Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


My project aimed to address the visual appeal and safety concerns in two specific neighborhood blocks in Salinas. The literature behind my project identifies a connection between student achievement and the neighborhood context. The two block area addressed in my project neighbors El Sausal Middle School and Fremont Elementary School. My concerns were directed to community programs that are already addressing the issues affecting disadvantaged neighborhoods. My project led me to partner with several departments in the City of Salinas. Rosalio Campos who works for City of Salinas, in the Community Development Department Redevelopment Division efficiently processed Jazz Up applications. City of Salinas works in partnership with Jazz Up-a residential and commercial painting assistance program. The project also required mobilization of the City of Salinas Maintenance Services Department where Victor Baez, Senior Urban Forestry Worker, provided services with planting, trees in green spaces according to city specifications. The local branch of Crop Production Services donated the fertilizer for the trees. In addition, the area was assessed for proper signage by Jose Saucedo from the City of Salinas Engineering and Transportation Department, and the Transportation Department crew installed the posts and signs promptly. The project was accomplished through the joined efforts and collaboration of several departments, community resources and neighbors. I made it my duty to visit and present appropriate information and applications to a total of twenty-one households and businesses in the area. The recent address to my neighborhood has implemented benefits that allow community residents to live better over a longer period of time in my zip code 93905.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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