Charly Solorzano

Member, Pacoima Beautiful

Charly Solorzano was raised by a single mother who worked low wage factory jobs in the Valley. Prior to graduating high school and moving out, Charly and her family lived with an aunt and other extended family in cramped quarters—13 people in one house just to get by. The air in Pacoima was heavily polluted and Charly often watched as dense truck traffic clogged her streets. Many of the trucks Charly saw frequenting her street were various trash trucks—“green, blue, all different companies.”