If your kids are out growing their clothes and you do not have the financial means to buy them clothes that fit then you need to come see Bobbie at SamJoco. Parents can come into a clean, boutique style store, with their children’s clothing that no longer fit, but is in reusable condition, and swap it out for other preloved clothing for only $1.50 per swap. Items may be purchase without a swap for only $2.50 per piece.
Bobbie opened in October of 2018 and has helped so many people that she now moved to a bigger and very beautiful new location at 9590 Magnolia Ave Suite A Riverside, California. Bobbie and her husband have six kids. One day in church she noticed her son Jacob's pants were high waters and and did not fit him anymore. She didn't know what to do. They didn't have the money to buy him new pants. They did eventualy get him a new pair, but they very tight on funds. That's when she came up with this idea for her children's clothing store, SamJoco. They had no money to even start the business, so she asked her friends if they would be willing to give her all of their hand me downs. They did! So, she got a shed for her backyard, put all of the clothes in there, and called all of the schools and churches to find a location to get started. Finally, one of the churches over on Arlington said she could come to their pre school and set up shop. Her and her family rented a U-Haul, filled it up with 12 racks of clothing, and took it over. Her first day she had 4 or 5 customers. The first one is still a customer today! After the church she partnered with a school, business started to pick up, and her husband told her that he thinks she's got something here. By this time she had enough money to invest into this thing and give it a shot. She had saved enough to put a down payment on her first shop. Every month business was growing a little bit more and more and she started to run out of room for her inventory and this is why she had to move into the new location. Bobbie's grand opening is Saturday October 12th. Go down, meet her and her crew, and show some love to somebody who has a big heart and who really cares about the people she serves. She is creating a positive impact on peoples lives and leads by example. Through Bobbie's hard work, determination, and discipline she is now able to help many people. We are so happy and grateful to have such an amazing person serving in Riverside. So, Go Down and say Hello! You can call them at (951) 545-3085 and follow them at Facebook and Instagram by clicking on the icons at the top of this story.
The reason you will want to go see Daisy at Get Auto Registration in Riverside is because she actually cares about the people who walk into her office.
Daisy has been in business for over 8 years helping others with their auto registration, insurance, income tax, and many other services she provides.
The difference between Daisy and other businesses just like hers is that she actually cares about the people she is helping. I sat in her office watching her customers walk in and out. She was slammed early in the morning as she opened her doors. People kept walking in and she kept helping them. Even though she was short handed she didn't let it bother her and continued helping her customers with a great attitude.
She apologized profusely as she knew I was waiting to interview her. I told her not to worry about it because i know her business comes first. I had a front seat to watch her take care of everyone who walked in her doors. And I must admit I was impressed. She treated everyone as if they were her own family.
Welcoming them in, big smile on her face, and ready to serve.
The next time anybody asks me for a referral for their auto needs I will 100% send them to Daisy.
She represents the core values that make a company great.
She creates a positive Impact.
She is humble.
She does the right thing.
She is a good human.
And she represents more of what this country, and the world, needs which is caring about people and helping them.
I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Fredy, the owner of Wheel House Center in Chino, this week about his business. I was welcomed by one of the mechanics as I walked in with a warm hello and good morning. At most auto repair shops I'm lucky to get a look in the eye from a mechanic, but I could tell things were run a bit differently here. The place was clean, looked sharp, and the help was friendly. I already felt like I was important and that they cared about me. While I was waiting for Fredy he was taking care of another customer. When he came over to speak to me he immediately apologized and explained that the job on that customers car he was helping was going to take about 3 hours so he was giving the customer the keys to his personal vehicle to use so he could get the things done he needed to do and didn't have to wait in the shop all day. This blew my mind! Who does things like that anymore? Well, Freddy does. He really truly genuinely cares about his customers and I saw it first hand with his actions as well as his employees.
Fredy has been in the automotive industry for over 8 years. He has worked with other big box stores as well as local Mom and Pop's helping build and make their businesses successful. He decided it was the right time to open up his own store. He believes that working hard and taking care of his customers will produce positive results. He and his business partner Bill opened up Wheel House Center in July of this year. They specialize in lifts, lowering, suspensions, brakes, tires, and wheels. They do shocks, alignments, and oil changes as well. You can check them out and follow them on facebook, Instagram, and Yelp by clicking on the links here.
