2013

Opposition Against Proposed Natural Gas Plant in Otay Mesa
December 18, 2013, CBS 8, Download PDF

Pio Pico Power Plant Opponents Gather in San Ysidro
December 18, 2013, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Community Plan Process Was Truly Democratic
December 18, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Se Oponen a Planta Eléctrica en Otay Mesa
December 17, 2013, Univision San Diego, Download PDF

Residents Protest Proposed Pio Pico Power Plant
December 17, 2013, KUSI News, Download PDF

Otay Mesa Residents Protest Power Plant Proposal
December 17, 2013, San Diego 6, Download PDF

Heated Battle About an Otay Mesa Power Plant
December 17, 2013, Fox 5 San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego's Person of the Year: Early Contenders
December 17, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Otay Mesa Pollution Permit Gets Hearing
December 16, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Controversial Otay Mesa Power Plant Proposal Under Scrutiny
December 16, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Good for the Shipyards
December 11, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

7 Thoughtful Moments from Our Neighborhood Development Discussion
December 11, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Referendum Moves Forward
December 10, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Shipyards Sue Over Barrio Plan
December 7, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Mayor Gloria Says Council Should Not Back Down from Barrio Logan Update
December 5, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Shipyards Strike Back in Barrio
December 5, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Bid Seeking to Overturn Barrio Logan Zoning Regulations Rejected
December 3, 2013, Fox 5 San Diego, Download PDF

Battle Over the Barrio Community Plan Update Good for Residences and Businesses
December 1, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

The Shipyard is Falling!
November 27, 2013, San Diego CityBeat, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Petition Called into Question
November 26, 2013, NBC San Diego, Download PDF

Judge to Decide if Petitions Against New Barrio Logan Zoning Plan are Valid
November 26, 2013, San Diego 6, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Group Faces an Uphill Battle Trying to Stop Shipbuilder Scam
November 22, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Latino Voters Stand Behind Alvarez's Campaign for Mayor
November 22, 2013, La Prensa San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Plan Faces Court Hearing
November 21, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Greens Fight Referendum in San Diego
November 18, 2013, Courthouse News Service, Download PDF

Group Tries to Block Ballot Measure That Would Reverse Barrio Logan Zoning Change
November 15, 2013, San Diego Business Journal, Download PDF

Shipyard Group Sued Over Referendum
November 15, 2013, San Diego Daily Transcript, Download PDF

Lawsuit Says Maritime Industry Lied About Barrio Logan Referendum
November 15, 2013, San Diego Metro, Download PDF

City Sued Over Petition Drive to Overturn Barrio Logan Plan
November 14, 2013, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Lawsuit Claims Maritime Industry Lied About Barrio Logan Referendum
November 14, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Lawsuit Filed Against Barrio Logan Shipyards
November 14, 2013, Fox 5 San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Referendum Challenged
November 14, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Community Plan Highlights Split Between San Diego Mayoral Hopefuls
November 13, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Why Shipbuilders Are Still Collecting Barrio Logan Signatures
November 12, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Environmental Plan Wins OK in San Diego
November 12, 2013, Equal Voice, Download PDF

City Sued Over Petition Drive to Overturn Barrio Logan Plan
November 11, 2013, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Aprueban salida de talleres contaminantes en National City
November 6, 2013, Univision San Diego, Download PDF

Imperial Valley Environmental Health Summit Looks to Cultivate Leaders
November 2, 2013, Imperial Valley Press, Download PDF

Shipping Industry Moves to Rescind Barrio Logan Community Plan
November 1, 2013, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Land Use Changes Draw 53K Opposition Signatures
October 31, 2013, NBC 7 San Diego, Download PDF

Boy From the Barrio: David Alvarez and the Race to be San Diego Mayor
October 30, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Petition Drive Just Making Stuff Up
October 25, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Community Plan May Go to the Ballot Box
October 23, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

What the Barrio Logan Signature Gatherers are Saying
October 22, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Plan in Danger
October 22, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Petition Headed to Success
October 21, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Alvarez's Signature Deal Could Come Back to Haunt Him
October 18, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Fight Over Barrio Logan Plan Not Over Yet
October 15, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Community Plan Approved by City Council in its Second Reading
October 15, 2013, ABC 10 San Diego, Download PDF

New Zoning Regulations for Barrio Logan Pass City Council Again
October 15, 2013, CBS 8 San Diego, Download PDF

Crucial Barrio Logan Vote Scheduled for Today
October 15, 2013, SD Metro, Download PDF

Significant Pollution High in South County
October 12, 2013, Star News, Download PDF

Barrio Logan and the Race for Mayor
October 9, 2013, San Diego CityBeat, Download PDF

How a Nine-Block Area in Barrio Logan Became a Vast Gulf
October 3, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Shipyards Launching Referendum on Barrio Logan Plan
October 3, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

David Alvarez's Complicated Feelings on Walmart
October 2, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Plan Update Faces Referendum Drive
October 1, 2013, NBC 7 San Diego, Download PDF

Maritime Industry Moves to Overturn Barrio Logan Zoning Plan
October 1, 2013, Fox 5 San Diego, Download PDF

Risks, Rewards of Being Establishment Pick
September 26, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

5 Things Alvarez Has Done
September 26, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Fletcher Touts Support of State Democratic Legislators
September 24, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Everything You Need to Know About the Barrio Logan Community Plan
September 16, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Rebuilding Barrio Logan Begins on Tuesday - And You Can Help
September 13, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

EPA Awards $60,000 in Environmental Justice Grants to Southern California Projects
September 11, 2013, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Download PDF

Shipbuilders See Grave Threat in Rezoning
September 10, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Challenges and Opportunities for San Diego's Next Mayor
September 10, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Digging up Bay's Dirty Secrets
August 11, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Deep Cleaning Set for San Diego Bay
August 11, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Professor: Climate Change Impacts for San Diego Region Will be Numerous
July 31, 2013, San Diego 6, Download PDF

Healthiest Communities in San Diego
July 12, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

National City Seeks Representation in SANDAG 2050 Plan
July 11, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Utilities Battle the Inevitable: Rooftop Solar
July 9, 2013, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Altos niveles de contaminación en comunidades Hispanas
July 8, 2013, Univision San Diego

Toxic Hotspots Revealed on State Map
July 7, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

State Program Ranks Pollution Hot Spots
July 7, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Hard to Breathe in Barrio Logan
June 26, 2013, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

National City Inches Toward Waterfront Progress
June 25, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Orange County toll road plan stalls
June 21, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Utility Revives Plans for Electric Plant
June 12, 2013, Associated Press, Download PDF

Natural Gas Gets Second Look After Nuke Shutdown
June 11, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

EHC Selects New Members
May 31, 2013, San Diego County News, Download PDF

The Six Month Mark: Three Ways Mayor Filner is Making a Difference in San Diego
May 28, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Diane Takvorian's at the grownups' table now
May 22, 2013, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Desde de Logan: Our Focus on Barrio Logan for-the-Month "Wrap Up"
May 9, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Parts of Barrio Logan Have No Sidewalks - Does Anyone Care?
April 24, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Density to rise in National City
April 23, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition Hosts Annual Awards on April 23 to Celebrate Healthy Kids Victories
April 23, 2013, Indian Voices, Download PDF

SD For Free: Chicano Park Day - Saturday, April 20
April 19. 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Community Plan Update: Will It Address Community Environmental Challenges?
April 18, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

'A Fair Shake For Communities': Reactions to Filner's First Budget
April 17, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Community Garden Granted to Barrio Logan
April 12, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Consumer Study Finds Lead in Baby Food
April 9, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition Celebrates Healthy Kids Victories at Annual Awards
April 8, 2013, San Diego County News, Download PDF

EHC Celebrates Healthy Kids Victories at Annual Awards
April 5, 2013, Scoop San Diego, Download PDF

The Two Ends of a Bridge (Seeking Environmental Justice)
April 2, 2013, San Diego Free Press

State Rejects Two Power Plants
March 22, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Environmental Groups Surprise Closed-Door Utilities Commission Meeting with Green Energy Stunt
March 21, 2013, San Diego County News, Download PDF

CA Public Utilities Commission Meeting (Video)
March 21, 2013, KWSB5, KGTV10, KNSD7, KFMB8, KUSI9

New Power Plants Rejected, For Now
March 21, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Nicole Capretz, Environmental Health Coalition
March 21, 2013, Flickr, Download PDF

Environmental Groups Surprise Closed-Door Utilities Commission Meeting with Green Energy Stunt
March 20, 2013, Scoop San Diego, Download PDF

Press Conference and Rally at CPUC Stakeholder Meeting (Video)
March 20, 2013, KGTV10, XETV6, KUSI9, KBNT17, KPBS11

Filner Joins Rally to Combat Climate Change
March 16, 2013, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Boy Tests Positive for High Lead Levels During Screening
February 26, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

SDHC Tests Children for Lead Poisoning
February 26, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Keystone Pipeline Protest (Video)
February 17, 2013, KFMB8, KGTV10, KNSD7, KSWB5, KUSI9, XETV6

After Implosion, Massive Clean Up Begins
February 5, 2013, Fox 5, Download PDF

California Public Utilities Commission Holds Public Forum on Peaker Power Plants; Quail Brush Opponents Turn Out in Force
February 5, 2013, East County Magazine, Download PDF

Competing Visions For Barrio Logan
February 4, 2013, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Chula Vista Says Goodbye to a '50s-era Power Plant
February 2, 2013, Los Angeles Times, Download PDF

Dynegy Power Plant Blown Up in Southern California
February 2, 2013, Reuters, Download PDF

Quail Brush Protest CPUC Meeting (Video)
February 1, 2013, KWSB5, KFMB8, KGTV10

How to Take Down a Power Plant in About 2 Minutes
February 1, 2013, Coronado Patch, Download PDF

A Punto de Desaparecer el Arroyo Alamar
January 30, 2013, Milenio

Mutually Beneficial (Aiming for Stronger San Diego-Tijuana Ties)
January 27, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

SD Unified Eyes Energy Fund
January 24, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition Takes on the Whole Wide World
January 23, 2013, San Diego Reader

Mayor Filners Plan to Green San Diego
January 23, 2013, San Diego Loves Green, Download PDF

MLK Celebrated Near Where He Once Spoke
January 21, 2013, UT San Diego, Download PDF

South Bay Landmark Prepares to Come Down
January 16, 2013, KPBS, Download PDF

Coalition Scores Air Quality Victories in 2012
January 9, 2013, Equal Voice, Download PDF

2012

December 10, 2012, UT San Diego: Silvia León is a tireless community organizer, seeking out neighbors, peers and friends of friends across South San Diego and beyond. Her mission is to reduce the needless consumption of energy and water, and save money for low- and moderate-income households.

August 8, 2012, KPBS: Officials from both sides of the border met in Tijuana today and committed to working together to improve the region's environmental health. Environmental Protection agency administrator to sign on to a program called Border 2020. 

Aug. 2, 2012, UT San Diego: Environmental Health Coalition and several parents of Kimball Elementary School students want the city to eliminate polluters near the school immediately. National City has one of the highest asthma rates in San Diego County, which the coalition attributes to the fact that pollutant-producing industrial businesses are intermingled with homes, schools and parks.

August 2, 2012, UT San Diego: A push to build two new natural gas power plants in the San Diego area has turned into a contentious forum on the value of California's alternative-energy remedies. The new natural gas plants, they say, would tie San Diego residents and businesses to additional fossil fuel resources for another 20 years, diverting customer resources from potential investments making the local grid more efficient, clean and responsive. 

August 1, 2012, UT San Diego (editorial) - The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan is a landmark achievement both in that it redefines how coastal development should be created and in the vision it enables. This is what we will share with the Coastal Commission when the land use plan is voted on next week. It is worthy of everyone's support.

July 11, 2012, Yahoo! News: The City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego announced that more than 100 supporters attended the California Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista to endorse the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. "The rumors you have heard are true," said Laura Hunter, representing the Environmental Health Coalition and the Bayfront Coalition. "We are here to support a coastal development plan."

June 29, 2012 North County Times: Organic farming supporters have flooded county officials with letters criticizing a proposed ordinance that could mandate pesticide spraying at a San Pasqual Valley farm blamed for south Escondido's eye gnat problem.

June 25, 2012 NBC San Diego: University City residents are gathering in opposition Monday evening to a major power plant proposed for a site a short distance away from thousands of homes and businesses. Community activists in University City aren't the only folks pushing back against it. Download PDF.

June 14, 2012 KPBS: Linda Vista was originally built in the 1940s as a government project to house aircraft workers and still has many homes with lead paint. Residents cannot afford to remove the lead paint, so a grant is helping cover the costs. Download PDF. 

May 23, 2012 Voice of San Diego: Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher have each reported contributions from SDG&E employees (as well as Sempra employees). Filner has not.

May 7, 2012 Fox 5 San Diego: Three San Diego-based environmental organizations expressed opposition Monday to a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to consolidate state regional water quality control boards in Southern California. Download PDF.

May 7, 2012, San Diego Source: Three individuals and the nonprofit group San Diego Coastkeeper will be honored at the upcoming Environmental Health Coalition 2012 Awards Celebration, for their collective efforts that have resulted in regulatory decisions that will clean up polluted parts of San diego Bay and improve the bayfront. 

May 5, 2012, UT San Diego: Efforts to save money and improve efficiency in Sacramento threaten to diminish water pollution enforcement in San Diego, according to environmental groups and others.

They are lobbying the state Legislature to preserve the San Dieog Regional Water Quality Control Board, which has pushed for major pollution cleanups in San Diego Bay, the Tijunana River Valley and elsewhere.

On April 24, 2012, Equal Voice America's Family Story covered a news story in California Watch that covered solar power. California Watch did the math: “San Diego houses more than 2,600 solar residential rooftops, more than any other California City, but in the neighboring lower-income community of National City, there are only about a dozen.”

April 24, 2012, Equal Voice: A recent news article in California Watch did the math: "San Diego houses more than 2,600 solar residential rooftops, more than any other California City, but in the neighboring lower-income community of National City, there are only about a dozen."

 

 

On April 20, 2012, San Diego Reader writes: A crowd of Sherman Heights residents gathered this morning in front of the historic Farmers Market building on Imperial Avenue to hear a host of activists and local politicians speak on action recently taken by site lessee Walmart to demolish the building, a move that blindsided locals, many of whom said they’d been making efforts to communicate with the company about how to help it successfully enter the area.

April 20, 2012, San Diego Reader: A crowd of Sherman Heights residents gathered this morning in front of the historic Farmers Market building on Imperial Avenue to hear a host of activists and local politicians speak on action recently taken by site lessee Walmart to demolish the building, a move that blindsided locals, many of whom said they’d been making efforts to communicate with the company about how to help it successfully enter the area. Download the PDF. 

April 17, 2012, UT San Diego: Six agencies and companies have appealed a landmark cleanup order for San Diego Bay, thrusting the $70 million plan into uncertainty a month after it was unanimously approved by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

April 11, 2012 El Sol de Tijuana: La organización Environmental Health Coalition, el Colectivo Ollin Calli, miembros del Colectivo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental, Jóvenes Pro Justicia Ambiental, residentes de la colonia Chilpancingo y aledañas al Arroyo Alamar y sus simpatizantes se reunieron en la segunda etapa del Arroyo Alamar en la zona correspondiente a la colonia Chilpancingo, donde antes estuviera la colonia Nueva Esperanza, para anunciar la obtención de un amparo en contra del proyecto de canalización del Arroyo Alamar que está desarrollando la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) en este momento. Descargar PDF.

April 11, 2012, Examiner: Yes, organization and unions, such as Empower San Diego, Laborers Union (local 89), Environmental Health Coalition, Iron Workers Union (local 229), Logan Heights Neighborhood Council, Occupyrcorner San Diego, Raza Rights Coalition, the San Diego Labor Council, UFCW (local 135), among others, are asking that Walmart sign a "legally binding community benefits agreement". Download the PDF.

April 11, 2012 UT San Diego: As Walmart prepares to bring its smaller grocery-format store concept to San Diego, a coalition of unions, neighborhood groups and nonprofits is asking the company to commit to hiring local workers and investing in the community.

March 22, 2012 UT San Diego: Last month, the California Coastal Commission toured the southern area of San Diego Bay, an area covered by the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. Commissioners familiarized themselves with the parcel’s geography and prepared for consideration of the plan in coming months.

March 14, 2012 Voice of San Diego: What happens to the Navy Broadway site may be the most interesting land-use story in the next year but it is not the only one. Local governments do nothing more important than decide how to use land. Talk about jobs, about the environment, about quality of life is really meaningless unless it accompanies discussion about what priorities a politician will have when making land-use decisions.

March 9, 2012 PRWeb: The tour covered the 550-acre waterfront property that will include a mix of hotel, conference, commercial, residential, industrial, retail, parkland, open space and recreational uses. A land exchange shifts development away from protected refuge areas toward the active harbor area and acquired 62 additional acres of land for parks, open space and lower-impact future development.

February 2, 2012 UT San Diego: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday presented a national award to San Diego’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Citizen’s Advisory Task Force, which has helped reduce the heavy metal in local homes.

January 14, 2012 UT San Diego: We are not opposed to good projects that provide housing for San Diegans. But what we do object to are poorly placed projects that threaten the jobs of hard-working San Diegans. Common sense tells us that you don’t build luxury lofts across the street from a major manufacturing facility that has been in San Diego for 83 years.

November 9, 2011 KPBS: San Diego environmental groups are demanding the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board take action on a cleanup plan for San Diego Bay. San Diego Coastkeeper and the Environmental Health Coalition said lawsuits, studies and other delays have left a toxic chemical soup of contaminated sediment in the Bay primarily from shipyards.

2011

EHC

Environmental organization empowers family, community (English & Spanish)

La Prensa San Diego, 12/16/11

In the Shadow of San Diego

The Progressive Magazine, 9/11

FALLBROOK: Gregory Canyon scheduled for Wednesday hearing

North County Times, 2/21/11

Border Environmental Justice Campaign - Trucks Banned from Community Streets

Border 2012 Quarterly Newsletter Updates on Metales y Derivados and Truck Ban in Colonia Chilpancingo, Tijuana 

Border 2012 Quarterly Newsletter, July to September 2011
(en español)

No camiones en la colonia Chilpancingo

La-ch.com, 18 de octubre de 2011

Restringen paso de carga pesada

el mexicano, 18 de octubre de 2011 (PDF)

Denuncian que tráileres contaminan a menores

EnLínea Tijuana.com, 17 de octubre de 2011

Prohíben el paso de tráileres en zona escolar del Murúa debido a contaminación

UniradioInforma.com, 17 de octubre de 2011

Denuncian daños a salud por contaminación

el mexicano, 14 de octubre de 2011

Clean Bay Campaign

Hold industries accountable for San Diego Bay pollution

San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/3/11

How clean should San Diego Bay be?

San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/8/11

Groups Demand Cleanup of San Diego Bay

KPBS, 11/9/11

Toxins troubling in fish caught in local waters

San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/14/11

Green Energy/Green Jobs

Port agrees to soil contract (for South Bay Power Plant Site)

San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/13/11

Petition Being Circulated Against SDG&E Fee Hike

KPBS, 12/9/11

Enviros Question Future Land Use After South Bay Power Plan Is Demolished

KPBS, 11/11/11

Green Jobs Training Continues, But Work Prospects Look Dark

KPBS, 7/28/11

Opinion: Remove Barriers to Small-Scale Green Energy Systems
Voice of San Diego, 6/12/11

Viewpoints: Energy projects should help poor areas thrive

Sacramento Bee, 5/6/11

Green grades rise for San Diego City Council
San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/20/11

Highly Anticipated Renewable Energy Bill Signed Into Law
4/12/11

Chula Vista won't take on removal of power plant

San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/22/11

Letters: Bayfront plan a work of compromise
San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/17/11

Chula Vista officials terminate Padilla's term as port commissioner
Gay San Diego, 2/14/11

Letters: Former commissioner praised for work 

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/20/11

Letters: Urban Areas Offer Green Solutions

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/10/11

Toxic-Free Neighborhoods

S.D. County Monitors Bad Air Hot Spots

KPBS, 11/15/11

Transit-First is a Better Plan
San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/23/11

Neglected Communities Deserve a chance to thrive

San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/16/11

AG rips San Diego pollution-reduction plan 

San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/21/11

EHC Letter to SANDAG (PDF)

Community members call for greater 
minority representation in public redistricting hearing

San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/2/11

2010

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Toxic waste from Tijuana subject of new probe 

San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/1/10

Piden Retirar "TRAILERS" de Zona Escolar

TijuanaPress.com, 5/10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alertan sobre "bomba de tiempo" por contaminantes cancerígenos

El Mexicano, 5/11/10

Protestan residentes por contaminación

Frontera, 5/11/10

Calles de Tijuana, altamente contaminadas

El Universal, 5/11/10

Youth Activists Release Comic Book Chronicling Health Risks from Tijuana Truck Traffic

La Prensa San Diego, 12/23/10

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

San Diego-based lead task force wins EPA award

San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/17/10

Green Energy/Good Jobs Campaign

Backing off on bay cleanup
San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/6/10

Report Card: Mayor, Council need to improve on environmental quality

San Diego News Network, 3/10/10

Environmental Report Card Given To Mayor And San Diego City Council

KPBS, 3/10/10

Capretz: Making environmental justice a priority in San Diego

San Diego News Network, 3/11/10

South Bay Power Plant Spared From Early Closure
KGTV 10News, 5/12/10

Generator permitted to keep operating 

San Diego Union Tribune, 5/13/10

Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan Approved 

KGTV 10News, 5/18/10

Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign

A healthier Old Town National City

San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/12/10

Editorial: Ending a toxic mix

San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/14/10

New Direction for Old Town

San Diego Reader, 3/17/10

City adopts renewal plan for Westside

San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/17/10

National City Launches A Major Makeover
KPBS, 5/28/10

Environmental Justice Knocks Loudly at the White House

Solve Climate News, 12/22/10

2009

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Toxic Factory Undergoes Major Cleanup

KGTV News 10 1/2709 - /1/28/0909

Celebrating a Toxic Legacy's End

Voice of San Diego 1/27/09

Former Dump is Revived

San Diego Union-Tribune 1/29/09

Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign

10th Avenue Marine Terminal Taking Residents’ Breath Away
KPBS 4/29/09

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

Protect Youself and Your Child from Lead Poisoning

Fox 5 San Diego 3/21/09

2008

General

Environmental activist recognized for her work with Latino communities

La Prensa, 8/8/08

EHC Executive Director receives James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

irvine.org. 7/30/08

Proposition 98 on Politically Speaking

KNSD. 5/2/08

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

Council Turns Thumbs Down On Lead-based Paint Ordinance

KUSI 3/12/08

Group Opposes Proposed Home Lead Ordinance
10News. 3/10/08

Clean Bay Campaign

Power Plant Plan Sparks Opposition

NBC. 5/13/08

Chula Vista Taking Steps to be 'Greenest' City in U.S.

10News. 4/02/08

California Moves to Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions

KPBS. 2/20/08

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Justice for Barrio Logan

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 5/8/08

Shea Homes Proposal Picked for Mercado Project in Barrio Logan
San Diego
CityBeat. 2/12/08

2007

General

Letter to the Editor: Continuing the debate over plastic pipes

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/24/07

Letter to the Editor: Taking issue with U-T on bayfront resort

San Diego Union Tribune. 11/24/07

Clean Bay Campaign

Big Polluters Graying as Region's Energy Greens

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 1/03/07

Regulatory Gap Stifles Pollution Contro
l
VoiceofSanDiego.org. 1/08/07

SDG&E Spurns South Bay Replacement Power Plant

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 1/19/07

SDG&E won't buy power from new plant

San Diego Union Tribune. 1/20/07

Key Supporters of Bay-Front Deal Back Off

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 1/22/07

Environmental Power Perspective

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 1/22/07

Recommended Manager for Bay-front Project Has Ties to Developer

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 2/05/07

Letter to the Editor: Proposed power plant detrimental to health

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/08/07

Miramar plant plan receives support

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/08/07

Visions for Waterfront a Sign of the Times

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 2/09/07

Power Plant Proposal Expected to be Killed

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 2/17/07

Coastal panel pick becoming political saga

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/20/07

Chula Vista Council Formally Opposes Power Plant

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 2/21/07

San Francisco's Power Lesson 

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 3/07/07

Power Plant Opposition Struggles With Next Step

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 3/07/07

In Trio of Power Proposals, Opposition Grows Strong

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 3/12/07

Port panel to discuss request to raze power plant

San Diego Union Tribune. 3/13/07

Port backs Chula Vista in battle over power plant 

San Diego Union Tribune. 3/13/07

Letters to the Editor: Don't Support the Sunrise Powerlink

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 3/21/07

Differing Scenarios for South Bay Demolition Emerge

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 3/28/07

Hueso gets nod for state coastal panel 

San Diego Union Tribune. 3/29/07

Opinion Editorial by EHC: Improving Chula Vista bayfront

San Diego Union Tribune. 8/24/07

Letter to Editor: Power Plant, Chargers and Chula Vista future 

San Diego Union Tribune. 10/25/07

Environmentalists slam Chargers bayfront plan 

San Diego Union Tribune. 11/29/07

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign

A Toxic Air Inventory 

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 1/02/07

Centre City Approves $1.5 Million for Barrio Logan

La Prensa San Diego. 2/02/07

Fumes from business spur residents to act

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/10/07

Plans to Build Homes Near Freeway Cause Concerns

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 2/20/07

Trucking school's fumes may spark law

San Diego Union Tribune. 4/4/07

Family blames city for man's asthma death
San Diego Union Tribune. 8/3/07

Letters to the Editor: Port must address traffic's pollution 

San Diego Union Tribune. 10/11/07

Old Town National City residents see hope for a cleaner, safer future

La Prensa San Diego. 11/02/07

2006

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Incendios azotan Colonia Chilpancingo: Residuos tóxicos representan graves peligros a la salud

La Prensa San Diego. 2/17/06

Crossing Over: Toxic Waste
San Diego Union Tribune. 6/12/06

Taming Tijuana's Toxic Waste

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 6/12/06

Tijuana 's Toxins {Day 8: Tijuana and San Diego) 

Socialist Worker Online. 10/06/06

Products over People
San Diego
CityBeat. 10/25/06

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

Inzunza's tenants await fixes

San Diego Union Tribune. 1/09/06

Effort to remove lead from Mexican treats
San Francisco Chronicle. 1/15/06

Popular lead-laden candy now forbidden treat

San Diego Union Tribune. 1/17/06

Food-safety bill criticized

Orange County Register. 2/11/06

Mexican candy makers will get the lead out

Orange County Register. 6/29/06

International food companies to remove lead from candy sold in U.S., Mexico

Napa Valley Register, 7/07/04

Clean Bay Campaign

Regional board due to issue bay cleanup report

San Diego Union Tribune. 1/06/06



Residents charged up against power project: Environmentalists also oppose SDG&E

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/08/06



Seawater intake spurs outcry

San Diego Union Tribune. 4/04/06



No seawater cooling for new Calif. power plants

San Diego Union Tribune. 4/18/06

Duke Energy outlines South Bay plant plan: New owner may have other ideas

San Diego Union Tribune. 5/05/06

Water-pollution report on bay cleanup is late

San Diego Union Tribune. 5/15/06

Replacing the South Bay Power Plant: We have one chance to do it right - EHC commentary
San Diego Union Tribune. 5/25/06

How best to replace South Bay power plant: letters to the editor

San Diego Union Tribune. 6/08/06

Port designating money for lost habitat: New fund to pay for restoration projects

San Diego Union Tribune. 6/18/06

Pitch made to replace South Bay Power Plant: New facility would be smaller and pollute less

San Diego Union Tribune. 7/01/06

Port debates how to divvy up windfall: $28 million to fund variety of projects

San Diego Union Tribune. 8/14/06

Port Looks at Options After $28 Million Windfall

The Log. 8/24/06

Review begins on plan for power plant: Emissions proposal receives criticism

San Diego Union Tribune. 9/16/06

Chula Vista picks developer as its port representative: Member who resigned replaced by council

San Diego Union Tribune. 10/04/06

Port urged to delay vote on power plant

San Diego Union Tribune. 11/29/06

Panel rebuffs time-share project for tidelands

San Diego Union Tribune. 11/29/06

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Improving National City's Old Town gaining traction

San Diego Union Tribune. 6/17/06

A Schizophrenic Neighborhood, Hoping for Change

VoiceofSanDiego.org. 8/14/06

Opposition growing to transit bond

Inside Bay Area.  10/08/06

Shelter Skelter

San Diego City Beat. 10/25/06

2005

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

NAFTA vs. CAFTA
La Prensa San Diego. 5/06/05

CENTER OF ATTENTION. Eyes are on Congressmember Susan Davis as CAFTA vote nears 

San Diego CityBeat. 06/01/05

BC: Olvidan tiradero de residuos de plomo 

El Universal. 5/29/05

CAFTA blocks access to medicines 

San Diego Union Tribune. 7/11/05

Cleanup of toxic waste at Tijuana site is praised 

San Diego Union Tribune. 9/6/05

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning
Lead targeted by new bill

OC Register. 2/23/05

Guerra a los dulces con plomo
Hola Hoy, Santa Ana. 2/24/05 (Spanish) 

Lead Lace Candy Still on Shelves

The Orange County Register. 04/30/05

Candy bill dies in caucus 

The Orange County Register. 8/28/05

Aging neighborhood focus of forum 

San Diego Union Tribune. 8/31/05

Contaminación en National City. Los residentes se quejan de estar sufriendo de problemas respiratorios

El Latino. 9/7/05

Get the lead out 

San Diego Citybeat. 9/21/05

Safer Treats For Our Tricksters

La Prensa San Diego. 10/07/05

Clean Bay Campaign

S. Bay site in the works for possible power plant 

San Diego Union Tribune. 1/30/05 



Opponents challenge United States Real ID Act 

HispanicBusiness.com. 2/10/05 



Bayfront plan begins to jell. Chula Vista gets a surprisingly upbeat report 

San Diego Union Tribune. 2/12/05



Supervisors: Border fence overrides environmental concerns

North County Times. 3/02/05



Health threat seen in South Bay fish. Anglers who eat most of their catch at risk, group says.

