It's 7 a.m. and the sun has just risen over Ocean Beach as Dottie, a sales associate with OB Paint and Hardware, arrives at 4871 Newport Ave. She opens the store for the day's customers and to meet with the salesmen.
Dottie walks to work each morning, walks back home for lunch with her sister, then walks back to work, and finally, walks home at 4:45 p.m. And she does it all again the next morning.
"It takes about 10 to 15 minutes each way," said Dottie, who prefers not to share her last name. "It depends on how many times I get stopped talking to people."
Dottie's co-worker, John Trudo, who has worked at Ocean Beach Paint and Hardware for 12 years,...