The NLRC is committed to disseminating research information about Latino populations in the United States, as well as the border region.

REPORTS (alphabetical order)


Agua y Salud: Water Quality & Environmental Health Community Study (2012)

Border Health Report (2004)

Clean Air Second Survey Report (2003)

Clean Air Survey Report (2003)

Mid-City Community Survey Report (2003)

San Diego Healthy Homes Collaborative (SDHHC) 2010-2013 (2013) 

San Diego Healthy Homes Collaborative (SDHHC) 2007-2010 (2010)

San Diego Text4baby Evaluation Overview 2012 (2012)

2003 Asthma Report Card (2003)

2005 Asthma Report Card (2005)

2008 Casas Saludables Evaluation Report (2008)

5th Annual Imperial Valley Environmental Health Leadership Summit (EHLS) Evaluation Summary Report (2013)


Civic Engagement Workshop Report (2007)

Coming out of the Dark: Emergency Preparedness Plan for Farmworker Communities in San Diego County (2009)

CSUSM ACE Scholars Services Evaluation 2011 (2011)

CSUSM Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) Evaluation 2012 Spring (2012)

CSUSM Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) Evaluation 2011 Fall (2012)

CSUSM Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) Evaluation 2011 Spring (2011)

CSUSM Trio Student Support Services Program Evaluation (2010-2011) (2011)

CSUSM Trio Student Support Services Program Evaluation (2011-2012) (2012)

CSUSM Trio Student Support Services Program Evaluation (2012-2013) (2013)

Food Justice Initiative Mobile Food Pantry (2011)

Higher Education Report

Increasing Access to Healthy Food in North San Diego - Rural Mobile Pantry Overview (2013)

Mission Park Community Survey Report (2006)

Redistricting 2011 (2011)

San Diego Firestorm 2007 Report: Fire Impact on Farmworkers & Migrant Communities in North County (2007)

Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) (2012)


Educational Disparities in North County San Diego (2005)

Health Disparities in San Diego County (2005)

Health Disparities in Imperial County (2005)

Teen Pregnancy (2005)

Water Quality and Environmental Health in Imperial County

Documentary Films

Documentary Commentary (Click here for a PDF copy)
by Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez, Director, National Latino Research Center
April 20, 2012

The National Latino Research Center at California State University San Marcos joins community residents of the Eastern Coachella Valley in their efforts to increase awareness and education about the community’s environmental justice struggle for clean and safe water, clean air, and an overall healthy community.

In solidarity with Coachella residents and human rights advocates, we have created the documentary, “Living with Environmental Inequalities; Life in the Eastern Coachella Valley.” Our goal is to provide an overview of the community’s history of environmental racism and classism as experienced by families who live, work, play, and learn surrounded by environmental hazards. Prevalent problems of arsenic in water, exposed raw sewage, illegal dumping of chemicals, pesticide drift and other environmental hazards afflict families on a daily basis making many ill and vulnerable.

In recent years, environmental justice education and advocacy efforts have coalesced bringing together government agencies, elected officials, funders, community-based organizations, and concerned residents to advocate for improved health. Some of the accomplishments achieved to date include the following:

  • WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS (2011) - Mobile home park Residents and California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. testified in front of the Senate and Assembly Budget subcommittee regarding AB2515 (Perez), and the need for Arsenic filtration systems.  AB2515 was signed into law on  It allows the state public health department to enact emergency regulations to govern the permitted us of point of entry or point of use water treatment by public water systems in severely disadvantaged communities in lieu of expensive centralized treatment.  The bill was designed with the Coachella Valley in mind where high concentrations of arsenic in groundwater in the east side of the valley where thousands of mobile home residents rely on local well water where high concentrations of arsenic have been detected.  The bill also provides a mechanism for emergency funding for the purchase of point of use and point of entry treatment filters that range from $135 to $300 per household.  The bill remains in effect as a short-term solution with grant money available until January 2014.  Local officials state that the long-term solution is a $22 million pipeline to the west valley where supplies are centrally treated but that such an endeavor is still years off for completion. For more information about AB2515, see
  • OVERHAUL OF WATER AUDITS WITHIN THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (2011) - Residents and California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. testified about CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission deficiencies.  It resulted in overhaul of the water and audits division. 
  • AFFORDABLE WATER RATES AND PROVISION OF FILTRATION SYSTEMS (2012)- Residents of a mobile home park won litigation. The water rates were re-set to affordable levels and management was required to provide arsenic filtration system.  For more information about this, see
  • RESTITUTION FOR RESIDENTS IN MOBILE HOME PARKS (2012) – Residents and California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. testified in Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee in support of AB 1830 (Perez) which will provide restitution for future mobile home park residents who are overcharged.  Before April, 2012 mobile home park residents did not qualify for restitution of overpayment.  For more information about AB1830, see

Although important changes are beginning to take place, greater focus and resources are needed to make the changes that are desperately needed. Therefore, affected residents seek protection from key federal, state and county agencies responsible for protecting public health and the environment. Until concrete solutions to protect the health of humans and the environment are identified and implemented, learning in schools is compromised, public health deteriorates, and overall productivity stagnates.

The following news articles bring to light stories from the Coachella Valley that describe the needs and emerging advocacy efforts to bring about change in the community. This list is intended to describe issues at a glance; however, ongoing research is necessary to continue documenting and tracking the community efforts to build a healthier community. 


East Coachella Valley IVAN’s

California Rural Legal Assistance

On Edge of Paradise, Coachella workers live in grim conditions

Neglected for Decades, unincorporated communities lack basic public services

Reporting on Health Member Blog

Residents of Coachella suffer high rates of sickness

On Edge of a desert paradise, Coachella farmworkers live in putrid conditions

Mobile home park accused of overcharging for tainted water

Coachella Valley to Receive $53 Million for Air Pollution Reduction Projects

Latinos Protecting La Tierra

Feces Towers and Homelessness: Welcome to the Real Coachella

CRLA's Eastern Coachella Valley Tour: Environmental Agencies Witness Firsthand Health and Environmental Hazards Plaguing Community

Eastern Coachella Valley Fights Pollution: 3 Profiles in Environmental Activism

Designation of Environmental Justice (EJ) Areas for the Coachella Valley Pursuant to AB 1318

Community Worker Comes Home

Mecca’s Misery

Sewage pile

For more information about Coachella’s environmental justice efforts, visit the East Coachella Valley IVAN website at


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