San Diego Union Tribune. 3/05/05 



Sweeping cleanup of bay is ordered

San Diego Union Tribune. 4/30/05 



Making the Bay Fit for All- EDITORIAL

San Diego Union Tribune. 5/15/05

Denial Urged for San Onofre Plan

Los Angeles Times .com. 05/18/05

Dirty Water 

San Diego Citybeat. 6/30/05

S.D. Bay cleanup plan goes forward

San Diego Union Tribune. 8/11/05

Duke will sell units, cut losses in state 

San Diego Union Tribune. 9/15/05

Chula Vista to consider general plan

San Diego Union Tribune. 12/10/05

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Port extends accord to its nearby neighbors 

San Diego Business Journal. 9/19/2005

EHC General

EPA says race, income shouldn't be environmental-justice factors

Grist Magazine. 1/8/05

2004

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Letters: NAFTA has worsened conditions on the border

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/16/04



Cleanup slated at toxic plant

San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/16/04



Cleanup approaches for abandoned smelter

San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/23/04



U.S., Mexico get set for cleanup of toxic plant

San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/25/04



Removerán 2 mil 500 toneladas de plomo 

El Mexicano, 6/25/04



Protestan contra Libre Comercio
NEW!
Diario Latino, 10/19/04

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning



Special Investigation: Toxic Treats

Orange County Register, 4/25/04



Investigacion Especial: Dulce Veneno

Orange County Register, 4/25/04



Lead in Mexican Candy (Spanish)
MPEG file, Please allow time for download

Univision San Diego, 4/10/04 and 4/30/04



Lead in Mexican Candy
MPEG file, Please allow time for download

KGTV CH.10 ABC, 6/04/04

Call for action on tainted treats

Orange County Register, 5/22/04



California sues makers of lead-tainted Mexican Candy

Associated Press, 7/6/04



Lead in Candy: Struggle Continues (Spanish) MPEG file, please allow time for download

Univision San Diego, 7/02/04



Lead candy ban failed
MPEG file, please allow time for download

KGTV San Diego, 7/05/04



Candy bill dies in caucus

Orange County Register, 8/28/04



Program aims at lead in National City homes

San Diego Union Tribune, 9/02/04 



Lead candy warning on Halloween (Spanish)
MPEG file, please allow time for download
NEW!
KBNT Univision San Diego, 10/25/04



Lead candy warning on Halloween
MPEG file, please allow time for download
NEW!
KSWB San Diego, 10/26/04 



Van contra el plomo no contra dulces mexicanos
NEW!
El Mexicano Newspaper, 10/28/04



Lead candy still in shelfs this Halloween
MPEG file, please allow time for download
NEW!
KGTV San Diego, 10/28/04 



Alertan sobre dulces peligrosos
NEW!
Diario Latino, 10/29/04 



Health group warns about lead in candy
NEW!
San Diego Union Tribune, 10/30/04

Clean Bay Campaign


Fuel barge runs into criticism

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/31/04



Letters: Chula Vista Activism

San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/5/04



Firm to help Chula Vista, port on waterfront plan

San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/5/04



Group opposes burning plan

Baraboo News Republic, 3/29/04



Bayfront plan may center on marina

San Diego Union-Tribune, 05/27/04



Editorial: Agencies listen as public weighs in on the bayfront

San Diego Union-Tribune, 05/27/04



No ruling on South Bay power plant

San Diego Union-Tribune, 09/09/04



Permit approved for Duke Energy
NEW! 
San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/11/04

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign 

Barrio Logan Planning (Spanish)
MPEG file, Please allow time for download

Univision San Diego, 2/19/04



Fumigating Tenth Ave. Terminal
MPEG file, Please allow time for download

KGTV San Diego, 3/9/04 



Foes say any plan by port to fumigate again still smells
San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/11/04



California Plating Pollution
MPEG file, Please allow time for download

KGTV San Diego, 5/04/04

Year had many highlights for Inzunza

San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/09/04



Barrio Logan Land Use Planning (Spanish)
MPEG file, Please allow time for 
download

KBNT CH. 17 San Diego, 05/11/04

2003

EHC General
A matter of principle

San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/16/03



'Rebels' with a cause

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/30/03

Environmental law revamping approved by state panel

Oakland Tribune, 10/1/03

Border Environmental Justice Campaign


Border Pollution Fight Gets New U.S-Mexico Commitment

Los Angeles Times, 4/5/03

A

Toxic Legacy on the Mexican Border  (Español)

Washington Post, 2/16/03

Contamination and little cleanup: Environmental rules lack teeth

Tucson Citizen, 6/19/2003



U.S. Factory Leaves a Toxic Smell

Los Angeles Times, 7/28/03



Factory leaves Mexican neighborhood crying foul

Miami Herald, 8/15/03



EPA ends database tracking hazardous waste from Mexico

San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/26/03



A Free Trade Boom or an Environmental Bust?

New York Newsday, 12/29/03

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

Who's Gettin' Busy 2003

San Diego City Beat, 1/15/03



More lead removal at school site urged
San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/18/03

Clean Bay Campaign


Letters to the Editor: Mid-bayfront plan opposed on several counts  

San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/15/03



Opinion: Mid-Bayfront is key to region's future

San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/1/03



Letters to the Editor: Chula Vistans opposed mid-bayfront housing

San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/24/03



Letters to the Editor: Young Latinos work to shape growth debate

San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/10/2003 



Bustamante says port needs to push Duke on power plant

San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/8/03



City given ultimatum on polluted water flow

San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/28/03



Letters to the Editor: Chula Vista Mid-Bayfront

San Diego Union Tribune, 2/27/03



Chula Vistans oppose condos on bayfront

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/30/03



Navy OKs carrier Midway for duty as museum in S.D.

San Diego Union-Tribune, 7/9/2003



County seeks help with Otay watershed plan

San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/22/03



Samples taken for World Water Monitoring Day

San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/18/03

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign 


San Diego to help developer build affordable units 

San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/12/03



County's cleaner air gets EPA recognition 

San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/1/03

2002

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Empowerment brings change (Español)
La Prensa San Diego, 10/20/02

Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

Get the lead out
San Diego City Beat, 11/13/02

Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign

Toxic Town: Can Barrio Logan rebound?
San Diego City Beat, 10/30/02

Editorial cartoon: Easter bunny in Barrio Logan
San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/30/02

Carcinogen detected in air in Barrio Logan
San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/01/02

 

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COALITION
Founded in 1980, Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) builds grassroots campaigns to confront the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use, and climate change.

 

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UPDATED ACTION CENTER COMING SOON!

 

 

Air Resources Board Actually Talks About the Importance of Walking, Biking
December 19, 2017, Cal Streets Blog, Download PDF

Community demands state leaders hold SANDAG to strict emission reduction standards with SB 375
December 15, 2017, LGBT Weekly, Download PDF

Residentes de Barrio Logan Frustrados Sobre el Plan Comunitario Desactualizado
December 14, 2017, La Prensa, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Residents Frustrated at Outdated Community Plan
December 14, 2017, La Prensa, Download PDF

Meet Carolina Martinez of Environmental Health Coalition
December 14, 2017, SD Voyager, Download PDF

KPBS Honors Our Everyday Hero: Diane Takvorian
December 11, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF 

Barrio Logan Residents Want Clean Air -- So Stop Asking and Make it Happen
December 7, 2017, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

New Mural Set to Go Up in Chicano Park
November 21, 2017, 10News, Download PDF

Best of San Diego 2017: People | Brent Beltrán
November 15, 2017, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Activist Want to Rename Iconic San Diego Park
November 14, 2017, 10News, Download PDF

Warn About Dangers of Lead
October 19, 2017, La Prensa, Download PDF

Latest in Trump’s America: Local Progress on Environment & Justice
October 19, 2017, Equal Voice, Download PDF

Affects Lead in Children of San Diego
October 17, 2017, Televisa, Download PDF

New Toolkit Connects City Planning and Environmental Justice
October 3, 2017, Next City, Download PDF

SANDAG Reform Bill Now on Governor's Desk
September 28, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Community Plan Not Updated Much
September 22, 2017, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

City Planners Seek Easy Fix to Old Barrio Logan Stalemate, But the Neighborhood Has Changed
September 21, 2017, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

City Planners Hear residents' Opinion on Barrio Logan Improvements
September 20, 2017, KUSI News, Download PDF

National City Approves Auto biz With Conditions
September 20, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Noisy, But That's Not All
September 19, 2017, Fair Warning, Download PDF

Tijuana: A New Bus Line's Rough Ride
September 7, 2017, Pulitzer Center, Download PDF 

Todd Gloria’s Bill Requiring Disclosure of Ballot Measure Financing Signed into Law
September 2, 2017, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Redrafting Highly Contested Blueprint for Barrio Logan
August 28, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

National City puts Perry Ford under "green" spotlight
August 25, 2017, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

A Brief History of SANDAG’s Climate Change Culpability
July 24, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Environmental Advocates Oppose Gov. Brown’s Deal to Extend Cap and Trade
July 14, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Coalition for GE Workers Agrees on How to Proceed with Compensation from the Province
July 13, 2017, My Kawartha, Download PDF

“You Need to Move Beyond Surviving to Thriving”: A Conversation with Mustafa Ali
July 12, 2017, LA Times, Download PDF

Jerry Brown Says His Climate Plan is in Danger. To Lose Would be a Tragedy ‘For the World’
July 11, 2017, The Sacramento Bee, Download PDF

Cap-and-Trade Deal Heading for Showdown
July 11, 2017, Capitol Weekly, Download PDF

Barrio Logan's Community Garden
July 6, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Looking Back at the Week: June 18-24
June 25, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

El Muro de Trump Podría Ser 'Una Trampa Mortal' Para Ecosistemas que Comparten México y EE.UU.
June 13, 2017, RT News, Download PDF

"You Need to Move Beyond Surviving to Thriving": A Conversation with Mustafa Ali
June 1, 2017, Union of Concerned Scientists, Download PDF

Familiar Faces Vie For Seat On Powerful Port Of San Diego Board
May 25, 2017, KPBS, Download PDF

Crowds in San Diego, Across Nation Protest Trump Policies at People's Climate March
April 29, 2017, The San Diego Tribune, Download PDF

Thousands of San Diegans participate in the People's Climate March
April 29, 2017, CBS 8, Download PDF

7,000 March for Planet Earth in San Diego ‘State of Resistance’
April 29, 2017, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Rebel With a Cause: Masada Disenhouse and Saturday’s People’s Climate March San Diego
April 27, 2017, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Paradise Creek: From Toxic Site to Community Neighborhood
April 26, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

First Person: Mother And Son Fight For Environmental Justice
April 24, 2017, KPBS, Download PDF

Lead Found at Two San Marcos Schools, as Districts Test for Toxin
April 22, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Shipbuilder BAE Honored for Embracing Green Technology
April 20, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

KPBS Evening Edition - New Affordable Housing Opened in National City
April 18, 2017, KPBS

Now is the Time to Protect Science and the Environment
April 13, 2017, LGBT Weekly, Download PDF

Social Justice Visionaries To Receive Honors on April 20
March 31, 2017, San Diego Metro, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Besieged by Truck Traffic
March 23, 2017, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Want Clean Air for the Kids? Pay Attention to Trump’s Budget
March 17, 2017, Equal Voice, Download PDF

Climate Change Rally Tuesday in Downtown San Diego
February 20, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

South of I-8 Communities Hit by Pollution
February 8, 2017, Our City San Diego, Download PDF

Calls For Senators Feinstein and Harris to Reject Trump’s Climate Denier Cabinet
January 26, 2017, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Toxic Air Pollution Report Finds Continued Gains
January 25, 2017, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

2021

Juneteenth a Celebration of Freedom (6/29/21)

Clean Air, Bright Future – Resistance to Climate Disaster in Logan (5/24/21)

Is diesel pollution causing cancer & lung disease in your neighborhood? (5/05/21)

Rents are rising! Join Our Affordable Housing Workshop (4/28/21)

Are you worried rents are rising in Barrio Logan? (4/19/21)

Take Action: Tell the Port We Want Clean Air (4/14/21)

Special Election: Are You Voting on April 6, 2021 (3/10/21)

Help Improve Transportation in Your Neighborhood. Take The Survey! (03/04/21)

Honoring Black Environmental Justice Leaders (02/17/21)

United to Vote! Thank you! (01/21/2021)

 

2020

Are You Joining Our Online Celebration? (08/05/2020)

Tell Port of San Diego to STOP DIESEL DEATHS (7/30/2020)

Join EHC to celebrate 40 years of EJ (7/21/2020)

APPLY TODAY: Hotel stay for Navy ship fire pollution relief (7/15/2020)

Join us for a discussion on transportation justice (06/29/2020)

MTS Approves Zero-Emission Recommendations (06/23/2020)

2020 Census = $800 Billion in Federal Funding! (06/18/2020)

Another Painful Reminder: Black Lives Matter (06/02/2020)

JOIN US: Census 2020 Virtual Town Halls (05/28/2020)

TELL THE PORT: No new shipyards and air pollution in National City! (05-18-2020)

Who gets to vote in November? (05-07-2020)

The ‘Nobel Prize’ in Air Quality for EJ goes to… (04-28-2020)

Pay rent or put food on the table? (04-23-2020)

EHC Tackling COVID-19 and Environmental Justice (04-02-2020)

April 1 is Census Day - do it remotely! (03-26-2020)

Tell MTS to Prioritize Environmental Justice (03-18-2020)

POSTPONED – EHC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration (03-17-2020)

Thanks for voting -- now let's make it count (03-05-2020)

Make your vote count on Super Tuesday (03-02-2020)

United to Vote for our communities (02-26-2020)

04:09:2020: Join EHC to celebrate 40 years of EJ (02-18-2020)

Make a pledge to vote on March 3, 2020! (02-05-2020)

 

2019

Double your impact: only one day left! (12-30-2019)

Fighting for Language Justice (12-20-2019)

Information is Power (12-18-2019)

Environmental Health is a Family Affair (12-13-2019)

Fierce Determination in Action (12-10-2019)

Double Your Impact (12-03-2019)

Grateful for 40 years (11/26/2019)

Save The Date: Celebrate 40 years of environmental justice! (11/21/2019)

Go Shopping for Transportation Justice (10/31/2019)

EJ VICTORY: Governor Newsom has signed our bill into law! (10/14/2019)

Tell Governor Newsom: All San Diego Communities Deserve Clean Air! (9/16/2019)

Port Commissioners Vote for Zero Emissions Goals (6/19/2019)

One Step Closer to Clean Air for All San Diegans (5/31/2019)

Reminder: Meet San Diego County Supervisor Candidates Tomorrow (5/28/2019)

Who will be next San Diego County Supervisor? (05/22/19)

VIDEO:Carolina Martinez and Paradise Creek Apartments Receive National Planning Award (04/17/19)

AB 423 Approved by Assembly Committee (04/09/19)

Demand Clean Air for All San Diegans (3/28/19)

Port of San Diego to Develop Clean Air Action Plan (03/22/19)

A Call for Clean Air, Equal Representation and Transparency (02/08/19)

Thank You for Supporting EHC (02/04/19)

MTS Can Lead Our Transportation Future (01/29/19)

You Made Our Holiday Giving Season a Success (01/16/19)

 

2018

We Need Change 12/30/18

Almost There 12/28/18

The Time is Now 12/26/18

Happy Holidays from EHC 12/24/18

Philomena Needs Your Support 12/22/18

Why You Should Support EHC 12/18/18

Barrio Logan Truck Resolution 12/13/2018

End of Year Appeal Letter 12/11/2018

Post-Election Results 12/07/2018

Help EHC Raise $25,000 12/07/2018

Double Your Environmental Justice Impact on Giving Tuesday 12/05/2018

Double Your Impact with EHC on Black Friday 11/27/2018

End Of Year Donations to EHC 11/21/2018

When We Vote, We Win 11/14/2018

Tomorrow, We Vote 11/05/2018

Protect Renters with Measure 10 Affordable Housing 11/03/2018

Measure D Makes Politicians Accountable 11/02/2018

Donate to EHC From Your IRA 10/31/2018 

Start Here, Start Now Identifies Priority Actions for City of San Diego 10/23/2018

Meet the Quintero Family 10/21/2018

Pledge to Vote 10/19/2018

Start Here, Start Now Press Conference Invitation 10/28/2018

EHC Voter Guide 10/12/2018

You are Invited to a Community Forum 09/21/2018

A Story of Teamwork to Achieve Justice 09/10/2018

A Story of Perseverance at the Polls 09/06/2018

A Story of Leadership in Barrio Logan 08/27/2018

You are Invited to a Community Forum 08/17/2018

A Story of Wisdom from Mustafa Santiago Ali 08/15/2018

Congratulations to a New Voter in Barrio Logan 07/25/2018

Meet Two Families Empowering Voters in National City 07/10/2018

We Fought Big Oil and Won! 06/27/2018

We Fought Big Oil and Won! 06/15/2018

Can We Count on You? 06/02/2018

Voting in National City? Read This 05/31/2018

How to Vote for Justice on June 5th 05/29/2018

Saturday Our Walk for Democracy with Councilmember Sotelo-Solis 05/03/2018

A Community Victory for Barrio Logan 04/18/2018

Two Days Left to Get Your Tickets and Join Us 04/17/2018

Tickets are Selling Out for April 19! 04/11/2018

We Invite You to Join Us April 19 04/06/2018

Our Revolution Deserves Music 03/21/2018

And the Awards Go To... 03/15/2018

We Invite You 02/26/2018

Senator Toni Atkins is United to Vote - Are You? 02/21/2018

In April, We Celebrate the Power of Voting 02/15/2018

Wow - Thank You! 01/10/2018

Join Diane for a Community Conversation January 11 01/04/2018

 

2017 

 What are You Proud of in 2017? 12/31/2017

Warmest EHC Wishes for 2018 12/30/2017

Why is Civic Engagement Work Important? 12/28/2017

United to Lead. United to Vote 12/28/2017

Change Begins in Our Neighborhoods 12/19/2017

You can Shift the Culture of Voting 12/08/2017

Ready to do Black Friday? 11/24/2017

Thank You for Believeing in EHC 11/22/2017

This Month, Your Donation Makes Twice the Impact 11/16/2017

 

2021

September: Have you voted? Gov. Recall Election & more Sept news...

August: Clean Air Plan Aims to Reduce Cancer

July: New Park Coming to Barrio Logan

June: 10 Big Moves for Transportation Justice

May: Tell the Port our Health Can't Wait

April: Will the Port be a Good Neighbor?

March: A More Diverse San Diego Air Pollution Control District Board (APCD)

February: Clean Air Victory + more

 

2020

September: 40th Anniversary Online Celebration a HUGE success! + more

August: 40th Anniversary Online Celebration + more

July: Black Lives Matter + more

June: EJ Victory in National City + more

May: Nobel prize for air quality + more

April: COVID-19 response + more

March: 2020 Census + more

February: United to Vote + more

January: EHC's 40th Anniversary + more

 

2019

November-December: EJ Victory with AB 423 + more

October: New partnership with $1 Billion SOMAH program + more

September: Barrio Logan Truck Crash + more

August: Language Justice Win for EJ Communities + more

July: District 1 County Supervisor Candidates Forum + more

June: SALTA community tours + more

May: Chicano Park Herb Garden + more

April: EJ Win -- New truck route signs in Barrio Logan + more

March: Building mass power through community + more

February: Push for environmental justice in 2020 MTS ballot measure + more

January: Win for cleaner air and safer streets in Barrio Logan + more

 

2018

August: Birth of a new mural in Chicano Park - and other news

March: Our first District 8 Candidate Forum - and other news

February: Your neighborhood planning group - and other news

January: Demanding a better SANDAG - and other news

 

2017

December: A new mural for our community - and other news

November: Victory for Transportation Justice - and other news

October: BarrioLive! Comes to Barrio Logan - and other news

September: Victory in National City - and other news

August: Congratulations Francisco and Maria - and other news

July:Our neighborhoods are changing - and other news

June: Two generations of environmental justice - and other news

May: You demanded people before freeways - and other news

April: Honoring social justice visionaries - and other news

March: Calling all SALTA graduates - and other news

February: Cheers to our community leaders - and other news

January: Port adopts sustainable expansion - and other news

 

2016

December: Say 'No' to more pollution in Barrio Logan - and other news

October: Barrio Logan deserves clean air - and other news

September: #Healthyhoods, healthy leaders, healthy kids - and other news

August: Tijuana's newest community leaders - and other news 

July: State leaders come to Barrio Logan - and other news

June: More park space in National City - and other news

April: What we accomplished with people power - and other news

March: A quality of life message - and other news

January: We're setting the precedent in California - and other news

2019

January: Mayra Velaszquez de Leon - and other news

2018

August: Birth of a new mural in Chicano Park - and other news

March: Our first District 8 Candidate Forum - and other news

February: Your neighborhood planning group - and other news

January: Demanding a better SANDAG - and other news

 

2017

December: A new mural for our community - and other news

November: Victory for Transportation Justice - and other news

October: BarrioLive! Comes to Barrio Logan - and other news

September: Victory in National City - and other news

August: Congratulations Francisco and Maria - and other news

July:Our neighborhoods are changing - and other news

June: Two generations of environmental justice - and other news

May: You demanded people before freeways - and other news

April: Honoring social justice visionaries - and other news

March: Calling all SALTA graduates - and other news

February: Cheers to our community leaders - and other news

January: Port adopts sustainable expansion - and other news

 

2016

December: Say 'No' to more pollution in Barrio Logan - and other news

October: Barrio Logan deserves clean air - and other news

September: #Healthyhoods, healthy leaders, healthy kids - and other news

August: Tijuana's newest community leaders - and other news 

July: State leaders come to Barrio Logan - and other news

June: More park space in National City - and other news

April: What we accomplished with people power - and other news

March: A quality of life message - and other news

January: We're setting the precedent in California - and other news

10th Ave. Terminal upgrade gets $33M OK

December 19, 2016, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Barrio Logan's Marine Terminal Expansion Moves Toward Sustainability

December 14, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Port of San Diego Approves Controversial Marine Terminal Expansion

December 14, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

Port district talks pollution minimization

December 14, 2016, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

San Diego hits its 2020 climate plan benchmark before document was approved

November 10, 2016, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Terminal Expansion At Port Of San Diego Concerns Barrio Logan Residents

November 1, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

The Environmental Justice Argument Against Measure A

October 24, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Uncertainties of Measure A Go Beyond the $18 Billion Total

October 24, 2016, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Measure A: How SANDAG undermines transit, environmental, and social goals

October 23, 2016, San Diego UrbDeZine, Download PDF

Feet, Not Commercials or Mail, Decide the Vote

October 9, 2016, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

City Heights Residents Look to Their Own Neighbors to Increase Voter Turnout

October 7, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

Sales Tax Linked to Pollution

September 22, 2016, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Prop Report: Measure A

September 8, 2016, KUSI, Download PDF

Building a Healthy Community

August 27, 2016, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Download PDF

More Trucks to Barrel through Barrio Logan

August 25, 2016, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Marine Terminal Expansion Could Raise Pollution in Barrio Logan

August 24, 2016, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Residents Oppose Plan to Expand Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal

August 24, 2016, ABC 10 News, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition Hosts Climate Change Workshop in Barrio Logan

August 15, 2016, Moving Forward Network, Download PDF

Senate Bill Key to Environmental Justice for Industrial National City

August 10, 2016, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Improving Land Use in National City

August 5, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

GROW Fund Partners with Environmental Health Coalition

August 1, 2016, The Packer, Download PDF

GROW by Organics Unlimited Gives Donation to Environmental Health Coalition

August 1, 2016, Perishable News, Download PDF

Monday Morning Good News: San Diego Charity News

August 1, 2016, San Diego Magazine, Download PDF

San Diegans Voice Concerns to State Officials About Air Quality, Environmental Justice, and Climate Change

July 28, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Raising the Bar for Healthy Communities in National City

July 28, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Auto Body Fumes a Frequent Complaint in San Diego

July 25, 2016, inewsource, Download PDF

Youth Programs to Green Up Urban Spaces

July 25, 2016, San Diego Union Tribune, Dowload PDF

Morning Report: Sacramento Comes to San Diego

July 16, 2016, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Regulators Engage Barrio Logan on State's Climate Plan

July 15, 2016, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

The San Diego Foundation Grants $400,300 to Uncrease Access to the Outdoors

July 15, 2016, The San Diego Foundation, Download PDF

Examining the Effects of Climate Change on Barrio Logan

July 14, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

Kresge Foundation Grant

July 8, 2016, Kresge Foundation, Download PDF

Dear Mayor Faulconer: We Need Equity in San Diego's Climate Action Plan

June 23, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Cox and the Trust for Public Land Annouce Lee Heller as California's 2016 Cox Conserves Hero

June 20, 2016, Just Means, Download PDF

How National City is Fighting Displacement of Poor Residents 

June 17, 2016, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

SANDAG Inches Toward Earlier Funding for Public Transit

June 10, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

In Low-Voting San Diego Neighborhood, Refugee Groups Want 100 Percent Turnout

June 7, 2016, KQED, Download PDF

Voting 'Yes' on Prop. It Will Immediately Improve Lives in San Diego

June 5, 2016, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Chula Vista Bayfront Plan Shows Power of Consensus-Building

June 3, 2016, California Planning & Development Report, Download PDF

Finalists Named for California’s Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote for Winner

May 25, 2016, PR Newswire, Download PDF

National City Development in Walkable, Close to Transit...and Still has Tons of Parking

May 23, 2016, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Will Climate Action Plan Carry Social Equity?

