The state Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday dispersed environmental justice grants totalling nearly $90,000 to a pair of environmentalist groups in San Diego.

The Environmental Health Coalition received $50,000 to educate local residents about air pollution and air quality issues, and the I Am My Brother’s Keeper Community Development Corporation received $39,850 to launch a campaign to educate mobile home communities in the county’s southeastern areas on environmental sustainability.

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Martinez, in conjunction with Paradise Creek Partnership, received one of five 2019 Excellence Awards from the American Planning Association for their advocacy of the Paradise Creek housing development, a 201­unit affordable complex built on a remediated brownfield in Old Town National City.

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Excerpt: Efforts in California could provide a road map for statewide – and national – efforts. “At the municipal level is where people can see and experience solutions themselves and improve their quality of life,” says Carolina Martínez, policy director at the Environmental Health Coalition.

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Joy Williams, research director with the Environmental Health Coalition, told the board that certain communities have more than their share of toxic air facilities and that the new proposal allows for new rules to be developed in a transparent manner.

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National City, California (pop. 61,000), is San Diego County's second oldest city. It sits on the bay, five miles south of the San Diego Zoo, 10 miles shy of the Tijuana border crossing. Tourists taking the trolley from San Diego to Tijuana stop twice within its city limits. Its waterfront, largely a working industrial naval base, flanked by I-5, brings employment and regional ties.

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Excerpt: In San Diego, low-income neighborhoods near port terminals also face high amounts of pollution from ships, diesel trucks and traffic, said Diane Takvorian, executive director of the Environmental Health Coalition.

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