Archive for category: Featured

/ November 21, 2014 6:07 pm

University of California to Raise Tuition Over the Next Five Years

[Translate] JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc. California—On Thursday November 20, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a plan that would increase tuition over the next five years if the UC system received no additional funding from the state. The plan was approved by a 14-7 vote, despite student protests and opposition from California Governor Jerry Brown. The plan will increase […]

/ November 14, 2014 2:44 am

Young Hispanic Voters Want Proof

[Translate] Coachella—Young Hispanic voters are on track to double the Hispanic electorate in the next two decades. This means the number of eligible Hispanic voters could grow from 23 million to 40 million before 2030. This year, Hispanics make up 10 percent of all voters. But that percentage could quickly increase as more young Hispanics become age-eligible to vote. Every year, […]

/ November 11, 2014 4:48 pm

Veterans Day Should Be About More Than Discounts

[Translate]   JOHNNY FLORES / Coachella Uninc. Coachella, California—I’ve grown up in a family full of veterans. My cousin served as a tank commander for the United States National Guard, and two of my other cousins both served in the United States Army. Each of my cousins was willing to risk their life in order to protect our most basic […]

/ November 3, 2014 3:14 am

Johnny’s Race Blog: Finishing The Race

[Translate] Entry — 8 JOHNNY FLORES/ Coachella Uninc. After weeks of training, I can finally say I did it. I finished the Dia De Los Muertos 5K run in just over 36 minutes, placing 232 out of 412 runners. And in the male age group of 19 and under, I was 26th. After the first mile, I felt like giving […]

/ October 31, 2014 11:51 pm

Q&A: Why Prop 47 Matters in the East Valley

[Translate] Coachella, Calif. — Allex Luna, a community organizer for Inland Congregations United for Change, has worked with local youth and families for several years. A Coachella Valley native, Luna’s desire for people in the eastern Coachella Valley is to live, “dignified lives.” This is why he’s been following Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, since the […]

/ October 31, 2014 4:48 am

Staying Safe On Halloween: Advice From Local Moms

[Translate] NATALIA CERVANTES / Coachella Uninc.  Coachella — Today is Halloween. Pumpkins, ghosts, witches and ghouls are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of this day — And don’t forget the free candy. But how do eastern Coachella Valley families celebrate Halloween? And how do they stay safe? I interviewed local moms to ask them what […]

/ October 30, 2014 1:00 am

Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

[Translate] Equal Voice News, Commentary, Raj Jayadev, Posted: October 30, 2014 Traducción al español In 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement […]

/ October 16, 2014 2:37 pm

Rethinking Our Drinks: Moving Forward With Moderation

[Translate] Post 7 October 15, 2014 STAFF / Coachella Uninc. Johnny Flores / Student Reporter Today was the final day of no sugary beverages. While I certainly am excited to dive back into the world of sugary drinks, I hope to do so in moderation. If anything, this week has taught me that you don’t need sugary beverages to function, […]

/ October 9, 2014 4:19 pm

Youth Present ECV Projects at American Planning Association Conference

[Translate] AMBER AMAYA/ Coachella Uninc. Updated October 13, 2014 9:30 a.m. Coachella — A smile grows on Jacqueline Aguilar’s face when she talks about local art and her community.  Aguilar, a senior at Coachella Valley High School, is passionate about art and the Eastern Coachella Valley, and she’s eager to share her insight with anyone willing to listen. Last month, […]

/ 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 […]