EiJ Case Study for Azusa, San Gabirel Valley, California
Fred Ariel Hernandez
4. Who are stakeholders, what are their characteristics, and what are their perceptions of the problems?
For my research in the school sites and with sports coaches, the perception of air pollution ranges on a teeter from moments of fierce observance (such as engaging in an abundance of caution during a fire event) to non-existent (running laps for exercise next to vehicles on the freeway in stop-and-go traffic).
5. What have different stakeholder groups done (or not done) in response to environmental problems in this setting?
The city has some outreach about air quality safety which is coupled with fire safety. Materials are accessible via the city website.
The EPA has tried outreach aswell.
The school district follows LA County officials on air quality safety.
Water remediation continues.
6. How have environmental problems in this setting been reported on by media, environmental groups, companies and government agencies?
The main environmental problem that brings media attention to Azusa are the fires in the San Gabriel Mountains. Water contamination, mining, industrial problems, are not covered on a regular basis. One problem that is routinely highlighted is Azusa’s crime. In 2020 it was said crime “ravages the city.” In the 1990s-2000s there was an FBI gang injunction on the Azusa 13 street organization resulting in more than 50 arrests in 2011.
7. What local actions would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice in this setting?
8. What extra-local actions (at state, national or international levels) would reduce environmental vulnerability and injustice in this setting and similar settings?
9. What kinds of data and research would be useful in efforts to characterize and address environmental threats in this setting and similar settings?
Access to an archive of EPA and other environmental agency decisions and legal cases. Many such cases, like the screenshot for this slide, are simply not known by stakeholders.
10. What intersecting injustices -- data, economic, epistemic, gender, health, infrastructure, intergenerational, media, procedural, racial, reproductive -- contribute to environmental injustice in this setting?