Sandra Tinoco, owner of Taqueria Linda. Richards Blvd., Sacramento.
I started working in Los Angeles at King Taco. I met my husband there, I was the cashier and he was the cook. We saved money because it was my dream to get my own place. All the tables were always packed during lunchtime. But last year was very bad. I was thinking of closing. Before I had eight workers and now I just have three. I had to lay off my workers, most of them are single mothers with children and they are dependent on the job. I was really sad and crying. I can't imagine how they feel. My son is attending Cal Poly University, he is studying to be an aerospace engineer. I'm very happy and proud. I need to pay for his school, and my rent and utilities are expensive. It’s very stressful and sometimes I don't know if I can make it.