruzando la acera

En una fresca mañana de martes, Elizabeth Alcarraz se paseaba alrededor de las cajas de fresas en los estrechos pasillos de su tienda de frutas en un viejo

She sold fruit as a sidewalk vendor. Now she has her own shop across the street

Elizabeth Alcarraz dreamed of owning her own business. After years working at McDonald's and at a gas station, the Peruvian immigrant became a street vendor. She drew on that experience to open up her own shop, where she sells homemade delicacies such as smoothies, elotes and tamales.

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