The SCV Signal: Suzette Martinez Valladares | Too Much Month at the End of the Money

Growing up in the 1980s, my parents both worked hard to provide for their kids. My mom always worked part-time, and my dad was an auto mechanic. 

We were mostly middle class, sometimes struggling financially, but they were able to get by in Southern California. I remember some nights my mom would make arroz con leche for dinner. 

It was a favorite for us kids, but it was a cheap meal that would fill bellies. Making ends meet wasn’t easy for them, but our family could get by.   

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