A San Diego millionaire’s public attempt to find “a Latina girlfriend” ran into a snag Friday, when the billboard he put up in a predominantly-Latino neighborhood was ripped up, KNSD-TV reported.
Real estate developer Marc Paskin paid for the billboard, which has his picture and the message, “All I Want for Christmas is a Latina Girlfriend” to be displayed at 28th Street near Interstate 5 in Barrio Logan until the end of the month, a move that brought him attention from multiple media outlets after the picture gained increased visibility online. The billboard originally included an email where prospective dating prospects could contact him, but it was apparently removed sometime in the past 24 hours.
“I think that they’re beautiful,” Paskin said of Latinas. “They’re kind people. They’re very family-oriented. I like the fact that the family is very important with Mexicans and Latinas. I like their culture.”
Paskin said his last relationship, which lasted five years with a Mexican woman, ended this year. He also put up a billboard seeking a girlfriend in 2003 following the death of his wife of 28 years. He said he hopes the billboard attracts a Latina between 40 and 50 years of age without children.
“I think I’m going to meet somebody,” he said. “That’s my goal: to start the new year with somebody to share my life with. That’s what I’d like to find.”
Paskin has also received attention for multiple charitable acts in recent years, including paying a bereaved woman’s rent for a year following the murder of her daughter and mother by her ex-husband; and donating $150,000 to some families in Detroit following an appearance on the reality show, “Secret Millionaire.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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