A study commissioned by Reveal has found that diesel and gas exhaust are the most significant contributors to the Imperial Valley’s polluted air, most likely a combination of traffic and the lines of idling vehicles waiting at the border.
Patricia Leigh Brown
Patricia Leigh Brown is a long-time writer for The New York Times and a contributor to California Watch. For 13 years she was a staff feature writer in New York, and since 2000 has been a contributor based in the San Francisco Bureau. She began her newspaper career as a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2009-10, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work has been published in numerous book collections as well as many national magazines. Brown has been a visiting lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and is the Barach Teaching Fellow in Non-Fiction at the forthcoming Wesleyan University Writers Conference. She grew up in Highland Park, Ill.
MODESTO, Calif. – The students filing into Bret Harte Elementary School every morning barely notice the flags fluttering by the school’s main entrance. There is the American flag, the California state flag and the color-coded asthma flag – green when the air is clear, red when it is a respiratory nightmare, as it so often
Rodrigo Perea, 17, was ridiculed by classmates for being an indigenous Mexican. He now leads Tequio, a group whose members launched a successful anti-discrimination campaign last year.Carlos Puma/The Center for Investigative Reporting OXNARD, Calif. – Rodrigo Perea, an indigenous Mexican teenager, vividly recalls crossing the border as a boy – the bogus papers with a
Marciela Sanchez leads the “Sexy Moms Club” in a Zumba workout based on bailoterapia, dance therapy, near Bakersfield. “They get rid of tiredness, relax their minds,” said Sanchez, one of 80 certified instructors, or “promotores.”Michael Fagans / The Bakersfield Californian LAMONT, Calif. – Like many women in the Central Valley, Elizabeth Sanchez spends her days
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