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The emphasis at California Watch has always been on solution-oriented reporting that has the potential to improve Californians’ quality of life. Now, we’re taking it one step further. In addition to our React & Act resource guides that accompany most investigations, we now offer California Watch Community Toolkits. These packets, which are available to order or download in English and Spanish, include a copy of the investigation, a primer on the issue, a DVD loaded with multimedia components, a guide to working with the media and an introduction to California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • Who we are: An introduction to California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Primer: How to deal with the media

Coachella Valley

On edge of paradise, Coachella workers live in grim conditions

Pollution. Loss of power. Unsafe facilities. These are among the hardships that Eastern Coachella Valley mobile home residents face. Here, you will find ways you can become part of a potential solution. We’ve listed contact information for key government officials and agencies, resources for mobile home owners (including volunteer and donation opportunities), and a Q&A with two experts on California’s Mobilehome Residency Law.

  • Resource guide: What can be done in the Coachella Valley?
  • Article: On edge of paradise, Coachella workers live in grim conditions
  • Children’s video: Sunny the California Watchdog and his friends explain the importance of clean water
  • Video: Trailer park residents demand safe living conditions

Maywood

After years of illnesses, family looks for answers

Several government agencies, advocacy groups and nonprofits have an interest in the environmental problems in the small industrial city of Maywood. Who are they? And how do you hold appropriate parties responsible?

  • Resource guide: Who are the key agencies, nonprofits and government officials in Maywood?
  • Article: In industry’s shadow: After years of illnesses, family looks for answers
  • Children’s video: Sunny the California Watchdog and his friends explain the importance of clean water
  • Video: In industrial town, family struggles with illness

Unincorporated Communities

Neglected for decades, unincorporated communities lack basic public services

Many residents living in low-income, unincorporated neighborhoods across California are living in substandard conditions. These poor, dense communities lack some combination of safe drinking water, sidewalks, streetlights, functioning gutters and sewer systems. What’s more, community members are left not knowing whom to hold responsible and how to effectively demand improvements. Here, we’ve collected contact information for key players, answers to frequently asked questions and resources for the estimated 1.8 million people living in California’s unincorporated communities.

  • Resource guide: How do you create a voice for unincorporated communities?
  • Article: Neglected for decades, unincorporated communities lack basic public services
  • Children’s video: Sunny the California Watchdog and his friends explain the importance of clean water
  • Slideshow: Reporter Bernice Yeung travels across ‘Unincorporated California’
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