For the past two days [July 16-17], when I’ve walked down Alameda Padre Serra toward the Mission, I’ve seen large limousine buses heading up toward El Encanto. I didn’t think much about them until I noticed, in the windshields of these limos, signs that read “CITGO.”

The second time I saw the sign I had to stop in my tracks and try to mediate what was a mounting case of cognitive dissonance. Then it came to me. CITGO is a Venezuelan-owned company that is operated by a U.S. corporation. (The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela.) CITGO was sending limo buses to El Encanto.

I just sorta scratched my head and went on my way. But, then again … it figures, don’t it?


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