Community Organizer Luz Gallegos

My Hidden Talent is Singing

Luz Gallegos is the Community Program Director at TODEC Legal Center, one of the Inland Empire area’s leading immigrant-assistance organizations. A community organizer and advocate since childhood, she focuses on immigrant rights and civic engagement issues. Before joining the panel at a Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation event, “Will the Inland Empire’s Sprawl Create the Community of the Future?” Gallegos talked about why she appreciates Coachella, her admiration for her parents, and how she loves to sing.

Research Economist John Husing

When I Ran a Casino I Was on the Dance Floor Every Night

Dr. John Husing is a research economist who has studied Southern California’s growing economy since 1964. He has produced city- and county-specific economic development strategies for the region’s local governments …

Pastor Samuel J. Casey

I Love Taking Care of Farm Animals

Reverend Samuel J. Casey is the pastor at New Life Christian Church in Fontana, which he founded in 2013. He also serves as the executive director for Congregations Organized for …

Food Activist Sarah Ramirez

Who Needs French Fries When You've Got Sliced Zucchini?

Sarah Ramirez is the executive director of FoodLink for Tulare County, a regional food bank, and she previously founded BeHealthyTulare, a grassroots network mobilizing citizens of the county toward a …

To Fix a “Bad” Neighborhood, Connect the Neighbors

Even If Your Community’s Got 99 Problems, Disconnectedness Is Number One

The California Wellness Foundation President Judy Belk introduced a Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation event at MOCA Grand Avenue by explaining to a large crowd why she was intrigued to hear …

More Sprawl Can’t Keep the Inland Empire Down

The Region Is Bullish on Job Growth and Civic Engagement to Combat Challenges Like Long Commutes and Low Wages

The Inland Empire is facing a boom in population growth that presents a challenge for increasingly sprawling communities. Still, the region remains optimistic and open to embracing positive change to …