On April 14, our Annual Awards Celebration, One People, Una Frontera, recognized the individuals and groups that have dedicated their lives to building a healthy, unified border region.

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With a room full of people passionate about cross-border environmental justice, we celebrated One People, Una Frontera and EHC's 36th Anniversary with an uplifting night of inspiration, awards and friendship.

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Elected officials and community leaders alike spent the evening celebrating the progress of our Border Environmental Justice Campaign and helping us award those spearheading cross-border efforts. These heroes include:

  • Spirit of Justice Award
    • These government agencies worked to confine more than 42-tons of lead-contaminated waste from a Tijuana battery plant. This award recognizes their leadership and steadfast commitment to the health and safety of our neighborhoods.
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      • EPA Region 9
    • Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins: As the leader of the California Assembly, Speaker Atkins received a perfect score for environmental justice bills in 2015. Her own bills created seats on the California Air Resources Board for environmental justice representatives and directed new resources from penalties to be directed to impacted communities.
  • Environmental Justice Champion Award 
    • From producing powerful documentaries to ensuring healthy development practices on the Alamar River, these awardees display unparalleled professional effort and commitment to equitable, balanced development in cross-border communities.
      • The Rodriguez Griswold Family
      • Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre
      • Enrique Medina
      • Ana Elena Espinoza
      • Saúl Guzmán
  • Healthy Neighborhoods/Barrios Saludables Awards
    • These groups have offered opportunities for concerned Tijuana citizens to get involved in their communities. Their advocacy and organizing efforts have led to toxic site cleanups, preservation of declining natural space and a strengthened concept of environmental justice in the border region.
      • Consejo Consultivo Para el Desarrollo Sustentable
      • Tijuana Calidad de Vida
      • Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental
      • CICEA Papalotzin
      • Red de Ciudadanos para la Mejora de las Comunidades (RECIMEC)
      • Colectivo Chilpancingo
      • Jóvenes Pro Justica Ambiental
    • Neighborhood leaders: 28 adults and youth were recognized for their outstanding civic engagement in the struggle for healthy neighborhoods.

 One People Una Frontera award winners

The celebration was highlighted by a video sharing the victories, challenges and vision for the future of the San Diego/Tijuana region.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, Pacifica Companies, for your support and leadership in merging two cultures into one unique way of life.

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To everyone who attended, contributed and volunteered to make One People, Una Frontera a success, we can’t thank you enough. Because of your dedication, we are closer than ever before to creating a region where all people can live, work and play in a healthy and safe environment.

View more photos from the event on Facebook.

Thank you, and see you next year.

Communities on an international border have the great privilege and responsibility of transcending boundaries and merging two cultures into one unique way of life. Join us on April 14 to celebrate communities spearheading crossborder environmental justice and rebuilding the natural world we share. Reserve your seats today and join these sponsoring organizations as part of One People, Una Frontera.


Pacifica Companies

Presenting Sponsor 

Ash Israni founded Pacifica Companies 31 years ago. He saw every real estate project as a chance to improve the quality of life in the community and preserve and protect the natural environment. Pacifica Companies develops real estate projects that improve the quality of life for the end user and those in the surrounding community on both sides of the border and around the world, respects the ideas and concerns of everyone whom the development affects, and preserves and protects the natural environment.

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Tijuana Duty Free 

Platium Sponsor

Tijuana Duty Free is a family business that looks forward to helping build healthier communities along the region where they work.



Platinum Sponsor 

UETA is an international business with locations on the San Diego international border. They are a new event sponsor, and want to support EHC’s Border Campaign to contribute to a healthier future for the region’s community.


San Diego Airport Authority

Gold Sponsor 

The San Diego Airport Authority is committed to operating San Diego’s air transportation gateways in a manner that promotes the region’s prosperity and its quality of life.

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IBEW Local 569

Gold Sponsor

Representing over 3,000 power professionals in the region, the IBEW Local 569 provides training for their members.

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Port of San Diego

Gold Sponsor

The Port of San Diego works to protect the Tidelands Trust resources through a balanced approach to the economic benefits, and community enjoyment.

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SIMNSA sets a high goal to bring quality and cost-effective healthcare to both the employer and their cross-border workforce.



Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest's motto is, "Care. No matter what." It is no surprise they would care about our border region.

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Quigley Fine Wines

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Quigley Fine Wines is a wine importer and winery specializing in small production, artisan wines from Italy, France, Spain and California. Its wine consultants work one-on-one with clients to give them access to these wines and provide them with knowledge and insight into the wine world. It is Quigley's goal to bridge the gap between the winemaker and the wine drinker — to keep the stories behind the wine alive until the cork is popped and the wine can speak for itself.

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Tijuana Te Quiero

Community Sponsor

TJTQ is a nonprofit on the Tijuana border to improve the border crossing experience. We are so glad to have them supporting our border work.


La Maestra

Community Sponsor

La Maestra is all about health for underserved communities. Since 1991, La Maestra has provided culturally and linguistically competent care.

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San Diego Convention Center

Community Sponsor

The San Diego Convention Center provides an arena to advance the economic potential of the communities, and bring a global clientele to the region.

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San Diego City College

Community Sponsor

With programs in Social Justice, and programs looking at the border community, we are proud to have City College as a sponsor, and an educator for our region.

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The Center

Community Sponsor

The mission of The Center is all about health, civil liberties, and a diverse community. It is not surprise they would want to sponsor health along this diverse border region of San Diego.

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Tosdal Law Firm

Community Sponsor

Tosdal Law Firm advocates for their clients in many areas of civil litigation, but they are partners in environmentalism with their work in energy law. They hope to protect the environment and incorporate new technologies in the green energy sector.

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Ryan Brothers Coffee

Community 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 our border campaign.

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Who will be San Diego's next great City Councilmember? 

San Diego City Council District 9 is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. There are multiple candidates in the running to succeed Councilmember Marti Emerald and it's up to us to ensure that the next Councilperson is another champion for progressive values. We need a candidate who will stand up for working families, bring good jobs and housing to our neighborhoods and protect our health, government and right. 

That's why we're joining Engage San Diego and other local organizations to host a District 9 Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 14 from 5 - 7:30 p.m., at Ly's Chinese Restaurant (4350 54th St, San Diego, 92115). Please join us. 

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We've already told you what 35 years of EHC means to us. But we wanted to show you.

On Saturday, September 12, we hosted a community celebration to celebrate the community members, supporters, neighbors, friends and family that make 35 years of environmental and social justice possible. With great people, great food, great music and great weather we had the perfect day.

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To view more photos from our celebration, visit us on Facebook.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Cafe Moto for sponsoring our celebration and being a great supporter of the work EHC does. Thank you, Cafe Moto!