May 18, 2016, San Diego CityBeat, Download PDF

Transportation Justice for San Diego: Our Message From the Start

May 5, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Praise for San Diego's Forward Thinking Budget

May 4, 2016, The ECOreport, Download PDF

Opposition to Proposed Sales Tax

May 2, 2016, Borrego Sun, Download PDF

San Diego County is Divided Over Proposed Half-Cent Tax for Transportation Projects

May 1, 2016, Los Angeles Times, Download PDF

More Freeways or Mass Transit for Region?

April 29, 2016, San Diego Union-Tribune, Download PDF

Con: Transit tax plan fails to address problems

April 27, 2016, San Diego Union-Tribune, Download PDF

Want To Weigh In On San Diego's Budget? Play the KPBS Budget Game

April 25, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

It's Time for the California Air Resources Board to Focus on Low-Income Areas, Lawmakers Say

 April 22, 2016, Los Angeles Times, Download PDF

Karen Community Looks Forward to a Safe Crossing at Altadena and El Cajon

April 15, 2016, Speak City Heights, Dowload PDF

Environmental Health Coalition Honors Ecological, Neighborhood Activists in San Diego County and Tijuana

April 13, 2016, San Diego Union-Tribune, Download PDF

Defensores de medio ambiente fronterizo dan premios

 April 9, 2016, Vida Latina SD, Download PDF

Transportation Justice Victories: What We Have Accomplished With People Power

April 2, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

New Mass Transit Plan Gives $3.6B to Cities

March 18, 2016, San Diego Union-Tribune, Download PDF

Environmental Justice Activists React to Candidates in Flint Debate 

 March 9, 2016, Nonprofit Quarterly News, Download PDF

At Flint Debate, Clinton and Sanders Avoid Talk of Environmental Racism

March 8, 2016, InsideClimate News, Download PDF

San Diego Launches New Working Group To Address Climate Change

February 25, 2016, KPBS, Download PDF

Environmental Advocate Appointed to Air Resources Board

February 10, 2016, Imperial Valley Press, Download PDF

San Diego Quality Of Life Coalition Presents Vision Statement to SANDAG for Ballot Measure

February 8, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego’s Opportunity to Invest in Better Transit, Safer Streets, Good Jobs and Clean Air

February 4, 2016, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Fight Begins on Possible Sales Tax Hike

January 30, 2016, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Executive Director of the Environmental Health Coalition in National City, CA

January 29, 2016, Social Work Today, Download PDF

San Diego Association of Governments Loves Them Some Freeway

January 26, 2016, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

San Diego Groups: Money for Clean Air and Transit Are Needed

January 26, 2016, Equal Voice, Download PDF

Port Solicits Ideas to Reshape National City Waterfront

January 20, 2016, FOX 5, Download PDF

San Diego’s MTS Compass Card Stuck In The Past

January 14, 2016, KPBS, Dowload PDF

Did fear of lawsuits lead to ambitions climate plan?
December 21, 2015, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Makes California History
December 16, 2015, Equal Voice, Download PDF

San Diego Commits To Slashing Greenhouse Gases
December 15, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

San Diego Adopts Precedent-Setting Climate Action Plan
December 15, 2015, The Eco Report, Download PDF

Inclusion and Equity Essential in San Diego’s Climate Action Plan
December 14, 2015, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego weighing plan to have 100% green energy by 2035
December 2, 2015, Los Angeles Times, Download PDF

San Diego climate plan moves to full council
November 30, 2015, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Council Members Vote on Climate Action Plan
November 30, 2015, Various news sources

Bringing environmental justice to poor communities
November 4, 2015, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

A natural refuge in the urban jungle
October 30, 2015, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

SANDAG Approves $204 Billion, 35-Year Transportation Plan
October 9, 2015, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

SANDAG adopts controversial $204B transportation plan
October 9, 2015, 10 News, Download PDF

$204B Transportation Plan Gets Green Light From SANDAG
October 9, 2015, NBC San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Association Of Governments Approves Controversial $200 Billion Transportation Plan
October 9, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

SANDAG approves $204B transportation plan
October 9, 2015, FOX 5, Download PDF

San Diego is host venue for California Bike Summit
October 9, 2015, Bicycle Retailer, Download PDF

Coalition to rally against SANDAG's regional plan
October 8, 2015, Seaside Courier, Download PDF

The Movement for a Balanced Transportation Future In the San Diego Region
September 28, 2015, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Climate Change In San Diego: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?
September 23, 2015, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Answering Earth’s Call: An Interfaith Forum on Climate Justice
September 21, 2015, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Support Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Justice
September 18, 2015, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Neighbors Thrilled National City Auto Shop Is Moving Out
August 20, 2015, Fox 5 San Diego, Download PDF

National City Boots Auto Businesses
August 19, 2015, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition launches Web-based Leadership Training Program for Environmental Justice leaders
August 10, 2015, Moving Forward Network, Download PDF

SR-94 Decision: A Victory For Residents?
July 31, 2015, San Diego Uptown News, Download PDF

Report: San Diego Must Address Inequality For Economic Growth
July 30, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety
July 24, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

Labor, Social Justice Advocates Decry ALEC Meeting
July 22, 2015, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Facing community pressure, officials to study alternatives to state Route 94 expansion
July 22, 2015, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Grants Awarded To South Bay Affordable Housing Project, Transit Line
June 30, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

Pollution Costs California $254 Million
June 16, 2015, The Eco Report, Download PDF

Affordable Housing Near San Diego Gets $9.2M From State
July 10, 2015, Equal Voice For Families, Download PDF

Residents, Officials Make U-turn On State Route 94 expansion
July 1, 2015, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Special Interview: SR-94 Freeway Expansion Alternatives
June 6, 2015, Voice of San Diego Podcast, Download PDF

San Diego Unions Talk Green, Tests To Come
June 3, 205, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Here Are San Diego’s Solar Hotspots
June 3, 2015, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Community Groups Launch Petition To Stop Route 94 Expansion
June 1, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

No! To NAFTA On Steroids
May 28, 2015, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Tijuana Plans Protection For Rare River Habitat
May 25, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

Environmentalists Push For Alternatives To Adding Lanes To Route 94
May 21, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

Environmental Justice Close To Home
May 20, 2015, California Western Environmental Law Society Newsletter, Download PDF

State Route 94 Becomes Battleground In San Diego Region's Transportation Fight
May 20, 2015, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

SANDAG’s Transportation Plan Could Hinder San Diego’s Climate Goals
May 14, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

Grupo Binacional Luchará Por Ecosistema Del Alamar
April 19, 2015, OEM En Linea, Download PDF

Recorrido Inculca Respeto Al Alamar
April 19, 2015, Frontera, Download PDF

Disfrutan Flora Y Fauna Nativa Del Alamar En Recorrido.
April 18, 2015, Diario Tijuana, Download PDF

Concientizan Sobre El Valor Del Arroyo Alamar
April 18, 2015, La Jornada, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition To Honor Awardees
April 16, 2015, San Diego Source - Daily Transcript, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Again On The Defensive Over Neighborhood Development
April 15, 2015, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

San Diegans: What Would You Change In Your City's Budget?
April 7, 2015, KPBS, Download PDF

New Carlsbad Power Plant Placed in Doubt
M arch 6, 2015, UT San Diego, Download PDF

The Ol' Climate Action Plan Push Thing
March 5, 2015, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Faulconer’s First Year: Mostly Doing Nothing, But Looking Good While Doing It
March 3, 2015, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Faulconer's first year praised
March 1, 2015, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Preserving Tijuana's Alamar Creek
February 15, 2015, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Buscan Solución Para Conservar El Arroyo Alamar
February 13, 2015, Telemundo 33, Download PDF

Instalan Mesa Técnica Del Arroyo Alamar
February 13, 2015, Uniradio Informa, Download PDF

Mesa Ténica Del Arroyo Alamar No Dañará Manto Acuîfero Y Especies
February 12, 2015, Frontera, Download PDF

Comienza Última Etapa De Canalización Del Arroyo Alamar
January 30, 2015, Zeta Tijuana, Download PDF

Gobierno Evalua Proyectos De Urbanizacion En Arroyo Alamar
January 30, 2015, San Diego Red, Download PDF

200 MDP Para Concluir Canalización Del Arroyo Alamar
January 30, 2015, Uniradio Informa, Download PDF

Local Organization Questions SANDAG's Retreat Location
January 30, 2015, 10 News, Download PDF

In Response: Restore Democracy
January 23, 2015, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Bits: Barrio Logan Planning Group Begins
January 23, 2015, UT San Diego, Download PDF

A Dozen Organizations Doing Good Deeds in San Diego
December 26, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

At OB's Mixte Communications, Everything is New
December 18, 2014, San Diego Community Newspaper Group, Download PDF

Hay Clases Para Formar Líderes Comunitarios
December 13, 2014, Vida Latina SD, Download PDF

Faulconer Announces $3.4M Federal Grant to Improve Health and Safety for Young Children
December 12, 2014, San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, Download PDF

SANDAG Rejects Calls to Delay Freeway Expansion
November 23, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego's Most Polluted Areas
November 19, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Group asks state high court to review Pio Pico case
November 12, 2014, The Daily Transcript, Download PDF

Port Cuts Air Pollution
November 10, 2014, UT San Diego, Dowload PDF 

Audubon Leads the Fight for Our Birds
November, 2014, Sketches, Download PDF

SD Enters Bike Sharing World
November 2, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

County Environmental Inspections Lag
October 23, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Dulces con plomo envenenan la infancia
October 23, 2014, Vida Latina San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Group Formed
October 21, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Activistas de San Diego denuncian alta contaminación en barrios hispanos
October 18, 2014, De Agencia EFE, Download PDF

David Alvarez Brokers Compromise on Siting of Winter Homeless Shelter
October 9, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

First look at Faulconer's climate plan
October 2, 2014, The Reader, Download PDF

What's the climate action plan, Mayor Faulconer?
September 23, 2014, The Reader, Download PDF

A One-on-One Conversation with District 8 Councilman David Alvarez
September 18, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego needs to put transit and active transportation first
September 13, 2014, East County Magazine, Download PDF

San Diego needs to put transit and active transportation first
September 10, 2014, The Eco Report, Download PDF

Community proposes alternative transit plan
September 5, 2014, CBS 8 / KFMB, Download PDF

Advocates push SANDAG for transit-first policy
September 10, 2014, City Beat, Download PDF

League of Women Voters Hosts Luncheon on Climate Change September 18
September 7, 2014, East County Magazine, Download PDF

The Biggest Decision the Mayor Has to Make on the Climate Action Plan
September 2, 2014, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Chamber aims to push political clout
August 28, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Critics say Kevin Faulconer’s stalling on environmental policies
August 20, 2014, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Inauguran cruce peatonal para alumnos de primaria
August 14, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

KPBS Evening Edition
August 7, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

Here’s The Chatter On San Diego’s Proposed Climate Action Plan
August 7, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF 

Premiere Video Learning Tool Gives Power Back to the Communities
July 31, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Environment Committee Urges Mayor Faulconer to Finalize Climate Action Plan 
July 25, 2014, The ECO Report, Download PDF

It’s the environment, stupid
July 24, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Environment, Climate Change Don’t Seem to be on Mayor Faulconer’s Agenda
July 24, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Environment, Climate Change Don’t Seem to be on Mayor Faulconer’s Agenda
July 24, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

La canalización del arroyo Alamar es una idea sin sentido, aseguró Magdalena Cerda Báez
July 16, 2014, El Solde Tijuana, Download PDF

Buscan que Arroyo Alamar sea parque natural
July 16, 2014, Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias, Download PDF

Climate Education Partners and The San Diego Foundation Release "San Diego, 2050 Is Calling. How Will We Answer?"
July 9, 2014, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Download PDF

Port of San Diego Acknowledges Environmental Justice
July 9, 2014, Equal Voice News, Download PDF

SD wrestles with climate-change plan
July 3, 2014, Union Tribune, Download PDF

San Francisco, San Diego Votes Shaped Waterfronts' Futures In June Election
June 17, 2014, California Planning and Development Report, Download PDF

Local Artist Raises Environmental Awareness
June 16, 2014, Oceanside News, Download PDF

Most Influential: Kevin Faulconer ... And The Rest of The List
June 8, 2014, Our City San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Residents on B & C Defeat: "We Will Never Give Up the Fight"
June 6, 2014, La Prensa San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Voters Reject Barrio Logan Community Plan
June 4, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Plan Supporters Promise New Plan After Election Defeat
June 4, 2014, Fox 5, Download PDF

Environmentalists Say Bill Undermines San Diego Climate Plan
June 4, 2014, San Diego CityBeat, Download PDF

San Diego to Barrio Logan: No.
June 4, 2014, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

After Props B and C Fail, Supporters Say They Will Create New Plan to Improve Health in Area
June 3, 2014, San Diego 6, Download PDF

Voters Reject Barrio Logan Props B,C
June 3, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Can San Diego Meet New EPA Carbon Emissions Standards?
June 3, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

Props B and C on Election Eve
June 2, 2014, KUSI, Download PDF

Art Brought to Barrio Logan Battle
June 2, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

El Futuro de Barrio Logan en la Urna
June 1, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego's Barrio Logan Neighborhood at Center of Land-Use Clash
June 1, 2014, LA Times, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Artivists Say ¡Basta! to Pollution
May 30, 2014, La Prensa San Diego, Download PDF

Who Doesn't Not Want Hazardous Chemicals?
May 29, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Community Leaders Gather in La Jolla for Props B and C
May 29, 2014, La Jolla Light, Download PDF

One-Day Art Show Highlights Fight Against Toxic Pollution in Barrio Logan
May 29, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego's Barrio Imbroglio
May 28, 2014, San Diego CityBeat, Download PDF

Barrio's Future on Ballot
May 28, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Props. B & C: Barrio Logan Plan Goes Before Voters
May 26, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

"Sustainability Program Manager" Would Cost $200,000
May 23, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Measures: Business Donors Give Nearly $1M, 20 Times More Than Community Plan Backers
May 23, 2014, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Mayor Faulconer Called to Move on Climate Action Plan
May 22, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Industry Digs Deep to Defeat Barrio Logan Plan
May 21, 2014, San Diego CityBeat, Download PDF

19 Organizations Call on San Diego Mayor for Climate Action
May 21, 2014, The Ecore Report, Download PDF

Rebooting Barrio Logan Plan
May 21, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Fact Check: Clearing the Air in Barrio Logan
May 19, 2014, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Wildfires: Why We Need a Strong Climate Plan
May 18, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Plan Has Implications for City, Backers Say
May 17, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

A Progressive Procrastinators 2014 Primary Guide – Part Three: Saying 'Yes' to All State and Local Ballot Propositions
May 16,2014, OB Rag, Download PDF

Normal Heights Planners Vote on Barrio Plan
May 13, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition asks Yes vote on Props B and C
May 12, 2014, KUSI, Download PDF

Props B and C: Barrio Logan Community Update
May 12, 2014, San Diego 6, Download PDF

What's at Stake with Propositions B and C? 
May 12, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego Goddam! The June 3rd Election And Why You Should Care
May 7, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Yes on Props B, C: Protect Health of Barrio Logan's Children
May 3, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Will Money Defeat Barrio Logan Residents? 
April 29, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Hazardous Waste and Asthma? What Hazardous Waste and Asthma?
April 24, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Plan Campaign, Pro and Con, Kicks Off
April 24, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF

San Diego Healthcare Workers Show Support for Barrio Logan Community Plan
April 24, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

Georgette Gomez: Una Visionaria de Exito
April 23, 2014, Mexico Aqui, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition and San Diego Labor: 30 Years of Building Power Together
April 23, 2014, Labor's Edge, Download PDF

San Diego: Doctors & Nurses Support Barrio Logan Community Plan
April 23, 2014, The ECO Report, Download PDF

Toxic Contaminant Releases in Barrio Logan Confirmed - Another Reason to Support the Community Plan
April 23, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Here Comes Deja Moo to Barrio Logan
April 17, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

New Chicano Park Muralists Are Honored to Paint in the Park
April 16, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

For Barrio Logan: Yes on Props. B and C
April 9, 2014, San Diego City Beat, Download PDF

Reinstalan Comité de Playas Limpias
April 8, 2014, FronterA, Download PDF

Judge Allows Barrio Logan Zoning Referendum to Remain on June Ballot
April 4, 2014, CBS 8, Download PDF

What the Emails Tell Us
April 3, 2014, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

Judge to Decide if Barrio Logan Community Plan Goes to Court or Ballot Box
April 3, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF

Community Plan to Overcome Injustice!
April 1, 2014, EPA Environmental Justice in Action, Download PDF

Community or Industry, Who Decides In Our Democracy?
March 20, 2014, San Diego County Democratic Party Club News, Download PDF

Most Influential: Environemntalist Diane Takvorian
March 19, 2014, Our City San Diego, Download PDF

State Clears Way for Carlsbad Power Plant
March 13, 2014, UT San Diego, Download PDF 

Port of San Diego Celebrates Shore-Power System Installation
March 7, 2014, San Diego Community News Group, Download PDF

U.S. Prosecutes Importers of Toys Containing Lead
February 26, 2014, Environment News Service, Download PDF

Port of San Diego Celebrates Shore Power Installation
February 25, 2014, The Maritime Executive, Download PDF

What Did David Alvarez' Campaign Mean to San Diego?
February 24, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Visión a Futuro
February 18, 2014, Univision San Diego, Download PDF

Arroyo Alamar Area Importante porque Mejora la Calidad del Aire
February 18, 2014, UniEnsenada, Download PDF

Afecta la Fauna y Flora Etapa en Arroyo Alamar
February 17, 2014, El Sol de Tijuana, Download PDF

Preparan Acto en Defensa del Arroyo Alamar
February 17, 2014, ZETA, Download PDF

Editorial Arroyo Alamar
February 17, 2014, Lu'um Kaab Project, Download PDF

Marchan ONG's a Favor de Alternativas en Alamar
February 17, 2014, FronterA, Download PDF

Marchan en pro del Alamar
February 16, 2014, El Sol de Tijuana, Download PDF

ONG's Marchan en Arroyo Alamar
February 15, 2014, UniMexicali, Download PDF

Marchan Activistas en Defensa del Arroyo Alamar
February 15, 2014, En Linea BC, Download PDF

Emitiran Resolucion de Amparo en Contra de Canalizacion en Arroyo Alamar
February 15, 2014, Milenio, Download PDF

Amor a Tijuana en Movimiento: Salvemos el Arroyo Alamar
February 13, 2014, San Diego Red, Download PDF

Van por la Tercera Etapa del Alamar
February 13, 2014, Milenio, Download PDF

Environmental Group Gives Assemblywoman Toni Atkins Good Grade

February 11, 2014, Coronado Patch, Download PDF

Environmental Health Coalition Announces 2014 Celebration on April 10
February 10, 2014, The ECO Report, Download PDF

CPUC Approves Pio Pico Plant in Otay Mesa Despite Protest
February 5, 2014, KPBS, Download PDF 

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Otay Mesa Pio Pico Energy Center
February 5, 2014, 10News, Download PDF

A Healthy Home is a Happy Home
January 31, 2014, San Diego Family Magazine, Download PDF

SANDAG Allocates Additional Funds to Bike Plan
January 31, 2014, San Diego Uptown News, Download PDF

Pollution: In Our Air, In Our Politics
January 25, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego Residents, Ship Building Industry Face Off Over Community Plan Aimed at Protecting Public Health
January 23, 2014, California Healthline, Download PDF

San Diego Residents Fight for Community Plan
January 19, 2014, California Health Report, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Gateway Sign Project Breaks Ground
January 16, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

To Hell with Pio Pico - It's Time for a La Jolla Power Plant
January 8, 2014, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Community Says No to $1.6-Billion Pio Pico Power Plant
January 8, 2014, East County Magazine, Download PDF

 

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2012

EHC Update March 14, 2012
- EHC News: Regional Board Orders Cleanup for San Diego Bay

EHC Update February 3, 2012
- EHC Media Coverage: EPA presents Environmental Justice Award to EHC

2011

EHC Action Alert December 9, 2011
- Take Action: Attend Climate Change Hearing

EHC Action Alert December 8, 2011
- Take Action: Oppose SDG&E Solar Rate Hike

EHC Action Alert November 25, 2011
- Take Action: Attend Climate Mitigation and Action Plan Hearings

EHC News and Updates November 7, 2011
- Take Action: Tell the Regional Board that you want a Clean San Diego Bay NOW!

EHC News and Updates October 26, 2011
- Take Action: Tell Senate to stop putting kids at risk - Don't cut funding to CDC's Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
- Victory: Semi-trucks banned near schools in Colonia Chilpancingo

EHC News and Updates October 25, 2011
- Take Action: Say NO to SANDAG's 2050 Regional Transportation Plan
- EHC Commentary: Transit First is a Better Plan, San Diego Union-Tribune, October 23, 2011

EHC News and Updates October 17, 2011
- EHC Media Coverage: My San Diego: Neglected communities deserve a chance to thrive, Commentary by Diane Takvorian, San Diego Union-Tribune, October 16, 2011

EHC News and Updates October 13, 2011
- Take Action: Take action today for a Cleaner San Diego Bay
- EHC Media Coverage: Energy: Solar Community Organizes Against SDG&E's Proposed rates, North County Times, October 12, 2011
- Take Action: Attend the San Diego Mayoral Forum on October 19

EHC News and Updates October 6, 2011
- News: State Attorney General rips San Diego pollution reduction plan
- News: EHC representative selected to chair the South Bay Wildlife Advisory Committee

EHC News and Updates September 16, 2011
- Take Action: Attend Politifest 2011 on September 27
- News: Going Solar in San Diego
- News: Energy Upgrades for San Diego homeowners

EHC News and Updates September 2, 2011
- EHC Media Coverage: In the Shadow of San Diego, The Progressive Magazine, September 2011
- EHC Media Coverage: Toxins troubling in fish caught in local waters, The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 14, 2011
- EHC Media Coverage: Maquiladora Factories Manufacture Toxic Pollutants, Inter Press Service, August 23, 2011

EHC News and Updates August 8, 2011
- Take Action: Attend "Signs of the Tide" forum, August 9, 2011
- EHC Media Coverage: EHC and SD Coastkeeper join KPBS Midday Edition to talk about sediment cleanup and environmental justice

EHC News and Updates July 29, 2011
- News: Diane Takvorian named to San Diego Union-Tribune Community Editorial Board
- News: San Diego Councilmembers Young and Alvarez join EHC and Environment California for green jobs report release

Follow EHC on Twitter for LIVE Green Energy Conference Updates

Tell the City Redistricting Committee to Listen to the Community!

Listen Up! You made our Spring Campaign a Success!

Join EHC for the Port of San Diego Public Workshop on Climate Change

'EHC is working for justice in my community'

The Road to Health

Healthy Kids need Healthy Communities to thrive

No child should live in a place that makes them sick

Happy New Year from EHC!

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Featuring EHC's Barrio Logan Policy Advocate, Julie Corrales

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El censo de población continúa. La emergencia sanitaria por el covid-19 ha dificultado su promoción tradicional por lo que autoridades y asociaciones civiles se vieron forzadas a cambiar su estrategia para garantizar que las comunidades sean contadas de forma correcta.

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Port commissioners axed a proposed ship repair project in National City last month. But that doesn’t satisfy environmental justice advocates who say any new industry in the bay upends nascent state efforts to stem toxic pollution in nearby neighborhoods.

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San Diegan’s living in neighborhoods near the border and the waterfront’s industrial areas face persistent pollution-related health risks and while pollution is down the risk remains high.

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Hear EHC's Jorge Gonzales talk about the 2020 Census, and how digital technologies are playing a critical role this year (7:21 - 15:09).

