Coachella Unincorporated

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.

Posts by Coachella Unincorporated:

After Arduous Journey, Dreamer Finally Getting Some Relief

Oct. 20, 2013 / By
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Coachella Unincorporated, News Report, Jesus Valenzuela

SALINAS — By the time Alma Torres turned 12, her father had been back and forth between the family’s home in Michoacan, Mexico and the United States so many times that he decided it would be best to just bring the entire family to live with him in King City, California...

Magon: The Dreamer Chronicles, Part 2

Oct. 16, 2013 / By

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of three reports on the DREAMer movement...

ECV Parents Voice School Funding Priorities

Oct. 13, 2013 / By


COACHELLA – Parents made their voices heard at a forum here earlier this week organized by The California Endowment (TCE) as part of its School Success Express Tour, meant to provide an opportunity for parents around the state to have a say in how their school districts uses state education funds...

Confession of a Former Bully

Oct. 13, 2013 / By
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KARLA MARTINEZ/Coachella Uninc

Editor’s Note: October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in California this week Governor Jerry Brown will decide whether to sign into law Assembly Bill 256 (Garcia), a bill that would crackdown on students who torment others online and after school hours...

Openly Gay, Secretly Undocumented

Oct. 3, 2013 / By
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New America Media / Coachella Uninc., News Feature, Brenda R. Rincon


Paved Roads Mean Cleaner Air for Rural ECV Residents

Sep. 28, 2013 / By


THERMAL – Residents scored a major victory in their 16-year fight for clean air when Riverside County was awarded the funding to pave roads at 31 trailer parks in the unincorporated communities of the eastern Coachella Valley...

Learning Center Opens Doors in Rural ECV

Sep. 21, 2013 / By

JOHNNY FLORES JR/Coachella Uninc

THERMAL — After six years and $600,000 in contributions, the San Jose Community Learning Center has finally opened its doors in rural Eastern Coachella Valley...

Commentary: There is More to Religion than Church

Sep. 11, 2013 / By


JOHNNY FLORES JR/ Coachella Uninc

My introduction to religion began the day I was baptized...

Local Doctor Encourages Kids to Get Fit

Sep. 7, 2013 / By


Yesterday, Coachella Unincorporated reporter Karla Martinez shared her little sister’s fitness journey following her obesity diagnosis...

Magon: Five Generations of Sinaloa

Aug. 28, 2013 / By

The Diary of Joaquín Magón Entry 26:  Five Generations of Sinaloa

My great grandmother, Maria, never wrote anything down...

Discovering the Power of Words

Aug. 26, 2013 / By



I know how it feels to be unheard. But when I began to write, I learned I had the power to change this...

First Day of School Brings Mixed Emotions

Aug. 18, 2013 / By

MARIA GARCIA/Coachella Uninc

All summer long, I was looking forward to, and dreading, August 12 at the same time. ..