Economic and racial factors in the United States create clean water disparities that can affect entire communities. Irwin Jimenez, assistant professor of sociology at East Los Angeles College, said that multiple factors feed into this situation and that there are also some ways to combat the issue.
Los Angeles residents are accustomed to the occasional earthquake drill but likely don’t consider flooding a real threat, something that can prove disastrous, Humberto Gallegos said. Gallegos, an East Los Angeles College professor, spoke during a conference focused on social issues related to water on Friday in E3. He shared the work of ELAC students who conducted a case study of the Baldwin Hills dam break in 1963. The students work included a computer- generated simulator which was also used to simulate future floods including, a plausible flood along the northern part of the Los Angeles river.