I asked Fredy, if a customer was to choose between your business and 3 others just like it why would you suggest they at least give you a try ﬁrst? He gave me one quick response, "Customer Service." He told me he will do whatever it takes to make his customers comfortable and that they come first. He told me that last week when one of his clients got a flat tire in Downey. He drove to Downey, changed the tire, drove the car back to the shop in Chino and fixed the issue with the car. This is going above and beyond any reasonable expectations. You don't hear companies do things like this anymore. Well, they do here at Wheel House Center. This is the culture and leadership a community like Chino was built on and deserves more of.
I highly recommend you take your car or truck to a shop that cares about you. Take it to Fredy. Take it for a ride in your wheel house at Wheel House Center! You will be glad you did. They are located at 5536 Philadelphia St unit A-C Chino, CA 91710 or click on the phone number here to give them a call (909) 465-5007.
,Why Buy From Norco RV Center?
Well, I am going to give you many reasons, including why you should not waste your time with any other dealership. I will share with you my personal experience with Norco RV as well as the horrible experience I had with the other guys. If you are in the market for a toy hauler, travel trailer, 5th wheel or any other recreational vehicle new or used you are in great hands with Robert, Mark, Joe and their team at Norco RV.
Why not the other RV dealers?
I'm going to keep this part short and sweet! We went to two other dealers before Norco RV and I will tell you it was a horrible experience with those guys. We got to the first dealer, a huge well known dealership in Colton, and it was raining. A service rep came up and said the salesmen were in a meeting and someone would be out in a minute. My wife, 5 year old daughter, and I were waiting in the rain for over 15 minutes. When the salesman came out we told him what we wanted. He showed us 2 trailers. Yes 2! He then asked us what he had to do to get us to buy today. We told him multiple times that we were just looking and had a few more dealers to check out. Then he said he had to go to talk to his kids mom, leaving us in the trailer he was showing us. We were in the trailer for over 30 minutes. We had to go look for him and his assistant came over. Long story short. He refused to show us any used trailers. He never came back to see us. He left us in the rain. Not cool and just not a good way to treat people. So, why Norco RV you ask? Well I am going to tell you in the 4 points below.
Above And Beyond Service
We walked onto the lot at Norco and we were very warmly greeted by Joe, a salesman, and he said "Hey guys, what can I help you with". We told him what we were looking for and he proceeded to take us around the lot and showed us new, used. big. and small. He didn't even care if we were ready to buy or not. He was totally proud of every RV he had in inventory. Oh, it was raining as well. We went home after that and I knew that this guy really cares and it must be a reflection of the company as a whole. My wife agreed. We traded a few texts back and forth for a few days, but he was never pushy. The guy from the "Colton Dealer" on the other had was very pushy. Leaving VMs asking what he had to do to sell us that 1 single imparticuler trailer. Really? Anyway, after a month of looking online, and at all of Norco RV Centers reviews on facebook, instagram yelp, and youtube we knew we wanted to buy from these awesome people at Norco RV Center.
No Pressure Sales
We were never pressured to buy anything at Norco RV. In fact we felt completely comfortable throughout the entire process. From the time we walked onto the lot until we drove our travel trailer off of it. Everyone there was very helpful. They were quick to answer all of our questions even though they have probably heard them all thousands of times. They were all happy to help us even if they knew we might not buy from them. They actually enjoy teaching people about the RV world and especially to newbies like us who totally appreciate it.
They Actually Care
Robert and Joe took time educating us, walking us through the entire process, and not rushing us through anything. Robert actually took over an hour walking us through our trailer after we purchased it. Making sure everything was in working order from the light switches, to the slide outs, to the doors, and locks. He went into detail on everything. He has people who also do that for him, but I think it's awesome that the owner jumps in and leads by example. That is why his team is so great. Integrity and honesty are the to words that come to my mind when I reflect on our experience with Norco RV.
They Are The Experts
Robert, Mark, Joe, Jesse, and Brandon are relentlessly committed to selling quality trailers as well as being committed to being quality people who actually care about their customers. You can just see for yourself by checking out all of the 5 star reviews by clicking the YELP here. They are the experts in their industry. If you are in the market for an RV I highly recommend you go talk to the team here at Norco RV Center. Go on their website at https://www.norcorvcenter.com/ or give them a call at 1-888-315-1487.
