National City is a disadvantaged community located 5 miles south
of downtown San Diego and 10 miles north of the Mexican
border. Pollutants from major freeways, industrial
businesses, a port, and a military base negatively impact the air
and water quality in the region. The emissions generated
from these industrial facilities can increase rates of obesity,
diabetes, asthma, and other serious health conditions.
According to the statewide pollution screening tool,
CalEnviroscreen, National City currently ranks among the top
5-10% of communities in California impacted by pollution.
Local elected officials are hoping to change that with new
policies and plans addressing housing and transportation options
in the city.