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Fundraiser nets $4,000 for businesses affected by Occupy protests

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About $4,000 was raised for two food cart operators who say Occupy San Diego demonstrators put a dent in their business, a City Councilman who helped arrange a fundraiser said Tuesday.

The money raised at Downtown Johnny Brown's restaurant Monday night will go to Linda Jenson, who runs a coffee cart, and to Letty and Pete Soto, who runs a hot dog cart. Both usually set up on the Community Concourse adjacent to City Hall.

Jenson and the Sotos said they were driven out of the area after confrontations with demonstrators. They said their carts were damaged, and the Sotos said someone vandalized their car.

The women said they were followed home and afraid to return to work, according to City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who announced the total raised at Tuesday's council meeting.

"I encourage San Diegans continue to help Jenson and the Sotos to get back on their feet," DeMaio said.

The city of San Diego has offered "rent credits" to Jenson.

The Sotos have a lease with a firm that runs the Civic Center Plaza office building.

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