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This was the match that many anticipated for months—Fullerton College versus Riverside City College. Both had been top notch competitors in less intense matches, but the time had finally arrived to see who would be the football victor team between the two. Fullerton College looked in great shape as they dominated Riverside City College in a land slide victory in a title game Saturday the 25th of November. Riverside ranked number 2 with a 10-2 record but they were no match for the number 1 Fullerton Hornets.
Fullerton has often been lauded for supreme teamwork on the field. However, Fullerton’s offense played exceptionally amazing Saturday as they have played the last 12 games. This was the game they had been awaiting and the team definitely came to the field prepared. Given Fullerton’s victory, the team will be playing in the state title against the champions of the north on the 9th of December In Sacramento. This event is even more anticipated than their most recent match. The Fullerton Hornets haven’t lost a game all season going into the state title, and they stand a good chance of winning it again for the second time in a row.
Fullerton scored over 10 touchdowns and the Tigers didn’t score 3. It was clear that the Tigers were offended by Fullerton’s full force competitiveness. The disappointment perhaps seeped into their confidence in the game. However, Fullerton’s coach Tim Byrnes was very happy with his boys. He spoke well of their skills and was proud of them. Fullerton’s offense reached over 700 yards in their display of offensive power. Fullerton crushed the competition with the quarterbacks Ladarius Skelton and Johnny Feauto scoring 2 touchdowns a piece! Gerald Hulett the running back rushed for nearly 200 yards, adding 3 touchdowns of his own.
Not only did Fullerton show superb offense plays, but on the defensive end, the Fullerton Hornets were there defending their title. Taj Jones added a touchdown after an interception. Two fumbles of the three they caused turned into touchdowns and the defense gained 8 sacks. Watching this game was intense because there were so many surprise, victorious plays. Defense is a big part of winning. Fullerton was clearly prepared to play exceptionally both offensively and defensively. Coach Byrnes expressed his appreciation for the defense of the Hornets. Amazed at their “A” game that leads to victory every time.
This title match between the Hornets and the Tigers in California has happened before. Last year the two matched up for the same title and the Tigers lost 45-29. This year the Hornets left the Tigers in the dust as they finished them off with the score of 75-16. The scores are perhaps an embarrassment to the Tigers, but to make it to this level of the competition is a victory for both teams. It appears as if the Hornets put in some additional practice and studied their opponents well. In any event, such an intense match has created more followers of the Fullerton Hornets and has perhaps inspired Riverside Tigers to play even harder next year. We look forward to seeing if the Fullerton Hornets will hold the upcoming state title.
We’ve all heard about Black Friday—after families are finished stuffing their faces from Thanksgiving feasts, they then go out into the night to gain the best sales on items for Christmas. We’ve even heard to the explosion of Cyber Monday in which people can do online shopping for relatively cheap prices, and since the internet has become an even more popular, norm, there is often an anticipated slowness of the internet on this day because everyone is trying to catch a deal. But Black Saturday is spoken of less, and Riverside County has quite the sale—that sale is on pets, of course.
Pets who would often cost an adoption fee are now in a position to be chosen by a loving family at no cost at all as a part of Black Saturday. Three animal shelters tied to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services will open up the possibilities of owning a pet at no cost. The intention is to allow pets to feel the warmth of a loving home during the holiday season and for a lifetime.
The theme for this year’s sale is “Adopt ‘Til You Drop” which can sound a bit unsettling. Placing living being in the consumer market (whether free or not) can appear a bit amoral; however, numerous successes have been seen throughout each year of the sale. Clearly, many people want to care for pets but may not have the initial adoption funds. The only main cost adopters must consider is the $17 dog license, if that is the pet they choose to own. This is the type of sale that could really change the living conditions of pets around the world if they picked up on some tips from Riverside County animal shelters.
This sale is opens up many possibilities for families and pets. During the holiday season, pets don’t necessarily have to remain in cages in hopes that someone can afford to take care of them. Additionally, there are many families that could use the cheer of a pet in their homes. Instead of focusing so much energy and funds on expensive video games, clothes, or computers, families can make a long term investment in a pet without paying money upfront. This is a friendlier view of placing animals in the same “for sale” box as inanimate objects.
One this is for sure: Riverside County is making amazing moves as it regards providing cost conservative options to consumers. Currently there are three animal shelters that are participating in this sale. The animal shelters are open between 11am and 5pm and the different locations include Coachella Valley Campus, San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, and Western Riverside County Animal Shelter. In addition to adoption fees being waved, vaccination and neutering fees are also waved. What a convenient opportunity for families seeking to add an addition to their families. Hopefully the homes these pets find themselves in are as loving as the initial effort to take the pets into one’s home.
