Archive for category: Featured

/ 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 […]

/ July 1, 2014 7:39 pm

Students: CVUSD Parents Should Influence How New Funds are Spent

[Translate]   Editor’s Note: In 2013, California adopted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which changes how school districts receive funds. Under LCFF, Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) will receive $19 million for the 2014-2015 academic year. On June 26, 2014, CVUSD approved the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a document detailing local funding priorities that was created with […]

/ May 30, 2014 12:59 pm

Benoit, Perez Eastern Coachella Valley Interviews, Part 2

[Translate]   Editor’s Note: On June 3, voters will decide if incumbent John J. Benoit or current Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez will represent the Fourth District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Both candidates have been actively courting Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) residents. However, a recent candidate forum featuring Benoit and Perez was recently cancelled. In a statement, Benoit […]

/ 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 28, 2014 3:07 pm

Benoit, Perez Address Eastern Coachella Valley Issues in Coachella Uninc Interviews

[Translate]   Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, June 3, voters will decide if incumbent John J. Benoit or current Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez will represent the Fourth District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. While both Benoit and Perez have been actively courting Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) voters, a forum featuring both candidates was recently cancelled. In a statement, Benoit […]

/ 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 15, 2014 3:47 pm

Undocumented, Uninsured, and In Debt For Life

[Translate]     Editor’s Note:  California Senator Ricardo Lara’s (D- Huntington Park/Long Beach) Health For all Bill (SB 1005) – it would make all Californians, regardless of immigration status, eligible to purchase insurance – advanced out of the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, April 30, and will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee before being moved for a vote.  Under […]

/ 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 […]