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State money is funding anti-pollution efforts in San Diego
January 27, 2019, Los Angeles Times 

Six Years and $1M Later, the County Still Doesn’t Have a Plan to Fight Climate Change
January 7, 2019, Voice of San Diego

Opinion: San Diego Can Be a Leader in California’s Transition Off Fossil Fuels
December 14, 2018, Times of San Diego

City Council Votes to Re-Route Truck Traffic in Barrio Logan
December 4, 2018, Times of San Diego

People of the Year 2018: Philomena Marino
November 21, 2018, San Diego CityBeat

Presentan 'Mi comunidad y el Alamar', con información de flora y fauna
November 19, 2018, Uniradio Informa

Tijuana Youth Group Launches Comic Book Focused On Conservation
November 19, 2018, Times of San Diego

Legislating a Just Transition off Fossil Fuels: San Diego Champions Lead on Climate and Energy Policies
November 5, 2018, San Diego Free Press

Environmental justice advocates blast San Diego for lack of progress on climate plan
October 29, 2018, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mejoras a Tránsito son Énfasis de Reporte Ambiental
October 29, 2018, La Prensa San Diego

Activists Push For Environmental Justice In San Diego Neighborhoods
October 22, 2018, KPBS

Activists Call on San Diego Officials to Make Climate Improvements 
October 22, 2018, Times of San Diego

Environment Report: Report Throws Shade on Climate Plan's Impact in Low-Income Communities
October 22, 2018, Voice of San Diego

In Barrio Logan, a New Chicano Park Mural Reflects on History and Promotes Unity
August 15, 2018, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

Study Shows Lack of Diversity Among San Diego Leaders
August 10, 2018, La Prensa San Diego, Download PDF

Diversity in the San Diego County Government 
August 10, 2018, KSDY, Watch video

Why Energy Policy Must Include Environmental Justice
July 19, 2018, San Diego Union Tribune, Download PDF

National City Wins Big in SANDAG Smart Growth Grant Program
July 18, 2018, KPBS, Download PDF

Morning Report: National City Struggles to Untangle Homes and Polluting Businesses
July 3, 2018, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

12 Years in, National City has Only Booted Two Polluting Businesses From Residential Neighborhoods
July 3, 2018, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

From Police Reform To Playgrounds, San Diego Coalition Seeks A City Budget For The People
May 29, 2018, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

Building Democracy: People and Purpose in San Diego County
May 15, 2018, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Download PDF

Project Innovation: Environmental Health Coalition
May 8, 2018, NBC San Diego, Download PDF

Barrio Logan Election Do-Over
April 23, 2018, San Diego Reader, Download PDF Part 1, Part 2

Port of San Diego Chairman Rafael Castellanos Praises Truck Ordinance
April 13, 2018, Times of San Diego, Download PDF

Decertification of Barrio Logan Planning Group Election a Civil Rights Issue, Say Activists
April 11, 2018, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

After Dispute, Barrio Logan Planning Group Will Vote Again On New Members
April 4, 2018, KPBS, Download PDF

How Proposition 70 Threatens Climate Investments
March 29, 2018, UT San Diego, Download PDF

Morning Report: Coastal Loophole Allows Houses to Balloon in Size
March 26, 2018, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Politics Report: Votes Thrown Out in Barrio Logan
March 25, 2018, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

City’s Truck Resolution Insufficient Residents Say
March 22, 2018, La Prensa San Diego, Download PDF

Candidates Square Off for Alvarez's Council Seat
March 15, 2018, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

District 8 Candidates Attend Forum to Discuss Key Community Issues
March 15, 2018, La Prensa San Diego, Download PDF

Readers Write: San Diego Legislators Lead the State on Environmental Justice
March 7, 2018, San Diego Free Press, Download PDF

San Diego Legislators Lead the State on Environmental Justice
March 7, 2018, Keep Health Care, Download PDF

Video: New Generation Joins Barrio Logan's Long Fight
March 6, 2018, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Cedric Garland Recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Excellence in Epidemiology and Education
February 21, 2018, Chicago Evening Post, Download PDF

California’s Real Climate Leaders: Frontline Communities
February 14, 2018, Medium, Download PDF

MTS Board Elects Georgette Gomez Chairwoman
January 18, 2018, KPBS, Download PDF

Sign of the Times: Progressive Gomez Takes Over at Stodgy MTS
January 18, 2018, Voice of San Diego, Download PDF

Community garden to grow in National City
January 6, 2018, San Diego Reader, Download PDF

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Clean Air Plan Aims to Reduce Cancer Risk for Portside Communities

San Diego Air Pollution Control District adopts ambitious plan to reduce cancer-causing pollution in San Diego’s portside communities.

SAN DIEGO, July 16, 2021 –  A newly reformed and more diverse SDAPCD board distinguished itself on Friday from its predecessors by approving an ambitious public health-centered Community Emission Reduction Plan (CERP). In addition to reducing air pollution, the newly approved plan establishes strategies to decrease the cancer risk for communities neighboring the Port of San Diego. These portside communities - Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights, and West National City – are exposed to vastly disproportionate amounts of cancer-causing air toxins.

Portside community cancer risks are as follows:

  • According to EPA’s National Air Toxics Assessment, residents in the portside area have a higher risk of developing cancer from air toxins than 93% of the nation.
  • Portside communities are exposed to more diesel particulate matter pollution – which is known to cause cancer – than 95% of California.
  • Diesel pollution causes 84 percent of the cancer risk from air pollution in Barrio Logan and National City communities, according to the California Air Resources Board.

“Many families, including my own, have suffered both physically and financially from health complications due to the air pollution we breathe. My grandfather who lived in Barrio Logan the majority of his life passed away from lung cancer, and my mother has had to undergo two surgeries to address her respiratory problems,” said Maritza Garcia, a third-generation Barrio Logan resident. “The SDAPCD’s vote to approve the Community Emission Reduction Plan (CERP) shows that they are listening to the community and prioritizing our health. We deserve clean air just like everyone else.”

Currently, the San Diego APCD cancer risk reduction threshold is 100 per million, which - along with San Joaquin Valley - is the highest for the five large air districts in California. This means that in the San Diego region each permitted business can emit enough toxic air contaminants to put 100 people in a million at risk of developing cancer. The recently adopted CERP will work to reduce this risk down to 10 people per million people in portside communities by 2026. This is just one of 11 community health-centered goals in the plan.

“The new SD APCD board has shown great leadership and a deep commitment to environmental justice by voting to approve this aspirational CERP,” said Joy Williams, who represents the Environmental Health Coalition on the Portside Community Steering Committee, also known as the AB 617 Steering Committee. “The CERP addresses the community’s highest priorities to reduce health risks due to air pollution, such as diesel and other toxins, and increase trees and green spaces in their neighborhoods.”

The CERP includes goals to lower diesel pollution from 2018 levels by 2031 and transition medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks from diesel to 100% zero-emission vehicles five years ahead of the state requirements. Diesel pollution does not just cause cancer. It aggravates respiratory diseases like asthma and is associated with low-birth weight. Children in portside communities, like Logan Heights and National City, have more than double the rate of asthma emergency rooms visit than the county average, and triple the rate of La Jolla.

To read the entire CERP in English, click here.

To read the entire CERP in Spanish, click here.

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 Under Increasing Community Pressure, Port of San Diego Charts New Direction to Meaningful Clean Air Strategy

Board of Port Commissioners supports public health goals in its Maritime Clean Air Strategy

SAN DIEGO, May 14, 2021 – Portside communities have long suffered from air pollution generated by Port of San Diego operations, which causes cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other respiratory problems. On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the Port’s Board of Port Commissioners held a virtual hearing on the Port’s draft Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS), a plan that is supposed to outline how the Port will reduce the air pollution it generates and address public health in Portside communities.

A coalition of community residents, and state and local organizations led by Environmental HeaIth Coalition (EHC) mobilized in opposition to the current draft MCAS. They argued that it would maintain the status quo and not meaningfully reduce harmful air pollutants. In response, the Board directed Port staff to develop a new draft that sets specific public health goals for clean air, creates an achievable transition plan to zero emission heavy-duty trucks, while supporting economic development. The Board also asked staff to increase community and stakeholder outreach and provide a longer review and comment period.

“The MCAS as we know is a guiding document, but even as a guiding document it holds itself to be transformative on how we provide a path on encouraging sustainable economic growth that won’t be at the expense of public health,” said Port Commissioner Sandy Naranjo.

Agreeing with Naranjo, Commissioner Jennifer LeSar said, “I really believe that clean air is a civil rights issue.” She called for approaching the MCAS from a restorative lens that does not focus on just meeting minimum requirements but embraces aspirational goals that push the Port to lead.

Some commissioners called for an approach that balances public health with tenants and industry interests. While maintaining the importance of economic vitality, Board Chair Michael Zucchet reminded the commission of the Port’s imbalanced history.

“I don’t think there has been a balance. I think there has been a 100% emphasis on commerce and the maritime industry…,” said Zucchet. “…we can all think of all the ways where environmental quality, where public health has been sacrificed over the years…”

Portside communities, like National City and Barrio Logan, have some of the highest levels of diesel pollution in the region. Children in these communities have more than double the rate of asthma emergency room visits than the county average. A recent report found that over 80% of the cancer risk San Diegans breathe in is from diesel pollution.

“My husband suffers from respiratory problems and has cancer, and the pollution that comes from the port and the trucks that pass through my community every day makes his medical condition worse...,” shared Alicia Sanchez, a National City resident, during the public comment portion.

The coalition led by EHC is calling for an MCAS that 1) decreases the risk of cancer by reducing diesel and other toxic air pollutants, 2) requires heavy-duty diesel drayage trucks to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2030 – five years ahead of the state’s requirements, and 3) provides the infrastructure, funding, and implementation mechanisms necessary to achieve these goals. Over 200 community members signed a petition in support of these environmental justice goals.

“With the amount of diesel pollution our communities are exposed to, they cannot afford to wait until the state’s 2035 ZEV goal to breathe cleaner air. We need a commitment from the Port of San Diego that they will lead the state in emission reduction, not begrudgingly follow,” said Diane Takvorian, the executive director of Environmental Health Coalition. “Based on what we heard today, it looks like this new Board of Port Commissioners is listening to the community and is ready to do their part so we can all breathe clean air. We are cautiously optimistic, but we will not let up the pressure.”

Port staff is expected to produce a new draft for public review and comment, before presenting a final draft to the Board of Port Commissioners in September 2021. To watch the May 11, 2021, hearing, please click here. The MCAS is item 15.

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Three Public Members Join Newly Reformed San Diego Air Pollution Control District Board

Ushering in a New Era of Clean Air

With the sixth worst air quality in the nation, Environmental Health Coalition is hopeful San Diego’s new Air Pollution Control District (APCD) board will take bold action to protect the health of the 3 million San Diego County Residents.

San Diego’s APCD appoints the state’s first ever-Environmental Justice Member, along with a Public Health/Physician Member, and Air Pollution Science/ Technology member.

SAN DIEGO, April 2, 2021 – Environmental Health Coalition congratulates the three public members appointed to the newly reformed San Diego Air Pollution Control District Governing Board. The three new members appointed by the Board are Anne Marie Birkbeck-Garcia, MD to the Public Health/Physician Member seat, Enrique Medina to the Air Pollution Science/Technology Member seat, and Georgette Gomez to the Environmental Justice Member seat – the very first in the state.

With these three public members, the SDAPCD Board is now comprised of 11 members tasked with improving San Diego County’s air quality to protect the health of its over 3 million residents who breathe some of the most polluted air in California and the nation. In San Diego, nearly 10% of children across the region have asthma, and children in the areas most impacted by air pollution have three to five times more than the county average in hospitalizations.

“My family has lived in Logan for a few generations and as a result, we have endured a tremendous amount of air pollution in our neighborhood. Due to this pollution, my mother has had to undergo two surgeries for her breathing problems," said Maritza Garcia, a Barrio Logan resident.  “Having an Environmental Justice member on the board that cares about neighborhoods like mine makes me hopeful to see major improvements to clean our air. Our lives depend on it.”

Gomez will be the first environmental justice member to sit on an ACPD board in the state. The immediate past president of San Diego City Council and former EHC Associate Director, Gomez has lived, worked, and represented nearly all the 40 San Diego census tracks that are the top 25% most polluted areas in the state. Most of those census tracks are south of interstate eight in low-income neighborhoods of color.

“Anne Marie, Enrique, and Georgette all deeply understand the terrible health impacts pollution has on our most vulnerable communities because of their personal experiences with it and will work to significantly improve air quality in these communities,” said Diane Takvorian, Executive Director of Environmental Health Coalition.

Raised in South San Diego, Dr. Birkbeck-Garcia is a pediatrician who treats children suffering from respiratory and other life-threatening diseases made worse by severe air pollution. An EHC board member since 2009, Medina is an environmental and occupational health and safety professional who volunteers his time and expertise in San Diego and Tijuana addressing air pollution and health issues.

“It is really exciting to see AB 423 become reality. The new SDAPCD Board is so much more representative of San Diego County’s vast and diverse population,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “It provides a great opportunity for the Air District to get on the right track and I look forward to air quality improvements in the near future.”

In 2019, following demands from environmental justice communities to strengthen SDAPCD, Governor Newsom signed AB 423 into law. This bill - authored by then Assemblymember Todd Gloria and sponsored by EHC - sought to make the SDAPCD board more accountable, transparent and diverse.

 

San Diego Board of Port Commissioners Delays Consideration of Polluting Project, Responding to Community Demands for Electric Truck Requirements

 

San Diego/Tijuana’s leading EJ organization to step up the fight against environmental and systemic racism

 

Community-driven projects will support strengthening local economy, improving public health, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Port urged to protect public health, improve air quality, and reject all new shipyard projects in disadvantaged portside communities

Joy Williams of Environmental Health Coalition has spent over 30 years improving health and air quality for most impacted communities in San Diego/Tijuana

District board will be first in California to include an environmental justice representative

Funding to develop community-defined health and climate priorities

Near Tragedy Highlights Barrio Logan Toxic Burden

Community Budget Alliance pushes for a People’s Budget

Press Release from American Planning Association

New Legislation Calls for Reform of San Diego Air Pollution Control District
Bill creates equitable representation and greater transparency to the public

  • Unanimous vote gives Mundo Gardens operation of first public garden in Old Town National City
  • Environmental Health Coalition facilitates community vision for healthy neighborhood

Advocates say San Diego’s transportation planning agency must reach 25 percent emission reduction goal by 2035

Chicano Park Steering Committee approves locally drafted design celebrating history and culture of neighborhood

Community applauds Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher for championing the bill to reform San Diego’s regional transportation agency

Community applauds City Council’s commitment to protect families

Paradise Creek apartments shaped by community, for community

Environmental Health Coalition announces Dolores Huerta as keynote speaker for April 20 celebration

Environmental Health Coalition applauds Toni Atkins and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher

EHC says results from pollution-screening tool paint clear roadmap to environmental justice

EHC says expansion plan addresses concerns from most impacted communities

Governor Brown signs SB 1000 for Equitable Land Use

Port’s plan will add 800 diesel truck trips through Barrio Logan – per day

Environmental Health Coalition commends Air Resources Board for collaborative workshop in Barrio Logan

Environmental Health Coalition urges residents of impacted communities to attend unprecedented workshop 

Leaders of major community organizations in San Diego issued a joint statement today urging voters to approve Proposition I, which increases the minimum wage and provides five earned sick days for everyone working in the city.

Port of San Diego to expand Pepper Park by 2.5 acres

Environmental Health Coalition to celebrate cross-border communities at Awards Celebration

Dean Florez, Diane Takvorian appointed under AB 1288

Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced the appointment of longtime environmental justice leader Diane Takvorian to the state Air Resources Board.

Group says it will partner with SANDAG only if expected ballot measure invests in clean air, better transit, good jobs

San Diego becomes first city in California to incorporate statewide tool identifying communities overburdened by multiple sources of pollution

This video commemorates Environmental Health Coalition's 40th anniversary. Founded in 1980, EHC builds grassroots campaigns to confront the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use, and climate change.

Learn about our 40th anniversary celebration on August 20, 2020, including a full recording of the live event in English and Spanish, 40 years of EJ in pictures, and much more!

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For many years, residents in the community of Barrio Logan complained about the increasing heavy-duty diesel truck traffic on neighborhood streets. Diesel emissions from these trucks, as well as safety, noise and other impacts concern community members.

Based on the California environmental justice mapping tool CalEnviroScreen, we can see that Barrio Logan is in the highest vulnerability for particulate matter from Diesel pollution.

The American Planning Association (APA) selected EHC’s Policy Director, Carolina Martinez to receive their 2019 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change.

The award is a testament to Carolina’s commitment and the resolve of community members such as Lorena Chavez and Adriana Mecina to advance the Paradise Creek housing development project in National City.

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Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Community Planning to Overcome Injustice (Spanish - Full Movie)

Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Community Planning To Overcome Injustice (English - Full Movie)

Colectivo Chilpancingo's story of a decades-long struggle against toxic pollution in Tijuana.

Our community members are advocating for an ambitious scoping plan. Listen as they explain why.

Environmental Health Coalition’s Healthy Kids and Healthy Homes programs protect our region's most vulnerable children from toxics and lead poisoning in their homes and schools.

Our community leaders shed light on issues that warrant long-overdue environmental justice. There is a leader in every one of us. We are all environmental justice. 

 On April 14, 2016, we celebrated communities spearheading crossborder environmental justice and rebuilding the natural world we share. Communities on an international border have the great privilege and responsibility of transcending boundaries and merging two cultures into one unique way of life. One border, shared. One community, together. One people, unified.

Throughout EHC's 35 years of advocacy our focus has stayed the same - achieving environmental health and justice. Executive Director Diane Takvorian shares some of the biggest environmental impacts affecting children in our communities. 

This is a story about everyone's right to clean air and transportation. It's the story of the climate revolución.

As the irreversible effects of climate change hit our communities the hardest, we say, "Enough. Enough neglect, enough dirty air and enough wasting time. We won't stand for this anymore." A revolution is born.

On April 30, we celebrated progress as our communities lead the countywide charge to improve health, transit and energy. This video announces our 2015 Awardees, leaders of the Climate Revolución.

Join us at the California Environmental Justice Alliance Congreso in Sacramento on August 24.  Let's unite to tell our representatives that environmental justice in our communities needs to be a statewide priority. #PeoplePowerPolicy

Toni Atkins joins the Climate Revolución!

Sarah, one of our talented SALTA leadership training teachers, explains the value of SALTA for organizers of disadvantaged communities.

SALTA (Salud Ambiental Lideres Tomando Accion – Environmental Health, Leaders Taking Action) is Environmental Health Coalition's web-based, interactive leadership development curriculum that provides community leaders with skill-building training in community organizing, policy advocacy, building power, community health, environmental justice and effective communication. Learn more about SALTA. 

Meet Tuan Luu, a recent SALTA graduate. Tuan feels SALTA has prepared him to succeed with in-depth community organizer training and has motivated him more than ever to make a lasting change in his community. He recommends the course to anyone interested in making a difference.

SALTA stands for Salud Ambiental Lideres Tomando Accion – Environmental Health, Leaders Taking Action. Learn more about SALTA.

In 2014 we announced the winners for our 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities, including:

Lara Gates, plan update manager at the City of San Diego; For stewardship of the Barrio Logan community plan update, enabling all stakeholders to find a just outcome to neighborhood land-use issues.

Maria Martinez, EHC leader and promotora; For leading and inspiring community members in Barrio Logan to fight for a healthier neighborhood.

The Barrio Logan Community Action Team; For standing strong as community leaders in Barrio Logan and organizing and empowering other residents to have a voice in the issues effecting their neighborhood.

In 2014 we announced the winners for our 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities, including:

  • Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, City of National City councilwoman; For leadership on the Westside Specific Plan, the implementation of phasing out polluting businesses, adding 201 affordable housing units and more.
  • Adriana Alfaro, EHC leader; For years of dedication to improving Old Town National City and tireless work towards achieving environmental justice in the San Diego region.
  • The National City Community Action Team; For standing strong as community leaders in National City and organizing and empowering other residents to have a voice in the issues effecting their neighborhood.

Ruth Heifetz, EHC founding board member and senior lecturer at UCSD School of Medicine, took home our 2014 Spirit of Justice Award for a lifetime of dedication to raising awareness among students, professionals, workers and residents to the hazards of toxic pollution.

Learn more about Environmental Health Coalition's first free video-learning tool, Creating Healthy Neighborhoods!

Watch Alliance Healthcare Foundation's Nancy Sasaki and Sylvia Barron as they present a $50,000 Mission Support Grant to Diane Takvorian, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Coalition.

Learn more about EHC's partnership with the Alliance Healthcare Foundation.

In the 1900s, San Diego Bay supported great biodiversity. After years of neglect and poor planning, industries polluted the bay with more than 20 types of pollutants, endangered surrounding communities with 36 types of air contaminants and destroyed 90 percent of the bay's mud flats and 78 percent of its salt marshes.

For more than 30 years, Environmental Health Coalition has confronted environmental injustices in the San Diego/Tijuana region.

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2010

EHC at the U.S. Social Forum

Save the Date: EHC's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks for Making our 30th a Success

Empower San Diego honors Laura Hunter

Take action to protect kids in Tijuana from air toxics

Deny the Gregory Canyon Dump

Vote 'Climate First' on Election Day, Nov. 2

EHC Voter Guide November 2010

Watch: White House Environmental Justice Forum

Green Energy Victories Made Possible by YOU

Green Homes, Good Jobs for All

EHC wins Energy Strategies for Low-Income Communities

Deny the South Bay Power Plant permits

The END of the South Bay Power Plant

Port Approves Bayfront Settlement

EPA, HUD, DOT invest in West National City

EPA officials tour West National City

Community Calls for Adoption of Westside National City Plan

Old Town National City Plan Approved

'Are the Tides Turning on Equity and Environmental Justice in San Diego Planning?'

Join us for Prop 23 media training

Van Jones: No on Prop 23

Hit the streets and Stop Prop 23

We Stopped Prop 23!

2008

CV City Council sells out community on MMC Peaker Plant

Oppose MMC Peaker Plant

Walk for Environmental Justice and Voter Empowerment

May 1 Immigrant Rights March

Support the Children's Right to Lead-Safe Housing Ordinance

2007 and prior

Green Energy Options Report Released - 2007

Voter Empowerment 2006
List of Propositions Voter Volunteer Form Toxinformer Voter Guide

Vote NO on OFTA

Celebrate International Workers Day - click here for the EHC Statement in Solidarity (April 2006) [oprima aquí para español]

The South Bay Power Plant has been polluting Chula Vistans for over 40 years. You have the power to stop it NOW! Attend the Town Hall Meeting on May 3, 2006

Protect our families and children from toxic chemicals in our food supply! (Feb 2006)

JOIN EHC TO FIGHT FOR REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR BARRIO LOGAN Oppose approval of JMI's Ballpark Village (Oct 2005)

VICTORY! EHC's Bill To Protect Children From Lead in Candy is now Law! (Oct 2005)

Call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and urge him to SIGN AB 121! (Sept 2005)

DEMAND FAIR RULES for COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION - Call or write to Commissioner Peevey and say you want fair rules for CCA! (August 2005)

One step for Chula Vista , one giant leap toward a secure energy future.
Community Choice Aggregation is the right Choice! (July 2005)

Tell Congresswoman Susan Davis: Vote NO on CAFTA! (July 2005)

SAY YES TO FAIR TRADE! Let's stop CAFTA for good!!! (June 2005)

Come Save the Bay!!! San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) Meeting and workshop (June 2005)

OPPOSE the Replacement of Steam Generators at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) (May 2005)

Join EHC's San Diego Fair Trade Coalition at a RALLY AGAINST CAFTA! (March 2005)

HEADS UP ! Call the Mayor and City Council to urge them to support The Children's Right to Lead-Safe Housing Ordinance (March 2005)

Final hearing - The SBPP Must Stop Devastating San Diego Bay! Attend RWQCB on November 10, 2004

STOP DEADLY POWER! EHC demands a permit for the South Bay Power Plant to protect San Diego Bay now, not later. Attend RWQCB hearing on September 8, 2004

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Our communities have suffered for too long from the pollution generated by the Port of San Diego and its tenants. Communities neighboring the Port have some of the highest levels of diesel pollution in the San Diego region. Barrio Logan has 98% more diesel pollution than the rest of the state.

Port Pollution Is Hurting Our Health

  • Diesel pollution causes lung cancer, and chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease, breathing problems, and more.
  • In 2018, chronic diseases like these caused 53% of all deaths in South San Diego.
  • The children in our neighborhoods have more than double the rate of asthma emergency rooms visit than the county average.

It’s Time for the Port to be a Good Neighbor

The Port is working on the Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS), a plan to clean up the damage it is doing to our air.

The MCAS is supposed to create clear goals, rules, and deadlines for the Port to reduce the air pollution it creates. However, the Port's current plan is business as usual and does NOT put our health first.

Our Health Can’t Wait! We Deserve Clean Air Now

The Port can put our health first by committing to these goals in the Maritime Clean Air Strategy:

  • Decrease the risk of cancer by reducing diesel and other toxic air pollutants
  • Require heavy-duty trucks to transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEV)
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  • Develop revenue sources to implement the MCAS goals

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Honoring Black Environmental Justice Leaders

The Intersection of Race and Environmental Justice

February is Black History Month, a nationwide observance to honor and celebrate the many contributions Black people have made to our nation and the world. In honor of this month, Environmental Health Coalition is celebrating black leaders in the environmental justice movement and our communities. To truly understand and appreciate these leaders, we must first acknowledge the tragic history of slavery, repression, and racism black people have endured in our country and still live with today.

The fight for environmental justice is the fight against environmental racism. It was the landmark report Toxic Waste and Race in the United States, published by the United Church of Christ in 1987, that documented the injustices endured by people of color, and especially African Americans. The report found that race is the most significant factor, more important than income, when locating toxic waste sites.

To this day, black communities continue to bear a disproportionate amount of pollution and its devastating health impacts. According to the American Lung Association, “Recent studies have looked at the mortality in the Medicaid population and found that those who live in predominately Black or African American communities suffered greater risk of premature death from particle pollution than those who live in communities that are predominately white.” As these studies make very clear, environmental justice fights for racial justice and the fight is not over.

Black leaders birthed the environmental justice movement and continue to be at the frontlines. We are honored to shine a light on just a few of these passionate and effective leaders who inspire us all.

Vernice Miller-Travis

Headshot Vernice 500x500Environmental justice has been Vernice’s life work for more than thirty years. She is one of the nation’s most respected thought leaders on environmental justice and the interplay of civil rights and environmental policy.  She was a contributing author to the landmark report “Toxic Waste and Race in the United States.” In 1991, she was a delegate to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. At the Summit, she served on the small drafting committee that wrote the Principles of Environmental Justice. She is currently the Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Group, a full-service strategic and creative agency dedicated to advancing social justice.

EHC had the opportunity to ask Vernice about the nexus between environmental justice and racial justice. She was kind enough to provide us with the below thoughtful response:

We understood from the earliest days of organizing and advocacy in our local communities that the environmental and public health threats we faced were rooted in systemic racism. 

We started out fighting environmental racism. But, that framing made regulators at the local, county, state, and federal levels, as well as industry representatives very uncomfortable when we suggested that systemic racism was enmeshed in the land use, zoning, housing, and industrial agriculture and development patterns of decision-making. These decisions were grounded in historic practices of racial and ethnic segregation. 

Long before the publication of Toxic Waste and Race, Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards, or Dumping in Dixie, every person of color living in the United States knew unequivocally that wherever we lived was profoundly different from where Whites lived, even if we lived in the same city, county, or town. Our schools and hospitals were different, our supermarkets and pharmacies were different, the housing stock, and recreational spaces were different. Transportation systems were different. When I say different, I mean profoundly unequal. But more importantly, the quality of the air we breathed and the water we drank was more often than not full of contaminants. This made us sicker and have shorter life expectancies.

The fight for Environmental Justice is now and has always been a fight for racial justice and equal treatment before the law. 

 

Eric Wilson

Untitled designEric Wilson is Environmental Health Coalition’s Human Resources and Administration Director. Eric has more than 20 years of administrative and operational experience in for-profit and non-profit arenas. His heart is with social and environmental justice work. Through his leadership, Eric creates a collaborative and supportive working environment in which EHC staffers can develop into EJ champions and help residents realize their innate power to create healthy, pollution-free neighborhoods.