Black Friday is often an anticipated event, but this year it has also been great for home buyers. Around this holiday time, housing prices are dropping. However, by the time December rolls around, the price of houses often increases once more which can lead to a major disappointment for potential home buyers. In neighboring Orange County, December is the worst month to buy a home. In August, price cuts are more prominent. The spring time is also a good time for home owners to buy property. However given the spike in home owner prices in December, Black Friday is a major event because it marks the last month in which potential home owners have the opportunity to buy houses at an affordable price.
Given these home buying trends, Black Friday for home buyers is a major advancement for many residents in Riverside County largely because the income of residents has declined tremendously, making it nearly impossible to afford homes at their regular prices. Only 38 percent of the Riverside County population has been noted to be able to afford a home which is a downslide from the previous year. Including real estate in the pool of purchasing options that are discounted could change the ways in which the housing market functions. There can be an expectation to sell houses with those guaranteed discounts versus dealing with the reality that many people simply do not make enough money to purchase the home of their dreams. After all, it appears wasteful for property to remain unoccupied at exorbitant prices that people in need of homes cannot afford.
Riverside County faces many issues in terms of potential home buyers not meeting the salary requirements needed in order to afford houses in the $300,000 range. Between Riverside County and St. Bernardino exists a $100,000 gap in the price of houses. Not surprisingly, prices for lower range houses are growing at a higher rate, 10.7 percent in order to meet the salary averages of the residents. However, even with more seemingly affordable housing, it is still difficult for many residents to switch from renters to home owners who can afford the homes in the lower price range. It is also unclear as to what substantiates housing price spikes which are inevitable once certain months/seasons have passed, especially considering residents can barely afford the lower prices.
In Riverside County, it has taken two addition days to close on a house in August compared to July. However, major improvements are being made because compared to the previous year in August, it is taking nearly half that time to close on a house. Those major improvement may be marked by strategic market sales and discounts especially since it is clear that homeowners are likely to make a housing purchase in August. San Bernardino houses spent an average of 24 days on the market in August, up one day from July but down from 38 days in August, 2016.
Paying for college can be a major headache. Many people are deterred from the possibility just based on numerous reports of people in lifelong debt. Debt is not appealing nor is it something to easily ignore. Many students enter college with optimism regarding their capacity to pay off their loans based on the high-paying job they should receive post-graduation. However, recent studies have shown that the salaries of students who attend college is not commensurate with the amount of money invested in their education. This is where UC Riverside comes into play—our very own university offers the best financial aid plan in the nation. This is a major achievement and it may lead many others to consider traveling to our part of town to receive a quality education and at a considerate price.
There are several Universities of California throughout the state. Sometimes UC Riverside doesn’t get its fair shine, but knowledge of our campus providing the best financial aid package should make our university appear more appealing. The quality of financial aid packages is calculated based on the assortment of offerings: work-study, grants, and student loans. We can assume that more grant and work-study offerings helped to raise UC Riverside’s rankings because the goal is to obtain a degree without tons of debt.
UC Riverside has made such phenomenal financial strides as it pertains to providing students with a quality education at an affordable rate, that the University even made the Top 30 list for Times’ money magazine. Time Magazine weighted a number of factors into their decision of placing UC Riverside on their list. They considered the graduation rate of students at the university in addition to the school’s overall financial wellness. Additionally, the top tier magazine considered the average number of years it takes for students to graduate and the percentage of full-time students.
UC Riverside is also making a major impact as it regards graduation rates of African American students. Typically a vulnerable population when in college, African American students find it easier to glide through the demands of college at UC Riverside, which further insinuates that a financially healthy college can lead to the success of many students. UC Riverside’s statistics show that whites and the various other races to that attend its school have similar graduation rates which is not always common at other schools. In fact, UC Riverside recently ranked the highest in terms of consistent college graduation success throughout multiple, consecutive years.
Even the students at UC Riverside don’t shy away from contributing their success to the financial aid packages they have received. The generosity of the university attracts more students who may initially be in a vulnerable position when attempting to thrive in college. Given the fact that finances often don’t post a huge concern for students attending this institution, students are able to focus more on their academics. The generosity of UC Riverside is changing the ways in which higher education is perceived and making a way for all people to gain access to a quality education. This is something Riverside County can certainly be proud of!
