Santa Paula

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CAUSE has joined a complaint against the United Water Conservation District for wasteful diversion of water from the Santa Clara River that leaves Ventura County vulnerable to drought and limits access to this important natural resource for local youth and families in the low-income communities of color along the river.
CAUSE has launched the Santa Clara River Action Project (SCRAP), based in our new Santa Paula office, which will engage community members in the protection and restoration of the Santa Clara River.
Vecinos Unidos, meaning neighborhoods united in Spanish, is a group of Santa Paula residents organizing and advocating for healthier school meals and participation in the school district wellness committee to encourage both healthier eating among students and to promote school and community gardens in Santa Paula.
In 2009 CAUSE organizers worked with residents in Santa Paula to identify the lack of access to healthy food as an important issue in their community. Embracing the idea of food justice the group, called Vecinos Unidos, imagined a number of community gardens on publicly owned land, to be run by residents, as a way to promote healthier eating options, while empowering the community to produce their own food. Initially the group focused on the local school board, urging them to adopt a policy to allow community gardens on unused school district land. That idea was met with much resistance from the superintendent.

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