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Lady Lowriders, Dollar Store Rats, and TikTok Ban

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U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro explains the TikTok ban legislation, Director of Eastside Leads Pamela Agustin recommends tenants to organize and “fight with knowledge,” 20-year-old Carlos Contreras tells us about winning the Peso Pluma golden ticket and Sandy Avila shows off her ‘84 Oldsmobile “Simply Beautiful” and chats about being on the cover Lowrider Magazine.
Show transcript
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Right guys. And thank God and this is Lincoln Bio and
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I'm Jenny and I'm Gene and we've got an amazing show for
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you today. Yes,
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we do. So today we're covering black mirror is back.
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What J Lo cancels concert dates.
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Family dollar is closing stores and Mother Nature attacks.
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Rich people. Are you?
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OK. Yeah, I'm good.
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I'm, I'm not rich and we're talking the tiktok ban with
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Congressman Castro and renters rights with Pamela Agustin.
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Let's get into it.
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So J Lo has canceled seven tour dates of her.
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This is me now tour with no explanation.
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So the singer canceled her concert dates in Cleveland,
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in Nashville, Raleigh,
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Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans and Houston.
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You better say sorry to all 15 of those fans.
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Dude, come on now.
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I love J Lo but if you look at Ticketmaster,
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you can see a lot of empty seats.
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Yeah. Mid movie album Flop and now Ghosting Cities.
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This is a new J Lo but she'll always have a special
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place in my heart.
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She did Selena, what else?
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She got a couple of classics on her belt and you know
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she's from the Bronx like it's all right.
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It's all right, Mommy.
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You cool. She's still repping and she did a E Rod
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She did a E Rod Marc Anthony.
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Oh, man, that's a whole other segment.
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We can only hope for the best with J Lo and she
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Thanos with the Rings.
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She's been married. How many times?
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Infinity stones? Well,
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I haven't been married.
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Zero. So you got,
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you got a few on me.
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So, got some unfortunate news guys.
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So your local family dollar or dollar tree might be a thing
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of the past. They will close 1000 total stores soon.
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The closures come after family dollar was fined 41.6 million this year
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for selling products that were stored in a rat infested warehouse.
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So the rat payroll,
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the products were kept around live debt and the Cane Road its
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Osco this is the largest ever monetary criminal penalty in a food
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safety case. I I have a whole theory on family dollars
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for you though. Yeah,
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that shit all fake.
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That shit all fake because you buy,
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you buy one in CV S and then you look at it
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and it's like quality like even the tabita of the toothpaste is
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different. I don't know if you've noticed.
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I think you think it's all fake.
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I seen, I seen some shit and then why I tell
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you they have machines for expiration date.
03:09
That luxury beachfront homeowners in Massachusetts spent $500,000 to build a sand
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dune to protect their houses from the rising ocean tides.
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But the sand dune was unfortunately swept away by a storm just
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three days later. So 500 k gone,
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swept away into the ocean.
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The dune which was made up of 15,000 tons of sand did
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not stand up to global warming.
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Now, a Republican senator is trying to get $1.5 million in
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state funding to what build another sand dune.
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Let's throw more money at the problem.
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Oh my God, this reminds me of Miami and all those
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beachfront properties on the coastal cities like they got like three years
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left, I think.
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Oh my God, don't say that.
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I'm telling you the day after tomorrow part two in Miami with
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no spring breakers with no spring breakers.
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The EPA says that by 2050 100 and 6 billion in
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coastal homes will be destroyed by rising sea levels.
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Dang. Well, when global warming knocks on the door,
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you answer, I mean,
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you don't have a choice but to answer,
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you don't, you really don't.
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Netflix has officially announced that the seventh season of Black Mirrors in
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the works. Yes.
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The new season will consist of six episodes and a sequel to
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the Popular Us S Callister episode will be part of the new
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season. What do you think they'll cover in the new
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one? You know what?
