Byline: Merle Linda Wolin; 1981-01-15; Los Angeles Herald-Examiner; pages A1, A10
I was beginning my second odyssey into the $35 billion California germent industry, another weekling, nine-hour-a-day journey into the underworld of fancy clothes and high style. I knocked on the wooden door behind the grate at 331 N. Mountain View in Los Angeles. Just when I thought no one would answer, a small, thin, dark-eyed man slowly opened the door. He was Felix Mendoza, a Mexican-born sewing contractor who had been in business for only six months. "I'm looking for work," I said in Spanish through the bars. "Can you sew?" he asked. It was his only question.
Description:Wolin continues her account of working undercover in California sweatshops, the underworld backbone of the state's garment industry.
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