Latino USA

Environmental Racism in San Diego / by Maria Hinojosa | April 25, 2014

Environmental Racism in San Diego

Barrio Logan’s multicolor murals at Chicano Park tell the story of the Chicano struggle. The residents of this poorer neighborhood in San Diego fought for it back in the seventies, and they now consider it the umbilical chord of this community, where 20,000 Latinos live right next to the factories and shops of the city’s maritime industry. The residents of Barrio Logan say their higher-than-average asthma rates are due to the factories that have bordered the neighborhood. Some argue it’s a case of environmental racism against San Diego’s poorer Latinos. Barrio Logan got re-zoned by city authorities to make it fully residential, but the maritime industry has lobbied for a referendum that would overturn the ban. Sandhya Dirks reports on the dispute between workers and industry executives and the residents of Barrio Logan. 



UntitledSandhya Dirks covers city news and politics for radio, TV, and online as KPBS’ Metro reporter. She focuses not just on the political horserace, but on how policies affect people in the community. Prior to joining the KPBS Newsroom, Sandhya worked at Iowa Public Radio, where she covered the 2012 presidential campaign for that key state as well as state politics.





Photo courtesy of Sandhya Dirks

#1508 – A day at the Bodega

#1508 - A day at the Bodega / by Maria Hinojosa | February 20, 2015

On this week's Latino USA, producers spend a day in a bodega in Harlem, NYC…

Full Story

We honor civility here at Latino USA. Keep your comments constructive and respectful of everyone's opinions.
Thank you.


THIS WEEK'S SHOW: In this week's show,…

This Week's Captions: Money...

THIS WEEK'S SHOW: From Puerto Rico to…


Audio visual notes for the hearing impaired.


Join the conversation

© 2015 Futuro Media Group