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/ May 29, 2015 6:35 pm

Bill to Combat Arsenic in Drinking Water Makes it to the Senate

[Translate] IVAN VALENZUELA and CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — A proposed bill for combating arsenic-tainted water in rural California communities, including those in the eastern Coachella Valley, is one step closer to becoming a reality. Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia’s AB 434 is in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality after receiving overwhelming (77-0) bipartisan support from the Assembly. Garcia, […]

/ May 20, 2015 6:05 pm

‘Something Ancient, Something New:’ Local Artists Celebrate East Valley Heritage

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated  COACHELLA — A small crowd gathered as Alma Ochoa took the stage to perform a monologue about being Purépecha in the eastern Coachella Valley.  “Remember something ancient; create something new,” Ochoa said. “Here we are.” Ochoa was one of more than ten artists who participated in East Valley Voices OUT LOUD, an event meant to […]

/ May 18, 2015 7:35 pm

Coachella Valley Water District Approves Plan to Cut Water Waste

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ/ Coachella Unincorporated PALM DESERT — The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors approved water restrictions and penalties last week, as part of a strategy to meet the state-mandated 36 percent reduction in water usage. In April, Governor Jerry Brown ordered all water agencies statewide to reduce their water usage by 25 percent. An assessment released in April […]

/ May 18, 2015 7:25 pm

Health For All Bill Addresses Uncle Sam’s ‘Failure,’ Says Senator

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 14, 2015 One-third of undocumented Californians earn enough to buy their own health insurance on the federal exchange, but Uncle Sam won’t let them, asserted Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. That’s forcing them to make the costly decision to go to emergency rooms when their health deteriorates. “Allowing them to pay for their […]

/ May 8, 2015 10:59 pm

Student Leaders Series: Karla Martinez gives back to her community

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES/ Coachella Uninc. A few years ago Karla Martinez didn’t think a young person like her could ever make a difference in her community. But after getting involved with local organizations, Martinez’ opinion on this was reversed. She has devoted almost every spare minute of her time to bettering her community. “To me, serving is a way of […]

/ May 6, 2015 3:58 pm

Second Phase of Mobile Home Paving Project to be Completed by End of May

[Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ / Coachella Unincorporated Air quality for more than 400 families in the Eastern Coachella Valley will be improved by the end of May due to mobile home road paving projects happening in the communities of Mecca, Thermal and Oasis. The first phase of the paving project started in March 2014, when 21 mobile home parks were paved, […]

/ May 4, 2015 8:12 pm

Crisálida Workshops Celebrate Spanish Poetry and Literature

[Translate] CHRISTIAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated The smell of pozole and tostadas floated through the air as a group of women and young people gathered for a poetry workshop at the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club in Mecca, Calif. After the group had finished chatting about their jobs and families, the conversation quickly turned to the real reason they […]

/ May 1, 2015 7:49 pm

Student Leader Series: Coachella Unincorporated reporter goes to Princeton Summer Program

[Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ/ Coachella Unincorporated For as long as he can remember, Johnny Flores, 17, knew he wanted to be a journalist. “Being a journalist has allowed me to find myself, as well as help bring about much needed to change my community,” Flores said. “For me it’s a way to connect and empower.” Flores has been an active reporter […]

/ April 30, 2015 9:16 pm

The Hue Music and Arts Festival Highlights Local Musicians

[Translate] BRYAN MENDEZ / Coachella Unincorporated COACHELLA — Now in its fourth year, The Hue Music and Arts Festival has grown to become a highly anticipated event featuring local musicians and artists. On Saturday, April 25, 2015,  more than 20 musicians and artists came together for the all-day event that took over Dateland park in Coachella. This year, there was […]

/ April 29, 2015 5:20 pm

Students Raise Questions About CV Link Development

[Translate]   Editor’s Note: Last week, students from the Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) project and Coachella Unincorporated student reporters held a discussion about the CV Link project, a proposed 50-mile active transportation trail that would stretch from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs to Coachella, at NOVA Academy in Coachella. In March, LUPA project students produced a video based on […]