But things have improved, said Susan Alvaro, executive director of Coastside Collaborative.
Staff in the Parks and Recreation Department
has done more to reach out to Latino residents, Alvaro
And although this was occurring before the report was complete, some police officers continue to take Spanish language classes to better communicate with Spanish-speaking residents, she
"I cannot say enough good things about Susan Alvaro
"We did it dirt cheap, but we did it because it was important to do," Alvaro
still sees significant room for improvement.
And a good start would be to provide more city and community literature in Spanish, she
When Latinos receive an invite for a social event or community meeting in English, they consider themselves uninvited, she
"I was excited because (the report) was the first thing that was ever in Spanish on the city's Web site," she
said Cabrillo Unified School District
has made strides by providing Spanish-speaking liaisons for Latino parents.
"I think the school district tries really hard," she
Another improvement would be a local Spanish-language media resource, she
When conducting the interviews, she
and others involved had trouble convincing Latinos to offer their opinions for fear of governmental reprisal.
"I said to them, 'this is an opportunity for you to be heard,' and a lot of them jumped at that," she
Keeping a committed level of anonymity was also persuading, she
Many of those she
interviewed had a desire to be more involved in the community, but they weren't sure how to go about it.
"I would suspect that there's not been a lot of improvement" at City Hall, she