Eric shared with us, “I am passionate about environmental and social justice because of an incident that happened to me when I was about 14. My brother-in-law was wrongly arrested and beaten very badly for driving in the wrong neighborhood. He was hospitalized for weeks. At this time, I found out what it meant to be black in the United States as my father had to explain the double standard to me. It angered me so much that I never forgot the experience and have since had a desire to fight for what is right. I hold true to Dr. King's quote:

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’”

 

Roberta Alexander, PhD

Untitled design 1A former black panther, Roberta has dedicated her life to social justice, education, and cultural enrichment. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2012, Roberta has helped guide Environmental Health Coalition through more than a decade of environmental justice challenges and success. She served as a faculty member in the San Diego Community College District for over 35 years. During her tenure, she was the Department Chair for English as a Second Language in Continuing Education at Centre City Adult School and the Department Chair of English at San Diego City College.

Roberta shared with us, “In the 1960s, I lived in the flatlands of North Richmond next to the toxics-spewing Chevron refinery where it is no accident that Black and Brown folks are still the overwhelming majority of residents. Every single day, our children continue to struggle to breathe through the toxic fumes of neighborhoods like that one. Indeed, here in San Diego, nationally and internationally, air pollution, hazardous waste sites, lead poisoning, climate change, and water contamination disproportionately affect poor people of color.

George Floyd, when he was murdered by a knee on his neck, cried out, ‘I can't breathe.’ Our children use the same three words when they're struggling through an asthma attack.”

 

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Untitled design 2Mustafa is a thought-leader and activist committed to fighting for environmental justice and economic equity. He worked at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years. At the EPA, he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. During his tenure, he worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs, and initiatives. He also led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices focused on implementing holistic strategies to address the issues facing vulnerable communities.In 2017, he resigned from the EPA to join the Hip Hop Caucus and lead their Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization portfolio.

For his lifetime of environmental justice work, EHC honored Mustafa with the Environmental Justice Champion Award in 2018. At the award ceremony, he gave a moving acceptance speech that is featured below: 

 

 

Cecil Corbin-Mark

Cecil Corbin MarkThe environmental justice community endured a great loss when Harlem activist Cecil Corbin-Mark passed away on October 15, 2020. He was only 51 years old. Cecil was the Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT, a West Harlem non-profit whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that low-income communities of color participate meaningfully in the creation of environmental health and protection policies. Over his 26-year career at WE ACT, he helped develop and pass numerous bills in New York City and New York State, and managed WE ACT’s Washington, DC federal policy office.

West Harlem, New York, and the nation are so much better because of his selfless contributions of love, wisdom, and struggle. Rest in power Cecil.

To learn more about Cecil and his impact on the EJ community, click here.


 

Homenaje a Líderes Negros(as) en Justicia Ambiental:

La Encrucijada entre Raza y Justicia Ambiental

Febrero es Mes de la Historia Negra, una conmemoración nacional para celebrar y rendir homenaje a las innumerables aportaciones de las personas negras a nuestro país y al mundo. En honor a dicho mes, Environmental Health Coalition celebra a líderes negros(as) en el movimiento por la justicia ambiental y en nuestras comunidades. Para verdaderamente entender y apreciar a dichos(as) líderes, debemos primero reconocer la trágica historia de esclavitud, represión y racismo que ha sufrido – y con el que sigue lidiando a la fecha – el pueblo negro en nuestro país.

La lucha por la justicia ambiental es la lucha contra el racismo ambiental. Las injusticias que ha sufrido la gente de color, y en particular el pueblo Afroamericano, se documentaron en el emblemático informe Toxic Waste and Race in the United States (Residuos Tóxicos y Raza en los Estados Unidos), publicado por la Iglesia Unida de Cristo en 1987. El informe arroja que la raza es el factor más importante, por encima del nivel de ingresos de una comunidad, para decidir la ubicación de instalaciones de residuos tóxicos.

A la fecha, las comunidades negras continúan cargando con volúmenes desproporcionados de la contaminación y sus devastadores impactos en la salud. Según la American Lung Association (Asociación Pulmonar de EE.UU.) “Estudios recientes han analizado la mortalidad entre la población derechohabiente de Medicaid e identificado que quienes viven en comunidades predominantemente negras o afroamericanas sufren un mayor riesgo de muerte prematura a causa de contaminación por partículas que quienes viven en comunidades predominantemente blancas”. Tal y como dejan muy en claro estos estudios, la justicia ambiental lucha por la justicia racial, y la lucha aún no termina.

Líderes negros(as) dieron vida al movimiento por la justicia ambiental y continúan al frente de la lucha. Es un honor destacar a tan solo unos(as) cuantos(as) de estos(as) apasionados(as) y eficaces líderes quienes nos inspiran a todos(as).

Vernice Miller-Travis

Headshot Vernice 500x500Vernice ha dedicado a su vida a la justicia ambiental durante más de treinta años. Es una de las más respetadas líderes del país en el tema de justicia ambiental y la interrelación entre derechos civiles y políticas ambientales. Fue coautora del emblemático informe “Residuos Tóxicos y Raza en los Estados Unidos”. En 1991, fue una de las delegadas invitadas a la Primera Cumbre Nacional de Liderazgo Ambiental del Pueblo de Color. Durante la Cumbre, fue parte de un pequeño comité de redacción que produjo los Principios de la Justicia Ambiental. Actualmente funge como Vicepresidenta Ejecutiva de Metropolitan Group, un despacho de servicios integrales creativos y estratégicos dedicado a avanzar la justicia social.

EHC tuvo la oportunidad de preguntarle a Vernice acerca del nexo entre la justicia ambiental y la justicia racial, y ella tuvo la amabilidad de proporcionarnos la siguiente sensata respuesta:

Desde los primeros momentos de organización y abogacía en nuestras comunidades locales, entendimos que las amenazas al medioambiente y la salud pública que enfrentábamos tenían sus raíces en el racismo sistémico. 

Iniciamos luchando contra el racismo ambiental. Pero este abordaje incomodó enormemente a las personas a cargo de normas a nivel local, estatal federal y del condado, así a como representantes de la industria, cuando sugerimos que el racismo sistémico estaba inmerso en uso de suelo, zonificación, vivienda y agricultura industrial, y en los patrones de desarrollo de toma de decisiones. Estas decisiones se basaban en prácticas históricas de segregación racial y étnica.  

Mucho antes de que se publicara Residuos Tóxicos y Raza en los Estados Unido, Raza y la Incidencia de Amenazas Ambientales o Dumping in Dixie (Descargando en Dixie), toda persona de color en los Estados Unidos sabía sin lugar a duda que donde vivíamos nosotros era profundamente distinto a donde vivía la gente blanca, incluso si vivíamos en la misma ciudad, poblado o condado. Nuestras escuelas y hospitales eran distintos, nuestros supermercados y farmacias eran distintas. Los sistemas de transporte eran distintos. Cuando digo distintos, me refiero a que eran profundamente desiguales. Pero, de manera más importante, el aire que respirábamos y el agua que tomábamos en la mayoría de los casos estaban llenos de contaminantes. Esto ocasionaba que nos enfermáramos más y que nuestra expectativa de vida fuera más corta.

La lucha por la Justicia Ambiental es hoy y siempre ha sido una lucha por justicia racial e igualdad de trato ante la ley. 

 

Eric Wilson

Untitled designEric Wilson es Director de Recursos Humanos y Administración en Environmental Health Coalition. Eric cuenta con más de 20 años de experiencia administrativa y operativa en empresas con y sin fines de lucro. Su corazón late por la labor de justicia ambiental y social. A través de su liderazgo, Eric crea un entorno laboral de colaboración y apoyo en el que el personal de EHC puede desarrollarse para convertirse en paladines de la justicia ambiental y ayudar a residentes a materializar su poder innato en aras de crear barrios saludables y libres de contaminación.

Eric nos comparte, “Soy apasionado por la justicia ambiental y social por un incidente que me ocurrió cuando tenía como 14 [años]. Arrestaron a mi cuñado sin causa y lo golpearon muy fuerte porque conducía por una colonia donde no pertenecía. Estuvo hospitalizado varias semanas. Fue entonces que descubrí lo que significa ser negro en Estados Unidos, ya que mi padre me tuvo que explicar esta doble moral. Me enojó tanto que nunca he olvidado la experiencia, y desde entonces he tenido el deseo de luchar por lo correcto. Me apego fielmente a la cita del Dr. King:

‘Nuestras vidas empiezan a terminar el día que guardamos silencio ante las cosas que importan”. “La verdadera medida de un hombre no es su postura en circunstancias convenientes y cómodas, sino su postura en tiempos de retos y controversias”.

 

Dra. Roberta Alexander

Untitled design 1Al haber sido Pantera Negra, Roberta ha dedicado su vida a justicia social, educación y enriquecimiento cultural. En su función como integrante de la Junta Directiva de 2012 a la fecha, Roberta ha ayudado a guiar a Environmental Health Coalition a través de más de una década de retos y triunfos en justicia ambiental. Fue docente en el Distrito Escolar de Universidades Técnicas de San Diego (San Diego Community College District) durante más de 35 años y, durante su cargo, fungió como Jefa del Departamento de Inglés Como Lengua Extranjera en Educación Continua dentro de la escuela para adultos Centre City, así como Jefa del Departamento de Inglés en San Diego City College.

Roberta nos comparte, “En los sesenta, viví en las llanuras de North Richmond junto a la refinería tóxica de Chevron, lugar en el que no por accidente gente de tez negra y café sigue constituyendo la gran mayoría de la población. Todos los días sin excepción, nuestros(as) hijos(as) siguen batallando por respirar entre vapores tóxicos en barrios como este. De hecho, aquí mismo en San Diego, en el resto del país y en otros en el extranjero contaminación atmosférica, plantas de residuos peligrosos, intoxicación por plomo, cambio climático y contaminación del agua afectan desproporcionadamente a gente pobre y de color.

George Floyd, en los momentos de su asesinato por una rodilla sobre su cuello lamentó, ‘no puedo respirar’. Nuestros(as) niños(as) usan las mismas tres palabras cuando sufren de un ataque de asma”.

 

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Untitled design 2Mustafa es un líder de opinión y activista comprometido a luchar por la justicia ambiental y la equidad económica. Trabajó en la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE.UU. (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) durante 24 años. En EPA, fungió como Subadministrador Asistente de Justicia Ambiental y como Asesor en Jefe en Materia de Justicia Ambiental y Revitalización de Comunidades. Durante su periodo con dicha dependencia, trabajó de manera transversal con otras dependencias federales para fortalecer políticas, programas e iniciativas de justicia ambiental. Además, dirigió el Grupo de Trabajo Interdependencia de Justicia Ambiental (Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, o EJIWG), integrado por 17 dependencias federales y oficinas de la Casa Blanca enfocadas a implementar estrategias integrales para abordar las problemáticas que enfrentan comunidades vulnerables. En 2017, renunció a su puesto en EPA para sumarse a la bancada Hip Hop y dirigir su cartera de trabajo en Justicia Ambiental y Revitalización de Comunidades.  

Por su labor vitalicia en pro de la justicia ambiental, EHC galardonó a Mustafa con el Premio Paladín de Justicia Ambiental en 2018. Durante la ceremonia de reconocimiento, dio un conmovedor discurso de aceptación que podrá encontrar en el siguiente enlace: 

 

Cecil Corbin-Mark

Cecil Corbin MarkLa comunidad de justicia ambiental sufrió una gran pérdida al fallecer el activista de Harlem Corbin-Mark el 15 de octubre de 2020. Cecil fue Subdirector y Director de Iniciativas Políticas en WE ACT, una organización sin fines de lucro en West Harlem cuya misión es crear comunidades saludables mediante vigilar que comunidades de escasos recursos y de color tengan oportunidad de participar plenamente en la creación de políticas de salud y protección ambiental. Durante sus 26 años de trayectoria en WE ACT, colaboró en el desarrollo y la aprobación de un sinnúmero de proyectos de ley en la Ciudad de Nueva York y el Estado de Nueva York, y administró la oficina de políticas federales de WE ACT en Washington, D.C.

West Harlem, Nueva York y el país están en mucho mejor situación gracias a sus generosas aportaciones de amor, sabiduría y lucha. Descansa en poder, Cecil.

Para conocer mayores detalles acerca de Cecil y su impacto en la comunidad de Justicia Ambiental, haga clic aquí..

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A new day! Yesterday was probably the most monumental Presidential Inauguration in our lifetimes and perhaps ever. With the new leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, we can look forward to bold action on the pandemic, climate change, environmental justice, economic recovery, and racial justice. The Biden-Harris Administration has proposed an ambitious agenda that inspires hope for the entire country but speaks especially loudly to communities of color that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 illnesses, death, and its economic impacts, as well as climate pollution and racist actions in policing and immigration. 

While the last four years have been extremely difficult for the country and especially for our environmental justice communities, we know that the discriminatory policies that allowed exposure to toxins and subsequently higher disease rates did not start in the last four years. The assaults on our lives, our families, and human rights started long ago and have been upheld by local, state, and federal governments.

534x200 Across the country and right here in San Diego we mobilized voters and their voices for democracy and social justice were triumphant. As President Biden saidDemocracy has prevailed. 2

Amplifying the hopeful federal agenda, the slate of newly elected and appointed local officials at the County Board of Supervisors, San Diego and National City Councils, Port Commission and the reformed San Diego Air Pollution Control District Board are all positioned to take action to make real and lasting change. Now, at every level, officials have pledged to make substantial, significant and meaningful change to improve the lives of our communities.

Environmental Health Coalition is ready for this auspicious moment, but it will be a challenge.  The neglect and mistreatment have left scars and the division in our country is wide.  As President Biden also said, “The divisions in our country, while deep, are not new.  The battle is perennial.”  We must stand with our communities to demand justice as we have clear evidence, from the insurrection at the Capitol to the razor-thin election results, that the calls for continued discrimination are loud.

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Spanish A New Day Democracy Prevailed

¡Un nuevo día! Ayer vivimos la Inauguración Presidencial posiblemente más monumental en nuestras vidas y tal vez en la historia. Bajo el nuevo liderazgo del Presidente Biden y la Vicepresidenta Harris, anticipamos acciones audaces ante la pandemia, el cambio climático, la justicia ambiental, la recuperación económica y la justicia social. La Administración Biden-Harris propone una ambiciosa agenda de trabajo que inspira esperanza para el país entero, pero que se dirige en una voz particularmente alta a las comunidades de color que han sido las más afectadas por enfermedad, muertes y afectaciones económicas relacionadas con COVID-19, así como con la contaminación ambiental y acciones racistas en la actuación policial y en migración. 

A pesar de que los últimos cuatro años han sido extremadamente difíciles para el país y especialmente para nuestras comunidades de justicia ambiental, estamos conscientes de que las políticas discriminatorias que permitieron exposiciones a toxinas y por ende mayores tasas de enfermedades no iniciaron en estos últimos cuatro años. Los atentados contra nuestras vidas, nuestras familias y nuestros derechos humanos comenzaron hace tiempo y los han sostenido gobiernos locales, estatales y federales.

Spanish 534x200 Across the country and right here in San Diego we mobilized voters and their voices for democracy and social justice were triumphant. As President Biden saidDemocracy has prevailed

En amplificación de la esperanzadora agenda de trabajo federal, tenemos a toda una serie de funcionarios(as) públicos(as) recientemente electos(as) o designados(as) a la Junta de Supervisores del Condado, los Cabildos de San Diego y National City, la Comisión Portuaria y la reformada Mesa Directiva del Distrito de Control de la Contaminación Atmosférica de San Diego, posicionados(as) para actuar en aras de lograr cambios verdaderos y perdurables. Hoy, en todos los niveles, contamos con funcionarios(as) públicos(as) que se han comprometido a lograr cambios sustantivos, sustanciales y trascendentes que mejoren las vidas de nuestras comunidades.

Environmental Health Coalition está preparada para este auspicioso momento, aunque sabemos que será un reto. El descuido y el maltrato han dejado cicatrices y la división en nuestro país es extensa. Como también indicó el Presidente Biden, “las divisiones en nuestro país, aunque profundas, no son nuevas. La lucha es eterna”. Debemos elevarnos junto con nuestras comunidades para exigir justicia, ya que tenemos clara evidencia – desde la insurrección en el Capitolio hasta los estrechos márgenes de las elecciones – de que el llamado por una continua discriminación sigue fuerte.

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In 2020, Californians dealt with historic wildfires, extreme heat, and power blackouts, all in the midst of a pandemic. California’s most vulnerable communities have endured the greatest harm from the widening racial, socioeconomic, and health inequities of COVID-19 and lack of resilient energy infrastructure.

Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that our collective health and safety depends on both in-home resilience and economic support. In-home resilience means, first, that people have access to shelter, and second, that they have access to resources to meet their needs while sheltering in place.

The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program is an unprecedented investment in clean energy serving low-income and disadvantaged communities, and a key strategy to building in-home resilience for California’s renters. In the absence of statewide rent forgiveness or sustained basic income, solar energy can provide critical financial relief. Additionally, the SOMAH program creates pathways to well-paying, essential jobs in the solar industry by building paid training opportunities into every project.

In its first year, SOMAH has received 158 applications; 29% of these applications are located in disadvantaged communities (or DACs), benefiting those who are most impacted by institutionalized racism and environmental pollution. Once constructed, these SOMAH projects will benefit Californians by:

  • Providing savings for nearly 32,000 tenant units
  • Sending 90% of the savings directly to renters
  • Creating over 700 job training opportunities

Building resilience requires deep collaboration and a community-based approach. EHC advocated for the legislation that created the SOMAH program and has worked to ensure the program provides maximum community benefit since its launch in July 2019. EHC is one of five community-based organizations (CBOs) that work directly with the program administrator to help communicate program benefits to tenants, job seekers and the community we live in.

Our work with the SOMAH program builds off of the deep roots we have in San Diego, National City and the border region’s environmental justice (EJ) communities since 1980. In 2020, we helped build community resilience while overcoming the barriers of the digital divide. We’ve organized and advocated from our homes to help elect bold new leadership, ensure our community members were counted in the census, and continue fighting for the right to live, work, and play free from pollution.

If you rent an apartment, you could save on your electric bills through the SOMAH program. To learn more about how SOMAH can help your landlord convert your building to low-cost solar energy, visit: https://calsomah.org/tenants

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

EHC is celebrating the passage of AB 2276 (Reyes, Salas, C. Garcia) a law that will address California’s poor track record of ensuring that our children most at risk of lead poisoning are screened and tested for lead.

About AB 2276

  • AB 2276 requires Medi-Cal managed care plans to identify enrolled children who have not received the required lead tests and remind the child’s healthcare provider and parents about the missed tests.
  • AB 2276 also codifies additional risk factors that the Department of Public Health must consider when developing screening requirements doctors use to determine if a child not enrolled in Medi-Cal should be tested for lead.

Low-income, people of color communities are at higher risk due to the older housing stock, substandard housing conditions, and malnourished children. Lack of nourishment makes it easier for children to absorb lead faster. With stay-at-home orders, most of our children are at home 24/7, making it even more urgent to ensure that homes are lead-safe. Most children do not show any symptoms. Unfortunately, lead can silently poison your child.

Childhood lead poisoning is the #1 environmental health threat impacting children under the age of six by causing brain damage, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior. Lead also damages the immune system – a health impact that is of huge concern during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The good news is that childhood lead poisoning is completely preventable! Parents, please be vigilant. Take steps to make your home lead safe and be sure to schedule a blood lead test for your children and grandkids this week.

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Solar for Affordable Housing

Since its launch in July 2019, the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program has become the nation’s largest investment in clean energy serving low-income and disadvantaged communities. Some 380 projects have applied for funding and are moving through the pipeline to construction.

EHC was a co-sponsor and leading advocate for the legislation that created California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program and is now deeply engaged in ensuring the program provides maximum community benefit.

We celebrate the completion of a successful first year and look back at the accomplishments of SOMAH and EHC. Once constructed, these 380 active applications equate to 82 megawatts of new solar energy on affordable housing properties in California, representing 27% of the program’s total goal to install 300 MW of solar by 2030.

26% of the applications are located in disadvantaged communities defined by CalEnviroScreen scores (or DACs), benefiting those who are most impacted by toxic pollution and a lack of economic opportunity. Once constructed, the SOMAH projects will benefit Californians for decades by:

  • Providing savings for nearly 32,000 tenant units
  • Directing 90% of the savings to tenants
  • Creating over 700 job training opportunities

The SOMAH program is about partnerships and a community-based approach. EHC is one of five community-based organizations (CBOs) in California that works directly with the program administrator to help communicate benefits to tenants, job seekers and the community we live in.

This year, EHC conducted a series of six virtual mini-workshops with Community Action Teams in National City, Barrio Logan and City Heights, which introduced the SOMAH program, how solar energy works, clean energy jobs, and how to reduce energy use at home. We also conducted direct outreach to developers and owners of affordable housing in environmental justice (EJ) communities to ensure our communities are informed about the program and retain its benefits.

None of this is happening in a vacuum. EHC’s work with SOMAH continued as the world around us changed. Our communities saw the highest rates of coronavirus cases and a devastating spike in unemployment. Residents have experienced housing and power insecurity made worse by planned power outages, heatwaves, and fires. The benefits of clean power are needed NOW.

As frontline communities face a greater burden of energy cost and are disproportionately impacted by economic, environmental and racial injustice, expanding access to renewable energy technology and job training will tackle multiple issues at once. Investing in solar for affordable housing through programs like SOMAH will help Californians generate local, clean power while providing much-needed savings to families and creating economic opportunities for individuals.

If you rent an apartment, you could save on your electric bills if your landlord participates in the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. Learn more about how SOMAH can help your landlord convert your building to low-cost solar energy: calsomah.org/tenants

EHC has created this page to share community information and resources about the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. The situation is changing  every day, and we will continue to add new information and resources as they become available. Please be safe and check back regularly for updates.

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Black Lives Matter.

Environmental Health Coalition stands in solidarity with the righteous protests against the killing of Black Americans by law enforcement. We are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and outraged that yet another person has lost their life because of the color of their skin.

The death of George Floyd is being mourned and protested this week while we also remember Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more whose names we will never know.

Black men and boys in America are 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die at the hands of police. Latinos, Native Americans, and Black women and girls are also at higher risk.

People of color have been patient – awaiting action from our leaders. Enough! It is time for action. EHC endorses this proposal by San Diegans for Justice to establish an independent, community-led Commission on Police Practices to investigate cases of police misconduct and bring much-needed accountability to SDPD.

These overt acts of racism – the killing of unarmed black men by police must be met with swift action. Prosecution and punishment will send a strong message that police brutality will not be tolerated.

Covert acts of racism must stopped as well.

#ICantBreathe is a particularly poignant plea that was ignored as George Floyd begged for his life and continues to be ignored for communities of color across the country where air pollution is unacceptably high. Racial segregation and environmental racism result in shorter life expectancies in communities of color than in white communities. Exposure to toxic pollution is a form of slow violence and slow death.

Amid the current pandemic, we are painfully aware that people of color bear a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 deaths. A recent Harvard study shows that a community with a very small increase of particulate pollution has an 8% increase in their COVID death rate. The percentage of black children suffering from asthma is nearly double that of whites and the death rate is 10 times higher.

Environmental racism and police brutality are a dangerous combination. If police don’t end Black lives, the pollution in their environment and communities will. Both are completely preventable.

EHC stands with all communities and in support of the Week of Action in Defense of Black Lives.

Image credit: Beverly Yuen Thompson via Flickr.

Posters on Gentrification and Resistance

On April 26, EHC and City Heights CDC co-hosted an exhibition of posters on gentrification and resistance. Produced across the world over the last 60 years, the posters are powerful visual testaments to the ongoing resistance against gentrification, displacement, and homelessness. The Spanish caption on one poster translates, “Every human being deserves a decent home.” The right to live, work, and play in a safe, healthy and equitable community is a central tenet of EHC’s work in City Heights and across the region, #HealthyHoods #HereToStay

Check out the posters!

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Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! was funded by The California Endowment, California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, with additional support from the Getty Grant Program, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commissio

The American Planning Association (APA) selected EHC’s Policy Director, Carolina Martinez to receive their 2019 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change. The award is a testament to Carolina’s commitment and the resolve of community members such as Lorena Chavez and Adriana Mecina to advance the Paradise Creek housing development project in National City.

From educating community members to identifying funding and partnership opportunities, Carolina worked alongside of the resi-dents to ensure a community-driven process that resulted in Paradise Creek, a 201-unit, affordable housing complex on a remediated brownfield site. #healthyhoods

Environmental Health Coalition worked closely with the non-profit affordable housing organization, Community Housing Works, to bring fiscal resources, housing expertise and community priorities together to make the project possible.

Read the full press release

 

Carolina received the award at the annual APA conference on April 15, 2019 in San Francisco:

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Wendy Shabay, AICP, 2019 Awards Jury Chair is in the photo together with Carlton Eley.

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AB 423 Approved by Assembly Committee.

It is unacceptable that some San Diego communities face a human cancer risk of 300 per million because of air pollution. Last week we asked you to demand clean air for all San Diegans by reforming the governing board of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD).

Thank you for taking action, your voices were heard in Sacramento.

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AB 423, an EHC sponsored bill by Assemblymember Todd Gloria, has passed the first step of the legislative process in the California State Assembly. If passed into law, the legislation ensures that San Diego will have an APCD board with diverse representation from every city to address the most urgent air pollution needs.

Elected officials across San Diego County are stepping up to support AB 423. Read letters of support from:

Georgette Gomez – President, San Diego City Council
Olga Diaz – Councilmember, Escondido City

Testifying in support of the bill in Sacramento yesterday, National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis said:

“We need your help to enable National City and all of the 18 cities in San Diego County to participate in improving air quality. We want a seat at the table. Our perspectives and insights into local air pollution sources are unique and valuable.”

We need a massive shift in the way we fight air pollution in San Diego and it is critical that legislators continue to hear your voices as we urge them to pass AB 423 into law. If you have not signed our petition yet, please take action now and Demand Clean Air For All San Diegans.

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At Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), we fight for environmental and social justice with the help of our community volunteers. One of the many ways you can get involved in our work is through our internship program, which introduces students to the inner workings of our environmental justice nonprofit.

Similar to other small nonprofit organizations, our departments have one staff member in charge of juggling many moving parts at once. For example, in Fund Development, Individual Giving is responsible for donor relations and events, and it is very important to have an updated database, an eye for detail, and timely responses to manage and maintain donor relations. That’s where our fund development interns come in – helping EHC to better meet our fundraising goals by splitting up tasks in a more efficient manner.

In 2018, Hannah MacDougall helped manage our summer fundraising efforts, encouraging people to commit to monthly donations to EHC, which took organizational skills and constant communication. Thanks to her positive attitude, persistence and dedication, EHC has secured an additional $6,800 in pledges for the fiscal year in monthly gifts – providing our grassroots teams with the time, funds and dependability to bring justice to the lives of hundreds of families in our region. Thank you, Hannah!