Riverside County is the home to numerous styles of trees and plants. This often allows for homes to showcase wonderful colors and inviting fruits on their trees. However, Riverside has been hit with a recent health concern that could impact the types of trees that are considered inviting. Citrus trees are a commonality in both orchards and regular yards in Riverside County. However within these trees, scientists have found numerous pests. These pests have been detected through a trapping method which is comprised of hanging a yellow solution, similar to honey, to the citrus trees. Pests eventually find themselves stuck on the yellow trapping which is how their presence is detected. Agriculturalists also inspect trees for new growths where the pests may reside.
Before agricultural officials come to inspect a tree, it is important that a person who suspects his or her tree is infected does an investigation of his or her own. Tree damage that appears as if lice or psyllid have feasted on the tree is important to view. Psyllid can also be detected through eggs as well as lumps on the wax. Essentially, any inconsistencies in the quality of the bark of a tree should be noted so that agricultural officials can figure out the specific risks at stake.
Citrus trees should only be bought from local tree stores and certified. Other buys could be potentially dangerous. Another danger to avoid is handling citrus trees with one’s own hands, especially if not protected by gloves. Also, moving these trees from different counties or states can also create a problem in terms of the exposure to pests in areas where it has been unanticipated. This has been said to be one of the fastest ways in which disease can spread through citrus tree infestations.
Threats to citrus trees have been a common issue for years. Because of this, it’s important that everyone is aware of these issues and take proper precautions to not harm themselves or others. In this instance the disease is bacterial and is known to directly infringe upon the plant’s most important systems. The bacteria are harmless to people and animals, but remain especially harmful to plants. The bacteria are spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, who carries the disease with it as moves from one plant to another. The disease is untreatable once a plant is infected, leaving the plant or tree to die over the course of a year or two. The State of California currently has a program to eradicate trees that have contracted the disease.
Considering the popularity of citrus trees in Riverside County, it is imperative that citrus tree owners take special precautions to ensure their own health. In order to get the protection you deserve, it is important to call to have a volunteer to install the trap in the citrus tree. The County Agriculture Commissioner’s office can be reached at 805-781-5910.
California is one of the largest states in the U.S., and it is no surprise that it comprises one of the most diverse populations in the country. California is particularly home to many Mexican immigrants whom President Trump has taken shots at during the election process and even during his presidency. One thing is for sure—Senator Kevin de Leon is not accepting Trump’s separatist conversation, and he boldly made this declaration during an event at University of California, Riverside amongst hundreds of college students.
Not only did Leon address how Trump’s conversations regarding economic policies is against the core values of Americans, but he highlighted how it is even against our own financial progression. Although Trump casually discusses his plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants and to build a wall to prevent Mexicans from crossing into the U.S., the reality is that his plan to deport hundreds of thousands of Americans would cost the country billions of dollars. The question then becomes, how are undocumented immigrants draining the U.S. economy and which situation would be more damaging to our long term financial success? It would appear as though having more hands to help shape the U.S. into its finer self would be beneficial than less hands. Senator Leon clearly agrees with this notion, yet, during his speech at UC Riverside, he was still met by a few Trump supporters who heckled him, even referring to him as a traitor. Leon has worked toward fighting against Trump’s administration for some time. He has even provided shelter for illegal immigrants.
Beyond Kevin de Leon fighting the force of President Trump, it is important to understand what is at stake for undocumented immigrants financially. Due to Trump’s threats of deportation, many immigrant families are living in preparation for the worst situation. Similar to Y2K when so many families stocked up on water and dry food supplies, many undocumented families are stocking up on all necessary supplies in case they are required to leave the country that they have come to value as home.
The promise of the pursuit of happiness is semi-crushed for many families in this predicament. Spending money on the luxuries of American living could be too costly, especially if that joy is soon to be taken away from family members. This is not just a case of less privileges for a community of people who must be more cost-conservative. This is a case of living on the edge of terror daily in fear that all that one has worked to create in a land of promise could be removed.
Trump’s deportation plan could be massively devastating for Riverside County. A recent data report showed that there are approximately 161,000 undocumented immigrants living in that region. Of those that are considered undocumented, 15,000 are between the ages of 3 and 17. Deportation could have a crippling effect on any person, particularly younger children whose identities have likely been largely formulated in the United States. Overall, we encourage readers to remain updated on how deportation and finances will work to the benefit or detriment of the economy because Trump’s plans appear counterintuitive.