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I don't know. I mean,
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they covered like a I in the last one kind of metaverse
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They got that in,
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in a, in a way.
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What, what do you think?
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I mean, my favorite episode from,
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from past season was the social score one where the app is
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like, credit score.
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I could relate so much to it.
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Like the status, right?
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Because I feel like that's how it is nowadays with like,
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influencers and all that stuff.
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It's like all status,
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like, I think.
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Yeah. Yeah, I definitely wouldn't be able to rent a
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car like how she did in the episode and just like the
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whole Yeah, the way it ended would be the beginning of
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my episode because I would already be there.
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I like, I like the one of the where he
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like could like, like fast forward and like your mind captures
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everything like in the cheating,
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you know, he's like,
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look at how you look at her dude that but six episodes
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is too, I don't know,
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2025. Like that's like two years away.
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Like I need that.
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I needed that yesterday.
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Yeah, so we're excited guys,
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let us know if you're excited in the comments.
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Ok? So everyone is talking about the tiktok ban,
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right? The app could be banned if its Chinese owner doesn't
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sell to a US buyer.
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A bill was just passed in the house of representatives,
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both sides coming together for that dude.
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Like that is actually unheard of.
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but I mean there's pros and cons,
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right? On the bad side,
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tiktok, which is actually banned in China and that says a
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lot. That is weird.
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It's so weird. The app could be used by the
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Chinese government to influence us politics or worse.
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Two years ago, Tik Tok got into the private account of
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two journalists who were writing about them.
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What? Yeah, like talk about abuse of power on the
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plus millions of small businesses use it for marketing.
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It's a great place to see videos from all over the world
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Plus girl, my for you page is finally popping like
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I love it. I love it.
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She knows what's up with me.
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Like they know what I'm thinking.
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Wait, is that the government?
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Anyway. Today we have Congressman Joaquin Castro to tell us
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his thoughts on the bill.
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Hi, Congressman. Hey,
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good to be with you all.
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Thank you so much for joining us.
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So you voted no on the bill.
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Both you and a OC have said that the bill is
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rushed. What do you mean by that?
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Yeah, there's been talk for years.
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It started with Donald Trump about banning tiktok and he actually tried
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to do that and it was kicked out by the courts.
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A and this bill was put forward in one committee.
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And, but the whole Congress,
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in other words, the whole House of Representatives never had a
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chance to offer amendments or try to improve the bill or change
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it in any way.
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And you know, and also it was put on the floor
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for a vote pretty quickly once it came out of the committee
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So that's why I said it was really rushed and there
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should be more time both for members of Congress,
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but also for the American people to look at the legislation and
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to make suggestions about changing it or approving it.
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And that just didn't happen this time as a member of the
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Intelligence Committee, what are your fears about the company that owns
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Tik Tok? And if they don't sell well,
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I said on social media that there's legitimate concerns about how the
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Chinese government how it's able to draw down data from tiktok
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through Bytedance because China requires companies that are based in China
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to provide them data when they ask for it.
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So the Chinese government actually has a lot of power over its
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companies. So there is a real national security concern.
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But there's also been no definitive proof that we've been provided
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that Americans data has,
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has been provided to the Chinese government.
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You know, we kept trying to ask or,
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or figure out some definitive answer or proof that there was and
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none was provided. Again,
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that's not to say that the possibility isn't there,
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that the threat isn't there.
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But we needed more time to sort out exactly what was
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going on and also try to improve the bill.
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Many young people worried Tik Tok is a great source of news
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What do you think could replace it?
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Well, listen, I think they're right.
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I mean, it's obviously the app is very popular in the
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United States. It's got,
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I think, like 100 and 70 million users who have accounts
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in the United States.
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It's a source of news for people.
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It's a source of entertainment.
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It's a source of,
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of income of people on small business entrepreneurs use it to literally
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to for their livelihoods to make money.
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And so it would be tough to replace.
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Now that said, of course,
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there's reels on Instagram for example,
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which is a similar type of platform.
