Root Beer Party
June 27th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
@CRPE's San Fransisco office, 47 Kearny Street, Suite 804
Join us for the summer tradition that our late founder Luke Cole loved. This year we raise a frosty mug to the first Luke Cole Memorial Fellow, Madeline Stano and to all of you who have made the fellowship a reality. Please RSVP with Lauren Richter.
Environmental Justice Tour of the South San Joaquin Valley
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|Delano residents fight harmful City proposal|
After discovering that approximately 500 homes had not been paying for water, the City of Delano proposed contracting with a third party to collect utility fees. This partnership would result in biannual lumpsum utility payments, to be paid along with property taxes. The cost of utilities would likely increase and missing a payment may lead to home foreclosure. Informed Delano residents were outraged by these implications. Ignited by the resident's passion, CRPE started a petition asking the City Council not to vote on this issue since the majority of residents were unaware of the proposed change. With only a week to organize, CRPE helped residents flood the City Council with calls, voicemails, and even Facebook messages, urging them to consider the impact this would have on Delano's most marginalized and vulnerable residents. CRPE faxed close to 900 signaturesto each Council Member. In response, the Council made a different motion rather than vote on the proposed agenda item to change how the utility fees are collected. The motion was made to start over with the process and come back in six months after starting over with workshops. The residents now have 6 months to help the city come up with better solutions. This win was a direct result of the work CRPE and Delano residents started in the Community Leadership Institute in November 2011. We look forward to continuing our community education program through Smart Valley Places, and the many wins that will follow.