The Santa Ana River was once tagged the most dangerous river in the West, a waterway that fueled the county's agriculture industry, but also now and then wreaked havoc; it fed orange groves and killed the people who picked them. In 1938, rain fell and the river swelled over its banks, killing 38 people, most poor Latinos. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers stepped in to tame the river for good. Today, it's more or less a sewer pipe (draining an urban area from the San Bernardino Mountains to its mouth between Newport and Huntington beaches) and a... More >>>