In the News

Welcome to our News  page. Click on the links below to read media coverage of the Clean Up Green Up campaign:

Who Speaks for California Latinos on Climate Change?

In a recent column, urban analyst Joel Kotkin takes to task Kevin de León, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, for supporting policies to address climate change. Kotkin’s argument: by pushing for ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restrain our dependence on fossil fuels, de León is working against the interests of his own constituents in “impoverished East Los Angeles” in favor of “wealthy greens” (i.e., whites) in the Bay Area and Malibu.

Auto shops such as this one on Dismantler Row are the kinds of businesses that led to the “green zone” proposal for Pacoima, Wilmington and Boyle Heights. (Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times)

For more than four decades, a grimy, rough-edged stretch of Branford Street in Pacoima has been known as Dismantler Row: a stronghold of metal recyclers, trucking yards, rock cutters, salvage yards and auto body shops.

Businesses Support Clean Up, Green Up

In a Los Angeles Business Journal article published on June 11, 2012, area businesses and associations voiced their support for Clean Up, Green Up.

Read excerpts from the article

KPCC: Water, transit, and toxic hotspots are among environmental issues awaiting LA’s next mayor (May 2013)

L.A. Times: California to launch task force on scrap metal recycling problems (September 2012)

L.A. Times: Illegal scrap yards in California a burgeoning problem (August 2012)

L.A. Times: Metal recycling firms burgeon in state, but regulators can’t keep up (August 2012)

La Opinion: Inicia campaña ambientalista ‘Más limpio, más verde’ (May 2012)

ENGLISH TRANSLATION – La Opinion: Initiating the Environmental Campaign ‘Clean Up, Green Up’ (May 2012)

Living on Earth: Hard-hit Neighborhoods in L.A. Seek Zoning Protection (May 2012)

Which Way LA, KCRW: Can LA Make ‘Green Zones’ Out of ‘Toxic Hotspots?’ (May 2012)

American Environmentalist Association: Clean Up, Green Up in Los Angeles (May 2012)

Clean Up Green Up Campaign Update (May 2012)

Clean Up Green Up Campaign Update (April 2012)

Clean Up Green Up Campaign Update (March 2012)

Daily Breeze: Wilmington activist backs Clean Up Green Up proposal (November 2011)

Clean Up Green Up Campaign Update (August 2011)

EPG News: Commerce to Explore Local ‘Green Zones’ (June 2011)

International headlines: Swedish NPR story on the CUGU campaign (June 2011)

NewsDesk: In smoggy Los Angeles, one neighborhood pushes back (April 2011)

LA Progressive: Save Money! Stay Healthy! (April 2011)

Policy Briefing: Cumulative Environmental Impacts in Los Angeles (April 2011)

EGP: ‘Green Zones’ Proposed for Pollution-Burdened Spots in Los Angeles (January 2011)

ABC 7:  City officials clean up toxic spots in L.A. (January 2011)

CBS Los Angeles: Hahn: ‘Clean Up’ LA Toxic Zones With ‘Green’ Jobs (January 2011)

LAist: New Initiative Could ‘Clean Up, Green Up’ LA’s Toxic Hotspots (January 2011)

La Opinion: Desigualdad también rige a nivel ambiental (January 2011)                                                                                                     


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