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(EHC team and Fund Development Intern Hannah MacDougall, pictured front right.)


We caught up with Fund Development Intern Hannah to learn more about her experiences as an intern at EHC.

How did you get involved at EHC?

In college, I took an environmental justice (EJ) class; before then, I had never heard of this concept. I was double majoring in environmental studies and political science. I had chosen those two majors so I could hopefully work where the two subjects intersect. EJ was the perfect fit! After I realized that EJ may have been the path I was searching for, I began to do more research in San Diego and EHC stood out.

What have you learned from this internship?

I have learned so much about data management and databases, as well as City Heights, Barrio Logan, and National City as EJ communities. Some of the biggest insights I learned during my internship were by listening to others talk about EJ events or issues in the community that I was not aware of – and probably wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for EHC.

What would you advise others looking to get involved in EJ?

Get involved at EHC. It is a great place for an internship. Everyone here is welcoming, and it is the best place to get your foot in the door and explore what the fight for EJ looks like in San Diego’s communities.

If you or someone you know is looking for similar internship opportunities, contact Individual Giving Director Giuliana Schroeder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

We are pleased to welcome Bari Samad and Laura Benavidez to the EHC team.

 

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Bari joins EHC with more than 15 years of communications experience in the nonprofit sector. As our communications director, he will leverage digital tools for impactful storytelling, advocacy, and community organizing. In the past, he has collaborated with former Vice President Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection campaign to organize Green Jobs Now, an online-to-offline national day of action that resulted in more than 600 community events in more than 40 states. 

 

 

 

 

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Laura joins EHC as the organization’s first City Heights organizer, bringing nearly two decades of community organizing experience to the team. In her new role, Laura will empower environmental justice community members to find their voice and advocate for clean air, transportation justice and more. In 2016, Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins recognize Laura as an "Emerging Female Leader." She hopes to assist the communities EHC serves through resource sharing, leadership development and mentorship. 

 

Learn more about our team members here

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As we reflect back on 2018 and Environmental Health Coalition’s (EHC) accomplishments, we are reminded of your generosity. With your continued support, we promoted public health and fostered environmental justice in the communities that need it most.

As a result of your support, we achieved the following wins in 2018:

  • Affordable Housing for National City Residents - EHC led efforts to add 92 additional apartment units to the Paradise Creek complex along with remediation of contamination.

  • Civic Engagement Impact - EHC leaders educated more than 20,000 residents on the importance of voting to build the community’s voice. Together with our state and local allies, we protected funds for education and maintained revenue for transit and road repairs. In San Diego, we expanded democracy and protected our kids from lead in drinking water.

  • Climate Action Plan Assessment – EHC released an in-depth environmental justice assessment of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan implementation since 2015. Our report highlights the need for more efficient and affordable mass transit options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demands the City to increase direct investment in environmental justice communities. View our report coverage: San Diego Union-Tribune and KPBS.

  • Children’s Comic Book – EHC launched the “Comic Alamar,” a digital and print booklet that tells the story of Tijuana’s Alamar River and its importance for regional sustainability.

  • Local Truck Ordinance – EHC successfully advocated for a resolution to redirect heavy-duty truck traffic away from homes, schools, and senior centers in Barrio Logan.

  • Community Hero - I was honored to be recognized by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center as a Community Hero for environmental justice and sustainability.

EHC’s success and recognition would not be possible without our Board of Directors, staff, community leaders and generous donors. Thank you for believing that we are the right organization to make a difference in our community.

The Environmental Health Coalition collaborated with the Tijuana Colectivo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental Youth Group, to launch a comic book that tells the story of Tijuana’s Alamar River and its importance for regional sustainability.

Check out the digital version of the comic book "Mi Comunidad y el Alamar, un rio binacional y una comunidad fronteriza,” or “My Community and the Alamar, a Binational River and a Border Community":

 

The Alamar’s riverbank forest is a very important opportunity to mitigate the air pollution emitted by the Mesa de Otay maquiladora industry in Tijuana and by the heavy-duty diesel cargo trucks passing through nearby communities.

Learn more about EHC's Border Environmental Justice work in Arroyo Alamar.

Read the full press release on the comic book launch.

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Mayra Velazquez de Leon is the President and CEO of Organics Unlimited, a family-run organic banana business. Banana cultivation is a family tradition, with an emphasis on natural, organic methods that protect our environment. Mayra remembers fondly that her grandfather would water their crops using water from the river that flowed through their farm. Her father carried on that tradition of respect for natural resources, and in 1972 initiated a partnership to import the first commercially grown organic bananas into the US.

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Organics UnlimitedMayra explains, “Our mission is to provide the best quality organic bananas and tropical fruits in a socially responsible way. Alongside quality stands our commitment to serving customers and the community.” Organics Unlimited is dedicated to organic farming using sustainable methods not only for the health of the workers and the consumers, but also for the health of the environment. Mayra continues, “Growing organic gives us the ability to sustain the land on which we grow our produce. Without the addition of chemicals, the land can continue to raise wholesome, delicious produce year after year, without the threat of destroying nature’s balance.”
 

In 2005, Mayra created the Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers Fund (GROW), a Donor Advised Fund managed by the International Community Foundation, to provide funding for various social responsibility programs. This includes programs that help improve the quality of life of farmers and communities where Organics Unlimited is located. GROW also provides funding for organizations that share the objective of preserving natural resources and creating healthy environments for our future generations.

Sustainability on both sides of the border

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In 2016, Mayra attended Environmental Health Coalition’s Awards Celebration One People, Una Frontera, and discovered our shared values for sustainability. EHC is the only binational organization fighting for clean air and a healthy environment in the region, thus our mission and values naturally aligned with those of GROW. Since then, GROW has supported EHC on sustainability projects on both sides of the border, such as advocating for renewable energy and mass transit in San Diego and protecting the Alamar River region in Tijuana.

Your donation makes twice the impact with GROW

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This year, we are happy to announce that in addition to our sustainability partnership, GROW is offering match challenge throughout December. “EHC works relentlessly to protect our communities and fight for clean air, so I hope this match will inspire new supporters to join their efforts or give more to EHC,” anticipates Mayra. GROW and an anonymous donor have set a challenge to match $25,000 in donations.
 

For the month of December, know that your donation will make twice the impact. Together, we can raise up to $50,000 for environmental justice in our communities.
 

To learn more about GROW and their social responsibility program, visit Organics Unlimited’s website.

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Both starting and ending in the United States, the Arroyo Alamar (Alamar River) is an example of a U.S-Mexico shared ecosystem. The river is born east of San Diego in Campo, as a network of creeks and springs that join the Tecate Creek south of the border, and travels west through Tijuana and the community of Chilpancingo, it crosses back north and makes its way to the Tijuana River Estuary in Imperial Beach, and into the ocean.

Most of the river in Tijuana has been destroyed and covered by concrete. The Arroyo Alamar is the only stretch of the river where the natural habitat remains and where ducks, owls, raccoons, cranes, woodpeckers and crawfish can be found. The Arroyo Alamar helps clean the air and is one of the few open green spaces left in Tijuana where residents can enjoy nature and wildlife.

EHC is working to preserve this threatened pocket of natural habitat by hosting tours into the river to educate youth, through the recently launched “Cuaderno de Actividades del Guardián del Alamar” (Guardian of the Alamar Activities Booklet), and by working with Mexican authorities to have the Arroyo Alamar be declared a natural protected area.

To learn more about the Arroyo Alamar, please click here, and to learn more about EHC’s binational work, please click here, or contact Anibal Mendez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For over a decade, Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) has worked with residents in Old Town National City to address food insecurity. Responding to an EHC community survey in 2005, residents were already voicing their concerns about the lack of affordable healthy food in OTNC and its impact on their daily lives. Their struggle for food access has been acknowledged at the federal level by the United States Department of Agriculture that designated Old Town National City as a “food desert”; defined as a part of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy whole foods1. Residents of National City are suffering and dying from preventable diseases that are a result of poor nutrition and lack of access to healthy food. Within National City, there are approximately twice as many fast food and convenience stores as there are general grocery and fruit and vegetable markets2. Over 50% of children in the National School District are overweight or obese3, and National City residents have the highest rate of heart attacks in all San Diego County4.

In response to this severe community health crisis, residents have been working with city officials to find community driven solutions. Community members have identified the inclusion of a community garden in the Paradise Creek Park plan design as a solution to help increase physical activity and food access.

EHC will continue to work diligently to ensure that National City residents remain in the planning process and that their neighborhood transitions from a toxic to a healthy one . Follow EHC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on the Paradise Creek Park community garden and contact Sandy Naranjo, National City Policy Advocate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ways to get involved.

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1  American Nutrition Association. USDA Defines Food Deserts. http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/usda-defines-food-deserts
2  National City, National City General Plan (2011), 227. http://www.nationalcityca.gov/home/showdocument?id=5217
3  San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, State of Childhood Obesity in San Diego County (2016), 7. https://sdcoi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/stateofchildhoodobesity-sdcountyfinal1.pdf
4  Schroeder, Lauryn “Coronado has Good Hearth Health, National City Much Less So. Find Your Community on Interactive Map. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/data-watch/sd-me-cardiovascular-rate-20180209-story.html. July 23, 2018.

In December 2017, Environmental Health Coalition Executive Director Diane Takvorian was honored as the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center’s community hero for environmental sustainability.

That honor culminated with a community conversation on January 11, 2018, between Diane and KPBS environmental reporter Erik Anderson.

More than 145 community members joined Diane and Erik as they talked about nearly 40 years of EHC’s work to protect public health and our communities burdened by toxic pollution. After their conversation, each table discussed three important questions among themselves and shared their answers with the crowd. Community members from Barrio Logan, National City, City Heights and Sherman Heights joined us and the conversation was translated into English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Thank you for joining us. If you missed it, you can check out the Facebook Live video of Diane’s interview with Erik here.

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In December 2017, National City Council unanimously approved a community garden for the neighborhood and granted oversight and maintenance to National-City based Mundo Gardens.

Mundo Gardens is a neighborhood garden program which cultivates wellness and empowers youth and families by combining nature, music and art.

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Why Does A Community Garden Matter?

Since 2005, residents have expressed the need for access to fresh, healthy food and natural space owned and operated by the community, for the community.

The garden, soon to be located on the north side of Paradise Creek Park near Kimball Elementary School, aligns with the community’s vision for a healthy neighborhood.

In a place that ranks among the top five percent of communities in California most impacted by pollution, a locally owned and operated garden embodies our hope for a healthier future.

National City Council will finalize the implementation agreement with Mundo Gardens in 2018. The garden is expected to open in the summer of 2019.

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This op-ed originally ran in Voice of San Diego. It is authored by Philomena Marino and Maria Martinez, Barrio Logan residents and community leaders with the Environmental Health Coalition.

Our polluted neighborhood has long been ignored. We have a vision for a healthy, clean neighborhood and we have a solution: the community-developed Barrio Logan community plan update from 2013.

Children suffer in Barrio Logan because polluting businesses operate next to homes, schools and parks.

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Families here live on the same street as companies like SA Recycling. You might think “recycling” means neat rows of bins for glass and cans, but SA Recycling crushes junked cars creating hazardous wastes, and moves mountains of debris onsite using noisy and diesel-driven equipment. Additionally, fires at recycling centers are regular occurrences, and SA Recycling had a large, middle-of-the-night fire in 2015 that sent toxic smoke into our homes.

We know that most people in San Diego don’t have an industrial-scale recycling plant on their street, but in Barrio Logan, it’s common. That’s why, when the city asks us about what we want to see in our neighborhood during its redrafting of our outdated community plan, we feel frustrated because the answer is so clear.

We have already answered the question of what we want to see here so many times. In fact, it’s been such a long process answering this same question that our children are now old enough to attend the meetings themselves and reiterate what we’ve been saying for years.

We want clean air in our community.

Our polluted neighborhood has long been ignored. We have a vision for a healthy, clean neighborhood and we have a solution: the community-developed Barrio Logan community plan update from 2013.

Currently, Barrio Logan operates with a community plan from 1978 – the oldest in the city of San Diego. Nearly 40 years of an outdated community plan has led to a neighborhood where children are almost three times more likely to end up in the emergency room for breathing problems than the average San Diego child, according to data from California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. We know that playing outside leads to coughing fits and asthma flare-ups for our kids and elders. Barrio Logan ranks in the top 5 percent of most impacted communities in California in CalEnviroScreen, the state’s screening model to identify areas with high levels of both pollution and socioeconomic disadvantages such as poverty that make pollution more harmful to health.

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More than 50 community meetings over five years resulted in a plan for a better Barrio Logan that was approved by the City Council in 2013. The plan is simple. It re-zones Barrio Logan – establishing residential, industrial, and commercial areas within the community so that residents, industries, and businesses can each operate safely. A “buffer zone” separates residential areas where families live and children play from the heavy industries and shipyards. The buffer zone encourages the development of a parking structure for the working waterfront workforce, maritime administration offices, and maritime suppliers that would not pose health threats to residents, and more.

It also protects Barrio Logan’s historical culture and improves the community. It prioritizes developments that enhance and reflect the character of Barrio Logan, encourages affordable housing opportunities and preserves and restores older homes in the neighborhood. The plan even identifies Barrio Logan as a cultural and arts center and lays out the development of the Logan Avenue Arts District. Those elements of the plan protect and preserve our neighborhood for the people who currently live here.

In 2014, Mayor Kevin Faulconer supported the repeal of the plan. Now, three years later, we see the city proposing a plan that doesn’t support the community’s vision and adds significantly more polluting industries to the buffer zone.

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So when city planners come in and ask, “What do you want to see in your neighborhood?” we feel insulted, because we’ve already given the answer. They know that our air is thick and tastes dirty when we wake up until we go to sleep. They know that we live with the reality that our children and elders will struggle with asthma their entire lives. They know that we will never be able to breathe easily, and that playing sports or being active will never be effortless. They know all of this because we’ve said it. And, they know the answer, because we developed it more than four years ago.

So let’s not go back to square one. Barrio Logan families deserve the plan they spent years creating. Please don’t come to our meetings and ask us questions you already know the answer to. When you are ready to talk about implementing the community-created plan, we are ready to talk about what a just future looks like for Barrio Logan.

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Community planning helps our neighbors cultivate a sustainable City Heights that is safe, healthy and affordable for the people who live there. As a community, we notice the rising cost of living and the stress it places on our quality of life.

This letter from the California Endowment evaluated the biggest concerns residents in City Heights have about the changes we’re seeing in our neighborhood. Most notably, our neighbors are worried about the increasing cost of living and the lack of affordable housing.

City Heights is not alone. Low-income communities of color around the country face similar challenges and families share similar fears. Our neighborhoods are changing.

We must continue to talk openly with each other about cultivating neighborhoods that are affordable for long-term residents and community members who have a stake in the neighborhood and have invested time, money and care into the place they call home.

Want to get involved? Learn more about preserving our communities, for our communities, here.

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Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat to children, and also considered the most preventable.

You may know that the week of October 22 is National Lead Poising Prevention Week -- although we work year round to protect our children from lead. Here are some important steps to keep your children healthy and create a safe place for them to live, learn and grow:

  • Check the year your home was built. Homes built before 1978 may have lead-based paint. Find out the year your house was built by asking your neighbors for a date range, checking online at Zillow.com, visiting your Tax Assessor’s Office or calling a realtor.
  • Update your home. It’s best to fix all of the deteriorated paint around the house using lead-safe work practices. Sanding, replacing doors and windows and other common renovation activities can create hazardous lead dust. Hire contractors certified by EPA, which are trained on how to minimize the dust and cleaning thoroughly.
  • Get your child tested for lead. Ask your doctor to test your child for lead, or follow EHC on Facebook and Twitter to find out when we schedule our next free lead testing. There is no lead safe level.
  • Remove lead-contaminated toys and jewelry. Visit this Consumer Safety Product Commission website to find out if your toys and jewelry contain lead.
  • Choose nutritious foods. A healthy diet helps prevent lead absorption into the body. Give children foods rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C.
  • Watch what you bring home. Don't take lead home with you! If you work in auto repair, shipbuilding, construction, demolition, steel welding or other industrial work places, don’t forget to wash your hands and face, change your clothes and dust off your shoes before walking into your home.
  • Keep lead out of schools. Support statewide bill AB746 to protect children from lead in schools by signing our letter here.

Lead causes learning disabilities, stunts growth, reduces IQ, causes aggressive behavior and is linked to teenage pregnancy and juvenile delinquency. Together, let’s do everything we can to ensure a healthy future for our children.

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Leticia Ayala
Campaign Director, Healthy Kids

La noche era fresca, pero era suficiente un suéter delgado y el calor de la fogata para disfrutar de las estrellas, la compañía y las buenas pláticas.

Llegamos al evento alrededor de 60 personas. El Arroyo Alamar nos recibió con nuevos brazos de arroyitos que se formaron desde las lluvias de febrero. Estaba verde y vibrante y los mosquitos eran una fiesta que había que alejar si no querías pasar la noche rascándote los brazos, pero nadie se quejaba porque estábamos felices de compartir ese inesperado bosque en medio de la zona industrial de Tijuana.

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El evento comenzó desde la tarde, alrededor de las cinco y media y conforme íbamos llegando íbamos instalando las casas de campaña. Empezamos por dar una caminata por el bosque ripario en donde nos platicaron de las plantas y animales de la zona. Conocimos diferentes yerbas medicinales que se dan de forma natural ahí y que por generaciones han servido para apaciguar los síntomas como dolores de cabeza, fiebre y dolores de estómago por la gente que solía tener ranchos en esa zona.

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Llegamos al “árbol del ahorcado” donde nos platicaron las historias de miedo que platicaban los abuelos de la zona. Y valerosamente regresamos al campamento antes de que se oscureciera para evitar cualquier encuentro sobrenatural no planeado en el programa.

Cuando llegamos a la zona de campamento, el equipo de Scouts ya estaba iniciando la fogata.

Mientras seguía llegando la gente, los scouts coordinaron cantos y ceremonias alrededor de la hoguera, mientras platicábamos y preparábamos la cena para compartir que todos trajimos. A las nueve de la noche dimos la bienvenida general ya con toda la gente alrededor de fuego. Platicamos sobre la importancia del Alamar para las comunidades cercanas y de los beneficios que presta a la zona. De cómo es un rio binacional que nos recuerda que a pesar de los muros somos una misma región, con la misma gente, la misma agua y el mismo aire.

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En seguida se presentó el grupo de danza africana “Proyecto Danza Afro Tj” que nos recordaron nuestra historia, raíces y al latido de la tierra con sus tambores y su danza. Y como no hay campamento que sea memorable sin una guitarra, el compañero Guillermo Guadalajara interpretó canciones de canto nuevo que nos recordaron que todos estamos conectados. La noche siguió y seguimos.

Amaneció a las 5:30 de la mañana ya con los chilaquiles en la fogata y el café y los frijoles calientes. Nos despedimos todos con una sonrisa por haber hecho nuestro por esa noche ese bosque y porque estamos seguros de que ese espacio es de todos y para todos y que seguramente no será el último campamento en el Alamar.

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Aníbal Méndez
Community Organizer, Border Environmental Justice Campaign

In Barrio Logan, the community-inspired and created murals of Chicano Park surround us. The historic place reminds us every day of the neighborhood’s rich history and the deep roots art has in our community.

For the first time ever, we’re collaborating with the Chicano Park Steering Committee, muralist Alicia M. Siu, residents and students from Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) to guide a new mural right behind the Chicano Park Herb Garden.

The goal? Develop a mural that illustrates Barrio Logan’s message of unity and resilience while empowering our youth to continue the movement for environmental justice.

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With a series of community workshops, we’ve cultivated and grown the collective vision of this mural and what it stands for. More than 70 people of all ages from our neighborhood attended both workshops to provide ideas that will guide the local muralist, Alicia M. Siu, to draft a proposal for the design that the Chicano Park Steering Committee will approve.

We watched as our friends, teachers, colleagues, students and family members came together to share their passion for our neighborhood and its cultural resilience. It’s the people behind this mural that inspire us to work closely on this project in our community of Barrio Logan.

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A few months ago, we rejoiced when same-sex marriage became a legal right for all people who identify as LGBTQ. We chanted “Love Wins” and posted photos of rainbow flags rippling proudly in the wind against a sunny blue sky.

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This week, the same flags tether under somber grey clouds as we mourn the many tragic losses in Orlando. The largest mass shooting in U.S. history targeted an LGBTQ community that is also a community of color; 90 percent of the victims were Latin and more than half were Puerto Rican.

The atmosphere of disrespect and hatred that communities of color continue to suffer is incomprehensible and ugly. In the words of an LGBT organizer in a recent YouTube video, “We have to demand a stop to that message of hate and intolerance.”

We have hope that out of this awful darkness will come a light. A shining, blinding, blazing light. And to get there, we must stay together with people that share our values. We must hold hands with others who have zero tolerance for hate and violence. We must stay strong, united and focused. We must balance our sorrow and anger with action. We must work even harder to end the epidemic of gun violence and racism.

This loss is beyond heartbreaking. We’re still here. Flags fly high. Love – still – wins.

We were proud to join over 250 other community leaders from across the state to celebrate visionary grassroots policy-making at California Environmental Justice Alliance's 2015 Congreso: People, Power, PolicyCongreso: People, Power, Policy. It was an honor to travel to Sacramento and lift up community-rooted solutions sprouting throughout the state and unite to grow the movement for vibrant and resilient communities. These are some of our favorite photos from the two-day event. 

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Environmental Health Coalition Policy Advocate Carolina Martinez talks about toxic-free neighborhoods and building #healthyhoods. 

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EHC Community Organizer Tuan Luu proudly works for energy equity for communities of all languages. 

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Environmental Health Coalition Executive Director Diane Takvorian shares the strategies that built environmental justice victories in our communities. 

You can view more than one hundred photos from the 2015 Congreso on California Environmental Justice Alliance's facebook album. Learn more about the California Environmental Justice Alliance here

For 35 years, our communities have cultivated environmental justice and social change. After an incredible 35 years of striving for #healthyhoods, our neighborhoods are safer and healthier places to live, work and play.

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This year we celebrate 35 years of victories, including our most recent wins in Tijuana, National City and City Heights.

We feel gratitude for every community member who took action and took a stand to make our neighborhoods healthier. For our 35th anniversary, we celebrate you.

To us, 35 years of environmental justice and your work means:

Giuliana 1 cropped“I feel proud to be a part of such an incredible environmental justice organization. 35 years of EHC means a time to celebrate our healthier communities and our protected natural environment. It’s time to celebrate the amazing support of our community members who look out for neighborhoods in need and work to make change happen.” 

- Giuliana Schroeder, development director

 

Franco Garcia“35 years of residents fighting back to reduce the toxic pollution that affects their health and lives every day. That’s powerful. That’s profound.” 

- Franco Garcia, organizing director

 

 

 

Jamie Ortiz image"EHC is nothing without the brave, responsible community members who stand up for what is right. We're celebrating 35 years of community members working day after day to build healthier places to work and play." 

- Jamie Hampton, communications consultant

 

 

While we celebrate 35 years of environmental justice and social change, we're also excited about our communities' visions for an even better future. Make sure you're a part of our next environmental justice win by becoming a member and staying involved

CEJA savethedate 6 300x300Environmental Health Coalition is joining the California Environmental Justice Alliance’s 2015 Sacramento Congreso: People, Power, Policy, to unite with over 250 other community leaders. We will tell our representatives that environmental justice in our communities needs to be a statewide priority. We’re working hard to advance statewide policies with members and allies throughout the state and the Congreso is our annual gathering to connect, reflect, and celebrate. We’ve already made big moves on our priority bills this spring, and as the summer heats up, so will our people power!

EHC will also join the Congreso to celebrate visionary grassroots policy-making fueled by people power in San Diego and across the state. We will share our community-rooted solutions with the rest of California’s environmental justice community and also learn about the strategies of other successful, resilient communities throughout the state. EHC will even lead roundtable discussions on how state agencies, elected officials and community members can all work together to advance environmental justice.

The Congreso has reached capacity and registration is now closed, but we encourage you to join our conversation by following #PeoplePowerPolicy.

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“Urban transit systems in most American cities, for example, have become a genuine civil rights issue. If transportation systems in American cities could be laid out so as to provide an opportunity for poor people to get meaningful employmentt, then they could begin to move into the mainstream of American life.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Communities along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway (SR-94) need more transportation options, such as public transit stops, bike lanes and walking paths –our elected officials agree! And EHC is proudly paving the way!

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- Councilmember Todd Gloria, Third District

  

Gonzalez headshot square“My constituents have shared their concerns with the impact an expanded freeway would have on air quality, and have requested improved access to regional travel. We kindly ask [to] include these community-based alternatives in the DEIR.”
- Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, 80th District

 

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- Councilmember David Alvarez, Eighth District

 

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- Councilmember Myrtle Cole, Fourth Council District

 

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- Council President, Marti Emerald, San Diego City Council

 

After months of persistent advocacy, in mid-July SANDAG announced its plan to reverse course on freeway expansion. Instead they will include community-supported alternatives in the environmental review for the Martin Luther King Freeway/SR94 and allocate $31 million for an innovative transit demonstration project.  The announcement directly responds to community concerns about the irreversible harm freeway expansion would cause.

With your contribution, we can continue prioritizing people before polluting freeways.

EHC, in partnership with City Heights CDC, MAAC, will continue advocating for a transit stop in the Sherman Heights/Golden Hill communities. This is one step in a larger march for transportation justice. Will you join the march with us?

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$25 (or $2/month) – Posters for a public hearing on transportation planning
$120 (or $10/month) – One day of door-to-door campaigning for better transit in low-income communities
$500 (or $40/month) – Mobilizing 50 community members to attend a public hearing
$1,500 (or $125/month) – Four-week SALTA leadership training course on transportation justice for 55 community residents

Monique López
Policy Advocate
Environmental Health Coalition

The climate revolución has begun. On April 30, our Annual Awards Celebration, Climate Revolución, recognized this movement and the community voices leading the charge for clean air and transportation justice in our region. 

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With EHC members, neighbors, allies, friends, fellow advocates, business owners, sponsors and elected officials, we celebrated the Climate Revolución and EHC's 35th Anniversary with an incredible night of inspiration, awards, laughter and of course, selfies. 

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A sold out crowd spent Thursday evening helping us recognize community members, organizations and elected officials leading the charge to revolutionize clean air and transporation justice policies. These heroes include:

2015 Healthy Neighborhoods Champion Award:

  • City Heights Built Environment Team and City Heights Community Action Team. 
    City Heights Community Development Corporation, Associación de Liderazgo Communitaria, International Rescue Committee, Marco Montiel, Esperanza Gonzalez, Martha Patty Rosales, Delfina Guzman, Melanie Azvedo, Sallie Lemmie, Tuong Cong Bui, Christy Tran, Trong Dinh and Lam Truong.

