What a beautiful article on the Santa Ana River. When heavy rains occur, it becomes a torrent; one year taking out an important bridge across the river on Van Buren Avenue which connects the City of Riverside to other communities. During calmer times, during summer months, you may find families swimming in it. Riverside Police have their hands full trying to stop people from camping next to it, since it isn't safe should the river flood. Many residents hike next to it daily, and wild life abounds. Some day we hope to have that hiking trail reach the ocean, and the land next to the river saved as a wild life preserve for future generations to enjoy.
That is our current fight; to save the land from a Las Vegas developer who has managed to place Measure L on the November ballot, which would allow nearly 2000 houses to be built on the last of the open land next to the Santa Ana River in the City of Riverside. Once lost, never to be reclaimed. We can't let this happen! . Doris E. Gale