New Mecca Community Council Member Motivated by Family

Jun. 1, 2013 / By

Reporter Johnny Flores interviewing Claudia Guevara, the newest member of the Mecca Community Council. Photo: IVAN DELGADO/Coachella Unincorporated

Reporter Johnny Flores interviewing Claudia Guevara, the newest member of the Mecca Community Council. Photo: IVAN DELGADO/Coachella Unincorporated

JOHNNY FLORES, JR/Coachella Unincorporated

MECCA — Claudia Guevara was recently sworn in as a member of the Mecca Community Council, continuing her family’s tradition of making a difference in the unincorporated community they call home.

“I have been living in Mecca for the past five years, and I have seen how the city has changed,” said Guevara, who joined the community council on May 8, 2013. “Then, I have also seen how the city has been plagued with problems, that range from insufficient transportation to environmental issues, that affect me directly.”

Although the Guevara family was not looking to get involved in the city of Mecca, they quickly became active members of the community. Her husband, Eduardo Guevara, began his journey with the issues involving Western Environmental motivated by the deteriorating health of his family. Their son, Eduardo Guevara, Jr., 12, has been working alongside his father for years now.

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Coachella Unincorporated is a Youth Media Startup in the East Coachella Valley, funded by the Building Healthy Communities Initiative of The California Endowment and operated by New America Media in San Francisco. The purpose of the project is to report on issues in the community that can bring about change. Coachella Unincorporated refers to the region youth journalists cover but also to the unincorporated communities of the Eastern Valley with the idea to “incorporate” the East Valley into the mainstream Coachella Valley mindset.