More business is being brought to Riverside County, and it’s not in ways most anticipated. Who would have ever thought that expanding medical facilities would create more opportunities for people than any other recent construction project in town? Riverside County has medical facilities that will achieve additional funds to expand their initiatives. The health system in Riverside is looking to utilize close to 300 million dollars in making their facilities a much brighter environment. The plan is to work halfway through the next decade. Close to half of the money used in this project will come from multimillion dollar bonds and this initiative is seeking approval by the industrial authority and Newport News City Council. Additionally, if the hospital is to be expanded and achieve the funds needed to carry out the project, it will face another stipulation money-wise. Funds from the bond must be used toward the mission of the project within three years.
This hospital expansion project will impact numerous medical centers including The Garden at Warwick Forest. This facility is known for housing a number of sick and elderly patients. As a part of this project, The Garden at Warwick Forest will receive new sleeping rooms and better technology to help with the up-keep of patient records. This is a major advancement to help support the further growth of the facility as well as the quality of service provided to patients. It is important that hospitals employ the latest technology to help process patient information more speedily and adequately, and the funds geared toward this expansion project are intended for that purpose.
Patriots Colony in the county of James City will also gain new expansions to their existing retirement facilities. New buildings provide self-sufficient living for some and a nursing home for others. This building project will be extraordinary given the fact that other facilities will become a part of the Patriots Colony. Currently, Patriots Colony does not have an emergency entrance—with the funds allocated toward expanding this retirement home, an emergency room will be added to the facility which will make it convenient for anyone experiencing illness to be readily viewed by a qualified doctor.
Beyond creating more opportunities for people to be cared for, this facility extension project is also a big win for the Riverside County community overall because more jobs will be created. It is estimated that close to 250 jobs will be brought to the community due to this one expansion project. The level of expertise required for these jobs has not been fully determined, but it can be safely assumed that both high and low level skillsets will be needed in order to maintain the facilities. Although change can be met with fear, it appears as though this project can only benefit the residents of the community, providing both better health options and job opportunities to people in need.
Do you remember when West Nile Virus was the major talk of news stations? Many of us sat in front of our television screens terrified of the possibility of meeting death through the tiny prick of a mosquito. Although national news coverage regarding such unfortunate circumstances has taken a fortunate dive, Riverside County has encountered two cases of West Nile Virus for this year. This is important to note so that Riverside County residents can take special precautions. However, considering many viruses are incurable, we may want to rethink the precautions offered and make more long-term, practical plans.
The two cases both occurred in the western region of Riverside County and both victims were middle-aged men (43-years old and 53-years-old). It has been documented that those who are in top notch health may not experience any symptoms of the illness which could have both positive negative consequences—the negative consequence being that people with a strong immune system could have no immediate way of acknowledging that their immune system has been compromised. The elderly, the sick, and youth are the most vulnerable populations to this illness.
Tips to combat the onslaught of West Nile Virus have appeared minuscule compared to the larger impacts of being infected. Typical suggestions are equivalent to advice given to someone who fears being bitten by a bug—wear longs shirts and pants, use insect repellent, ensure that windows are closed and that there is no open water near your home such as that from a flower pot because it can create a mosquito invitation. While these tips can be useful, they can make a person live a very restricted, paranoid life. In 90 degree weather, it can appear absurd to wear long sleeves and pants because of the possible attack of a mosquito.
The larger question that perhaps needs to be asked is why mosquitoes carrying the virus are in Riverside, California and what will it take to reduce the number of infected mosquitoes in our regions and our entire country. Other health professionals have taken these questions into deep consideration and have sprayed four acres of land in Riverside County with a solution intended to get rid of all mosquitoes carrying the virus. This is a complex feat given the fact that the carriers of this harmful illness are small mosquitoes with the ability to fly away instantly upon attempted capture.
Additionally, not only do we have to concern ourselves with the spread of this disease, but we must also consider the other species that have been affected by the virus. For example, there are more birds that carry the illness than human beings. This should raise questions about which birds are affected, if any of them are edible, and if the birds that have been provided to humans for food have been tested for the virus. Overall, Riverside County should definitely be concerned but we must take precautions that don’t hinder our livelihood yet truly protect us in the long run.