Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

La Opinion, News Report, Araceli Martínez Ortega, Translated by Elena Shore   Leaders of the Mixtec community of Oxnard, Calif. are asking the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer the written driving test in indigenous languages so they can get licenses under California’s AB60. The law, which went into effect in January, allows Californians to apply for […]

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Life Lessons for Farmworker’s Son at Community College Life Lessons for Farmworker’s Son at Community College

Life Lessons for Farmworker’s Son at Community College

By LEONEL MARTINEZ More than 30 years ago, I became the first member in my farmworker family to go to college. I chose Bakersfield College, a 2-year community college, instead of a 4-year institution because the cost was low and it allowed me to live at home, staying close to my family and friends. Every […]

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The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years

The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years

Richmond Pulse, Commentary, Joanna Pulido The teacher smiled and held a hat as a line of about a dozen students looked at each other nervously. Inside the hat were small pieces of paper with each student’s name. Luck would determine who would be part of the class, and who would have to continue the search. […]

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Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

New America Media, News Feature, Brenda Rincon Editor’s Note: This article was produced as part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Names have been changed in this story for the protection of the victim. THERMAL, Calif. — Alicia Montes was only 16 when she […]

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Arts & Culture

Hard Winter for California Farmworkers

Hard Winter for California Farmworkers

New America Media, Photo Essay, David Bacon Above: Vidal Cota is an immigrant farm worker from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He cleans the plastic tubes used for drip irrigation from a watermelon field in Merced, Calif., after the melons have been harvested. (photo: David Bacon) Scroll down to view more photographs by David Bacon. In October in […]

Dec 23, 2014 20:29

South Kern

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —  About 100 people packed into a chamber at the Kern County administration building in Bakersfield to testify at a public hearing Wednesday on the state’s new fracking regulations, saying they are already at a breaking point with pollution in their communities, and that they’ll be […]

Jan 11, 2014 1:04

Uncategorized

Kern, Too, Is Feeling the Impact of Ferguson

Kern, Too, Is Feeling the Impact of Ferguson

South Kern Sol, News Report, Earl Parsons, BAKERSFIELD — In comparison to the street protests erupting on city streets across the nation, Bakersfield’s response to the recent events in Ferguson and New York looks tame. But that doesn’t mean the national conversation about police accountability isn’t resonating with residents and even law enforcement officials in […]

Dec 19, 2014 17:05

Recreation

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Over a hundred community members gathered at Lamont Park on October 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the park’s new playground. The renovations also included a wheelchair ramp and wood chips in place of sand for improved safety and wheelchair access. The host of the event, Kern County 5th […]

Oct 10, 2014 18:15

Beyond South Kern Sol

Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

La Opinion, News Report, Araceli Martínez Ortega, Translated by Elena Shore   Leaders of the Mixtec community of Oxnard, Calif. are asking the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer the written driving test in indigenous languages so they can get licenses under California’s AB60. The law, which went into effect in January, allows Californians to apply for […]

Life Lessons for Farmworker’s Son at Community College

By LEONEL MARTINEZ More than 30 years ago, I became the first member in my farmworker family to go to college. I chose Bakersfield College, a 2-year community college, instead of a 4-year institution because the cost was low and it allowed me to live at home, staying close to my family and friends. Every […]

The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years

Richmond Pulse, Commentary, Joanna Pulido The teacher smiled and held a hat as a line of about a dozen students looked at each other nervously. Inside the hat were small pieces of paper with each student’s name. Luck would determine who would be part of the class, and who would have to continue the search. […]

Farmworker Women Speaking Up on Domestic Violence

New America Media, News Feature, Brenda Rincon Editor’s Note: This article was produced as part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Names have been changed in this story for the protection of the victim. THERMAL, Calif. — Alicia Montes was only 16 when she […]

Children of the Drought

New America Media/South Kern Sol, First Person, Reyna Olaguez Ed. Note: Last summer we sent young reporters from New America Media’s youth-led community projects out on assignment to capture, in photographs, how the drought has affected their Central Valley communities. The photos they sent back were striking in a most unexpected way: they didn’t include […]

A Model for Police Reform

Richmond Pulse, News Report, Brett Murphy Image: Officer Brandon Ruffin chats with a group of locals barbecuing in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall parking lot. (Photo by Martin Totland, courtesy of Richmond Confidential) Ed. Note: In the past decade, the police department in Richmond, Calif. has undergone a dramatic transformation. Spearheaded by an openly-gay and white chief […]

Cuban Healthcare System Impresses South Kern Delegation

South Kern Sol, Question and Answer, Reyna Olaguez Above: (from left to right) Debbie Wood, Dr. Michelle McLean, Jan Hefner, Veronica Garibay, Bill Phelps. Months before President Obama’s announcement that the White House would be lifting the decades-old trade embargo with Cuba, delegates from a local community outreach initiative traveled to the island nation to […]

Recology Looks For Community Input Pending Takeover of Troubled Composting Facility, Jan. 8

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho Lamont, Calif. — Community Recycling and Resource Center (CRRR), is in the process of changing ownership. The prospective owner, Recology, is an employee-owned recycling and solid waste resource recovery company that promises to overhaul operations, training, and possibly staff at the plant after the sale is complete. In […]

Hard Winter for California Farmworkers

New America Media, Photo Essay, David Bacon Above: Vidal Cota is an immigrant farm worker from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He cleans the plastic tubes used for drip irrigation from a watermelon field in Merced, Calif., after the melons have been harvested. (photo: David Bacon) Scroll down to view more photographs by David Bacon. In October in […]

Napolitano: What is the Priority for Public Higher Education in CA?

New America Media, Question and Answer, Peter Schurman Ed. Note: In November, the University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise tuition for all students by 5 percent each year over the next five years. The move touched off heated reactions among students and state legislators, and has even led to a […]