Started in 1908 by William Ellsworth Smythe, San Ysidro was a prosperous farming community of 300 families, from Smythe Avenue down to the Tijuana River between I-5 and the U.S. /Mexico border. It was the century’s first commune in the United States. The place was named after San Ysidro, the 12th-century patron saint of farmers. Fast forward 100 years, and San Ysidro is now home to the world’s busiest land border crossing, where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana. Known as the Gateway to the Americas because of its international border, San Ysidro is the most southern community in California. In the 2005 U.S. fiscal year, more than 17 million vehicles and 50 million people entered the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The great majority of these are workers (both of Mexican and U.S. nationality) commuting from Tijuana to jobs in the greater San Diego area and throughout southern California.
Almost 30% of San Ysidro residents are living at or below the poverty level. The median income per capita is $11,055 compared to $32,553 for San Diego. The median household income ($34,989) is little more than half of the median household income for San Diego ($62,480) and California ($64,457). The 2010 US Census also revealed that the unemployment rate for San Ysidro is 11.2%, compared to San Diego (5.8%) and California (4.9%).
Mr. Llera is passionate about empowering children through education and knowledge as an enabler for their prosperity and that of the communities in which they live.
Retired Surface Warfare Naval Officer with over 30 years of leadership experience. In particular, he was the Southwest Navy Region Commander from 1998–2001 in San Diego.
Penny Adler has been mentoring Hispanic women for over 10 years, most going on to college and one now in graduate school. She believes that all students have the right to a quality education and the opportunity to attend college and pursue their career goals.
As part of the San Ysidro Community for the past eight years I’ve been involved in many activities for the community and served as a volunteer at school sites and different public meetings, always for the benefits of the students and their families.
Parent volunteer and an administrative assistant with more than 15 years of experience in various sectors. Luciana has been an active volunteer in the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Communities for more than 5 years.