An editorial photography assignment for Food & Environment Reporting Network had me down in Allensworth last month documenting the dire water situation the Tulare County town of 500 is going through.
Be sure to check out the story by reporter Teresa Cotsirilos, who did a great job painting a picture of the irony of how a place in California’s Central Valley, which produces 25 percent of the nation’s food supply, can have a water problem.
I’ve been to the state park Allensworth for editorial photography several times but never to the little town that actually has living residents in it just down the road. It really is a sad situation that the town that was founded more than 100 years ago because African Americans couldn’t get a fair shake unless they went out on their own, continues to fight discrimination and racist policies.
See the photos below for my coverage of the story:
Congressman Jim Costa was joined by Chancellor of State Center Community College District Dr. Carole Goldsmith, EDC president and CEO Lee Ann Eager, Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias and Chuck Riojas of the State Building and Construction Trades Council to announce $1.9 million in funding was secured for a new training center at Fresno City College’s west Fresno campus, which continues to progress toward completion on Monday.
This means new training, assistance and better jobs ahead for the local community of southwest Fresno that has been underserved for so many years. A ground-breaking ceremony followed by construction for the facility is expected soon.
Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and other city leaders met with residents of the Trails End Mobile Home Park in Fresno to provide information about how the park will be managed in the upcoming days and weeks.
Residents had hoped that the city would somehow block the sale of the trailer park to Harmony Communities but Mayor Dyer said that the city did not have the legal jurisdiction to stand in the way of the sale.