    EHC has worked with these groups of community residents and organizations dedicated to improving City Heights for the past four years to develop a Community Driven Action Plan. The group chose to focus on advancing transportation justice and has focused on the Mid-City Bike Corridor, street improvements and demanding an equitable Regional Transportation Plan.

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2015 Environmental Champion Award:

  • Cleveland National Forest Foundation and Sierra Club
    These organizations have effectively used legal strategy to challenge inequitable transportation and climate action plans at the local and regional level. The organizations won an appeals court ruling against SANDAG’s inequitable and inadequate 2012 Regional Transportation Plan and Sierra Club won a ruling that will force the County of San Diego to strengthen its inadequate Climate Action Plan.
  • SanDiego350
    An all-volunteer action group, SanDiego350 organized the massive People’s Climate March in 2014, attracting more than 1,500 San Diegans passionate about taking action on climate change and joining more than 2,000 similar events around the world. The organization also worked side-by-side with EHC to defeat two power plants: Quail Brush and Pio Pico.

2015 Spirit of Justice Award:

  • Todd Gloria and David Alvarez

    Both Gloria and Alvarez have worked tirelessly to bring environmental justice to overburdened communities and to the San Diego region.

    During Gloria’s term as interim Mayor, he completed the draft Climate Action Plan with an emphasis on substantial expansion of renewable energy, alternative transportation, energy efficiency measures, greenhouse gas reduction and social equity.

    Alvarez has been a courageous advocate for healthy neighborhoods, including reducing pollution and the impacts of climate change. He advanced a City Council-approved resolution to move the City of San Diego Climate Action Plan forward when it was stalled.

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View photos from the event of on Facebook here.

A video to announce the awardees and ignite our shared passion for climate justice highlighted the celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toni Atkins couldn't attend in person, but sent her support of the Revolución and all the award winners via video. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Using the hashtag #climaterevolución to capture moments, our guests helped document the evening one photo at a time.

Click here to view what our guests said about the #climaterevolucion.

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Even when the event was over, the Climate Revolución remained inspiring. An email from San Diego City College Student Health Services perfectly captures the feeling we were hoping to ignite.

"Thank you so much for the invitation to join you and my City Colleagues at the incredible celebration and fund-raiser for EHC. It was terrific to learn of the social justice and empowerment work by this incredible agency!As a pediatric nurse for > 20 years, I saw poor children come into the hospital in much greater numbers for asthma, respiratory illnesses. I attributed it at the time to lack of continuous well-child care, lack of money for treatments/meds…what I did not consider nor learn about until last night was the significant neighborhood pollution and other environmental impacts of underrepresented populations in their communities. I had looked at their respiratory problems from the single lens of medical care, not incorporating the important contributions of the environment. Again, I had taught families about pets and pillows and allergans impacting breathing, but had forgotten about the air they breathe in their communities, and that it is likely very different from the air I breathe, though we both live in SD.

I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to become part of this organization’s work and for opening my eyes. I am learning. Thank you!"

Thank you to all our sponsors, including: Pacifica CompaniesSan Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Convention CenterInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Port of San Diego, the California Endowment, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 135, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Manpower - Linda and Mel Katz, Blue Summit Wealth Management, ECOR - Noble Environmental Technologies, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, UC San Diego Health Systems, and Ryan Brothers Coffee.

We can't say thank you enough to everyone who attended, contributed and volunteered for the Climate Revolución and the fight for cleain air and transportation justice in our region. We are humbled and honored to know and work with all of you. See you next year, and viva la Revolución!

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Community Organizer Jose Franco was recently asked to give a presentation on environmental justice to students at Bishop’s High School in La Jolla. Students had requested a perspective on “environmentalism as a movement,” not just the jargon of reduce, reuse and recycle.

The students appreciated the fresh perspective and learned that there's more to environmental justice than they had previously thought. Following the presentation, one student shared his thoughts on the presentation in his school newsletter, and we felt inspired to share it with you.

Thoughts on the Earth Day Assembly

I have been around for a lot of Earth Days. I wasn’t here for the first one; anyone who was is really, really old - or at least 45, which is really, really old to some of you. As important as the message of Earth Day is, sometimes it seems like we are putting on a broken record. That becomes frustrating for the people hearing it, and even more so for people like Gloriana and Dylan who persist in repeating themselves in attempt to get people to listen and actually make positive changes.  

I was expecting our guest speaker, Jose Franco, to drop the needle on the same-old environmental message, but this was a completely different perspective. Kind of like hearing Chris Cornell’s cover of Micheal Jackson’s Billie Jean, same song played in a way that makes you rethink the original. Thank you to Gloriana, Dylan and GCI.  

There were two economic aspects of what Mr. Franco presented that are worth adding to the discussion on the topic of environmental justice. First, when Mr. Franco asked who thought that climate change affected everyone the same, there were a lot of hands. He followed by talking about “heat islands” and health factors and showed a map displaying the disproportionate impact on some communities.

I looked around and saw some faces that were either confused, not buying it, or exhausted from a late night of homework. From an economic perspective, the costs of climate change a definitely disproportionately borne by the poor vis-à-vis higher food prices. When you are poor you spend a greater fraction of your income on food. The costs of climate change are no different than a regressive tax, the increase in food prices is more taxing on the poor.

My second comment has to do with correlation and causality. While there certainly is the problem of NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) with the wealthy using economic and political influence to push for projects with negative externalities (ask an AP Econ student what that is) to be built somewhere else, the housing market sets prices according to the environmental conditions around the house – supply and demand make houses close to the beach more expensive and houses next to prisons cheaper. Pollution may move into poor neighborhoods, but poor people are moving into polluted neighborhoods. Don’t move there, you say. Well, where else can you go? Income constraints often leave the poor without affordable housing options, especially here in San Diego.  

The science of climate change is more complex than hotter temperatures and the socio-economic impact is just as complicated. What should you do? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Don’t add more trash that will end up in a landfill in someone else’s neighborhood. Caring for the environment is caring for others!”

- Dee Mecham

The power of the community voice has spearheaded the revitalization of our region, leading the charge to revolutionize transportation and energy policy. On April 30, were holding our annual awards ceremony to celebrate this movement and the community leaders who make it possible. Reserve your seats today and join these sponsoring organizations as part of the climate revolución.

 

Pacifica Companies
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Ash Israni founded Pacifica Companies 31 years ago. He saw every real eastate project as a chance to improve the quality of life in the community and preserve and protect the natural environment. Little did he know these values would lead him to become part of the climate revolución. Pacifica Companies is not only our presenting sponsor for 2015, but our 4th annual presenting sponsor.

Pacifica Companies develops real estate projects that improve the quality of life for the end user and those in the surrounding community, respects the ideas and concerns of everyone whom the development affects, and preserves and protects the natural environment.

 

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Platinum Sponsor

The San Diego Airport Authority utilizes green building practices and supports local workers and businesses. It's building a future of clean energy and transportation justice.

 

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Gold Sponsor

The Port of San Diego is building the climate revolución with creative investments in renewable energy projects and bold leadership in energy efficiency. We're proud to have them as a gold sponsor.

 

California Endowment ce
Gold Sponsor

The California Endowment embodies the message that whole community health goes beyond good vs. bad choices. It requires transportation justice and clean energy.

 

Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest 
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Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest's motto is, "Care. No matter what." Its spirit and leadership contributes to the climate revolución. We are honored to have them as a gold sponsor.

 

San Diego Convention Center sdcc sunlogo web 2
Gold Sponsor

The San Diego Convention Center brings clean energy, good jobs and local businesses together; a perfect fit for the climate revolución.

UFCW Local 135 Local 135
Gold Sponsor

UFCW Local 135 is well known for their tradition of excellence in representing the needs of working men and women. The climate revolución will have good jobs that respect both the environment and the worker because of the UFCW.

 

Pala Band of Mission Indians pala
Gold Sponsor

The Pala Tribe works diligently to anticipate any environmental damage they might create. With this in mind, they have developed specific programs in working to preserve the environment that are leading the climate revolución.

 

 

Manpower - Linda and Mel Katz logo manpower
Gold Sponsor

Linda and Mel are bold leaders of corporate citizenship and civic engagement in San Diego. Their involvement in the community, and Manpower's ability to help the unemployed find a paycheck, are pushing the climate revolución forward.

 

Blue Summit Wealth Management bluesummit
VIP Sponsor

Blue Summit Wealth Management invests in projects that bring clean energy and transportation justice to the communities who need it. Now, they're investing in the climate revolución

 

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VIP Sponsor

The IBEW builds the infrastructure of the climate revolución every single day as it leads the industries of clean energy and transportation justice. We're privelidged to have its support.

 

 

 

Ryan Bros Coffee ryanbros
VIP Sponsor

Ryan Bros Coffee is a staple of our community and always engaged in their impact on our neighborhood and in our environment. They love to serve coffee because they love people, and they embody the spirit of the climate revolución.

 

ECOR - Noble Environmental Technologies ecor
VIP Sponsor

ECOR is creating the sustainable materials that will become the building blocks of the climate revolución. We're proud to have them as a VIP sponsor.

 

San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Councilsdlclogo
VIP Sponsor

Working families are the backbone of the climate revolución. The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is advancing the future by advancing the policies and legislation that support them.  

 

UC San Diego Health SystemsUCSD Health
VIP Sponsor

UC San Diego Health Systems is creating a healthier world one life at a time. They are building new science, mew medicine and new cures for the climate revolución. 

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors for becoming part of the climate revolución. Together, we lead the charge to revolutionize transportaion and energy regionwide and build a healthy future for our communities. Viva la revolución. 

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, click here.

To join the climate revolución on April 30, buy your tickets here.

yesbccouncil copyCouncilmember Todd Gloria has been taking strides to reform the referendum process in San Diego. In his previous role as Council President, he and San Diego City Council supported the Barrio Logan community when corporations launched a deceptive referendum that ultimately repealed the community-developed and long overdue plan that would make Barrio Logan a healthier place to live.

The dishonest process resurfaced again when City Council voted to raise the minimum wage and increase paid sick time off and multi-national, billion-dollar corporations paid signature gatherers to mislead voters into signing. Now, Councilman Gloria is moving to reform referendum policies and restore true democracy to the people of San Diego.

Recently the U-T San Diego ran an editorial criticizing these efforts titled “Bad Councilman Todd Gloria”. We had to speak up. Todd Gloria’s efforts clearly do not to thwart the democratic process, but do just the opposite- protect it.

Below is Diane Takvorian’s response to the U-T, which can also be found here.

Councilman Todd Gloria’s efforts to reform the City’s referendum system is exactly what’s needed to restore true democracy to the people of San Diego. Rather than “Bad Councilman Todd Gloria”, he is shining a light on a system that allows multi-national corporations to exact undue influence over legislative decisions. Case in point is the defeat of the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update in June 2014 as the result of a referendum financed by the multi-billion dollar shipbuilding industry. After four years of extensive community participation by thousands of residents that resulted in a compromise approved by the City Council that would have improved the community by mitigating pollution and reducing childhood asthma, the plan was repealed by voters. This, despite a finding by a local judge confirming that the public had been deceived by the signature gatherers but still allowed the election to proceed.

Ultimately the special interests opposing the Barrio Logan plan spent over $1,700,000 to win their referendum campaign, outspending the local community by 17:1 and leaving the outdated and dangerous industrial zoning in place. This is a clear example of the distortion of a true democratic process at the expense of community residents who will have to live with the devastating effects. Reform is overdue and Councilman Gloria is leading the way.

Diane Takvorian
Executive Director
Environmental Health Coalition

When we look back at 2014 we're inspired by the victories you helped us achieve, bringing our communities closer to #healthyhoods.

We remember:

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  1. Implementing 201 affordable housing units in Westside National City -- with groundbreaking scheduled in 2015.
    The leadership of Councilwoman Alejandra Sotelo-Solis and EHC Leader Adriana Alfaro were invaluable to this victory.
  2. Launching the nation's first lead-free candy website.
    Children and toxics don't mix. Our lead free candy resource addresses your concerns and questions about keeping your children safe from lead in candy. 
  3. Finalizing a Climate Plan for San Diego -- slated for approval in 2015!
    San Diego will finally have a climate plan that works towards cleaner air, transportation justice and green jobs. 
  4. Uniting the Barrio Logan community for a community plan update.
    We are united and ready to continue fighting for community plan update that works towards #healthyhoods. 
  5. Saving the Arroyo Alamar - united with our allies in Tijuana to prevent channelization.
    We were proud to organize Colectivo Ollín Calli, members of the Colectivo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental, Jóvenes Pro Justicia Ambiental, residents of the Colonia Chilpancingo and more to submit a petition to stop channelization harmful to the local ecosystem.
  6. Leading SALTA training in three languages for the first time.
    Leaders will now be prepared to organize their communities to fight for environmental justice in Vietnamese, Spanish and English. See SALTA graduate Tuan Luu’s reaction to graduating from SALTA. 
  7. Transportation justice advocates advancing transit, bicycling and walking before freeway expansion.
    We’ve have shown city decision makers that our communities demand transportation plans that work for all types of commuters and keep our air clean. 
  8. Port of San Diego finalizing its Climate Action Plan.
    The Port of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan prepares for unavoidable effects of climate change and a 25% reduction of air pollution by 2035 to keep our air clean. 
  9. 400 people supporting #healthyhoods at EHC's Annual Awards Celebration.
    If you missed it, you can read about the accomplishments of our incredible awardees here
  10. Launching the video-learning tool, Creating Healthy Neighborhoods, to inspire grassroots community change and build leaders.
    Don’t leave important decisions about your family’s health and safety in the hands of others. Reclaim your power, and help create the community you want to live in. Check out the video tool here.

Thank you for your dedication to environmental justice that makes these victories a reality. With your support, we look forward to continuing this momentum into 2015 and the years to come. To join Environmental Health Coalition, please click here.

We know voting is important, but we want to know why you vote. We asked some of our staff members, and now we want to hear it from you! Submit a short video to us on Facebook and Twitter and we'll share our favorites. Why do you vote?

The approach of the new year has us reflecting on the year we are about to leave. In 2013, we accomplished goals many years in the making, and we couldn't have done it without our staff, community leaders, volunteers, board members, sponsors and ally organizations.

Our greatest accomplishments include: 

With the tireless hard work and support of everyone involved with EHC, we celebrate these incredible victories for our communities. When we look at 2014, we see ourselves already on the path to success. Thank you for everything you have done to bring these achievements to fruition and for never giving up on our vision of social and environmental justice.

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Happy Holidays, friends. Talk to you next year.

- EHC

Professor Ralph Keeling Climate Change San Diego

"When I travel with my kids, I tell them they're seeing things I don't expect they'll see again in future because of the climate crisis."

This is what Professor Ralph Keeling— world-renowned climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's CO2 Program— told the San Diego City Council regarding the state of our region's climate. Keeling shared insights from his research and startling statistics about what challenges lie ahead for San Diego.

With atmospheric CO2 levels at the highest Earth has seen in the past 800,000 years, Professor Keeling warned that San Diego will see at least 15 feet of sea level rise. He also predicted more intense heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and impaired air quality— all especially concerning for low-income communities such as Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, City Heights and National City. Our communities already suffer the health consequences of the region's pollution and lack of resources such as healthcare, air conditioning and transportation, making it more challenging to cope with worsening conditions.

We have already seen climate change disproportionately impact our disadvantaged communities. During the state's heat wave of 2006, 99 percent of the associated deaths occurred in zip codes where more than half of residents were below the poverty line. The California Department of Public Health and the American Public Health Association have identified climate change as one of the most serious public health threats facing our nation, warning that the impacts are occurring sooner than expected.

San Diego can still tackle the great challenges of climate change, and the time to act is... yesterday! We have many solutions within our grasp to reduce pollution and create local jobs at the same time, such as installing solar panelson our rooftops and in our parking lots, making our buildings more energy and water efficient, building better transit and making neighborhoods more walkable and bikeable. The City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego have the opportunity to plan and implement all of these solutions by passing sustainable Climate Action Plans.

Old plans were not aggressive enough to keep up with the pace of climate change, and the Port of San Diego has yet to release a full draft of the plan it's been crafting for nearly three years. Meanwhile, our communities are already experiencing the effects of climate change. San Diegans deserve climate action plans that work, and they deserve them now.

Professor Keeling gave us hope that we still have a window of opportunity to stop the worst of climate change, but he warned that window is quickly closing. Hopefully his research and advice will urge City Council and the Port to take action equally as fast and aggressive as climate change. Stay tuned for more updates on the City and Port of San Diego's Climate Plan progress.

Our final post for May's Allergy Awareness Month features tips on how to prevent household mold from affecting your family's health by using natural cleaners.

Mold growth inside the home can be hazardous to your family’s health, causing allergic reactions, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, asthma, and skin rash.  However, mold can be eliminated from your home using natural cleaners.

baking soda_cleanerBaking soda is well known as a natural and safe household cleaner. Unlike other mold killers which contain harsh chemicals, baking soda is mild (pH of 8.1) and harmless to your family and any pets. Besides killing mold, baking soda also deodorizes and so using it can get rid of the smell mold leaves in your home. Baking soda also absorbs moisture to help keep mold away.

                How to Kill Mold with Baking Soda:

  • Add ¼ tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water. Shake well.
  • Spray moldy area with baking soda/water solution.
  • Use a sponge or scrub brush to remove the mold from the surface.
  • Once the mold is gone, rinse the area with water to remove the residual.
  • Spray the area with the solution again and let dry. This will kill any left over mold and prevent it from returning.

Vinegar is often used along with baking soda when cleaning up a mold problem since vinegar kills different species of mold. Vinegar is a mild acid which can kill 82% of mold species. However it also has the advantages of being natural and safe. Vinegar is non-toxic and doesn't give off dangerous fumes like bleach does. If you want to use vinegar to prevent mold growing on surfaces just spray vinegar on the surface and leave it. Repeat this every few days to ensure the surface will stay mold-free.

Controlling the source of moisture inside the house is necessary to eliminate mold growth. Mold grows when air-born spores (invisible to the naked eye) land on a wet or damp surface. Indoor mold has potential to cause ill health effects resulting from inhalation. 

silvia_leon_asthma_triggers_childrenThis story was originally published at blog.livingwithasthma.net on May 6, 2013.

Silvia León shared her story of asthma awareness and her son's asthma triggers in honor of World Asthma Day:

Asthma Story- I visit many families every month and I am able to hear personal stories about their children's asthma. Mostly all families are using bleach and many other household cleaning products to disinfect their homes. Most of the time families are not aware that using windex, bleach, ajax, comex, and many others can be asthma triggers. Our non-toxic kits and recommendations is an easy way to start to change the air quality of their home. The air that children breathe while inside their home is what is causing the asthma most of the time, because studies show that we spend about 80% of our time in our house. So if mommy used bleach to clean the strong smell, and/or other chemicals, kids breathe that in and it can cause an attack.

Asthma Tips- My son has asthma and his triggers have diminished greatly because I do the following:

  • Use non-toxic cleaning products
  • Throw their pillows in the dryer once a week
  • Use aller-ease mattress covers
  • Put baking soda on their bedroom carpet to absorb more dust than the vacuum alone can
  • Throw stuffed animals in the dryer
  • Open windows for ventilation
  • Keep pets outside.
  • I am very pro-active and informed. Information is the key!

For more information on Sylvia's efforts, please visit the following links:

Environmental Health Blog: Protecting Your Child From Asthma Attacks
Environmental Health Twitter
Environmental Health Healthy Kids Twitter

Brand new green bicycle lane installed in City Heights on 54th and University Ave. city heights_bike lane_ehccity heights_bike lane

The Active Transportation Manager at the City Heights Community Development Corporation (CDC), Randy Van Vleck, sent out an email on May 14th stating that the bike lanes on 54th Street had been upgraded with green paint. With his permission, we have reproduced his message with some minor adjustments:

For years, the intersection of 54th street and University Avenue in City Heights has been a major point of contention between cyclists and motorists. Although a bike lane exists, many accidents continued to occur at the northwest corner of this intersection.

Yet today, cyclists can commute safely on this road because City Heights has installed the city of San Diego's second-ever green bike lane. The additions to the existing bike lane include a fresh coat of green paint that alerts motorists to cyclists nearby with bike lane dashes in the conflict point of the intersection along with a "Yield to Bikes" sign with an image of a green bike lane.

The City installed the green bike lane last week in response to City Heights CDC's request on behalf of the City Heights Built Environment Team; a group of residents, along with Environmental Health Coalition, advocating for a health-supportive built environment. These changes signal a sigh of relief for BET members and residents alike who have been calling for action on behalf of a need for a improved safety at this intersection for 2.5 years.

We'd like to acknowledge everyone who stood alongside Environmental Health Coalition and the City Heights Built Environment Team in contributing in this effort:

-Residents of the 54th St & Uni Ave area-Mayor Filner and Bike Program Initiatives Manager Ed Clancy
-Councilmember Emerald and staff
-Traffic engineers Brian Genovese, Tom Landre, Linda Marabian, and Esmerelda White
-Bike SD Executive Director Samantha Ollinger
-Vien Dong market
-International Rescue Committee, Academia de Comunitario Liderazgo, Star Pal, Colina Park Neighborhood's First Initiative
-City Heights Area Planning Committee
-University Avenue Mobility Plan (54th St to 68th St) Working Group
-Media coverage: Megan Burks (Speak City Heights), Brian Myers (Media Arts Center), Adrian Florido (then with Voice of San Diego, now with KPBS), NBC

Still, the work here is not done— we need to make this intersection safe for everyone and reflect the consistency of the CA Complete Streets Act and new CA Highway Design Manual. Yet this green bike lane serves as a symbol of commitment to improve safety for active transportation at this intersection but to encourage it for years to come.

Part 2/2 in Protecting Your Child From Common Asthma Triggers

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Reducing allergens and irritants that are common in homes is one way to help your child breathe easier. The second half of this blog series addresses pets, molds, and pests as asthma triggers in the home, and what you can do about them.

Pets

Your pet’s skin flakes, urine and saliva can be asthma triggers.

  • Consider keeping pets outdoors or even finding a new home for pets, if necessary.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom and other sleeping areas at all times, and keep the door closed.
  • Keep pets away from fabric-covered furniture, carpets, and stuffed toys.

Molds

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Molds grow on damp materials. The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, get rid of both the mold and excess moisture. This will also help reduce other triggers, such as dust mites and cockroaches.

  • Wash mold off hard surfaces and dry completely. Absorbent material may need to be replaced.
  • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water.
  • Keep drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator, and dehumidifier clean and dry.
  • Use exhaust fans or open windows in kitchens and bathrooms when showering, cooking or using the dishwasher.
  • Vent clothes dryers to outside of the home.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, ideally between 30-50% relative humidity. This can be measured by hygrometers which are available at local hardware stores.

Pests

Droppings or body parts of pests such as cockroaches or rodents can be asthma triggers.

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  • Do not leave food or garbage out
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Clean all food crumbs or spills right away
  • Try using insect baits, boric acid (for roaches), or traps first before using pesticide sprays

If sprays are used, limit the spray to the infested area and carefully follow the instructions on the label. Make sure there is plenty of fresh air when you spray, and keep anyone with asthma out of the room.

2013 Awards Celebration: A Healthy Kids Victory a Resounding Success

In 2013, we honored five heroes whose leadership led to major victories for healthy kids in San Diego. EHC's four Healthy Kids Champion Awards went to EHC Promotora Martha Cortes, the California Attorney General, San Diego Housing Commission and the Channel 10 Investigative News Team. A sold-out crowd at Marina Village Baja Room in Mission Bay paid homage to these honorees along with the 3rd Annal Donna Frye Spirit of Justice Award winner Dr. Gerald Markowitz, public health professor, author and activist. (Enough writing, skip to the photos.)

EHC's A Healthy Kids Victory extends its thanks to the sponors that made this event possible: EHC's Presenting Sponsor Pacifica Companies and Blue Summit Wealth Management, Bruce and Betsy Gill, Chatten-Brown and Carstens and the Briggs Law Corporation.

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EHC's Healthy Kids Champion Awards honored:

  • Sherman Heights Resident Martha Cortés

As a community leader for EHC since 1998, this "promotora" was a key spokesperson and activist for lead-safe candy initiatives that resulted in groundbreaking agreements between the U.S. and Mexico and that led to California's first lead-safe candy law, a first in the nation. She's now a community expert helping her neighbors create healthy homes by addressing mold, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and toxic household cleaners.

  • California Attorney General

Following the 2005 California law banning the sale of lead-contaminated candy, the California Attorney General partnered with EHC to advance a lawsuit to force candy companies to immediately stop producing lead-contaminated candies. The suit resulted in a candy certification program that includes annual testing of candy and makes lead-free candy available in stores around the world.

  • San Diego Housing Commission

A leader in ensuring lead-free homes for all families in San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission has dedicated $30 million toward its program that has saved lives and prevented disease. In partnership with EHC, the Housing Commission's support has helped more than 1,500 homes become lead safe and given 3,000 children healthier living conditions.

  • Channel 10 Investigative News Team

After EHC's advocacy efforts lead to the City of San Diego's adoption of the Children's Right to Lead Safe House Ordinance, the Channel 10 Investigative News Team went undercover to reveal the truth about compliance. Their investigation exposed disobedient rental homes and apartment complexes that continued to harm children's health.

  • Dr. Gerald Markowitz

A national leader calling for corporate and government accountability to address the harmful affects of lead, Markowitz leant his expertise to EHC's effort to enact the Children's Right to Lead Safe Housing in San Diego. Markowitz' latest book is "Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children reveals incisive examination of lead poisoning during the past half century."



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 MESA TÉCNICA

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¿Cómo es que algo con un nombre tan frío como "mesa técnica" es tan importante para el corazón de una comunidad?

La familia y el arroyo 


sustentable Mama e Hijo Alamar arboladasustentable Mama e Hijo Alamar cementoAna es madre de dos hijos, un niño que acaba de entrar a la primaria y un adolescente. Viven en una casa pequeña cerca del Arroyo Alamar. Los tres son integrantes de la campaña del la frontera de Environmental Health Coalition. Ella pertenece al Colectivo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental y sus hijos al grupo de jóvenes.

Por años han sido testigos, junto a toda la comunidad, de cómo el impacto por la contaminación y el crecimiento que genera la industria maquiladora han ido deteriorando el arroyo. Y más ahora con el proyecto de canalización del Alamar que está revistiendo de concreto el lecho del arroyo.

El Arroyo Alamar significa, para ellos y para muchas otras familias que viven cerca, una gran posibilidad de mitigar la contaminación por la maquiladora y el paso de los traileres que le sirven a esta industria. Es por esta razón que, desde hace ya varios meses, con EHC, el Colectivo y muchas otras ONG's, habían estado buscando la oportunidad de sentarse con las dependencias de gobierno encargadas del proyecto y encontrar una manera más sustentable de hacer el encauzamiento y la construcción de la vialidades que acompañan a dicho proyecto.

