Onesimo Estrada Onesimo Estrada Onesimo came to the United States from the state of Guerrero in Mexico in 1955 through the Bracero Program, a program of temporary contracted labor. I asked him why he came to the U.S. and he said that in Mexico there was no way to make a living, not enough money to raise a family, no way to move forward. I asked many farm workers in the Coachella Valley the same thing and this was an almost unanimous answer. Onesimo is the father of Jeronimo Estrada and grandfather of Castulo Estrada. Onesimo’s grandson, Castulo, is the Assistant Engineer for the city of Coachella and the Vice President of the board of Coachella Valley Water District. In this position Castulo is involved in making decisions and recommendations as to how Riverside County's resources get allocated. For the first time in history, the population of the Eastern Coachella Valley has a seat at the table when decisions about services and infrastructure are being made. Onesimo passed away in October of 2015.