A recent Los Angeles Times report, Trash Talk and the Real Dirt on a Toxic Tour of Los Angeles, writes:
To your left is a brownfield," guide Roberto Cabrales announces from
the front of the bus to two dozen tourists aboard. "To your right,
that's a former steel company. It's contaminated with heavy metals."
The half-day excursions by
the advocacy group Communities for a Better Environment were begun in
1994 as a way to show a handful of government officials the consequences
of their decisions in low-income and predominantly Latino communities.
Increased demand for the tour from universities, school groups and
families now has the Huntington Park-based organization hosting hundreds
of visitors on dozens of bus trips a year. Admission is free, but
donations are sought to pay for the bus rental.
Communities for a Better Environment explains its mission as: "Founded in 1978, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is one of
the preeminent environmental justice organizations in the nation. The
mission of CBE is to build people’s power in California’s communities of
color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and
justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.
CBE provides residents in blighted and heavily polluted urban communities in California with organizing skills, leadership training and legal, scientific and technical assistance, so that they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-being."