Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup

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A Latino Los Gringos Locos employee
received beverages labeled with a derogatory term at the Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard.

Allegations of racism put Starbucks in the national spotlight again last week. The latest incident occurred in La Cañada Flintridge, following those in Philadelphia and Torrance.
On Tuesday, May 15, a Latino customer who ordered two drinks at the Starbucks location at 475 Foothill Blvd. received beverages labeled with a derogatory term used to refer to people of Latino descent.
“The mistake is unacceptable and we’re absolutely taking additional steps,” said a Starbucks spokeswoman, who identified herself only as Ann, by phone last week. “Our leadership team did meet with the customer and he accepted our apology.”
Without offering specifics, she added: “We’re taking additional steps to make sure we understand exactly what happened and how our partners can be better.”
The popular coffee chain had previously publicized plans to close more than 8,000 of its company-owned stores for an afternoon of employee “racial-bias education” on Tuesday, May 29. Continue reading “Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup”

LCHS Senior Develops App to Alert Farmworkers

Photo courtesy Faith Florez Members of the Calor app team visited the Central Valley, including (from left) Shobhit Agarwal, Juan Andrade, Marko Djuliarso, Faith Florez, Basir Navab, Viraj Sahai and Vahagen Sinanian. After developing a system to send heat warnings to farmworkers, they’re raising funds at startsomegood.com/calorapp to convert a web-based platform into an app for the Apple watch.
Photo courtesy Faith Florez
Members of the Calor app team visited the Central Valley, including (from left) Shobhit Agarwal, Juan Andrade, Marko Djuliarso, Faith Florez, Basir Navab, Viraj Sahai and Vahagen Sinanian. After developing a system to send heat warnings to farmworkers, they’re raising funds at startsomegood.com/calorapp to convert a web-based platform into an app for the Apple watch.

Perhaps, in a few years, it will be unimaginable that farmworkers would labor in the fields without carrying or wearing a device capable of alerting them to heat warnings. Continue reading “LCHS Senior Develops App to Alert Farmworkers”