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Kern

26

9

5

1

Kings

4

4

2

2

Madera

3

2

1

1

Fresno

9

7

1

0

Merced

4

4

2

0

San Joaquin

7

5

4

2

Stanislaus

10

9

5

3

Tulare

20

19

10

1

Total

83

59

30

10

County

(San Joaquin Valley)

CDPs with Poverty Rates 200% County Rate

Table CDPs that are COIs

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    County

Rates, 2000 CDPs with Poverty Rates 150% County Rate

IV. Documenting Conditions in the Communities

It is easy to define the Communities of Interest as low-income, but more difficult to systematically document the local conditions in which residents live. The responsibility for providing basic infrastructure to these communities is divided among a great number of providers who have little incentive to document the shortcomings of their services, or to contribute any data to a more comprehensive assessment. Most reports commissioned to document the challenges faced and responses to the variety of ills (e.g., high levels of poverty, poorer health, environmental problems, etc.) facing the San Joaquin Valley do not include a specific focus on conditions in unincorporated communities, especially our Communities of Interest. Though the broad social and economic disparities that our Communities of Interest contend with, as well as the gaps in infrastructure provided to these communities, are common knowledge among residents and public officials, the lack of comprehensive data systematically documenting the state of Communities of Interest in the San Joaquin Valley, means that from a policy standpoint the urgent needs of Communities of Interest are virtually invisible.

One exception to the dearth of systematic documentation of infrastructure deficits was the evidence presented in the lawsuit CRLA and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights brought against the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County, and the Stanislaus County Sherriff. Working with organized resident leaders in unincorporated islands, the lawyers documented serious infrastructure deficits, including: the lack of sidewalks and street lights, inadequate sewage disposal and storm drainage, lack of curbs and gutters, poorly kept roads and inadequate traffic control mechanisms that have lead to increases in incidents of pedestrian harm; and evidence of lower levels of municipal services including solid waste and bulky garbage pick-up and spotty emergency service response. Another significant area of systemic documentation and advocacy has been in the area of water in Tulare County – as sited in Section 4 below, on Water.

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