Jeronimo Estrada Jeronimo Estrada Jeronimo was born in 1962 in the state of Guerrero in Mexico. His father Onesimo had been coming to the U.S. to work in the fields for about seven years at that point. In Mexico Jeronimo finished his secondary school education and started attending a technical school but dropped out. Among the reasons he left school was that he had started to see Mexico as a failed state and realized that an education would not necessarily pull him out of poverty, “Many people in Mexico have to live resigned to poverty.” He left school and came to the U.S. at the age of 18 (the same age his father was when he came to the U.S). Over the years he walked the hundred mile distance between the U.S-Mexico border to the Coachella Valley six or seven times, sometimes in the desert heat, he says it’s what you had to do. Jeronimo came to the U.S. to work in the fields, he has raised a family and bought a home and he continues to work in the fields. Jeronimo’s son, 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.