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/ September 23, 2014 3:05 am

Youth Lead the Way in Voter Registration

[Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ/ Coachella Uninc. COACHELLA, Calif. — College juniors Neftali Galarza and Nayeli Figueroa spent their summer vacation trekking large swaths of farmland, hoping to speak with eastern Coachella Valley residents in their homes. When the two college students finally reached a resident, many of whom are spread out across the valley in trailer parks, apartment complexes and small […]

/ September 19, 2014 1:20 am

September 23 — An Earth Day for Voters

[Translate] New America Media, News Report, Anna Challet Traduccion en español In a world where every day is a holiday – there’s National Doughnut Day, Pi Day (honoring the number 3.14 and celebrated by eating pie), and Talk Like a Pirate Day (that one is international) – a group of organizations came together and decided that surely one of these days […]

/ September 9, 2014 3:44 pm

Flooding in Mecca causes problems for crops and children

[Translate]   Mecca — Coachella Unincorporated was in Mecca, Calif. Monday, September 8, as the Coachella Valley was under flash flood warning due to a storm caused by Hurricane Norbert. Though the hurricane was centered over Baja California, the Eastern Coachella Valley received plenty of rain Monday morning. Flooded roads made it difficult for residents to leave the area and […]

/ August 22, 2014 4:04 pm

Regional Access Project Foundation brings infused waters to Mecca

[Translate]   IVAN VALENZUELA and AMBER AMAYA/Coachella Uninc Mecca — As part of their Rethink Your Drink initiative, the Regional Access Project Foundation created infused waters for Mecca residents at a Movies In The Park event on Thursday, July 31. Community members interviewed by Coachella Unincorporated said they liked the taste of the infused waters, and said they would try […]

/ August 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Coachella Valley Youth Attend Sons & Brothers Camp In Northern California

[Translate] IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Unincorporated When Jose Alcantar was invited to attend the annual Sons & Brothers camp, he was just excited to get out of the desert for a few days — but he was taken by surprise by how much the camp had to offer. “I thought there wasn’t going to be much to do in the woods, but […]

/ August 14, 2014 3:59 pm

United Cerebral Palsy reopens Mecca location for Eastern Coachella Valley children

[Translate] IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Unincorporated United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire has renewed a program for children with special needs in Mecca, Calif. The program will be housed in the Mecca Boys & Girls Club, where an after-school program and summer camp will provide services for children with disabilities. “It’s been a lot of work and commitment from the organization, […]

/ August 1, 2014 4:30 pm

Old Town Artisan Studio to Host Clay Camps in Thermal and Mecca

[Translate] KARLA MARTINEZ AND AMBER AMAYA/Coachella Uninc Coachella — Eastern Coachella Valley residents can expect to see a lot more of Hearts for Art’s bright red van. The mobile art program, run by the Old Town Artisan Studio, is putting on two weeklong clay camps in Mecca and Thermal during the month of August. “We are going to teach [students] […]

/ July 25, 2014 2:43 pm

Coachella residents support fines to prevent graffiti

[Translate]   JOHNNY FLORES AND AMBER AMAYA/Coachella Uninc Coachella — Adults and youth interviewed by Coachella Unincorporated support the city’s recent decision to fine parents of minors who are accused of vandalizing public and private property. “I think Coachella fining parents will result in a positive way for my community because vandalism and graffiti is ugly and unnecessary,” Isaac Arreola, […]

/ July 21, 2014 2:47 pm

Homeless seek shelter from scorching summer heat

[Translate]   IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc Mecca ­— Eastern Coachella Valley residents are used to the intense summer heat, and tourists are often warned to stay hydrated. But for homeless and low-income families in the valley, the high temperatures can prove to be especially dangerous. Martha’s Village & Kitchen in Indio tries to provide a safe place for its clients to […]

/ July 10, 2014 7:41 pm

Mi Familia Vota to open Coachella office before November elections

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES JR. / Coachella Uninc Coachella — Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing the Latino community, is opening a Coachella office this summer, and local youth are already playing an instrumental role in welcoming the organization to the valley. “We have a team made up of local youth from high schools and local colleges. We […]