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But I mean,
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it would be a big hit for people,
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not just like trying to replace it because it's a source of
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entertainment, but for a lot of people,
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it's become a important part of their livelihood,
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an important part of the American economy,
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most definitely. And what are members of Congress like yourself
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doing to limit how companies even American ones handle user data is
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not necessarily going after one particular social media company,
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but really try to figure out how we limit how all social
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media companies can take your data,
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your information and then use it themselves or sell it,
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become data brokers and sell it to other companies who are using
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it. And that was another thing with tiktok is that
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even if you took away their ability to collect data.
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Even e even if you change the ownership of the company,
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China could still buy a lot of that data basically from
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other social media apps and companies that collect it.
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So we've got to take on that bigger challenge of figuring
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out how we limit how social media companies collect and use people's
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data. Listen, I think it's safe to say we are
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more than just our data.
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Ok. Like don't abuse that,
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please. Come on.
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Definitely. Oh my gosh.
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Well, Congressman Joaquin Castro,
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thank you so much for joining us today.
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This is really,
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really valuable insight and we hope to hear from you soon.
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Hopefully with some happier news.
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Absolutely. We'll see you next time.
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Sounds good. Thank you.
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So, rent has been skyrocketing guys and there's a housing crisis
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all over the country to help us know our rights as tenants
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We have Pamela Agustin Director of East Side leads here with
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us. Hi, Pamela.
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Hi Jenny. Thank you for inviting me.
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Thank you for coming.
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Thank you. Thank you.
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So we know rent has gone up 30% in the last
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five years. Is it a good time to be renting
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right now? Well,
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Jenny, the reality is that renting is how majority of Californians
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are housed today, especially here in L A county.
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You know, the majority of renters,
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we make up 60% of the renter population.
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Yeah, and the issue is we have an affordable housing crisis
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right? Where there's a lot of competition for,
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for units but also,
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you know, low income tenants.
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The what really like brings the culture,
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especially here in the east side.
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You know, they're,
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they're at risk of being displaced.
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Yeah, there's it's,
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it's tough times right now,
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tough times, everything is so expensive.
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So what kind of power do tenants really have?
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I think tenants united are stronger,
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right? So what we in my organization is I leads,
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we're a coalition of eight organizations we believe in no displacement.
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We live to that vision by organizing with tenants,
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we educate them about their rights,
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specially during the pandemic,
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tenant rights were changing.
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So it's important that tenants first of all know their rights know
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that nobody can evict them except a sheriff and you know that
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united talking amongst neighbors forming tenant associations is how they can really
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win the goods and the goods is staying in their long time
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neighborhoods. And do you think things can get better?
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Because I'm like right now,
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I'm like, oh my God is like,
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you know how they say they say,
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oh, like the house prices are gonna go high and renting
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is only gonna go higher.
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And I just wonder like are,
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is there light at the end of the tunnel?
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Because right now I'm like,
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you know, that's very real and that's what we hear
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every day. with these side leads,
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right? We take calls with tenants,
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we meet, meet with Tenants Weekly and I think there is
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a light at the end of the tunnel.
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If tenants organize, if we talk to our neighbors,
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if we come together,
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first of all, if tenants get an eviction notice,
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right? Or a new property owner,
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people should know that just because your property changed owners,
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they don't have to move.
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The only way that a tenant can be evicted is if a
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formal eviction has been filed in the L A county courts and
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then that you've lost that case and then only the sheriff can
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kick you out. So the light at the end of the
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tunnel for me is we are united.
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We are fighting back tenants if they hear right,
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especially you, Jenny,
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you hear your friends,
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your family, hey,
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I'm facing some challenges with my landlord or they're really harassing me
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or I'm feeling threatened,
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connect them to not just the salit but an autonomous tenants union
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in the area. That's another way that I see a light
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at the end of the tunnel.
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That's Unidos and there you go.
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And, and what do you think about rent control?
