Water filters may soon be a reality at Arvin High

Arvin High School may be next in line for water stations with arsenic-removing filters — several sites in South Kern County have been found to have unsafe arsenic levels in the water, and elementary schools in the district have been equipped with refillable water stations and filtered fountains.  Community members say it’s time for high schools to share in the benefit. “I […]

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As funding runs out, residents reimagine their parks

Parks throughout Los Angeles County have relied on local, voter-approved funding for over 20 years, but those green spaces are currently in a financial rut. Experts have pointed out the benefit of increased park space for community health — especially for younger residents in these areas. Long Beach locals firmly back funding for maintenance of safe, accessible parks. “It’s not […]

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East Valley residents say climate change, immigration are priorities this election

Eastern Coachella Valley residents are gearing up for the California primary, and thinking about what qualities they look for in a presidential candidate. Voters in the valley share some common concerns. “I would vote for someone who is conscious about what is happening in our environment and who cares about the world we will be leaving […]

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‘Emerald Alleys’ coming to Richmond

The Mathieu Court alley in Richmond’s Iron Triangle was a paved alley that had become a dumping ground for excess garbage, lined with overgrown brush. But the City of Richmond joined with residents, a neighborhood council, and a handful of grassroots groups to “green” the alley for public use. “The aim is reclaim these areas as usable neighborhood space and promote […]

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Governor signs $177 million battery plant cleanup bill

The Governor signed legislation recently that promises $176.6 towards testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities surrounding the former Exide battery recycling plant. The plant was forced to shut down after authorities found that lead emissions exceeded permitted levels and that the plant was using illegal methods to dispose of, store, and transport hazardous waste. “The effort, which some say has […]

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Local college to go smoke-free

The Sacramento Community College is going smoke and tobacco free by the fall semester, making it the last of the Los Rios colleges to ban smoking on campus. This change comes after a survey last spring showed that about half of teachers and students said they would prefer a smoke-free campus. “In addition to being harmful to health, addiction to […]

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It feels like there’s not enough oxygen in the air

Among the American Lung Association’s list of most polluted cities in the country, multiple cities in California’s Central Valley appear; Merced County children are diagnosed with asthma at more than twice the statewide average. Asher Pan has suffered from asthma since early childhood, and moving to Merced — where geography, pollution, and a spate of wildfires combine to create poor air quality — has […]

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