Riverside declares war on smog while celebrating California Air Resources Board’s new headquarters

Assemblyman Jose Medina remembers not being able to see the bell tower on the UC Riverside campus and, as a teacher, having to keep his students indoors for recess on bad-air days.

Source: The Press-Enterprise

Assemblyman Jose Medina remembers not being able to see the bell tower on the UC Riverside campus and, as a teacher, having to keep his students indoors for recess on bad-air days.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey remembers getting out of swimming pools choking not from water, but from the thick smog.

Medina, D-Riverside, and Bailey shared their memories at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Oct. 27, for a facility dedicated to relegating smog-filled days to the past.

Besides housing advanced vehicle emissions testing and clean-air research, the $419 million California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters will employ more than 400 people – many of them engineers, technicians and scientists – in what local leaders hope becomes an economic engine and a defining facility for the Inland Empire.