 La mesa técnica

En la casa de Ana y su familia, por generaciones la mesa del comedor ha significado el punto de encuentro de la familia, donde se nutre el cuerpo y se conectan todas las historias de chicos y grandes. Ahora la "Mesa Técnica del Arroyo Alamar" significa punto de encuentro entre gobierno, comunidad y organizaciones civiles, donde se nutre la posibilidad de mejorar la calidad de vida para las comunidades.

sustentable alamar mesa tecnicaRecientemente se ha logrado consolidar la participación de la Secretaria de Protección al Ambiente del Estado como coordinador de la mesa técnica y se tiene la esperanza de que el tema suba a nivel regional, integrando a funcionarios y comunidad de ambos lados de la frontera, ya que el Arroyo Alamar, aunque está dentro de México, nace y termina en suelo norteamericano.

 

Aníbal Méndez Martínez
Organizador Comunitario

 
 
 

Part 1/2 in Protecting Your Child From Common Asthma Triggers

healthy kids asthma inhaler dust homesIf you have a child with asthma, you are not alone. About 20 million Americans have asthma, and it is the leading cause of long-term illness in children. Reducing allergens and irritants that are common in homes is one way to help your child breathe easier. Three common triggers are secondhand smoke, dust mites, and house dust.

Secondhand Smoke 

Asthma can be triggered by the smoke from a burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and the smoke breathed out by a smoker. Choose not to smoke in your home or car, and do not allow others to do so.

Dust Mites 

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Dust mites are too small to be seen, but they are found in every home. They live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, fabric-covered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, and stuffed toys. To prevent dust mites:

  • Wash sheets and blankets once a week in hot water
  • Choose washable stuffed toys and wash them often in hot water. Dry them thoroughly.
  • Cover mattresses and pillows in dust-proof (allergen-impermeable) zippered covers

House Dust

Remove dust often with a damp cloth, and vacuum carpet and fabric-covered furniture to reduce dust build-up. Using vacuums with high efficiency filters or central vacuums may be helpful.

Asthma is a serious lung disease. During an asthma attack, the airways get narrow, making it difficult to breath. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Asthma can even cause death. Consult a doctor and reduce asthma triggers in your home. Check out part 2 of this blog, which covers three more asthma triggers: pets, molds, and pests.

Ensuring the San Diego Port Commission reflects the whole community is vital to having a "Port for All"

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The position of Port Commissioner is a regionally very important one. The Port not only manages one of the region's premier economic assets, it has primary steward responsibility for the premier environmental asset in the region—San Diego Bay.

We are very appreciative of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the City Council for taking some time to look into the best way to seat the City of San Diego's Port Commission appointments. The way it has been done in the past can definitely be improved. Here are EHC's top priorities for improving the City of San Diego's Port Commission appointment process:

1. Increase Diversity of Port Appointments:

We support the clear guidance in the Council Policy 000-13 that aspires to a diversity on Board that 'reflects the entire community'. But, all too often, there is very little ethnic, gender, or economic diversity on the Port Commission. EHC would recommend that the city explore ways to increase the diversity of candidates.

The position is unpaid and time-consuming, so it's hard for most regular people to even consider applying for the Commission. To help alleviate the time burdens of the position, the City can improve staff support and resources to Port Commissioners.

To ensure broad community understanding of the Port Commission, the City should develop and post Port Commission job descriptions, standardize applications, offer more time in the appointment process for community groups to iprovide input, and increase community outreach related to the Port and opportunities to be a Port Commissioner.

The Port and the city would be better served with a diverse Board membership that reflects the community it seeks to serve. Without a concentrated effort to address this issue, the Port appointments will remain an insiders' game—which we do not think is in the highest public interest.Environmental health coalition port commission appointment priorities

2. Ensure Appointees Have Needed Skill Sets:

In terms of skills that are needed to do the job, the best Port Commissioners are those who can understand, are sensitive to, and can forge agreement among a wider diversity of stakeholders. The city will also be well served if your commissioners are experienced in working with the public and marrying the function of government and public input together.

The Port is also a regulatory agency. It has responsibility as landlord, but it also must enforce those leases and environmental rules like the Regional Storm Water Permit, CEQA, and others. In the past, the failure of the Port to be a strong enforcer has lead to multiple multi-million dollar cleanups of the Bay—a huge economic hit in addition to degrading the health of the Bay and communities around it. Failing to regulate the tenants is NOT good for the Bay, the city, or the economy. Commissioners must be clear on this important role.

3. Consider Appointments within Core Experience Areas:

In terms of selection, since the charter responsibilities are largely around commerce, recreation, and environmental protection, we would recommend that the city seek one Commissioner with skills in each of these focus areas. We agree with the Mayor's vision that Commissioners should be chosen to reflect some core experience areas.

At the end of the day, these adjustments to the process would ensure that the requisite skills and experience needed would be reflected on the Port Commission, in addition to the diversity of the community. Thank you Mayor Filner for your leadership in changing the appointment process to better serve all residents of San Diego. Thank you to the City Council Rules Committee under the leadership of Chair Sherri Lightner for spending the time to develop a clear vision and process for the Port Commissioner selection. We look forward to continued participation with the Mayor and City Council to ensure that our Port is one that reflects and represents our community.

February's implosion of the South Bay Power Plant was a cause for great celebration. South Bay became a different place when the Power plant was built and will be a different and better place, when it is removed. Its removal is a victory for community health, the environment, and for quality economic development.

For the first of a three part series written by Laura Hunter, who led a 20 year effort to stop the South Bay Power Plant from operating, she'll explain why the end of this dirty power plant means the end to decades of damage to downwind environmental justice communities of Chula Vista and San Diego.

Top 10 Ways to Poison-Proof your Home

  1. Keep the 24/7, free poison center helpline on you at all times (such as in your cell phone). 1-800-222-1222
  2. Be sure that cosmetics, personal care products, prescription and OTC medications, cleaning products, dietary supplements and vitamins, pesticides and lighter fluid, and household plants locked away or out of reach of children.
  3. Always keep cleaning products, gasoline, lighter fluid, antifreeze, pain and paint thinners in the containers that they came in.
  4. Never put something that it not food in a food or beverage container.
  5. Do not store food and household cleaners in the same cabinet.
  6. If you are caring for a little one, put purses or bags that may contain above mentioned products where a child cannot reach.
  7. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Make sure they work and change the battery every 6 months.
  8. Never call medicine candy.
  9. Do not take medicine in front of children; they love to do what adults do.
  10. Objects that use small batteries, like toys or remotes, should be kept out of reach of small children. Disc batteries are both poisonous and a choking hazard.

4 million poisonings occur each year – over half to children. Please take these simple precautions to protect your family.

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More parks and open space for families and children, and fewer diesel trucks spewing fumes into neighborhoods, were some of the biggest victories for the Environmental Health Coalition last year.

The coalition, works to protect public health threatened by toxic pollution in southern California.

Last year, the Environmental Health Coalition in San Diego, successfully shut down a Barrio Logan warehouse to stop its diesel trucks from polluting the air for nearby residents.

The neighborhood has one of the highest asthma rates, caused primarily, neighbors say, by pollutant-producing industrial businesses that are intermingled with homes, schools and parks.

The coalition also had a significant impact on the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan ‒ saving more than 40 percent of the land for parks and open space.

And in November, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted a number of the coalition's recommendations that will expand the reach of energy efficiency programs funded by ratepayers to low-income neighborhoods in San Diego.

The Environmental Health Coalition was started in 1980 as the Coalition Against Cancer. Since then, more information and awareness about relationship between serious health effects and the chemicals used in homes and workplaces has become available.

Thirty years later, Environmental Health Coalition has become a leader in the environmental justice movement and a resource for community-based organizations working on environmental health and justice, social justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability.

Juneteenth a Celebration of Freedom

 

More than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed 3 million enslaved people in the U.S, an estimated 250,000 people were still being forced into slavery in Texas. That changed soon after General Granger arrived in the state with his troops.

On June 19, 1865, General Granger delivered General Order Number 3, which read:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

According to Juneteenth.com, “The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation.” June 19th became a yearly celebration of freedom for black Americans and was dubbed Juneteenth. It is also known as Emancipation Day. Two days short of its 156 years birthday, President Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

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 In celebration of the emancipation of the more than 3 million enslaved people in the United States, Environmental Health Coalition observes Juneteenth. We also take this moment to remember that it was only 156 years ago that black people were enslaved in our country. While celebrating freedom and all the contributions black Americans have made to the U.S. and the world, we must acknowledge that as a society we have fallen short of equity and equality and reaffirm our commitment to fighting for racial justice.

To learn more about Juneteenth, please visit juneteenth.com. To learn how you can celebrate with your family and friends, or join a celebration, check out the links below.

Happy Juneteenth!

  

How to celebrate Juneteenth:

9 Way to Celebrate Juneteenth in 2021

This Is How We Juneteenth

 

Local Celebrations:

'Say It Loud' Celebrates Juneteenth With Local Black Talent

Oceanside tea shop owner plans Juneteenth celebration Saturday

Cooper Family Freedom Festival - NAACP San Diego Branch

Local Events to Celebrate Juneteenth in San Diego County

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Did you know that June is Healthy Homes Month? 

During this pandemic year, we should be calling it Healthy Homes & Healthy Office Month. For many of us, chances are that your home is also your office. While we have been cleaning and disinfecting to keep COVID-19 away, a healthy home is much more than that.  A healthy home is well-ventilated, dry, clean, safe, pest-free, contaminant-free, well maintained, and thermally controlled.  For most parents, I know it’s been challenging to keep our homes and offices healthy, especially during this pandemic year.

I invite you (and myself 😊) to take this Healthy Homes Month to integrate some simple steps to help our homes and office spaces be and feel healthy.

Check out the flyers to learn how to make your home healthy! 

5 Minutes to a Healthier Home Protect Kids From Lead Poisoning CARBON MONOXIDE

Bathroom Safety Slips and Falls  Your Fire Safety Checklist

 

This year’s Healthy Homes theme is The Power of Partnerships. At EHC, we are grateful to all of our partners that we have worked alongside during our 40 years of fighting for Environmental Justice. Thank you partners for your dedication, support, and leadership in keeping our homes safe, healthy, and affordable. Thank you to:

HUD Lead & Healthy Homes Office, San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, San Diego City Attorney’s Office, City of National City Housing Authority, City of National City Community Development, MAAC Project Weatherization Program, Campesinos Unidos, Rebuilding Together, Energy Team, La Maestra Community Health Centers, San Ysidro Health Center

We look forward to getting back to our healthy homes visits. They are an opportunity to visit families and share information about healthy homes, conduct a healthy homes assessment, and provide a free kit with resources and tools that families can put to use right away.  As part of our visit, we provide a customized healthy homes plan and may refer families to lead hazard control programs, weatherization services, code enforcement, and/or to our local clinics to support asthma, respiratory illnesses, lead poisoning. It does take a village!  Again, thank you, partners! 

 

What’s your favorite Healthy Homes Tip?

 

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This year's theme, "Healthy Housing for All", highlights the importance of safe and healthy living in your home; no matter where you live. Through emphasizing the importance of home maintenance, this month, HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes seeks to highlight the connection between your internal environment and your health.

This year's National Healthy Homes Month focuses on:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of Home Maintenance and the impact on health.
  • Educating the public about free local resources available.
  • Encouraging implementation of online activities and events in targeted communities.

 

The Eight Principles of a Healthy Home

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(Images courtesy of: HUD/NHHM)

Rosa Vaquera lives in Barrio Logan and is a single mother of four children. According to CalEnviroScreen, Rosa’s community ranks in the top 25 percent of census tracts for pollution impact, including a high risk for asthma. Rosa and her daughter Ximena both suffer from asthma. Ximena's is an extreme type of asthma that prevents her from playing outdoors as frequently as other children her age. At the same time, Rosa and Ximena's asthma was also being aggravated indoors.

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[Learn how to create a healthy home for your family]


Healthy Homes Assessment

In 2018, Rosa attended a community-based EHC workshop on the air quality and monitoring at Perkins Elementary School. After the workshop, she filled out an intake form expressing interest in a Healthy Homes Assessment, and a possible indoor air filter for her home. An assessment of Rosa's home revealed that she did not open her windows for most of the day. This was mainly because of bad odors and loud noises common in her neighborhood.

The practice of keeping windows shut in her area is more accurately a result of air pollution and living in a neighborhood with an outdated community plan. The 1978 Barrio Logan community plan permits mixed land use zoning, allowing polluting industries and businesses to operate in residential areas, often much too close to homes and schools. Rosa and Ximena live next door to such industries.

During the Healthy Homes Assessment, EHC learned that Ximena would have asthma attacks on a monthly basis, often at night. In an attempt to improve air circulation, Rosa would open windows, but only in the kitchen and not in the living room or children's bedrooms. This created poor air circulation, especially in Ximena’s small, shared room where the window always remained closed. Rosa also regularly hired friends to clean her house when her family was not home due to their extreme sensitivity to toxic cleaning supplies.

Living in a Healthier Home

Rosa has implemented many of the recommendations given to her after EHC's Healthy Homes Assessment. These include having most of the windows open to improve air circulation, use of non-toxic cleaning solutions, and turning on her stove fan while cooking. EHC determined that Rosa's home qualified to receive indoor and outdoor air monitors and a Home IQ Air Filter. Both Rosa and Ximena are breathing much better because of living in a healthier home.

EHC is committed to improving the quality of life in our communities by fighting conditions that expose low-income communities of color to environmental hazards. We want Ximena to grow up healthy with clean air, regardless of where she lives.

June is National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM). This year's theme is Growing Up Healthy: 5 Minutes to a Healthier Home, and it focuses on the opportunity to protect current and future generations of children from the exposures to lead from contaminated paint, dust and soil; through the importance of home assessments and the impact it has on your health.

At EHC, we believe that a home should be a safe and nurturing environment, especially for children. Everyone deserves a healthy home, yet this is not the lived reality for many residents in low-income communities of color. Many homes in San Diego's environmental justice (EJ) communities were built before 1979 and may have lead-based paint hazards in and around the buildings, which can cause permanent brain damage and other serious health problems in children.

Read Rosa and Ximena's story

 

CHECK OUT THESE INFOGRAPHICS FROM NHHM:

NHHM Lead Poisoning      NHHM Pet Friendly


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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Here are eight principles of keeping a home healthy (from HUD):

  1. Keep it Dry
    Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rainwater from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaking.

  2. Keep it Clean
    Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.

  3. Keep it Safe
    Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children's play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.

  4. Keep it Well-Ventilated
    Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.

  5. Keep it Pest-free
    All pests look for food, water, and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest-resistant containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with least toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder.

  6. Keep it Contaminant-free
    Reduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet-cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation crack. Install a radon removal system if levels above the EPA action-level are detected.

  7. Keep your home Maintained
    Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems.

  8. Thermally Controlled
    Houses that do not maintain adequate temperatures may place the safety of residents at increased risk from exposure to extreme cold or heat.


MORE RESOURCES

How to Keep a Healthy Home

Healthy Homes Youth App

 

Blood lead testing

Lead poisoning is the number one environmental health threat to children, and also considered the most preventable.

On June 6, EHC set up to test children’s levels of lead at Birney Elementary School – one of the schools that recently tested high for lead in their water. We tested 63 children and fortunately, did not find any alarming cases and could give parents peace of mind.

Our work to prevent childhood lead poisoning has been a fundamental piece of our organization for many years. With simple tests, grassroots advocacy, increased public knowledge and eventually, statewide regulation, EHC and partners stopped lead contamination in candies several years ago. You can learn more about that victory for our neighborhoods here.

Now, the work continues. Please join us to support a statewide bill that monitors school water for levels of lead (AB 746).

This bill would become a public health victory for our communities by:

  • Ensuring that schools prevent lead in drinking water
  • Protecting children and staff in schools from the health consequences of lead contamination
  • Requiring all public schools to annually test drinking water for lead
  • Standardizing the practice for local educational agencies to notify parents/guardians about lead contamination and shut down the source of lead when it’s identified

If you believe that one child with lead poisoning is too many, please sign this letter and share on social media to tell our elected officials that now is the time to support AB 746.

To learn more about keeping children safe and preventing lead in drinking water, parents should click here.

Since the beginning of my internship with the healthy kids campaign at EHC, I’ve appreciated working in an environment where independence is encouraged and using my voice is expected.

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My recent attendance at a blood-lead testing event, where neighbors can get screened for lead poisoning, reminded me why we work everyday to build strong leaders for healthy communities.

The event took place in City Heights, a neighborhood I’ve called home for almost 15 years. I watched kids come and go throughout the day to get their blood tested for lead. I met pregnant mothers also getting tested to ensure they and their baby will live long, healthy lives. Passionate parents advocating for a healthy future for their children begins even sooner than I had imagined.

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At EHC, we talk about leadership as the core of environmental and social justice. If you ever want to see what true leadership looks like, come to our next blood-lead testing event. You’re bound to be inspired by caring parents doing everything they can to lead their kids toward a healthier future.

Gaby
Healthy Kids Intern

A clean-looking home doesn’t always mean a healthy home. Many store-bought cleaners are harmful and full of toxic chemicals that you and your family breathe in long after the cleaning is done. Even though they clean the dirt away, your home might even be less healthy than when you started. Luckily, our Healthy Home Experts have tips to keep your home both clean and healthy with non-toxic cleaning techniques that are often much cheaper than toxic products. Below are some tips from our Healthy Homes experts on toxic-free ways to keep your house clean.

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All-Purpose Cleaner (for spots on linoleum, tile and woodwork)

Ingredient:

  • Murphy’s Liquid Soap
  1. Squeeze a drop of soap on a wet Easy-wipe
  2. Rub the area to be cleaned briskly. An Easy-wipe will last longer and create less waste than a sponge or paper towels. 

Refrigerator

  • Place a small open block or container of baking soda inside the refrigerator to eliminate bad odors

Air Freshener

  • Place small containers of baking soda around your home to absorb bad odors.

Carpet Freshener

Ingredients:

  1. Sprinkle small amounts of baking soda on the carpet.
  2. Let it set for an hour
  3. Vacuum the baking soda up – do not use on wet carpet!

Tub And Sink

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Murphy’s Liquid Soap
  1. Sprinkle it on porcelain fixtures and rub with a wet rag.
  2. Add a little soap to the rag for more cleaning power.
  3. Rinse well to avoid leaving a hazy film

Drains

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Boiling Water
  • Vinegar
  • Fresh Lemon
  1. This recipe will free minor clogs. Treat your drains on a regular basis to prevent future clogs.
  2. Pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain first.
  3. Pour half a cup of vinegar into the drain.
  4. Let it fizz for a few minutes.
  5. Then pour one to two quarts of boiling water into the drain.
  6. Repeat if needed. If the clog is stubborn, use a plunger. If very stubborn, use a mechanical snake. Avoid letting fats, oils or grease into the drain to prevent clogs.

To keep drains smelling good, grind thin lemon slices in the garbage disposal. If you do not have a garbage disposal, squeeze the lemon juice into each drain.

Ovens

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Scrubbing pads
  1. Mix one cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste.
  2. Apply to oven surfaces and let stand a little while.
  3. Use the scouring pad for scrubbing most surfaces.
  4. A spatula or bread knife is effective to scrape off large food deposits.

This recipe will require extra scrubbing. Clean up spills in the oven after each use or spot clean it regularly. Do not use this on self cleaning ovens. 

Other Helpful Tips

  • Use the spray bottle to hold a mixture of vinegar and water for quick clean-ups in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Spray the bathtub, shower walls and curtain with vinegar and water to reduce or eliminate mold and soap scum.
  • Keep different colored gloves in the kitchen and bathroom for use only in those areas to avoid spreading germs.

BloodLead event Sept 9 2014 240Last week we partnered with San Diego's Home Safe Home program and the La Maestra Family Clinic to offer blood-lead tests to children and pregnant women.

After spending weeks canvassing the community, educating community members on the importance of lead-poisoning prevention and recruiting families for our free blood-lead testing event, our event turned out to be a fantastic success. We tested more than 100 children and spread awareness about the hazards of lead poisoning and tips for prevention.

BloodLead event Sept 9 2014 234Did you know 75 percent of homes built before 1979 contain some lead-based paint? Lead is most commonly found on exterior-painted surfaces, interior woodwork, doors and windows. EHC recommends children get a blood-lead test every year until age six to prevent blood-lead poisoning.

During the testing, children would often ask, “Why are you doing this?” Engaging in these important conversations about lead poisoning with children as well as parents goes a long way toward fulfilling EHC's goals of awareness and prevention. Get more information about the hazards of lead here, and stay tuned for our next community blood-lead testing event. 
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safe-routes-to-school-planning-ehcI never thought stop signs would mean so much in my life. Last week I joined the community of Old Town National City in celebrating the inauguration of a safe route to school on Coolidge Avenue. We have been working with residents, the City of National City and other stakeholders to improve the quality of life for almost 10 years; the completion of the Safe Routes to School Program along Coolidge Ave is one of many great things to come to Old Town.

On Thursday, August 14th, the community convened on 16th and Coolidge Avenue and walked together to Kimball Elementary. You could safe-routes-to-school-bike-rack-ehcfeel the joy, pride and sense of accomplishment with every step; the city had heard the community voice and listened. Residents confirmed how proud they were to have been involved in the planning process.

Just two years ago, EHC’s National City Community Action Team audited the Coolidge Avenue using the Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index to identify safety needs and priorities. With this feedback, the city put stop signs at intersections, expanded street corners to slow traffic, created bike lanes and installed bike racks, improvedsafe-routes-to-school-hopscothc-ehc the student pick-up and drop-off area at the school and increase outdoor lighting and shading. 

And on Thursday morning, children and parents alike rejoiced at the improvements along Coolidge Avenue. The completion of this project has brought the community together to ensure their safety walking and biking to school- and the celebratory spirit was contagious.

As we know, the community voice can have a profound impact. The left image below is of the street just one block away from Coolidge Avenue to show what Coolidge looked like before the Safe Routes to School project. On the right is what Coolidge Avenue looks like today. The safe route has crossing pathways, stop signs and defined bike lanes. 

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We have much more to do, but for now let us savor our victories and cherish the profound impact of the united community voice in the creation of healthy neighborhoods for all. 

- Carolina Martinez
EHC policy advocate

 

 

 

 

Can you believe it – it’s already August! You know what that means - Soon the kids head back to school and the days become shorter and cooler. Make the most of the remaining days with a few tips from the Environmental Protection Agency to stay happy, healthy and safe outdoors. bridge

  1. Be sun healthy. Stay in the shade and wear a hat and sunscreen to avoid nasty burns. Remember, the sun is hottest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  2. Save water. Water your lawn only in the early mornings or late evenings and consider watering every two to three days. Keep use to just one inch per week.

  3. Play responsibly. Enjoy all the sand and surf San Diego has to offer, but make sure to be responsible! Swim safely, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, watch out for pollution, and always pay attention to the lifeguards.lungtest

  4. Be aware of pollution. Pay attention to pollution in your community; Use the EPA’s tool to know where the air, water or land pollution is heaviest in your community and avoid those areas if possible. 

  5. Lower your energy use. Use energy star appliances to lower your energy use and save on your electricity bill.

  6. Stay cool. In the car, stay cool at low speeds by rolling down the windows; stay cool at high speeds by using the AC.

  7. Breathe right. Monitor air quality through apps like AirNow’s Air Quality Index to make sure you aren’t breathing toxic pollution.

Please share these tips with your friends, family and neighbors and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Warm(er) weather, setting our clocks forward an hour, more daylight in the evenings and more pollen in the air: Spring is here. And with spring often comes spring cleaning, a yearly ritual where we revamp our homes by decluttering, dusting and buying every cleaning supply in stock. But many store-bought cleaners are actually harmful and full of toxic chemicals that you and your family breathe in long after the cleaning is done. Set a new tradition in your family with easy, hand-made and toxic-free products.

image (39)With these tips from our Healthy Homes Experts, you don't have to worry about your loved ones breathing toxic chemicals and you can have the cleanest, healthiest home possible. 

  • Buy non-toxic cleaning ingredients. Combinations of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, salt and dish soap can get the job done.
  • Declutter.Clutter makes excellent hiding places for unwanted guests such as mice, roaches and spiders. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to clear the unnecessary items taking up space in your home. 
  • The kitchen.
    • Kitchens accumulate tremendous grease which becomes a food source for roaches. Mix baking soda, salt and dish soap together to make a great grease-cutting cleaner.
    • Clean the garbage disposal with a cut up lemon, salt and a few ice cubes to get rid of any residue or lingering smell.
    • Eliminate odors from the trash can by pouring baking soda into the can before replacing the plastic trash bag.
  • The bathroom.
    • High humidity in the bathroom causes black spots and mold around the shower area. To prevent this from building up, keep a spray bottle of a water and vinegar solution underneath the sink and spray the infected areas. Another solution is to open the windows (if possible) or keep a ventilation fan on for five to ten minutes after a shower. 
    • Clean the toilet bowl with baking soda instead of bleach.
    • Rub a lemon on water stains in the shower to make them disappear. 
  • The living and dining room.
    • In these rooms, focus on cleaning your windows, furniture, carpet, floors and curtains with a non-toxic solution made of vinegar, dish soap and water mixed in a spray bottle. This solution works like magic with dust around window sills and for removing stains on carpet or furniture.

Happy spring cleaning, everyone!

 

Valentines Day is upon us, and so are candies, chocolates, flowers, nice dinners, you name it. But before you fall head over heels into this holiday, learn how to protect your loved one, partner, girlfriend, parents and children from the hazards of lead. We know, it may seem like that last thing you want to think about on a day like today, but lead can be found in certain candy and make-up - two things not uncommon on Valentines Day. lipstick

CANDY
While most candies don't contain lead, there are still a few that do (mostly candies exported from other countries). This happens when the lead in the candy wrapper leaches into candies containing tamarind and chile because of the acid in the ingredient. This Valentines day, instead of taking a risk with candy, buy alternative loving gifts such as flowers or a card.

Click here for a list candies with unsafe lead levels.

More so than adults, children are most susceptible to lead poisoning. EHC conducts outreach in low-income communities to identify and eliminate sources of lead poisoning. Please call today if you want to a home lead test, and learn more about lead poisoning in children here.

MAKE-UP
Ladies, check your lip gloss. Recently, many popular lipsticks and glosses have been found to have traces of lead and up to eight other toxic metals including titanium, copper and nickel, to name a few. Questions are now being raised about the long-term effects of daily metal intake via these beauty products. Make sure the lip products you use aren't on the list of 20 lipsticks containing the most lead.

You can also try this personal test on your own lipsticks to make sure they are safe to use.

1. Put some lipstick on your hand
2. Use a gold ring to scratch on the lipstick
3. If the lipstick color changes to black then you know it contains lead
4. Share this information with your girlfriends, wives and female family members

To avoid the risk of absorbing any lead, stick with a non-candy gift and ladies, go au-natural. Happy Valentines Day, from EHC!