Archive for category: Articles

/ April 9, 2014 3:04 am

Program Offers Adults Second Chance at High School Diploma

[Translate]     NATALIA CERVANTES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO — Fernando Arredondo was only 17 when he became a father and dropped out of school to support his new family. Two years later, the roles have switched. His girlfriend has finished high school, gone on to college, and is now supporting the family so that Arredondo can earn his diploma at […]

/ March 26, 2014 2:14 pm

Previously Halted Improvements Now Underway in Mecca

[Translate]   IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc   MECCA – The streets near Mecca Elementary School are undergoing a series of improvements as part of a $1 million project recently approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Work began this week, during Coachella Valley Unified School District’s spring break, and is expected to last two months. The project focuses on the […]

/ March 25, 2014 5:42 pm

Volunteer-Staffed Clinic Serves Coachella Valley’s Uninsured

[Translate]     NATALIA CERVANTES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO – Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM), established in the fall of 2010, has flourished into a state-of-the-art facility staffed entirely by volunteers and serving the most vulnerable in the community – those without health insurance. Many low-income people without health insurance flee to the emergency room for non-emergency situations, such as […]

/ March 24, 2014 3:33 pm

A Safe Space for Community at San Antonio del Desierto mobile home park

[Translate]   MARIA GARCIA, KARLA MARTINEZ and BRENDA RINCON/Coachella Uninc   MECCA — The children of the San Antonio del Desierto no longer have to worry about getting hurt while they play because a safe playground has replaced the rocky dirt patch at the center of their mobile home park. “I’m relieved there is finally somewhere I can take my […]

/ March 14, 2014 4:21 am

Coachella Valley Filmmaker Christian Sesma is “Living the Dream”

[Translate]     JOHNNY FLORES JR/Coachella Uninc   COACHELLA — When Christian Sesma graduated from San Diego State University in 2003, he had no idea where his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology would take him. But that all changed four years later. “I realized filmmaking was my true calling in 2007 after I shot my first few short and […]

/ February 25, 2014 3:10 pm

Assemblymember Perez Joins Student Effort to Save Red Legged Frog

[Translate]   IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc   SALTON CITY, Calif. – Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez has joined the Sea View Elementary School student effort to save the California red-legged frog with the introduction of Assembly Bill 2364, which would establish this endangered frog as the official state amphibian. “It started when Ms. (Virginia) Haddad was looking for extracurricular things to bring […]

/ February 10, 2014 5:28 pm

Teens Share Personal Experiences, Consequences of Marijuana Use

[Translate]           MARIA GARCIA and KARLA MARTINEZ/Coachella Uninc   COACHELLA — Alicia Sanchez* lived in fear that her mother would discover her problems with marijuana. “If I (were) to tell her the truth,” explains the 15-year-old, “we would have had a huge fight.” There was enough tension in the Sanchez household, due to her mother’s work […]

/ January 27, 2014 7:11 pm

A “Path to Health” for Uninsured ECV Residents

[Translate]     Ivan Valenzuela/COACHELLA UNINC   INDIO — The Coachella Valley is eclectic in its array of residents and lifestyles. An Eastern Coachella Valley resident can work his entire life in the fields, but chances are he will never enjoy the retirement havens of nearby Palm Springs. It is also unlikely that he and his family have health insurance. […]

/ January 24, 2014 5:04 pm

North Shore ACA Enrollment Fair and Women’s Health Clinic Jan. 25

[Translate]   NORTH SHORE – Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare enrollment assistance will be available to Eastern Coachella Valley residents on Saturday, January 25, at the North Shore Yacht Club, 99155 Sea View Drive. The event begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The event is part of a yearlong project of Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), in […]

/ January 14, 2014 2:19 pm

Youth Mobilize for Day of Action in Coachella

[Translate]     AURORA SALDIVAR and BRENDA R. RINCON/Coachella Uninc   COACHELLA – Three years ago Jose Rodriguez was more likely to be found vandalizing neighborhoods rather than cleaning one up. But on Monday’s Day of Action, organized by the Clinton Foundation and led by Chelsea Clinton, Rodriguez was one of approximately 100 volunteers who participated in the beautification of one […]