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Isa leads. We've been pushing for a tenant bill of rights
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throughout the pandemic. That's nine things that if those nine things
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were in place in all 88 cities in the county,
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people could really remain in their communities.
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And rent control is top during the pandemic we actually saw a
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big surge of organizing communities like Pasadena,
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Pomona and we're,
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we're winning rent control and who were the people that were leading
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those fights? Majority Mujeres,
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immigrants, low income tenants.
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So organizing really gets the goods.
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Definitely, definitely. where can we follow you at East
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Side leads? Yeah,
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so everybody can follow us at East Side leads.
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In Instagram, Facebook,
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tiktok. Yeah.
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And obviously, also our website is I leads.org and always,
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you know, we have actions,
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people can get connected to the movement in different ways.
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But you know,
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actions are fun. So we'll see you in the streets.
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So are there any national organizations you recommend?
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Definitely right to the city alliance.
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So right to the city is a move a national movement that
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brings together organizations from throughout,
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you know, the United States.
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And it's the vision is exactly what it means,
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right to the city that tenants have a right to remain in
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their city, that immigrants have a right to remain in their
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city. And they've been,
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you know, having convenings,
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they recently had one in New Orleans.
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And yeah, the housing justice movement,
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the tenant rights movement came together and you know,
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got to learn from each other's fights because honestly,
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Jenny fights are local,
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but then we learn from each other,
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we learn best practices,
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we learn what worked and then we try to apply that,
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you know, those ingredients to our unique realities.
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Yeah. You're sure.
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What does it say?
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It says housing is a human,
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right? Tenants strike back.
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Right. That's right.
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It's love that Jenny.
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Someone just won free tickets for life for a Peso Puma concert
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What, how my God.
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What, what would you do though?
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If you won free tickets for life?
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Oh my God. I would,
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I would be, I would ask how much first off,
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like, how many can I take my primas?
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My, my friends,
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my mom, it's not a dream.
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Hey, congratulations. How did that happen?
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What the heck, how did it happen?
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Well, I was in the line at 4 a.m. and I
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was with my two other friends and my little brother
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Rolling Stone story record like everything like,
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oh the p of Pluma started getting crazy line and,
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and, and it was,
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everyone started talking about it.
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So I was the first person in line.
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So they're coming like all the way straight to me like,
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oh, are you the first person in line?
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And I was like,
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yeah, of course they post me on their feed and,
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and, and I started getting viral about it like,
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oh, the Peso Pluma started the line at 4 a.m. and
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it started getting viral on Instagram.
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So the manager crew of Peso Pluma text me through iMessage
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and told me like,
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hey, are you Daniel?
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And I was like,
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oh, yeah, who's this?
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And then, and then she told me like,
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hey, we want to bring you back with Peso Luma
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after a concert and I was like,
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no fucking way. That was literally the,
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the text and I start crying because I was like,
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go, go, go and then they just come to me
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and take me on the backstage with him.
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The other part, you already know what's going on.
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Like I just met him.
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How, how many tickets do you get?
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Yeah, like you could take your friends,
18:24
your family. Yes I can but,
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but I have, I have,
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I have to tell them with advice,
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you know, like what,
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what kind of seats do you get?
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I mean, I'm not mine like I'm going to see him
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on Maid on Chicago for Soos Festival.
18:40
He told me like I'm gonna be with him on
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backstage. So that's oh my God.
18:48
When you met him,
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did you, did you give him a high five?
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Did you give him a handshake?
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Would you give him a hug?
18:52
How do you do it?
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I never know how to cry because I was crying.
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I was talking with him for like around 10 minutes.
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So I hugged him and,
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and, and everything like guys.
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The most thing that,
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that, that really impressed me like not gonna lie.
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It was like he treated me not like a fun.
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He treated me like a friend,
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I swear like he treated me like,
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hey, what's up man?
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And I was like he was so friendly.
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I have your number now.
19:19
So you better have two tickets for us,
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right? You got two more tickets for us,
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right? That's what I'm talking about.
