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/ 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 […]

/ May 29, 2014 5:07 pm

Residents: Measure D Will Improve CVWD Representation for Eastern Coachella Valley

[Translate]     MARIA GARCIA and BRENDA R. RINCON/Coachella Uninc   MECCA — A grassroots committee of mobile home park owners and residents, along with several elected officials, is urging voters to pass Measure D, which they believe will improve Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) representation for the Eastern Coachella Valley. “It is important because currently eastern Coachella does not have an […]

/ May 27, 2014 6:19 pm

IID Shares Plan for Salton Sea Sustainability

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc   MECCA — Sustainability. It’s a word that often comes up when discussing the Salton Sea, but what does sustainability truly mean? On Saturday, May 24, environmental leaders and residents gathered at Second Annual Environmental Health Summit to learn about the sustainability plan being proposed by the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), as well as many other […]

/ May 6, 2014 1:44 pm

5K, Music and Salsa Draws Residents to Cinco de Mayo Celebration

[Translate]   MARIA GARCIA/Coachella Uninc COACHELLA – The City of Coachella celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a 5K run/walk, food, music and a salsa tasting competition on May 3 at Veterans’ Park. The energy-filled celebration — and spicy salsa, of course — drew many volunteers, sponsors, musicians, and passersby. Runners, such Duane Stone, Johnny Garcia, Noe Lerma and Dennis Bratt, ran […]

/ May 2, 2014 4:42 pm

Former Labor Camp Youth Resident Enjoys ‘Nicer, More Peaceful Life’ at New Apartments

[Translate]   JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc   INDIO  – Jose Andrade, 18, immediately noticed the differences between his family’s previous home and their new apartment at the Villa Hermosa Apartments. Andrade, a senior at Indio High School, had lived at the rundown Fred Young Labor Camp (FYLC) apartments since the first grade. “It was a lot nicer when we moved into […]

/ April 30, 2014 4:25 pm

New Equipment, Uniforms for Girls Golf Team Courtesy of Pro Golfers

[Translate]     VICTORIA CONTRERAS and JUAN FLORES/Coachella Uninc   THERMAL — What would you do with $5,000? What about $10,000? The Coachella Valley High School (CVHS) girls’ golf team recently asked themselves these questions when they received a donation of $5,000 from the Women’s Southern California Golf Association (WSCGA) – which was matched with another $5,000 donation from professional […]