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BRAWLEY — Brawley announced Monday, November 16, Chevron U.S.A. donated $300,000 to help needed repairs at the Lion Center, according to a press release.

The Center fulfills an important role sustaining the health and welfare of the community in Brawley and surrounding communities. It is the primary center for recreational activities and social events in the north end. It serves all sectors of the area from youth to seniors for sports, community gatherings, and social activities.

“We appreciate Chevron’s donation to help us continue to meet our commitment to provide the residents with a safe environment in which experience a variety of recreational opportunities. This generous contribution will help to expedite the severely needed repairs of the Lions Center roof,” said Norma Kastner-Jauregui.

“Chevron is proud to partner with the City to make these much-needed improvements to the recreational center and strengthen the communities where we operate,” said Julia Bussey. Chevron provided a $150,000 donation in November 2020 and is providing a second $150,000 in 2021 to make the total donation of $300,000. 

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Eric Montoya Reyes

The City of Brawley accepting $300,000 from Chevron for the Lions Center may seem as something positive; it is not. It is a pittance of the amount Chevron would have to pay if it is proven their dereliction and neglect of their property at the corner of Cesar Chavez st and River Drive in Eastside Brawley caused the death and diseases of the residents. This property is where Chevron was found guilty over 20 years ago of leaving contaminated soil of known cancer causing chemicals that are now banned in the US like DDT and DDE because of its impact on people on the site which drifted onto the neighboring land where residents built their homes. It is where Chevron is now removing the contaminated soil but only after the community rose against the initial plan to spread the contaminated soil and cover it forever on the site! It is where families anguish over their lost loved ones not knowing if that soil caused the cancer and death. For Brawley to accept the money and not mention the residents is disrespectful to the families who have lost loved ones and disrespectful to the work and effort of so many over the years to have the soil removed and continue to work toward making the community whole including soil testing of the surrounding community to see if the contaminated soil is part of those areas and if so hold Chevron accountable.


Many families have been negatively impacted by Chevron. My parents home is less than a block away from PureGro. The city of Brawley takes Chevron's money and thanks them. Why? Because it benefits them directly? The city needs to represent all those families that will never know the real reason why their family members passed away from cancer. $300,000 may sound like a lot of money, but at the expense of many lost lives; it is nothing. The city should reject that money. Why is this the first we hear about these monies? The city should stand united with its residents. Chevron comes and goes, but Brawley residents wrongly impacted will continue to live here for generations.

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