19:27
That's right. What's your Instagram handle so people can follow you
19:32
My Instagram is a TX Carlos underscore you're gonna get all
19:36
the behind the scenes for us,
19:37
behind the scenes. We wanna see it.
19:40
Thank you, Carlos this Fruta like it shows he's a true
19:48
fan. Like I'm so happy for him like genuinely.
19:50
That's awesome, dude.
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19 hours, I would have smelled like I would have pissed
19:55
on myself. Imagine Bea would pee all over,
19:59
but Carlos did it right.
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That's all right. Number all have gotten dates for us.
20:03
We're going to be of.
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That's right. There you go.
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Ok, Jenny, we have a very exciting segment up next
20:13
Yes, girl.
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Today we're being joined by Sandy Avila,
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creator of Lady Low Rider Car Club.
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Oh my God, it's awesome.
20:21
And the best part is she's actually here with her low rider
20:26
Yeah, her low rider's name is simply beautiful and she's
20:28
outside. They're both outside.
20:30
Well, what the hell are we doing here?
20:31
Check it out. So,
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here we are with Sandy Avila and simply beautiful.
20:45
So, Sandy. How long have you been working on?
20:47
Simply beautiful. Well,
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I've been working on her probably for like a good seven ish
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plus years, but she's still not done.
20:57
Yeah. So I still she still needs a little bit more
20:59
work. How much would you say that you spent on simply
21:02
beautiful, a minimum of probably,
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like, like, maybe around 60 to 70,000.
21:07
I don't keep receipts if I did,
21:10
I probably would be,
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like, ah, pull my hair out,
21:13
but it's worth it.
21:18
How long have you been a fan of Lowrider magazine?
21:21
I mean, I've always been a fan since I was a
21:23
kid but, you know,
21:24
who would have dreamt of,
21:26
you know, being in the magazine,
21:27
let alone my car on the cover.
21:29
So I mean, it's amazing.
21:30
It's I I don't even have a word to explain it.
21:32
To be honest, I remember that you mentioned that it's gonna
21:35
be in a museum.
21:37
Yes. Yes. She's going to the Peterson Museum next
21:41
month. I have to have her for a year.
21:44
Yeah. When did you fall in love with low riders and
21:52
the culture? I've always been a car person,
21:55
you know, and to be honest,
21:57
my dad built low riders when I was a child.
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So I was around low riders growing up,
22:01
you know, his friends would come over with Laura.
22:02
So I was around it younger.
22:05
But to actually be in the scene actively,
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it's been about eight years and my husband is the one that
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brought me and pushed me,
22:12
you know, helps me the most and is really supported me
22:15
with building my car.
22:16
So did you always feel like you wanted to work with cards
22:19
because it is a lot of work.
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Not so much the working part,
22:22
just the, the,
22:22
the infatuation of customizing a car.
22:25
I think that was the thing that I love is the customization
22:28
process. I've always just had a thing for that and,
22:31
but being a girly girl,
22:32
like, I love makeup,
22:34
I love nails. I love,
22:35
you know, so I was really embarrassed to be honest like
22:39
that. I like I had a thing for cars because I
22:41
didn't think it was cool or even a acceptable for girls to
22:44
like cars. It's really cool to see a woman such a
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passionate woman actually representing,
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you know, in the scene,
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when you're out in the boulevard and when you're cruising,
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like what kind of music do you put on to kind of
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set the vibe? You know what?
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Honestly, I feel like I'm really old school and I love
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oldies. I do.
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I love my oldies and my funk.
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Do you think you could get in simply beautiful and show us
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a couple of her tricks?
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Yes, definitely. Thank you.
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What the that was youtube Meal for Love?
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Ok, guys. Well,
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that does it for today's episode of Lincoln bio.
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I'm Jenny and I'm Jess and it's Friday.
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So we got to go,
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we got things to do.
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This girl got to go to the bad bunny concert.
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So actually, facts ie a